The days are a longer now, which means there's even more time for fun outdoors. And although some of our favourite summer events or activities will look a little different this year, the Town of Oakville is also introducing new ways to come together as a community safely.
Whether you're enjoying a splash pad on a hot day or taking a walk along one of the trails, please remember to follow Provincial regulations and public health guidelines, such as keeping a two-metre distance from others, and wearing a mask when physical distancing is a challenge.
Public art plays an important role in building community, promoting dialogue and fostering a sense of belonging. Throughout summer, starting July 1, Oakville’s temporary public art project ConNextions will offer unique installations on display at the following local neighbourhood parks:
The experience offers unique art installations on display by local emerging and professional artists with strong connections to Oakville.
If a park is busy when you arrive, please consider returning at a different time or visiting a different location.
The Town of Oakville celebrates the month of June through a number of fun and educational public awareness campaigns that we are very proud to support. Many of the ways ways we celebrated Indigenous History Month, Pride, etc. can be enjoyed year-round and some of the recordings made of our programs and special events are now available on YouTube.
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The Town of Oakville resides on the treaty lands and traditional territory of the Mississaugas, Neutral, Huron-Wendat and Haudenosaunee. This land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek to share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. Visit the Indigenous Culture and Community page to learn more.
In recognition of National Indigenous History Month, residents are encouraged to enjoy a walk along the Moccasin Trail and explore the history of the lands we call Oakville from an Indigenous perspective. The content for the information booth and plaques along this trail was developed in partnership with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations and Indigenous community members.
Chef Johl Whiteduck Ringuette is the owner of NishDish Marketeria and Catering, an award-winning small business that has been reclaiming and serving traditional Anishinawbe or Ojibwe food since 2005. He joined us For the Love of Cooking on Wednesday, June 2 to show everyone how to prepare his NishDish Wild Rice Casserole.
You can watch previously recorded sessions of our free virtual program Planting our Seeds on YouTube. This series, produced in partnership with Grandmothers Voice, celebrates Indigenous culture and community, offering authentic insight into Indigenous peoples experiences.
The OPL hosted Explore Your Roots at Library and Archives Canada: Starting Your First Nations, Inuit & Métis Nation Genealogy on Monday, June 21 in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day 2021. Presented in partnership with Library and Archives Canada, participants learned about resources related to First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation genealogy, how to access collections in person or online, and how to get advice or assistance.
Throughout the month of June 2021, land acknowledgement plaques were installed at Town Hall and all community centres to acknowledge the enduring presence and deep traditional knowledge, laws and philosophies of the Indigenous people with whom Oakville shares this land today.
The rainbow flag was flown at Town Hall throughout the month of June in recognition and support of Pride Month and Oakville’s LGBTQ2S+ community. Display or wear a rainbow to show your pride and/or support any time of year.
Books, songs and lots of laughs were shared with Fay & Fluffy's Storytime and the OPL on Saturday, June 19. Fay and Fluffy support LGBTQ2S+ families by providing a supportive and inclusive environment focused on fun.
Did you take a walk along one of Oakville’s three first-ever rainbow crosswalks, which will be installed on Lakeshore Road at the intersections of Navy Street, Kerr Street and Bronte Road by end of June? Read the news release.
Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) promotes the benefits of an active lifestyle and green spaces for community, physical and social well-being. This year, our June is Parks and Recreation Month programming focused on activities that can be enjoyed individually or in small family groups.
The Town of Oakville is proud to provide residents of all ages and abilities with a variety of online programs and drop-in options. Choose from fitness classes, arts and crafts, topical discussions, and more!
Did you know that Oakville has over 240 kilometres of on-road bike lanes and off-road cycling paths? Coordinated by Cycle Toronto, Bike Month is celebrated and supported across the GTHA and Guelph from June 1 to 30. Visit bikemonth.ca to contribute to their Bike Month Kilometre Counter, and more.
On Wednesday, June 23, we dedicated a tree at Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre, the former site of the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, in remembrance of those we have lost during the COVID-19 pandemic and the unwavering dedication of first responders. Visit the COVID-19 Tree Dedication Virtual Ceremony page for more details.
Help older adults stay connected! There are two OPL Connection Kits available that provide Oakville residents who are 55 years old and older with technology devices to stay connected with friends and family, and to access accessible reading materials. Call your local OPL branch for more information.
Oakville Seniors were invited to a Seniors Month Virtual Celebration on Thursday, June 17 at 1 p.m. with friends from the municipalities of Elora, Milton, Niagara Falls, Oakville and Rockwood. To celebrate the amazing contributions of seniors across the Golden Horseshoe, this free event featured a Mayors' Welcome, Finding Joy motivational speaker Cheryl Watkin, and special musical guest the Fiddlestix.
The Without Walls (WOW) phone-based program on Tuesday, June 22 featured an informative Elder Abuse Prevention session promoting tips, resources and services that help increase senior safety and well-being.