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Soothing Staycation: 7 ways to explore Oakville from home

Though many travel plans have been put on hold during this time, there are still plenty of ways to explore the beauty of Oakville from home. 

Continue reading to learn more about the ways you can experience all that Oakville has to offer no matter where you are.  

1. Take a virtual walk through the Oakville Museum

The Oakville Museum is a premier destination for all things history in Oakville! Though their physical location is currently closed, you can still get your fill of local lore through their virtual tour. Walk through this historic house and browse exhibits of the past with this online resource. 

2. Explore the Oakville Galleries through digital archives

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Delve into the Oakville Galleries’ history of art from 1999 to present day through their online digital archives! The Galleries will also be posting step-by-step videos to create at-home masterpieces every Friday at 3 p.m. 

3. Download, stream and search with the Oakville Public Library

The Oakville Public Library is the perfect resource for those of you looking to burn through their summer reading lists a little early this year. Download ebooks and audiobooks from their online platform or try streaming a movie or tv show you’ve been meaning to watch. The Oakville Library also hosts digital archives for those looking to learn more about Oakville history. 

They are also offering a lot of online services during this time:

  • Book Talks: Listen to brief book reviews by an OPL staff member
  • Virtual Adult Book Club: Love it or hate it, come and discuss it! These Book Clubs are a great way to meet other book lovers and participate in lively discussions on Zoom
  • Virtual Live Family Storytime: Sing, read, and play with the Oakville Public Library. Tune in on Thursday and Tuesdays at 10 a.m. on OPL’s YouTube
  • Virtual Let’s Talk About Books: Have you read a book that you can’t stop talking about? Chat about it on Zoom. Each weekly session has a genre, topic, or theme
  • Virtual Creation Challenges: Every Monday at 10 a.m. they’ll post a creative project idea on Facebook. You’ll have one week to complete the challenge. To submit, post a photo of your creation in the video comments

4. Stay active with online classes

Don’t let social and physical distancing come between you and your hobbies. There are plenty of Oakville institutions offering classes online to keep your body and mind busy.

Arts:

Workouts:

5. Support local business 

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Many of our local businesses are still offering patio, in-store, online or takeout services during this time. Help keep Oakville businesses thriving by ordering in, making a purchase online or event buying gift cards to use at a later date. Stay up-to-date with the latest local business information through this interactive map. *Information is changing very quickly as the situation evolves, so please call each business ahead of time to ensure their offer is still applicable*

6. “Feast” your eyes on our YouTube channel

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Already blasted through all the content on your subscribed channels? Check out our YouTube page for short features on all of our Talk of the Town Award-winners! Start planning your dining excursions post-COVID-19 with these mouthwatering looks at local restaurants.

7. Watch movies at home

You can’t go to the movies right now, so Film.ca Cinemas is bringing them to you with Film.ca @ Home! Explore unique independent and foreign films through this streaming option, and 40-50% of the screening fee will go directly to this independent local theatre.

We’ve all got to look out for each other during this time, so stay safe and take care of yourselves! We look forward to welcoming visitors again when it is safe to travel.