September 29, 2020

By: Karisa Simon

Just because travelling is not recommended right now, does not mean that a vacation should be completely off the table. There are still plenty of ways that you can channel the fun and experience of a vacation by having a staycation! Take a short road trip out of town or explore some local attractions in your community. A staycation does not need to break the bank.

You would think that since summer is over that life would slow down a bit and get back to normal. However, that is not the case for me, as I am still as busy as a bee. Taking a road trip out of town was not feasible for me, so I searched for a fun Oakville attraction for us to visit. I discovered the majestic labyrinth at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre. Mowed into the wild grasses of the art centre’s property, the labyrinth is said to be a peaceful and healing green path.

Often mistaken as a maze, a labyrinth is a structure that consists of one path that brings you to the centre. You literally have to turn around and go back the way you came to exit the structure. Being in what some may describe as an endless path through the grass, a labyrinth is said to help individuals find wholeness and spiritual awakening.

I have never been to a labyrinth before, so I reached out to my friends about my discovery to see if they wanted to attend. With our masks in hand, we arrived at the art centre and the property was screaming with autumn. We walked across a beam and up a small hill and there it was – the labyrinth.

A stone marked its entrance and a sign explaining the significance of a labyrinth was posted nearby. Modelled after the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth in France, this labyrinth was 1also composed of a four-quadrant pattern that you must walk through to get to the centre. I thought that we would get to the centre in no time, however, it took us about 20 minutes to make it there (whew). Along the way, we stopped to take pictures and chatted, we even attempted to guess how much longer it would take us to get there. Each time we were wrong because, with all of its twists and turns, you can never really tell how close you are to the centre.

Despite feeling like the path would never end, I did feel a sense of peace in the labyrinth. Taking one step at a time, focusing on that moment, and listening to nature’s symphony, you are forced to immerse yourself in nature’s greatness and nothing else. Once we reached the centre, we were greeted with a huge crystal quartz. When I realized that we actually made it and that I didn’t listen to the voice in my head telling me to forget about the paved path and just walk over the unmowed grass, I felt a huge sense of accomplishment. I know that my friends felt that way too. We took a few moments in the centre and worked our way back through the path. I can honestly say that I left refreshed.

This was such a fun way to experience Oakville. The labyrinth at Joshua Creek is a great and inexpensive activity for you to add on your staycation itinerary this fall.

Happy walking!