Programs & Services

 We have a turtle friend at Welkum Park. Click here to read more

ART CONTEST (Age 13+) - Shelburne County Lobster Festival

The Shelburne County Lobster Festival has our Recreation & Parks staff super excited! One of our creative Summer Recreation Coordinators painted this portrait of Larry the lobster in celebration of this event. Larry saw it and wants to see what your interpretations of him are... he even said he'd offer a prize 👀..a $25 Gift Card!

To Enter: Simply create your own artwork version of Larry and post a photo of your creation in the comments section of our Facebook post at Shelburne County Lobster Festival ART CONTEST (Age 13+) Your creation can be any media style. We can't wait to see your post!

**We ask that this contest be ages 13 and up. Keep your eyes out for our youth craft for ages under 13, which will be posted Thursday.

 Adult Art Contest

LARRY LOBSTER'S ADVENTURE! - Shelburne County Lobester Festival Event

Larry Lobster is on an adventure and is visiting a different location in Shelburne County each day from JUNE 1-7, in celebration of the Virtual Shelburne County Lobster Festival! The Municipality of Shelburne Recreation & Parks is posting a photo of Larry each day of his travels at the top of our Facebook Page at LARRY LOBSTER'S ADVENTURE! If you guess correctly where Larry is, your name will be entered in a draw for a TLC Pharmasave $25 Gift Card! Join in the started JUNE 1.

Wheres Larry Lobster May 29 2020


The Municipality of Shelburne Recreation & Parks Summer 2020 Program is going to look a little different than usual. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, including social distancing, we won't be offering our traditional daycamp program...but you can be rest assured "we know how to have fun" and we will bring it on this summer!

Our Summer Fun Crew will be planning lots of FREE activities and events to keep kids, families, individuals, and small groups of all ages having fun, keeping active and enjoying the outdoors! We look forward to providing a few months of outdoor adventures, at-home-activities, and virtual experiences that can be enjoyed by all.

NOTE: All programming will adhere to the NS Department of Health and Wellness Covid19 restrictions and protocols. What we can offer this summer will reflect the level of the restriction at a given time. The health and safety of our patrons and staff are our #1 priority.

Keep your eye on this page for full details in June!

OUR SUMMER FUN CREW IS PLANNING NOW AND WE WELCOME YOUR IDEAS! Email  Acting Recreation Coordinator, Sandy Mair-Dodman at  

 Click on link to see Facebook post

Province Easing Some Recreation Restrictions

Click here to see the full list of measures in place to ease restrictions to recreation as of May 1, 2020. 


All parks and beaches are CLOSED. This includes Welkum Park, Jordan Youth Park and ALL beaches. There is only one Municipal maintained beach – Welkum Park. The rest, regardless of where they are located, are all provincial beaches (i.e. Roseway beach, Louis Head beach, etc.) and are closed.

Trails remain OPEN. You can walk, run and bike on the trails and several are also for motorized use (OHVs). Only use trails that you live close to, that you can walk or ride to get to. And whether you are on foot or riding make sure to follow social distancing guidelines (keep 6 feet/2 metres away from others).


All Municipal recreation programs and activities have been cancelled and/or postponed until further notice. As an alternative, weekly initatives that encourage activities and active living at home are being promoted on the website and on our Facebook page. See below.

Municipal Recreation Initiatives During COVID-19

Just click on the title, it's a link to the Facebook page which has all the information about the inititative (you don't have to be a Facebook member to access it). If a window pops up asking you to join Facebook, just click 'Not now' at the bottom.

Birding with Kids

You Don’t Have to be an Expert! Birding is a fun, low-impact outdoor activity that adults and kids can share together. Click on the following link for ideas for getting started, keeping it interesting, and being safe, especially in the time of social distancing. A Fun Guide to Discovering Birds @ChildrenNature 

Homemade Stress Ball

Feeling a little stressed? Learn how to make a stress ball that not only helps to reduce stress, but is so fun to make. You will love how simple it is to make this DIY Anti-Stress Ball and they are so cute!

How do stress balls work? When you squeeze the stress ball and release, it helps to also reduce the tension in the body. This in turn, reduces stress. It seems very simple, but it really works to reduce stress in your life. Give it a try!

What do you need to make a homemade stress ball?

• Empty Water or Soda Bottle
• Funnel
• Balloon (Color of your Choice)
• Approximately 1 cup of Flour
• Sharpies and Yarn for Decorating

Squeeze for a DIY solution to stress

Water Bottle Fish Craft

IT'S ANIMAL WEEK! This water bottle fish craft is both easy and fun for kids of all ages. The fish designs are endless. You and your kids are going to love to creating these underwater friends.

Virtual Zoo Tours

Zoos across Canada have decided to bring their inhabitants to your home. Here is a list of places where you can watch wildlife online, which includes the Calgary Zoo, Orca Lab, Vancouver Aquarium and the Toronto Zoo among others!

Tune into The Toronto Zoo‘s facebook page as they go live each day ‪at 2:00 p.m‬. (our time) from a different area of the Zoo.

Animal Week

It's Animal Week with Shelburne Municipal Recreation & Parks! Click on the link below to the San Diego Zoo Kids Live Cams and Videos where you will see some cool animals. We love watching the penguins swimming and playing!… #StayHomeStaySafe

Pet Photo Contest

This week (April 13-19) is all about ANIMALS! To kick-it off we’re going to give some attention your pets! Let us know what your pet has been doing to keep busy and have fun during this stay-at-home time! Take a fun pic for our PHOTO CONTEST and post below in the comments section or email to

Here are the rules: Please include your pet's name, age, breed/type and a description/caption for your photo.

The photo that gets the MOST LIKES will receive a $25 Sobeys gift card. (Anyone can vote by liking your favourite photo based on cute, clever or quirky factor.) Also, the name of everyone who participates in the contest will be eligible for a draw prize for another $25 Sobeys gift card.

Have some fun with Shelburne Recreation & Parks this week! All ages, young and young at heart are welcome! #StayHomeStayActive

Keep a Journal

KEEP A JOURNAL – of this important time in history

"This thing we are all a part of, it’s living history. Our children are all part of this, and it will be talked about for generations to come. Schools are closed, sports are cancelled, people are quarantined…on a GLOBAL level. The best thing your children can do is to keep a journal over the next 4+ weeks. Handwritten, typed, in photographs or drawings…record events, day to day activities, fears and feelings. Let them make a video if that’s the media they prefer. As parents, let them interview you, be a part of it. When it’s all over, save it/store it in a safe place for them. They will share this with their children and grandchildren. Help them create a tangible primary source of their own history." -Elementary School Principal

Journals can be personal and private, but if you are journaling this time in history and have a photo, video, drawing or other that you or your kids would like to share...we encourage you to post below in the comment section or email to

Virtual Walking Challenge


All you have to do is:
• Record the number of steps you walk each day or the # of minutes you are active in the comments section below. IT'S THAT EASY!

You can report this daily or weekly. It’s entirely up to you. (We will convert your steps or activity minutes to kilometers. Activities can be anything that keeps you moving…like housework, washing the car, stacking wood, gardening, cycling or yoga etc.)

NOTE: If you are posting your minutes of activity please indicate if your activity was LOW, MODERATE or HIGH INTENSITY