Great Outdoors - Visit Oakville

Great Outdoors

Beaches, biking, boating, camping, fishing – all you need to know to explore Oakville’s Great Outdoors!

COVID-19 Update: Parks, courts, dog parks and public washrooms are closed. Signs are being installed to remind users to practice social distancing when outside.

Please do not use park equipment and play structures as they are not sanitized.

Trails remain open.


Beach-goers will enjoy two beaches at Coronation Park Beaches and Bronte Beach Park, all conveniently located with additional amenities close by.

Coronation Park has a splash-pad (currently closed due to high lake levels), volleyball and a playground to keep you busy.
Located: 1426 Lakeshore Road West, between Third and Fourth Line.

Bronte Beach Park is central to the shops and restaurants of beautiful Bronte Village.
Located: 35 West River Street, west of Bronte Road.

Bronte Creek Provincial Park features a large playground, play-barn and farm animals, has a beach area by its lake-like pool and is a great place for a picnic.

Water quality at all three beaches is tested regularly throughout the summer by Halton Region, with results posted here.


In addition to being the most environmentally-friendly way of getting around, biking is also a great way to see Oakville. The Town’s network of cycling routes consists of on-road bike lanes, paved-shoulder bikeways, signed bike routes and multi-purpose trails, which can be found in the map in this Guide.

Check out Oakville’s listing in Ontario By Bike’s 2019 Cycling in Ontario Guide.

Bicycles can be rented in town at Gears.


Oakville’s beautiful shoreline includes two natural harbours: Bronte Harbour on Bronte Creek and Oakville Harbour on Sixteen Mile Creek, both within walking distance from shops and restaurants. Each accommodates several hundred sail and power boats. Mooring docks and slips are available for rent on a seasonal basis and launching ramps are provided in both harbours for transient boaters. Find out more here.

For up to the minute weather conditions, visit TOWARF.

Experience Oakville from the lake. Enjoy trophy sport fishing charters and pleasure cruises with Hearn Fishing Charter or Osprey Charter Fishing.

CharterAbility is a registered charity dedicated to providing accessible, recreational, boating at no cost to people of all ages who are deprived of the opportunity by virtue of their physical limitations or personal circumstances.

Their dock, on 16-Mile Creek adjoining Busby Park, is fully accessible as are the on-site washrooms and the pontoon boat that transports guests on an hour long voyage of discovery into a wildlife sanctuary right in the heart of downtown Oakville. All trips are provided free of charge thanks to the donations received and the dedication of the volunteers who crew the boat.


Bronte Creek Provincial Park is a perfect destination for family-fun. Hike, bike or rollerblade the extensive trails, experience history at the Spruce Lane Farm House, cool down in the huge outdoor pool, play in the playbarn or picnic with friends. Bronte Creek has 144 electric hookup campsites and can accommodate trailers and RVs. Yurts (semi-permanent, canvas-covered structures) are also available.
Reservations: 1-888-668-7275 or click here. (Bronte Creek Provincial Park will be closed to the public due to COVID-19 from March 19 to April 30, 2020)


Oakville offers a variety of angling opportunities, including piers at both Bronte Creek and Sixteen Mile Creek. Boat launches at both harbours offer exciting trout and salmon action during the spring and fall months Visit for more information.

You can also fish right in Bronte Creek Provincial Park. You can obtain a fishing license by visiting here.

The Great Ontario Salmon Derby runs from July 4 – August 22, 2020 and includes weekly prizes and grand prizes for the heaviest salmon caught. Bronte is central to the superb Salmon and Trout fishery where many Chinooks or Kings are boated every year.



Oakville is a great spot for novice and experienced birders alike to view a great variety of woodland birds and waterfowl. Bring your binoculars or camera and explore our trails, parks and harbours for feathered finds.

Bronte Creek Provincial Park: Known to be home to over 190 bird species – including the pileated woodpecker, turkey vulture, Baltimore oriole, red-tailed hawk, killdeer and eastern bluebird – the park also sees seasonal visitors like the bobolink, snow bunting and several types of owl.

Oakville and Bronte Harbours: Oakville’s two harbours are both great locations to spot waterfowl like the Canada goose, ring-billed gull, Bonaparte’s gull, common tern, mute swan, red-necked grebe and double-crested cormorant. There have even been sightings of ospreys, sandpipers, snowy owls and blue jays!

Oakville Parks: The town’s many parks are home to a variety of woodland birds. Shell Park is a popular spot for songbirds during the spring and fall migration seasons, while Village Wood Park has been known to feature owls and woodpeckers. For a full list of Oakville parks, please visit



Parkrun is a free, weekly timed 5k event, happening in neighbourhoods all over the world. Parkrun is open to all ages and abilities; participants can walk, jog, run or volunteer at this fun, friendly and inclusive events.

This season, Parkrun will be at River Oaks Community Centre and will continue weekly weather permitting. Runs begin at 9 a.m. and continue until the last runner crosses the finish line.


Tai Chi in the Park – July 2 to Sept. 3, 2020

Enjoy weekly sessions that are sure to improve both your fitness levels and enjoyment of the park!  All you need to bring is drinking water and enthusiasm! You can expect a Tai Chi practice that strengthens core (abdominal), improves balance and mobility of spine and joints. All levels are welcome.  Park entry fee is required. No additional fee for sessions.  Dates may change due to weather. We will do our very best to give fair warning regarding changes.  Notices will be posted on Facebook or Twitter.


Yoga in the Park – June 30 to Sept. 1, 2020

We are pleased to be able to offer park visitors a chance to enjoy weekly Yoga sessions outdoors!

Offered every Tuesday evening between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Vinyasa is a style of yoga characterized by stringing postures together so that you move from one to another, seamlessly, using breath. Commonly referred to as “flow” yoga. Vinyasa classes offer a variety of postures and no two classes are ever alike.  All levels welcome.

Participants are to bring their matt or towel and a reusable bottle of water.

No registration required.  No additional fee for class. If times change we will do our best to give you fair warning. Changes may be as a result of weather.


Park Jam Music Night – June 3 to Sept. 2, 2020

Each Wednesday night, Bronte Creek Provincial Park invites local talent to Jam in this DIY music night.

These public performances aim to provide an enjoyable evening for our visitors while highlighting the music schools, choirs/ bands etc.

We imagine people gathered around, casually listening and enjoying the talents of our local musicians.  We picture acts as diverse as steel drum bands to bag pipes!

Please contact park at if you are interested in performing or have questions.