There are a wide variety of sports events and competitions happening in the Annapolis Valley. We have a large number of teams participating in many different sports. But along with that we also hold several events where we invite teams from all over to participate in.
Then there are several other events going on that any one can join in on, which works great for the summer visitors.
Here is a list of some of the sports events going on in the Annapolis Valley for you to either take part in or be a spectator at.
On the last weekend of April 14 Wing CFB Greenwood holds it's annual ZX 10km road race and a 5 km fun run sports events. These runs start at 12 noon at the Sport & Fitness Centre on the base. Registration begins at 8 am.
The main event is a 10k road race (the first event of the Timex Series season, sponsored by Run Nova Scotia). This is a loop route through Greenwood and the surrounding area. There are five age groups for the competitors all with prizes. Lockers and showers are available on race day.
Early registration is encouraged however there will be registration up until 11 am on race day. Pre-registration can be done by mail prior to race day. Registration forms are available at 14 Wing Fitness and Sports Centre in Greenwood. The race is followed by a prize ceremony and a small snack is provided to participants.
If you are interested in more information on these Annapolis Valley sports events you may call Eric Travis at 902 765-1494 ext 344.
During the month of May look for the Wolfville 8 Mile Road Race. The race starts at 9 am from the Acadia University Gym, Main Street, Wolfville. The route is 8 miles out and back and the route is on the Acadian dykes.
Fun Runs are always popular sports events. During the Digby Scallop Days celebrations in mid-Aug look for their 5K Fun Run starting at the Heritage Centre, Birch Street, Digby. The race starts at 8:30 am and is a 5K through the town of Digby. They usually expect approximately 120 participants in this sports events.
Early September is the time for the Berwick Gala Days 5 mile Road Race. The race starts at 9:00 am at the Centennial Park, Union Street, Berwick. The distance is 5 miles as you run 1 1/4 loops around the town of Berwick. Approximately 100 participants take part in this race each year. Showers are available. You are welcome to stick around for the Berwick Gala Days celebrations.
For currant dates and information on the above sports events - Greenwood ZX 10k Road Race; Digby Scallop Days 5K Fun Run; Wolfville 8 Mile Road Race or the Berwick Gala Days 5 mile Road Race check out the Run Nova Scotia website.
Early in October is the Tim Horton's Valley Harvest Marathon. This is made up of several different runs. All races start at the Acadia University track, Main Street, Wolfville at 8:30 am.
The main race, Tim Horton's Valley Harvest Marathon is 42.2k on a loop route through the rolling terrain of the Annapolis Valley.
The second race, the Tim Horton's Valley Harvest Half Marathon is 21.1K as it loops through the scenic Annapolis Valley.
The Tim Horton's Valley Harvest 10K is an out and back route through the town of Wolfville. Showers are available for all races.
Held during the same time as the Harvest Marathon is the Tim Horton's Valley Harvest Lung Run 5K starting at the Acadia University track, Main Street, Wolfville.
The Lung Association of Nova Scotia, in partnership with the Valley Harvest Marathon, is pleased to invite runners, walkers and people of all ages and fitness levels to participate in the inaugural Valley Harvest Lung Run! Come run, walk, or jog with us.
Participants will have a chance to collect pledges for The Lung Association of Nova Scotia which will support improving lung health across our province. There will be prizes for fundraising, spirit and more!!
We also have exciting new twists for our participants! Stay tuned for more information and visit our websites for the latest updates. Distance is 5k on an out and back route through the town of Wolfville. Showers are available.
For currant dates and information on the above sports events check out the Valley Harvest Marathon website.
Wherever you go these days, you hear lots of talk about autism. But when thousands of families and individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Nova Scotia are in need of support and services, talk just isn't enough. Now is the time to walk the walk!
In mid June you are invited to get involved by taking part in one of the many "Walk the Walk" events going on across the province of Nova Scotia. In the Annapolis Valley area the walk takes place in Middleton. To learn more and pick up your forms visit the Walk the Walk website.
A celebration of survival and a tribute to the lives of loved ones touched by cancer will be held at the Rotary Raceway Park in Middleton early in June. The Relay for Life starts at 6:30 pm and will be 12 hours of fun, friendship and raising money for a great cause.
If you are interested in participating in the Cancer Society's Relay for Life you may call Amanda Bent at 902 765 4029 .
