Great Outdoors - Visit Oakville

Great Outdoors

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

COVID-19 Update:

The following amenities will be reopening under new provincial COVID-19 safety protocols:

  • Splash pads
  • Oakville Public Library Contactless Holds Pickups and Returns
  • Park greenspaces and trails
  • Community gardens
  • Town-owned cemeteries
  • Town-owned leash-free dog parks and their parking lots
  • Parking lots open: Tannery and Waterworks Park, Gairloch Gardens, Coronation Park and South Shell Park, Bronte Beach, Bluffer’s Park, Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park, community centers for permitted activities.
  • Public washrooms open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily: Fisherman’s Warf, Bronte Outer Harbour, Tannery Park, Wallace Park, Lakeside Park, Lawson Park, Coronation Park, Burloak Canoe Club, George Savage Park, Memorial Park, Isaac Park, Fowley Park, South Shell Park. Towne Square washroom is open year round from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Harbours and boat storage facilities
  • Bronte and Shipyard public boat launch ramp, Busby canoe and kayak launch ramp
  • Publicly accessible multi-use sport-fields (areas not locked and enclosed with fencing) are open to individuals and for casual play
  • Picnic tables and benches
  • Tennis, bocce ball and pickleball courts with the exception of Trafalgar Park, William Rose Park and Fowley Park
  • Skateboard parks
  • Basketball courts

Continue to adhere to the provincial policies of social distancing when exploring Oakville outdoors. 

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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.

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.

Check out Oakville’s listing in Ontario By Bike’s 2019 Cycling in Ontario 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 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 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. (Bronte Creek Provincial Park will re-open on May 15, 2020 for limited day-use access. Recreational activities will be limited to walking, hiking, biking and birdwatching.)

 

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 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.