In support of the Portapique Community

The tragic events of April 18-19, 2020 in Nova Scotia have left a deep mark on the hearts of the people in our province and Canadians collectively.  For families who lost loved ones, friends and coworkers who lost valued companions and for the communities that lost residents, these are days that will forever be marked by grief.

In the summer of 2020, the Rotary Club of Truro engaged Portapique residents to understand how the Club could help, what they would like to see in the area, and what opportunities existed. A focus group was held to ask residents for their opinions on the development and satisfaction of services within the community hall and what particular services they’d like to see.

Architect’s drawing of the new community hall.

Plan for the hall and surrounding area.

During this stage, a clear vision was set: make the existing community hall fully accessible and expand the building so it may be rented for events like meetings, weddings, or dances, and adding a proper outside play area for the community’s children. Residents were excited about the project, not only for the physical improvements to be made, but even more so for the opportunity to come together with their neighbours and begin the healing process.

Since that time, the Trustees of the Riverside Community Hall (the legally registered name of Portapique Community Hall) in concert with Cobequid Consulting have designed and constructed a natural playground that was completed in October 2021. A new, larger community hall will replace the small building that stood on that property for more than 175 years, providing a location for the community to come together for suppers, dances, yoga and other fitness classes, youth programming, and much more! Many organizations have come forward, interested in hosting events and programming in the hall.

The new community hall is now under construction, but we need your help! With the increased cost of construction materials, there is a funding gap of $100,000. Join in our efforts to rebuild Portapique!

Donate to this project

If you wish to donate to this project, donations of up to $500 can be made through the CanadaHelps donation form below.  For donations over $500, please contact the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia at