Let's Get Physically Literate!

Image of families on a guided trail walk.

The Recreation and Culture Department is proud to provide programs and services to help residents of all ages live healthy, active lives.

Thanks to a $92,700 two-year grant from the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund (OSRCF), the grant will help develop physical literacy through education, training, tools and new physical activity programs including CAN-BIKE programs which will teach you how to ride a bike or sharpen up your cycling skills and Family Fitness on the Trails.

Please note: The views expressed on this page do not necessarily reflect those of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Click on the links provided and headings below for more information.


Love to cycle?

Enjoy Oakville's more than 300 kilometres of on- and off-road trails! Open Oakville’s Cycling Handbook (PDF, 14 MB) or pick up your FREE copy at any community centre, library or at Town Hall.

The following translated versions of these guides are also available at any community centre, library or at Town Hall:

Check out our NEW cycling education videos:

Click on the headings that follow for more information.

CAN-BIKE Programs

A bike in good working condition and a certified bike helmet are required for all courses. A bike and/or helmet may be provided by the Town of Oakville upon request up to one week in advance. Please call Jamie Angus at 905-845-6601, ext. 7209, for more information.


CAN-BIKE Fundamentals of Cycling Level 1 for the Family, children (Junior and Senior), or Adults (ages 14+) are three-hour courses that will focus on  basic bike handling skills. This course will cover all the information and fundamental skills needed to get on a bike and ride comfortably.


CAN-BIKE Fundamentals of Cycling Level 2 for the Family, Children (Junior and Senior), or Adults (ages 14+) are three hour courses for individuals who are comfortable on a bicycle, and have learned and demonstrated the basic skills, and/or graduated from the Level 1 course. The course will focus on helmet and bike fundamentals, handling skills, safe and effective cycling  and traffic dynamics.


CAN-BIKE Core Cycling Skills – Level 3 Senior (ages 9-13, previously called Kids CAN-BIKE) is for children who already know how to ride a bike (this is not a learn-to-ride course) and will teach traffic handling skills and the rules of the road.  At the end of the course, participants should feel comfortable riding on residential and some urban streets. The course will be conducted online and on the bicycle.

*Participants should have completed CAN-BIKE Fundamentals of Cycling Level 2 or be able to demonstrate their ability/skills to the instructor on the first day of class. An online requirement must be completed ahead of time and presented to the instructor.


CAN-BIKE Core Cycling Skills – Level 3 (ages 14+, previously called CAN-BIKE 1) is for adults who already know how to ride a bike (this is not a learn-to-ride course) and will teach traffic handling skills and the rules of the road.  At the end of the course, participants should feel comfortable riding on residential and some urban streets. The course will be conducted online and on the bicycle.

*Participants should have completed CAN-BIKE Fundamentals of Cycling Level 2 or be able to demonstrate their ability/skills to the instructor on the first day of class. An online requirement must be completed ahead of time and presented to the instructor.

Developing Physical Literacy – A foundation for Lifelong Physical Activity

Children must learn to move just as they must learn to read and write. Physical literacy skills help children gain the confidence and ability to lead healthy lives by successfully acquiring fundamental movement and sports skills through by participating in a variety of activities and sports. We invite you to get active with the Town of Oakville! Open the Physical Literacy pamphlet (PDF, 3 MB).

Fundamental movement skills

Agility – Being able to change the body’s position quickly and efficiently. Applies to: Gymnastics, Snowboarding, Badminton

Balance – Ability to stay upright or stay in control of body movements. Applies to: Cycling, Swimming, Cross-country skiing

Catching – Receiving a ball with the hands. Applies to: Basketball, Softball, Cricket

Coordination – Controlling all of your body parts while doing different activities. Applies to: Dance, Skating, Martial Arts

Jumping – Two-foot take off with two-foot landing. Applies to: Basketball, Volleyball, Track and Field

Kicking – Applying force to an object with the foot. Applies to: Soccer, Football, Rugby

Running – Moving quickly by using one’s feet, with one foot off the ground at any given time. Applies to: Lacrosse, Squash, Track and Field

Striking – Propelling an object using the hand or sports equipment (paddle, racquet) using a side arm action. Applies to: Table Tennis, Hockey, Volleyball

Throwing – Propelling a ball toward a given object. Applies to: Basketball, Football, Tennis

Stages of growth and development

Town of Oakville recreation programs (with a focus on preschool programs in the Spring and Summer of 2016) build on the Sport for Life Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD) which focuses on three stages of children’s growth and development.

Active Start (Age: 0-6) – At this stage children are introduced to unstructured active play that incorporates a variety of body movements. Children at this age begin to develop the ABC’s of movement - Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed.

FUNdamental (Age: 6-9) – At this stage children develop fundamental movement skills, including the ABC’s of movement - Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed. The goal is to have children participate in a variety of sports and physical activities that are well structured and focus on FUN.

Learn to Train (Age: 9-12) – At this stage children are ready to begin converting their fundamental movement skills into fundamental sport skills. The emphasis is on general sports skills that are transferable to a number of activities.

FREE Guided Trail Walks!

Join us for some FREE family fun and exercise on Oakville’s beautiful trails at 10 a.m. on the following dates:

  • May 28 – Glen Abbey Trail
    Meet in the south parking lot at Glen Abbey Community Centre
  • June 4 – Bayshire Woods
    Meet in the parking lot at The Parkway
  • June 11 – Shannon Creek Trail South
    Meet in the parking lot at River Glen Park
  • June 18 – Morrison Valley South (behind Town Hall)
    Meet in the large parking lot at Town Hall (driveway is accessible via White Oaks Blvd)

All ages welcome. Led by a certified hike leader and outdoor enthusiast, the trail walks are about 1.5 km long. Strollers and baby carriers for young children are strongly recommended. Don’t forget comfortable and sturdy shoes, water and your enthusiasm! Pets and bikes are not permitted.

Use the online Parks Listing for maps and amenities information. Visit the Trails page for more information about Oakville's 300+ kilometres of trails and amenities.