A popular sports events during the Annapolis Royal Natal Days in early August has been the annual Fun Run which has been held for the last 30 years.
They have over 200 participants in this race so they encourage early registration, as there is limited time to register before the race. Registration starts at 8:30 am and the race starts at 9:30 am at 752 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal.
This is a 3 km road race through historic Annapolis Royal starting and finishing on Champlain Drive behind the Municipal Building on 752 St. George Street. The race is structured for all ages to come out and walk, jog or run and as the name suggest - have fun.
Admission is a free will donation to the KidSport and Jump Start programs – look for the donation box at the registration desk. Prizes are awarded to runners of all ages.
This sports events is sponsored by the Annapolis County Recreation Services and you can download a registration form at their website or call them at 902 532 2334 .
The Annual Bridgetown Triathlon will be held at the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Park around the first of August.
This is Nova Scotia’s only 1/2 Ironman (approximate) at present and they are the largest races in Nova Scotia and one of the two largest in Atlantic Canada. Athletes come from across Canada and internationally to participate. Approximately 250 people from five yrs to 70+ years will select one of the six race distances to test their skills.
The Triathlon is a 1.9 K swim in the dark waters of the Annapolis River, a 93 Km bike, and a 20K run to finish. It features a long course with Olympic, Sprint & Tri a Tri distances.
Also held is the Bridgetown Kids of Steel Races at the Bridgetown Centennial Pool starting at 2 pm.
Check out the Town of Bridgetown website or call Michael Parker at 902 665-4819 for more information about these sports events.
In the second week of September many of our towns and communities celebrate the commitment made by Terry Fox to the Cancer Society by holding annual Terry Fox runs. The runs vary in distances however they are all open to anyone who would like to run, walk, jog or even bike. You may pick up a pledge sheet, or make a donation in the donation boxes placed at each event and all proceeds go to Cancer Research.
Check local papers or posters to see where the runs will be held in your area.
The annual St. Andrew's Half Marathon happens the end of October to around the first of November. It is put on by the Annapolis East Elementary School, Marshall St., Middleton. Runners pick up registration package at AEES and then travel to Clarence to begin. Half marathon ends at the Town Clock in Middleton.
For information on these sports events contact Tom Ross at 902 825-6906.
Around the first of June Nova Scotia holds a Sport Fishing Weekend when everyone is welcome to fish even if you do not hold a license. This is open on all lakes and rivers in Nova Scotia. It makes a perfect time to try your hand at fishing plus gets you outside with your friends or family.
Check out local papers and websites for this years dates.
The annual fishing tournament will be held on the Springfield Lake on Highway 10 the first couple weeks of June. This is an annual fundraiser for the Springfield Fire Department. You may register at the Fire Hall at 6:30 am if you are interested in this sports events.
More information for this fishing tournament may be obtained by calling Ace Veinot at 902 547-2062.
The annual Bear River striped bass tournament was first started in 2006 and has been held about mid-September ever since.
Participants must register by 9 a.m. the morning of the tournament at the Branch 22 Royal Canadian Legion. A fishing licence is not required, and each participant will be allowed to keep one fish per day. There is a registration fee which is donated to local community groups, and prizes to be won. Children 12 and under can fish for free but have to be registered to qualify for prizes.
You can try your fishing luck along the river from the Bear River Bridge on Highway 101 to head of the tide in Bear River.
You must have your own fishing gear to enter and your own special bait. Some ideas for bait that can be used are mackerel, herring, plugs, sandworms or whatever else is working on that particular day.
For more information on these sports events call Fred Miller at 902 247-0789 or Duff Wilson at 902 638-3438 .
Bicycle Annapolis County Week is a week in June when it is strongly promoted to get out, dust off and ride your bicycle to school, to work or for the sheer fun of it.
This week is full of opportunities to participate in organized bicycle sports events in a safe and supportive setting. Bicycle Week is designed for all members of the community, with a particular emphasis on encouraging new cyclists and cycling as a means of transportation in Annapolis County.
For information contact the Annapolis County Recreation website or call them at 902 532-2334 or 902 532-3144 .
