June is Recreation and Parks MonthEach June, communities across Ontario celebrate June is Recreation and Parks Month (JRPM). JRPM is recognized by municipalities, community organizations, and schools as a way of promoting the benefits of being active and recognizing the contribution that recreation and parks make to the quality of life. 

Access to parks and recreation is a fundamental human need that helps foster personal health, strong communities, and social inclusion. JRPM celebrates Ontario’s parks and recreation services and raises awareness for the role they play as a pathway to individual, community, and environmental well-being.

Most JRPM events are free or self-guided. Pre-registration is required for Family JumpFit and Painted Treasures events.

Read the June is Parks and Recreation Month proclamation.  

Have your say on the future of recreation in Severn 

The survey in now open! Share your thoughts and suggestions to help us understand what matters most to you and how we can enhance recreation experiences in Severn. Whether it's suggesting new activities, identifying areas for improvement, or highlighting your favourite spaces and places, every opinion counts. 

Take the online survey

The survey will close on July 10. 

'Community Thrives Here'

Throughout June, each week will focus on a specific theme that connects to the 2024 theme of 'Community Thrives Here'. This theme is meant to communicate that recreation and parks bring communities together in. Visiting parks and participating in recreational pursuits help Ontarians enhance their quality of life through connecting them with their community and encouraging active lifestyles.

June 3 to 9: Movement 

Movement week will focus on the importance of a physically active lifestyle. 

Looking for a scenic adventure?

Head out to the Uhthoff Trail for a bike ride. This beautiful trail offers a picturesque route through lush forests, serene wetlands, and open fields, making it perfect for cyclists of all ages and skill levels. 

Download the Uhthoff Trail Tour audio app

Did you know our Uhthoff Trail has an app? Download the Uhthoff Trail Audio Tour for Android or iOs:

Highlights

  • Trail length: 30 kilometres of well-maintained paths 

  • Terrain: Mix of flat and gently rolling sections 

Whether you're looking for a leisurely ride or a more vigorous workout, the Uhthoff Trail provides a peaceful escape into nature. Don't forget to bring water, snacks, and your sense of adventure.  

June 10 to 16: Trailblazers 

Trailblazers week will focus on leaders and change makers within the parks and recreation sector.  

Visit Ian Chrichton Memorial Park 

Discover the natural beauty of Ian Crichton Memorial Park with a relaxing walk. This scenic park offers trails that wind through lush forests, peaceful meadows, and along tranquil streams. Perfect for hikers of all ages and abilities, it's a great way to immerse yourself in nature and enjoy some fresh air. 

Highlights

  • Trail variety: Easy to moderate trails suitable for everyone 

  • Scenic views: Enjoy beautiful landscapes and abundant wildlife 

  • Amenities: Picnic areas, playground, benches, and rest spots along the way 

Ian Crichton, for whom the park is named, was a respected Councillor and figure in the local community. He was known for his dedication to environmental conservation and his efforts to promote outdoor activities and recreation. Crichton's legacy lives on through the park, offering a space where people can connect with nature, engage in physical activity, and enjoy the tranquility of the natural landscape he cherished.

June 17 to 23: Guardians 

Guardians week will focus on parks, conservation, and the role that parks and recreation plays in ecological restoration and preservation. 

Join the Washago Garden Club's clean-up on June 20

If gardening is your passion, mark your calendars for the Washago Garden Club's clean-up at the Washago gardens (corner of Muskoka Street and County Road 169) at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 20.  It's the perfect opportunity to roll up your sleeves and join fellow gardening enthusiasts in sprucing up our community's green spaces. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just starting out, your help is invaluable in keeping Washago green and growing. Don't miss out on this chance to connect with like-minded individuals and make a positive impact on our local environment.

June 24 to 30: Connection 

Connection week will focus on the social and mental health benefits of parks and recreation. 

About our Parks and Facilities

Enjoy the outdoors and spend time in one of our many parks and beaches. Whether you're playing sports, walking your dog or relaxing on the beach, there is something for everyone. Being outdoors can improve your mood and there’s always the opportunity to meet a new friend or connection. View our public parks map to locate the park nearest to you.

