July 21, 2023

Looking to escape to nature and enjoy a meal al fresco in a picturesque picnic location? Pack a basket and blanket, and enjoy one of these nine picture perfect – and picnic perfect – parks in Oakville.

Picnic by the water in Oakville: Dingle Park

Steps from Downtown Oakville, Dingle Park (240 Front St, Oakville) is a lush green space, with a well-maintained trail, serene views of Lake Ontario, and a picnic area shaded by mature trees. This park is quiet and peaceful, perfect for breathing it all in. 

Picnic in the Heart of Oakville: Lakeside Park

Lakeside Park (144 Front St, Oakville) offers a blend of greenery and lakefront beauty in the heart of Downtown Oakville. Stroll along the picturesque waterfront, and stop for a picnic under the shade of mature trees. Children will enjoy the playground while parents take in the view. The Oakville Museum and the Old Post Office are steps away and offer a great way to learn about the town’s history.

Picnic and learn about Oakville’s Indigenous History: Tannery Park

Just west of Downtown Oakville, Tannery Park (30 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville) offers stunning views of Lake Ontario and the Oakville Harbour with plenty of seating to sit and enjoy a picnic. The park features the Moccasin Identifier and outdoor classroom gathering circle, which was built to promote public awareness of the significant cultural historic sites and the ancestral presence of First Nations, Métis and Indigenous Communities. Learn about Indigenous history by walking along the park’s path and reading the “Rooted in the Land” history wall, which was created in consultation with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation

Book your barbecue picnic: Coronation Park 

Coronation Park (1426 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville) is an Oakville gem, boasting views of Lake Ontario, a fully accessible playground, splash pad and beach. The ultimate picnic destination with five large designated picnic areas, including a covered/shelter area, each picnic area comes equipped with picnic tables and a barbecue (Be sure to book those in advance here).

Tip: Visit during the week when Coronation Park is less busy.

Hidden Beach Picnic Spot: South Shell Waterfront Park

South Shell Park (3300 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville) opened in 2020 and is located on the west side of town. It features a sandy beach, the perfect backdrop for a relaxing picnic by the lake, and provides beautiful views of the CN Tower and the Toronto skyline on clear days.

Picnic with Entertainment: Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park

Located in Bronte Village, Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park (2340 Ontario St, Oakville) boasts a scenic shoreline and ample green space to lay out your picnic blanket, relax, and watch the boats go by. The park is abuzz with various events throughout the summer. Find the full list of events here and plan a picnic in Bronte that includes live music, culture, art and more.

Picnic with Family: Bronte Beach Park

Just a few minutes away is Bronte Beach Park (45 West River Street Bronte, Oakville) on the west side of Bronte Harbour. This park offers clear water and a sandy shoreline, perfect for wading in. Swim, stroll, and enjoy a picnic with loved ones at this picturesque spot on Lake Ontario.

Picnic and Art: Gairloch Gardens

Gairloch Gardens (1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville) is a fantastic picnic spot for nature enthusiasts and art lovers alike. These beautifully landscaped gardens feature views of Lake Ontario, art sculptures, a stunning rose garden and a peaceful pond, providing a tranquil setting for a memorable time with friends and family. Oakville Galleries (one of two locations) is located here, so be sure to stop by and check out current exhibits.

Tip: Visit the park on a weekday when it is less busy and don’t forget your camera. Gairloch is one of the most photographed parks in Oakville.

Nature Escape Picnic: Bronte Creek Provincial Park

We may have left the best for last. Bronte Creek Provincial Park is an expansive park offering picturesque picnic areas, meandering trails, and abundant wildlife. It offers two options to enjoy the outdoors: a day-use area (1219 Burloak Drive) open year round and a campground area (3201 Upper Middle Road West off Bronte Road). In addition to many picnic spots and beautiful trails, it offers several interpretive programs – Maple Syrup Festival in March, Ghost Walks in August, Camper Halloween, and Victorian Christmas in December. Read more about the trails at Bronte Creek Park here.

Tip: Fall is a great time to visit Bronte Creek Provincial Park for a picnic.

Oakville’s picnic spots offer an array of breathtaking locations that tend to many tastes and preferences. Oakville is a place where you can unwind, connect with nature, and create lasting memories. From the serene shores of Lake Ontario to the lush greenery of parklands, these destinations provide the perfect setting for your next picnic. Follow this link to see more amazing parks in Oakville. Pack up and come to Oakville to enjoy the tranquility moments at these delightful picnic spots.

Important to know: Town of Oakville does not permit personal BBQs in the town’s parks, so be sure to bring a prepacked picnic basket and enjoy amazing times with your company.

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