This pledge-based fundraiser for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Atlantic Division is held in mid-July. It is a two-day event starting in Windsor, NS. The bike ride takes you for 50 km through the beautiful countryside of the Annapolis Valley to Wolfville. For anyone who still feels energetic can take the challenge route on to Canning, an additional 35 km.
You will spend the night at Acadia University in Wolfville where evening festivities include dinner and dancing. There will also be presentations and awards given out during the evening. In the morning after breakfast the ride continues back to Windsor where you are treated to a wrap-up barbecue at the finish line.
The MS Bike tour started in 1989 and caught on well so it has been a large fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis since. The Nova Scotia Vineyards and Valleys Tour started around 2001. For more information on these sports events visit the Multiple Sclerosis Society website.
Every year in late August Kentville holds its annual Bike Festival. This is a full weekend event that is becoming more popular every year. There are five different events to enter plus guided group rides held all weekend. Throughout the weekend there is plenty of food and lots of good music happening.
The Time Trail Loop is a fast-paced, 9-mile combination ride. The route begins and ends with a 2.4-mile spur along the recreational trail through downtown Kentville. It links up with a 4.3 mile loop which includes a combination of single and doubletrack trails through the woods. The ride is suitable for all levels of mountain bikers. Most of the trails are hard-packed dirt but there are some stretches with more sandy conditions.
About mid-August the bikes come out for the Heart of the Valley Century Bike Ride in Middleton, NS. You are welcome to come ride the picturesque rolling hills of the Annapolis Valley with its wonderful views and fun terrain.
This annual event holds several rides for people of all levels and experience. Among the rides there is a 1/4 century ride of 25K, a 1/2 century ride of 50K, a Metric Century of 100K and the Full Century ride of a full 160K. The rides all start and end from the Rotary Raceway Park in Middleton. There is a post ride BBQ chicken dinner (coleslaw and potato salad) for participants; prepared by the Middleton Fire Department.
Visit the Town of Middleton website for dates, times and other information on this great sports events.
Every year about mid-July more than 300 golfers, sponsors, organizers and volunteers come together at the Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa to celebrate one of Canada’s best celebrity golf tournaments for charity. The East Coast Classic has supported hundreds of kids live their dream of playing sport and pursuing athletic excellence.
The tournament goes on for four days and three nights every July. Expect to see celebrities of the sport and entertainment world plus business leaders from across Canada and beyond.
It all starts Sunday morning with a Volunteer Welcome Breakfast and a Sport Fair at the Digby Arena later that day. The golfing really gets going on Monday and Tuesday followed by great suppers and entertainment. It is all wrapped up on Wednesday.
Every one of the 34 teams who register for these sports events gets to play with a different celebrity host each day. These celebrities are always high profile athletes, entertainers and broadcasters who give of their time for a great cause.
For more information about this fine event check out the East Coast Classic website.
This is an annual fundraising event played in the 4 Player Scramble Format at the Annapolis Royal Golf & Country Club, 3816 Hwy 1, Allain's Creek.
The Golf and Country club offers breathtaking views of the Annapolis Basin and Fort Anne. Established in 1925, the course can be considered an historic institution in its own right.
This tournament is held about the end of July and promises good food, music and friends along with the golfing. There is also a putting contest.
Tina Halliday is the one to call for more information about these sports events at 1 902 526 0944.
At Action Jax Family Fun Park during the first of August is their Mini Putt tournament starting at 3:30 pm. Bring your own partner or one can be found for you. Kids ages five to 105 can join the fun and have a chance to win a prize and maybe even beat the champs. Admission is free to all that play.
For information check out the Action Jax Family Fun Park or call them at 902 532 0911.
About mid June around the world skateboarders will gather in skate parks and where ever they can to show off their skills and celebrate the art of skateboarding. There will be fundraisers, contest, demos, BBQ’s and other forms of celebrations. Take your skate board or go watch at a skateboard park near you.
For more information in the Annapolis Royal area you can call Andre Bouchard at 902 532 0286 .
The 74th Crusaders will be holding their Annual Riverside Rally at their club house, 104 Bike Club Road in Moschelle during the first weekend of August. This has grown to be an International motorcycle rally with various facilities and events and includes a roll past down St. George Street in Annapolis Royal during their Natal Day Celebrations.