Events schedule

June 1: National Health and Fitness Day

The first Saturday in June is National Health and Fitness Day with a focus on improving our wellbeing by making physical activity part of our daily lives. 

Celebrate National Health and Fitness Day by being physically active in any way that gets you moving. This includes doing yoga, having a dance party in the kitchen, going for a walk, swimming, cycling, or playing ball with our friends. Have fun!

June 3: Free Family JumpFit

Bring out the whole family and join us for a free JumpFit workshop at Washago Centennial Park. Learn the skill of jumping rope in this beginner-level session with Kelsi Graves, a certified fitness trainer and jump rope coach.  

Jump ropes are provided. Please wear comfortable shoes. Weather permitting, this is a free event perfect for families to enjoy together. To register, email jumpwithkelsi@gmail.com with your age and approximate height for the ropes.

Details

Where: Washago Centennial Park (3398 Quetton Street) 

Fee: Free

Date and time: Monday, June 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

Instructor profile

Kelsi Graves is a Certified Group Fitness Instructor (ISSA), who specializes in Jump Rope HIIT and Tabata. She has been instructing since 2022 and has worked with municipalities, School Boards, Sport Clubs, The Heart and Stroke Foundation (Jump Rope for Heart), and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orillia. She runs a variety of adult, youth, and child Jump Rope classes and workshops out of Coldwater and Washago, as well as her Jump Studio in Orillia. In addition to Group Fitness, Kelsi runs PA Day and summer day camps, and offers Jump Birthday Parties. Kelsi has obtained her Youth Fitness Certification and looks forward to offering more Youth Fitness programming in the future.  

June 3: World Bike Day

With support from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, the Sustainable Spokes – Healthy Folks challenge is an open challenge to the public. Instead of driving a car, ride your bicycle to work today or until the end of the challenge on June 8. Learn more about Sustainable Orillia's 2024 Bike Challenge on their Events and Activities page.

June 4: Free Yoga in the park

Join us for a refreshing and rejuvenating experience with free Yoga in the park. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or just starting out, this program is perfect for all skill levels. Enjoy the beauty of nature while enhancing your flexibility, strength, and mindfulness. 

Bring your own mat, water bottle, and an open mind. Start your week off right with a serene Yoga session in the great outdoors. No registration is required

Details

Where: Coldwater Fairgrounds (11 Michael Anne Drive)

Fee: Free

Date and time: Tuesday, June 4 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Instructor profile
Teddi-Lynn Whiteduck is a Reiki practitioner, Crystal Healing Journey Facilitator and Yoga Instructor. She teaches a style of Yoga that focuses on rooting, connecting, grounding and releasing through the movement. This is a beautiful yogic movement in a hatha flow style. These classes are narrated while demonstrated for all levels to follow. No experience is required or needed.
June 6: Go for a self-guided hike in Ian Chrichton Memorial Park

Discover the natural beauty of Ian Crichton Memorial Park with a relaxing walk. This scenic park offers trails that wind through lush forests, peaceful meadows, and along tranquil streams. Perfect for hikers of all ages and abilities, it's a great way to immerse yourself in nature and enjoy some fresh air. 

Highlights

  • Trail variety: Easy to moderate trails suitable for everyone 

  • Scenic views: Enjoy beautiful landscapes and abundant wildlife 

  • Amenities: Picnic areas, playground, benches, and rest spots along the way 

Ian Crichton, for whom the park is named, was a respected Councillor and figure in the local community. He was known for his dedication to environmental conservation and his efforts to promote outdoor activities and recreation. Crichton's legacy lives on through the park, offering a space where people can connect with nature, engage in physical activity, and enjoy the tranquility of the natural landscape he cherished.

June 6: Clue 1 revealed in the 'Where am I?' Park Discovery contest

Follow our social media channels as we release close-up photos taken in our parks along with riddles each week as part of JRPM. 

How to play

Each week, the photos will gradually reveal more of the park's surroundings, providing a new challenge to identify the location. Crack the clues, find the park, and scan the QR code within the park to enter our giveaway for a chance to win prize at the end of the month. The contest will run from June 6 2024, 12:00 p.m. to Sunday, June 30, 2024, at 11:55 p.m.

