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Outdoor Eating: Oakville’s 7 perfect picnic perches

July is picnic month, so grab your baskets and visit Oakville for a lovely lakeside lunch! 

Keep reading for an inside look at the seven best local spots for a mid-day picnic party:

1. Lions Valley Park

Looking for a place to host the whole family? Lions Valley Park has two designated picnic areas that are each equipped with a barbeque and can hold up to 80 people. 

With playgrounds, expansive trails and a diverse canopy of trees, this valley is a sight to behold. It will take you a few visits to explore everything this area has to offer. 

2. Coronation Park

As the host site for high-profile events like the Terry Fox Run and the Courage Polar Bear Dip, Coronation Park has plenty of space to accommodate those looking to picnic, play and practice. 

All four picnic stations can hold 80-100 guests and are also fitted with barbeques to fire up the perfect summer sensations. Take the kids to the playground, walk along the waterfront, skip rocks and play beach volleyball at this family summer hot spot. 

This park is experiencing some closures due to flooding in the spring, but there is still plenty of space to enjoy a day by the lake.

3. Dingle Park

Plan an intimate picnic this summer at Dingle Park! This Downtown Oakville gem has one picnic bench tucked away in a lakeside corner of town for those looking to have an uninterrupted lunch. 

Listen to the waves lap while raising a glass to this perfect local perch located right on the access to a breathtaking waterfront trail.  

4. Lakeside Park

Need somewhere more family-friendly? Take a seat in Lakeside Park which is surrounded by historic homes, museums, playgrounds and one of Oakville’s legendary piers!

Shop, dine and explore at this diamond in Downtown Oakville

5. Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park/Bronte Bluffs

Set sail on a spectacular picnic in Bronte Village’s Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park! Take a seat in beautifully decorated Muskoka chairs on the Bronte boardwalk or feel the lakeside breeze on your face with a perch on the Bronte pier. 

Head to the beach at the Bronte Bluffs once you’ve finished your meal or explore the historic Sovereign House. 

6. Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Settle in for a smorgasbord at Bronte Creek Provincial Park! This natural wonderland has 11 picnic shelters that are each equipped with barbeques. 

Your day doesn’t have to end after lunch either, as Bronte Creek is home to a 1.8 acre outdoor swimming pool, frisbee golf course, children’s play barn, biking/walking trails, nature resource centre, yoga classes, pilates classes and so much more. 

7. Westwood Park

Park your party at Westwood Park this summer! With a wealth of fantastic flowers and amazing architecture, this visually stunning parkette provides a natural respite from the hustle and bustle of Kerr Village

Sit down for a game of chess at one of the permanent boards installed throughout the park or peruse through this neighbourhood’s eclectic selection of stores. 

Looking to reserve a spot at one of these incredible locations? Get your Town of Oakville picnic permit here

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