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  1. Recreation Nova Scotia is pleased to provide you with a direct link to Municipal Recreation programs and services offered in your community. As not all recreation, physical activity, sport, cultural, facility and volunteer opportunities are available on line, you may need to contact your recreation department directly. Link:Municipal Recreation Departments
  2. Do you want to register yourself or your kids in organized sport? Playsport.ca is your gateway to sport in Nova Scotia.
  3. There are many programs and events happening across Nova Scotia that are accessible for people with disabilities. The important part is knowing where to find them. The Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability have engaged in a process to gather information about ongoing programs and events in all Provinces and Territories. You can search their collectionto find a program or event near you. Link: www.ala.ca 
  4. Canada’s Physical Activity Guide is a resource to help you make wise choices about physical activity. Choices that will improve your health, help prevent disease, and allow you to get the most out of life. The Guide is in a one-page, easy-to-read format that’s available for order on its own, or as a pull-out section in a Handbook that gives you even more information on building physical activity into your daily life. Link: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/hp-ps/hl-mvs/pa-ap/04paap-eng.php
  5. Ophea (Ontario Physical and Health Education Association) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting school communities through advocacy, quality programs and services, and partnership building. Ophea provides a variety of programs and services for school communities aimed at improving the health and well-being of children and youth.For a great listing of winter ideas, games and activities visit their web site. Link: http://www.ophea.net/healthy-schools-communities/activity-ideas
  6. Activekidsns.ca is a web site coordinated by Recreation Nova Scotia designed to be a support to those that promote physical activity. Activekidsns.ca contains hundreds of physical activity success stories and resources, and summaries of evidenced based research. Need a program idea or a resource to help you – go to Activekidsns.ca Link: www.activekidsns.ca 
  7. For a comprehensive list of trails in Nova Scotia as well as topographic maps go to the trails site at www.trails.gov.ns.ca
  8. For information on the Nova Scotia Leadership Program visitwww.gov.ns.ca/hpp/physicalActivity/nsold.asp.
  9. The mission of the Recreational Facilities Association of Nova Scotia (RFANS) is to provide leadership in developing, promoting and advocating excellence in recreational facility management, operations and personnel. For more information on how to improve your recreational facility, visit www.rfans.com .
  10. Are you a woman who is interested in getting outdoors, being active, and learning useful skills to increase enjoyment and understanding of the world outside your home? Visit the Becoming an Outdoors Woman website atwww.gov.ns.ca/natr/outdoor.
  11. Want to check out some of Nova Scotia’s most beautiful parks? The Provincial Parks site parks.gov.ns.ca has a listing of all provincial parks, as well as a list of upcoming programs and events.
  12. For those of you interested in the sport of cross country skiing, the Cross Country Ski Nova Scotia site has the information you need. For trail listings, shopping sites for gear, and information on how to get started, visitwww.cross-countryski.com.
  13. For lots of great tips to help keep your children safe, happy and healthy this winter, visit www.childsafetylink.ca.
  14. Shinny hockey-no coaches, no refs, no clocks! Every winter as the country freezes over, Canadians take to the ice to play pick-up hockey. Shinny travels from coast to coast and records the nation’s favourite game in its purest form. To order “Shinny”, and other great Canadian films, visit the National Film Board of Canada at www.nfb.ca/homevideo.
  15. RinkRake is your one-stop resource for all things related to ice rink building! Frominformation on how to build a backyard ice rink to products that help you build ice rinks quicker and easier, find it all at www.rinkrake.com.
  16. Kicksledding – dog sledding without the dogs! Learn more about this exciting winter activity by visiting the International Kicksled and Scooter Association(based in Finland) at www.iksaworld.com.
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