Plus, you can go back to previous weeks and participate throughout the month of June. Every week you participate will enter you into a draw for a prizeFollow us on FacebookInstagram, or X to participate. 

View the contest rules

 

Week 1: Clue 1
Clue 1: A park where nature's whispers call, and pavilions offer rest for all. With logs to climb and swings to glide in this serene, woodsy hideaway.
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Week 1: Clue 2

Watch your step on winding trails, where wildflowers sometime prevail. With benches to rest and trails to hike, this woodsy spot is one you'll like.

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Week 1: Clue 3

Where pine trees whisper in the breeze, and the forest vibe puts you at ease.
Named after someone who led the way, in this green haven, 'kidz rule' the day.

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Week 2: Clue 1

Nestled in the neighbourhood's heart, where kids and laughter never part. With jungle friends, both big and small, this park is a favourite of them all.

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June 8: Self-guided workout at Timberline Park

Add some outdoor fun to your fitness routine and head over to Timberline Park (3581 Timberline Avenue) and discover our outdoor fitness equipment. Nestled amidst the natural beauty of the park, our functional equipment offers a unique opportunity to get fit while enjoying fresh air and natural sunlight. 

Highlights

  • Scenic setting: Surround yourself with the beauty of nature as you exercise in the fresh air and sunshine. 

  • Suitable for all fitness levels: Whether you're a beginner or advanced, our equipment is designed to accommodate all fitness levels. 

  • Free to use: Our outdoor fitness area is open to the public and free to use at any time of day. 

June 9: Free Painted Treasures class

This free recreation program for children is an introduction to our Explore'IT day camps which aims to foster a sense of community and collaboration through exploration and fitness.  

Guided by the support of Instructor Kelsi Graves, your child is invited into a world of exploration and creativity throughout the charming community of Coldwater. Children will search for an array of rocks that are patiently waiting to be transformed into miniature masterpieces, which will then be displayed proudly around the Coldwater Fairgrounds. 

Parental supervision is required for this program. 

To register, email jumpwithkelsi@gmail.com for attendance and supplies purposes. 

Details

Instructor: Kelsi Graves 

Where: Coldwater Fairgrounds (11 Michael Anne Drive) 

Cost: Free 

Date and time: Sunday, June 9 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

June 10: Washago Community Centre drop-in pickleball 

This is a fun, non-instructional drop-in program held outdoors at the Washago Community Centre (4361 Hamilton Street). Registration is not required. Equipment is provided but please bring your own paddle if you have one. 

Details

Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (runs until late September - weather dependent)

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Fee: Free

June 11: Coldwater daytime drop-in pickleball

This is a fun, non-instructional drop-in program indoors at the Coldwater Community Centre (11 Michael Anne Drive). Registration is not required. Equipment is provided but please bring your own paddle if you have one. 

Details

Days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (May until mid-September)

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Fee: $2.50

 June 13: Coldwater evening drop-in pickleball

The wait is over. New evening drop-in pickleball sessions at the Coldwater Community Centre start Thursday, June 13 and will continue on each Thursday night until the late fall. This time slot is perfect for those who work during the day or cant make the morning drop-ins. Registration is not required and equipment is provided—just bring your own paddle if you have one.

Details

Where: Coldwater Community Centre (11 Michael Anne Drive)

Fee: $2.50 

Date and time: Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

June 13: Week 2 clues revealed in the 'Where am I?' Park Discovery contest

Follow our social media channels as we release close-up photos taken in our parks along with riddles each week as part of JRPM. 

How to play

Each week, the photos will gradually reveal more of the park's surroundings, providing a new challenge to identify the location. Crack the clues, find the park, and scan the QR code within the park to enter our giveaway for a chance to win prize at the end of the month. Plus, you can go back to previous weeks and participate throughout the month of June. Every week you participate will enter you into a draw for a prizeFollow us on FacebookInstagram, or X to participate. 

June 15: Check out Couchiching Conservancy's Passport to Nature progam

While some events may be full, you can still get active outdoors at the trails and parks managed the Couchiching Conservancy (1485 Division Road West). Learn more about their properties and the year-long Passport to Nature program on their website

Please email engage@couchconservancy.ca for more information.