The club house is located on the shores of the beautiful Annapolis River Basin just outside the historic town of Annapolis Royal. The club was formed in 1974, hence the name 74th Crusaders. Members of the Club are dedicated to the safe operation of motorcycles and are widely known for their charitable activities in the Province of Nova Scotia and beyond.
This is a fairly new event, but one that has caught on big time and is considered an International-Level Bike Rally. It will be held in Digby during the Labour Day weekend. You can check on currant events and timings at the Wharf Rat Rally Website.
These sports events runs for 6 days through Wharf Rat Rally week. You can pick up your RAT RUN log sheet at the Bainton Tannery booth on the Digby Waterfront, at the Historic Gardens in Annapolis Royal, and at the End of the Line Pub in Bridgetown.
Then you ride the loop between Annapolis Royal and Bridgetown visiting local sites and hunting for Roger Rat; a historic rat striding a motorcycle drawn by graphic designer Jim Todd). An image of Roger and his fancy bike will be hidden in each of the businesses. By finding the image and getting a stamp from each of the eight sites, participants will be entered into the draw.
They will be holding the Bridgetown Ciderfest Ball Tournament in September in connection with the Bridgetown Ciderfest Festival. Games will be played on the Bridgetown Memorial Ball Field.
Call Chad Graves at 902 665-4788 for more information on these sports events.
The annual sail-a-bration is held every year since 1996 around the end of July to the first of August to raise money for two great local museums - The Admiral Digby Museum and the Smith's Cove Museum.
The idea for this fundraiser came from a group of friends and concerned citizens getting together back in the mid 90's to discuss ways to raise money for "fixing up" their buildings for the museums. As the area is a boating area the idea of boat races seemed like a great idea.
The festival consists of a series of community activities including the sailboat races, a reception at the Royal Western Nova Scotia Yacht Club, special exhibits at both museums and a dinner and auction. It brings local residents, summer people and tourists together to socialize, feast, and benefit the Smiths Cove and Digby Historical Societies. It is always a beautiful sight to see the sailboats in sail in the Annapolis Basin.
Tickets, reservations and donations can be arranged through the Admiral Digby Museum. Keep watch on the Admiral Digby Museum website for this years dates and events.
New Minas Recreation Department hosts the Atlantic Provinces largest Soccer Tournament with over 160 teams competing. The New Minas Invitational Soccer Tournament & Mini Fest has been held since about 1985.
Sponsored by Subway and has several categories to register for. These categories include an Under 8 Mini; Under 10 Mini; Under 12 Girls Div.; Under 12 Boys Div.; Under 14 Girls Div.; Under 14 Boys Div.; Under 16 Girls Div.; Under 16 Boys Div.; Under 18 Girls Div.; Under 18 Boys Div.; Under 10 High Performance Girls and an Under 10 High Performance Boys.
The games are spread out over several fields in the area. For more information or to register check up thier website.
Interested in some fun and laughs? Head out to the Parker's Cove Wharf during early August for the annual Lobster Crate Run.
Watch contestants brave the cold Bay of Fundy waters, while trying to race across the most floating lobster crates. Or enter the contest yourself and see if you have the skills required to remain upright while running across a string of lobster crates. The cold waters of the Bay of Fundy are inspiration enough to keep you running across those crates. But don't be fooled, it is not as easy as it looks!
For more information contact Lindsay Longmire at 902 532-1393.
A traditional Scottish heavy competition will be held at CFB Greenwood in September during their Heart of the Valley Highland Games. There will be lots of Celtic entertainment during this sports event. They will also hold the junior games.
Jamie Peppard is the one to call for more information about this event at 902 825 1796 .
The first weekend of August is time for the annual Bubble Blowing contest at Action Jax Family Fun Park, 4708 Hwy 1, Granville Ferry. Join the fun which starts at 2 pm and enter a contest where chewing gum is not only allowed, but is provided for your chewing pleasure. Kids five to 15 can compete within three age divisions for lots of fun, gum and prizes. FREE to all that try.
For information check out the Action Jax Family Fun Park or call them at 902 532 0911 .
Well this is probably only a part of all the sports events going on in the Annapolis Valley. There are so many more that I have not found the information on yet, but as I find them I will add them to this section.
More and more the Annapolis Valley is striving for a healthier lifestyle for our citizens. More fitness trails and parks are being built and more events are planned to interest a wider selection of participants. Keep a watch here for new events that may interest you.
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