Great Outdoors

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

Beaches
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.

 

Biking
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.

Bicyles can be rented in town at Gears.

 

Boating
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 from Bronte Heritage Park near the gazebo with Boomers Sporting Adventures. Boomers Step On Cruises is open from mid-June through mid-September (weather permitting), starting at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Contact Boomers for group special event cruises aboard the 42-ft. trawler, Veteran’s Dream. Visit www.boomerssportingadventures.com for more details, or call 289-838-8669.

 

Camping
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.

 

Fishing
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 www.conservationhalton.on.ca 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 1 – August 19, 2017 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.

 

Birding

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 oakville.ca.