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Great Outdoors

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

Please refer to our COVID-19 information page for the latest updates on local policies, openings and closures. 

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Ready, Set, Spring

This spring, the Town of Oakville is providing some unique opportunities to give back and focus on personal wellness through recreation and culture activities.

All programs offered follow strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Ready, Set, Scavenger Hunt!

Join us for a tour of Oakville to learn about Oakville’s history, impressive public art, gardens, and more. Although we shared a few hints already, the map won’t be posted until Friday, April 9 at 3 p.m.

How it will work…

From Saturday, April 10 to Sunday, April 18, visit at least 5 of 8 scavenger hunt locations for a chance to win a free family activity pass! To be entered into the random draw, Oakville residents are asked to share their photos in one post with @townofoakville on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #OakvilleTogether or email photos to events@oakville.ca. More details to come!


Oakville Public Library (OPL) Programs

Virtual Storytime: No Dragons for Tea by Jean E. Pendziwol and Martine Gourbault

Presented by the Oakville Public Library and Oakville Fire, take a virtual adventure as Oakville firefighters narrate No Dragons for Tea, a quirky story about a dragon’s flame-filled tea party. Listeners will be entertained by the funny and rhyming verses while gaining a positive lesson about fire safety.

Storytelling is provided in English, French, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Farsi. The link will be available from April 10 to 18.

Sports Equipment Lending Program

Try a new sport on us! Search “Sports Equipment” at opl.on.ca in partnership with the Town of Oakville. We have cricket, tennis, multi-sport kits, and more! Available for borrow with an OPL card.

Self-Guided StoryWalks

COMING SOON: the stories featured at each location will be updated this spring.

OPL is excited to continue to provide fun, self-guided walks based on selected children’s stories and poems. Take a stroll at one of the locations below and enjoy this fun and engaging way to combine physical activity and early literacy skills.

Spring into self-guided StoryWalk at:

  • Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park located at 2340 Ontario Street
  • Tannery Park located at 10 Walker Street
  • NEW: George Savage Park located at 3200 George Savage Avenue

Oakville Museum Outdoor Experiences at Erchless Estate

Spring into Flower Power

The Oakville Museum’s courtyard windows are dressed for spring! Let pieces from the costume collection awaken your senses with the power of flowers. Unique dresses bursting with colourful blooms reveal fashion trends of the past as well as intimate details of the lives of the individuals who designed, made and wore them.

Spring into April Showers

A spring stroll through the park calls for a parasol! As you wander the Oakville Museum’s grounds, uncover interesting facts about the flattering fashion accessory which served more than just a practical purpose.


Paddling

The Wai Nui O Kanaka Outrigger Canoe Club is giving back to frontline workers by offering FREE Stand Up Paddleboarding lessons and equipment from Friday, July 3, 2020 onward! Register here for select 90-minute sessions Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m. or Fridays at 2 p.m.

Rent canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards and more at Europe Bound/Hikers Haven.

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, 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.

Bicycles 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 powerboats. 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.

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. (Updated September 2020: The park is open for day-use activities such as walking, hiking, cycling and picnicking.)

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.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 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.

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.