Make Your Move

Make Your Move Oakville is the town's public education and awareness program to promote the benefits of healthy, active lifestyles and encourage residents to become more active through various sport and recreational activities.

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Make your Move Oakville – on bikes, on the ice and in the park

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 $85,776 two-year grant from the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund (OSRCF), the Town of Oakville is offerring

  • Bike Maintenance and Repair Workshops for Youth age 11-18
  • continuing to develop physical literacy by offering skate and helmet rentals during all recreational skates at Joshua’s Creek Arenas
  • CAN-BIKE Rodeos for Grade 4 students at select schools
  • a School Learn to Skate Program for Grade 5 students in partnership with Skate Oakville and select schools
  • Meet, Move and Play – free recreational and sport activities in select parks in the Spring of 2018.

Bike Maintenance and Repair Workshops

With Support from the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, the Town of Oakville is excited to offer Bike Maintenance and Repair Workshops (ages 11-18) at a reduced fee.

In the Spring of 2018 Meet, Move and Play will offer 30 days of FREE recreation and sport activities, partnering with local community and sport groups in targeted neighbourhood parks throughout the town that will promote physical activity and physical literacy. Stay tuned for more detailed information coming in 2018!

Participants will learn the basics of bike maintenance and repair including ABC Quick Check, how to fix a flat tire, fix your chain, adjust brakes and gears, as well as how to clean different parts of your bike. Bring your bike and prepare to get dirty!

CAN-BIKE Rodeos

CAN-BIKE Rodeos for grade 4 students will be piloted at select schools. Schools interested in offering CAN-BIKE Rodeos are asked to contact Monica Sulej at monica.sulej@oakville.ca.

Meet, Move and Play

The Town of Oakville has partnered with Skate Oakville to offer grade 5 students at piloted schools three on ice skating lessons. Fees are subsidized by the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund. Schools interested in participating in the School Learn to Skate Program are asked to contact Monica Sulej at monica.sulej@oakville.ca.

School Learn to Skate Program

The Town of Oakville has partnered with Skate Oakville to offer grade 5 students at piloted schools three on ice skating lessons. Fees are subsidized by the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund. Schools interested in participating in the School Learn to Skate Program are asked to contact Monica Sulej at monica.sulej@oakville.ca.

Skate and Helmet Rentals – NOW at Joshua's Creek Arenas

Skate and helmet rentals now available at Joshua’s Creek Arenas during all recreational skates. Skate and helmet rentals may also be available during private ice rentals, however this must be arranged with facility staff in advance.

Love cycling?

Enjoy Oakville's more than 300 kilometres of on- and off-road trails! Open Oakville’s Cycling Handbook (pdf) 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:

CAN-BIKE Programs

Thanks to a previous Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund (OSRCF) grant to Make Your Move, the Recreation and Culture department introduced CAN-BIKE programs to Oakville so that people of all ages could learn how to ride a bike safely. Due to their popularity, we are pleased to continue offering CAN-BIKE programs in Oakville. Registration for Fall programs begin August 12, 2017.

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.

Please note: 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.


Get active your way, every day

Regular, moderate physical activity is good for your heart. Health Canada's Physical Activity Guide recommends at least 60 minutes of moderate physical activity (such as brisk walking) on most or all days of the week. Sixty minutes of activity can be accumulated in shorter sessions, such as three 20-minute walks per day.

Choose activities that you enjoy and can do regularly:

  • Leave the car at home and walk to the store
  • Meet a friend for a walk rather than a drink or a meal
  • Get out in the garden
  • Get off the bus early and walk one or two stops –– visit the Oakville Transit website for bus routes
  • Take the stairs rather than the elevator or escalator
  • Walk at lunchtime with a friend or after dinner with the family
  • Put on your favourite music and dance in the living room
  • Join your local community centre, gym or sports team
  • Take the family trail walking, bike riding or swimming
  • Take up an active hobby like salsa dancing
  • Form a walking group at work or in your neighbourhood
  • Sign up for a Parks, Recreation and Culture program

If you have been inactive and want to begin an exercise program, it's a good idea to see your doctor first. Visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario site to view their list of risk factors.

Click on the headings that follow to learn more about other great Town of Oakville programs and initiatives that have been supported by the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund (OSRCF).

Get active your way, every day

Regular, moderate physical activity is good for your heart. Health Canada's Physical Activity Guide recommends at least 60 minutes of moderate physical activity (such as brisk walking) on most or all days of the week. Sixty minutes of activity can be accumulated in shorter sessions, such as three 20-minute walks per day.

Choose activities that you enjoy and can do regularly:

  • Leave the car at home and walk to the store
  • Meet a friend for a walk rather than a drink or a meal
  • Get out in the garden
  • Get off the bus early and walk one or two stops –– visit the Oakville Transit website for bus routes
  • Take the stairs rather than the elevator or escalator
  • Walk at lunchtime with a friend or after dinner with the family
  • Put on your favourite music and dance in the living room
  • Join your local community centre, gym or sports team
  • Take the family trail walking, bike riding or swimming
  • Take up an active hobby like salsa dancing
  • Form a walking group at work or in your neighbourhood
  • Sign up for a Parks, Recreation and Culture program

If you have been inactive and want to begin an exercise program, it's a good idea to see your doctor first. Visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario site to view their list of risk factors.

Family Day

Join us for free acitivities for the whole family. Visit the Make Your Move Family Day for more information.

Skate and helmet rentals

New to skating, or just getting back into it, and you don't have skates and/or a helmet to participate? Skate and helmet rentals are now available at Maple Grove Arena, River Oaks Community Centre, and Sixteen Mile Sports Complex during all recreational skates. For more information visit the skate and Helmet rentals page.

Let’s Get Physically Literate!

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. Visit the Let's Get Physically Literate! page for more information.

Let’s Play Safe Concussion Awareness

The Public Health Agency in Canada reports that more than 40 per cent of brain injuries in children and youth aged 10-19 years who visit emergency departments occur in sport and recreation activities.

Visit the Concussion Awareness page to learn how one can reduce the risk of suffering a concussion.

Cycle, Walk Oakville Map

Copies of the Cycle, Walk Oakville map are now available at your local community centre or library. You can also access cycling and walking trails information online. The interactive map will help you plan your cycling or walking route through Oakville's more than 105 km of on- and off-road cycling paths and over 200 km of trails.

Pedestrian Charter

The Town of Oakville actively encourages a culture of walking in all parts of our town. This charter was adopted by Council on June 1, 2009, and explains what we stand for and what we value as a healthy, active community. Download a copy of the charter (PDF).

Accessibility

Walking helps to create a richer social life and makes it possible for all of us to take part in the life of our community. The Town values easy access to our streets, squares, buildings, and public transit and assists in removing physical and social barriers so that opportunities to walk to these places are available to all.

Well designed and managed spaces and places

We believe our town is a place that promotes a healthy, convenient, and attractive environment.

Better walking routes and networks

A well-connected network of walking routes that are direct and easy to follow encourages walking. The town works to provide safe, comfortable, attractive and well-maintained routes that link all the places we need to go.

Land use planning that supports walking

Our planning decisions place importance on active transportation and include smart growth principles.

Community safety

The town values safe routes and infrastructure that prevent accidents. This includes well designed streets that manage traffic, reduce vehicle speeds in residential areas and around schools.

A culture of walking

Our leaders will do what is needed to promote a culture of walking in our town and actively encourage all members of the community to walk whenever and wherever they can as part of their daily lives.

A community that supports walking improves the quality of life for all of its members and contributes to a vibrant, livable Oakville.