June 16: Self-guided nature scavenger hunt

Explore the great outdoors and have some fun with a nature scavenger hunt! Perfect for families, friends, and nature enthusiasts, this activity will get you moving and discovering the beauty of our natural surroundings. 

How to participate

  1. Download the scavenger hunt checklist here
  2. Head to your favourite park or trail
  3. Look for the items on the checklist and check them off as you find them
  4. Enjoy the adventure and take in the sights and sounds of nature

Bring along your sense of adventure and see how many items you can find. It's a great way to connect with nature and get some exercise. Happy hunting! 

June 18: Explore Bass Lake Woodlands Park through photography

Capture the stunning scenery of Bass Lake Woodlands Park (1956 Pine Avenue) through your camera lens. Whether you're an amateur photographer or a seasoned pro, this park offers endless opportunities to snap unique photos.

Highlights 

  • Scenic views: Enjoy picturesque views of the lake, lush woodlands, and vibrant flora. 

  • Wildlife: Spot a variety of birds, mammals, and other wildlife in their natural habitat. 

  • Trails: Wander along well-maintained trails that lead to perfect photo spots. 

Bring your camera and discover the beauty of nature at Bass Lake Woodlands Park. Each photo you take is a memory to cherish and share. 

June 19: Backyard birding activity

Create a bottle feeder out of a bottle

Creating a bottle feeder from a plastic bottle is a simple and fun DIY project that can attract birds to your garden or backyard. Birds play an important role in transferring seeds and pollen from place to place, helping to ensure the sustainability of our green spaces and parks. Parental supervision is suggested.

 How to make one

Materials needed:

  1. Plastic bottle (any size will do, but a larger one will hold more bird seed)
  2. Sharp knife or scissors
  3. Wooden spoons or dowels
  4. Bird seed

Instructions

  1. Prepare the bottle
  • Remove the bottle cap and clean the bottle thoroughly to remove any residue.
  • Let the bottle dry completely before starting the project.

2. Create feeding holes

  • Use a sharp knife or scissors to carefully cut holes in the sides of the bottle.
  • The holes should be large enough for birds to access the bird seed but not too large that all the seed spills out at once.
  • Space the holes evenly around the bottle, leaving enough room between them.

3. Insert perches

  • Insert wooden spoons or dowels through the holes to act as perches for the birds.
  • Make sure the perches are secure and extend far enough for birds to comfortably land and feed.

4. Fill with bird seed

  • Once the perches are in place, fill the bottle with bird seed through the top opening.
  • You can use a funnel to make this process easier and prevent spillage.

5. Hang the feeder

  • Attach a string or wire around the neck of the bottle to hang it from a tree branch, hook, or bird feeder pole.
  • Make sure the feeder is secure and at a height where birds can easily access it.

6. Enjoy watching the birds

  • Hang your homemade bottle feeder in a quiet and safe location where birds frequent.
  • Sit back and enjoy watching the birds visit your feeder and feed on the seed you've provided.

By repurposing a plastic bottle into a bird feeder, you not only create a functional and eco-friendly feeding station but also provide essential food for birds in your area. Happy birdwatching!

Head to this page if you would like to follow a different step-by-step guide.

 

June 20: Washago Garden Club clean-up (volunteer event)
If gardening is your passion, mark your calendars for the Washago Garden Club's clean-up at the Washago gardens (corner of Muskoka Street and County Road 169) at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 20.  It's the perfect opportunity to roll up your sleeves and join fellow gardening enthusiasts in sprucing up our community's green spaces. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just starting out, your help is invaluable in keeping Washago green and growing. Don't miss out on this chance to connect with like-minded individuals and make a positive impact on our local environment.
June 20: Week 3 clues revealed in the 'Where am I?' Park Discovery contest

Follow our social media channels as we release close-up photos taken in our parks along with riddles each week as part of JRPM. 

