Join a Walking Group

"Walking and talking connects us with others and is good for the body and mind. This walk program is the ‘book club’ of physical activity and is an excellent way to engage older Nova Scotians and get them moving." - Colin McCrae, walk leader, NS Walks

We're glad you are interested in joining a walking group in your community. Walking is an enjoyable, easy and low risk physical activity. It’s a great way to become more active and connect with others.

Here are four easy steps to join a group:

1. To help ensure your comfort and enjoyment on the group walks, we ask you to take a few minutes first and complete the Get active Questionnaire and the Get Active Questionnaire Reference Document. This short questionnaire is to see if there is any reason for you to check in with your healthcare professional before starting a walking program. You do not need to pass in this form to us

2. Register for a Walking Group Here: Register to join a walk group and you will be contacted when there is a walk group formed in your community. See below for a list of current walking groups. To register, click on the red link above and indicate on the registration form which group you would like to join. If one is not listed in your area, indicate that (we might have a solution). If you have trouble doing this, you can call as well: 902-932-6902.

3. Once you have been connected with a walk in your area, we ask that you complete these two forms and bring them with you to the first group walk (if you are unable to do this, your Walk Leader/Host will provide them or you can print them off at your local library):  4. Provide proof of vaccination: To comply with new provincial Covid 19 regulations introduced on October 4 by the NS government, you are asked to provide proof of vaccination in order to join a walking group. You can simply bring a copy of your COVID-19 vaccine receipt to your first walk to show the leader. You will only need to do this once. 

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Why Walk Together Outdoors webinar video: This video explains what the NS Walks program is all about and was originally recorded for the Alzheimer Association of Nova Scotia


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NS Walks is a project of Hike Nova Scotia, supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage Active Communities Fund, the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors Age-friendly Communities Program and our communications partner, the Healthy Tomorrow Foundation, through its Make Your Move campaign. 


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