There are a variety of games being offered to participants, some physically challenging, others challenge the mind but all are just plain fun. We are always open to new ideas and thoughts and host communities are encouraged to introduce activities that may be unique to their particular area. The following is a list of activities that you will definitely see at the games(core activities) followed by a list of optional activities which the Host Committee may or may not choose to include. We normally try to run between 22 and 30 activities at the provincial games.
Track and Field
Walking (Predicted Time)
5k and 10k Runs
Arts & Crafts
5-Pin Bowling (if available)
Lawn Bowling (if available)
Mind Games (Sudoku, X-Word, Cryptoquote & Lexicon)
Stick Curling (Ice)
Levels of competition
We are aware that there are literally hundreds of various clubs across the province that 55+ people belong to. Some are strictly for Seniors, others for people of all ages. They could be Golf Clubs or Curling Clubs, Bowling Leagues or Bridge Clubs. Our aim is to bring those people together who still have a competitive streak in their body, enjoy a little travel and especially like meeting new and interesting people who have similar interests as they do.
Nova Scotia 55+ Games
First games in 2005, these games pit participants from the six regions as previously discussed. These games last four days and most activities are scheduled as one day or half day events; therefore participants can normally participate in at least two or three different activities. Exceptions to this are hockey, curling and slo-pitch which in all likelihood require the full time to conduct a proper round-robin tournament. These games are held bi-annually on odd numbered years and to date we have not had to set a limit on the number of participants per region. As the popularity of the games grow, this may be necessary, but not for a few years yet. Basic cost of participation is $35.00 and again additional fees are required for some activities. These games are the primary determining factor in deciding who will represent Nova Scotia at the Canada 55+ Games.
Canada 55+ Games
As stated, these games have been in existence since 1996. As of now (January, 2016) eight provinces and two territories are part of the Canadian Senior Games Association (CSGA). The two missing provinces are Quebec and Newfoundland and the territory of Nunavut. These games last four days and are held bi-annually on even numbered years (2016, Brampton, Ontario) and participants can only take part in one activity which is primarily due to the numbers that attend the Canada games. As an example over 2500 canadians attended the 2014 games in Alberta, the Nova Scotia team comprised of 126 participants.
Games open to people with disabilities
Our games are open to those with disabilities in fact they are most welcome. As an example we had two blind cribbage players in our 2007 games.