Make Your Move

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

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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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 offering

  • 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.

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.

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.


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:

Cycling Activity Booklet

Download your copy of the Cycling Activity Booklet (PDF) for fun puzzles that teach riders about bike safety, how to correctly fit your helmet, and 10 reasons for riding your bike to school!

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 begins 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).

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.

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 ages 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.

Skate and helmet rentals

In an effort to improve access to safe skating opportunities, the Recreation and Culture department now offers skate and helmet rentals at five locations:

  • Joshua's Creek Arenas
  • Maple Grove Arena
  • River Oaks Community Centre
  • Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, and
  • Trafalgar Park Community Centre.

Visit the Public Skating page for more information.

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).

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