How to play

Each week, the photos will gradually reveal more of the park's surroundings, providing a new challenge to identify the location. Crack the clues, find the park, and scan the QR code within the park to enter our giveaway for a chance to win prize at the end of the month. Plus, you can go back to previous weeks and participate throughout the month of June. Every week you participate will enter you into a draw for a prizeFollow us on FacebookInstagram, or X to participate. 

June 21: Washago Centennial Park sport court grand opening

Mark your calendars and join us for the grand opening of our new multi-use sports court in Washago. Experience sports demonstrations and be part of the excitement as we officially unveil these new community assets. Free food and drinks will be available. 

Details

Where: Washago Centennial Park (3376 Quetton Street)

Fee: Free

Date and time: Friday, June 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 June 21: National Indigenous Peoples Day

For generations, many Indigenous groups and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on June 21 or around that time of year because of the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.

Take a walk with friends and family at the Coldwater Mill (1 Mill Street) and read the historic plaques, view the totem at the rear of the property, or stroll the aisles of the Mill to admire or purchase Indigenous art pieces. 

Learn more about National Indigenous Peoples Day at: https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/

June 22: Marchmont Community Park sport court grand opening

Mark your calendars and join us for the grand opening of our new multi-use sports court in Marchmont. Experience sports demonstrations and be part of the excitement as we officially unveil these new community assets. Free food and drinks will be available.

If you plan to attend, please walk, cycle, or roll (skateboard, rollerblades, scooter, etc.) as parking is very limited.

Details

Where: Marchmont Community Park (2049 Avery Lane)

Fee: Free

Time and day: Saturday, June 22 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

June 25: Free Yoga in the park

Join us for a refreshing and rejuvenating experience with free Yoga in the park. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or just starting out, this program is perfect for all skill levels. Enjoy the beauty of nature while enhancing your flexibility, strength, and mindfulness. 

Bring your own mat, water bottle, and an open mind. Start your week off right with a serene Yoga session in the great outdoors. No registration is required

Details

Where: Coldwater Fairgrounds (11 Michael Anne Drive)

Fee: Free

Date and time: Tuesday, June 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Instructor profile
Teddi-Lynn Whiteduck is a Reiki practitioner, Crystal Healing Journey Facilitator and Yoga Instructor. She teaches a style of Yoga that focuses on rooting, connecting, grounding and releasing through the movement. This is a beautiful yogic movement in a hatha flow style. These classes are narrated while demonstrated for all levels to follow. No experience is required or needed.
June 27: Week 4 clues revealed in the 'Where am I?' Park Discovery contest

Follow our social media channels as we release close-up photos taken in our parks along with riddles each week as part of JRPM. 

How to play

Each week, the photos will gradually reveal more of the park's surroundings, providing a new challenge to identify the location. Crack the clues, find the park, and scan the QR code within the park to enter our giveaway for a chance to win prize at the end of the month. Plus, you can go back to previous weeks and participate throughout the month of June. Every week you participate will enter you into a draw for a prizeFollow us on FacebookInstagram, or X to participate. 

June 28: Get out on the water for a self-guided paddle

We have multiple public docks and boat launches available to access local lakes and rivers.

Our public docks and boat launches include:

Paddling maps

View our Paddling page to find additional canoe launches and paddling maps. We have a variety of water trails available for all fitness and experience levels.

June 29: Enjoy the day at Washago Centennial Park

Looking for the perfect spot to enjoy a day outside with friends and family? Look no further than Washago Centennial Park (3398 Quetton Street). Situated along the picturesque shores of Lake Couchiching, this charming park offers the ideal setting for a memorable outdoor gathering.

Highlights

  • Stunning lake views: Relax and unwind amidst the beauty of Lake Couchiching.
  • Ample green space: Spread out your blanket on the lush green grass and enjoy a leisurely picnic.
  • Playground: Keep the kids entertained with the park's playground facilities.
  • Shaded areas: Find respite from the sun under the pavilion or the park's shady trees while still enjoying the fresh air.

Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply enjoying a sunny day, Washago Centennial Park is the perfect destination for a fun-filled picnic with friends and family. Gather your favourite snacks, grab a frisbee or a ball, and make lasting memories in this tranquil lakeside setting. Learn more about the park amenities at: severn.ca/parks

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