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A Day of Outdoor Activities in Oakville

15 AUG 2012
Career Path : Travel and Tourism

It is pretty easy to get distracted by all of the fun outdoor activities there are to do in Oakville. With so many beautiful heritage trails and a slew of street festivals to peruse, many people forget about the less obvious outdoor activities that are available. Here is a look at three really fun outdoor activities to do in Oakville!

Spoil your sweet tooth

A trip out to Eastern Canada would be incomplete without a visit to a sugar shack (more commonly referred to as ‘cabane à sucre’ in Quebec and other French-speaking areas in Canada). Dating as far back as the early 17th century, ‘sugaring off’ continues to be a much loved Canadian tradition. What it involves is quite simple: people make their way out to a sugar shack and experience tasting fresh maple syrup straight from maple trees. Most sugar shacks are fully equipped with a restaurant and both indoor and outdoor recreation activities, allowing people to make their sugaring off adventures an all-day event.

Typically, sugar shacks are located in maple forests and can be accessed quite easily from nearby metropolitan areas. If you’re in Oakville, the closest sugar shack is less than thirty minutes away in Campbelville. It makes for a beautiful drive, so if you have a sweet tooth and a love for the outdoors, sugaring off is most definitely a top contender on your to-do list when in Oakville.

A spooky dose of Spruce Lane

If you find yourself in Oakville in the month of August, you should definitely make your way out to Bronte Creek Provincial Park for an outdoor ghost walk at Spruce Lane Farmhouse. This autumn tradition brings locals and tourists together to explore and discuss the supernatural observances they have both seen and heard about taking place in the area. The farmhouse has a long history of spooky things going on in and around it, and the ghost walk is a fun way to revive the stories and start up a discussion about possible explanations. This walk is suitable for kids as well, so a stroll through Spruce Lane can easily be a family activity. The ghost walks take place every Sunday in August.

Easy does it, busy body

It doesn’t take much to get swept away by all of the outdoor activities in Oakville. And while it is vital to keep your heart rate up and your fun-level even higher, remember that it is also important to slip in some time to just sit back and relax. Luckily, there are plenty of patio restaurants in Oakville where you and your family or friends can go to enjoy a meal while also taking in a lakeside view!

All of these outdoor activities can be done in the span of a day: Head out to the sugar shack in the morning and stay until the late afternoon, make your way to an Oakville restaurant  for a patio dinner, and then finish the day off with an entertaining ghost walk. Enjoy!


Visit Compass Lakeside Grill and Lounge for more information on Oakville restaurants.