Recreation

Please note that all recreation facilities are currently closed due to the ongoing pandemic excluding the Bell Homestead National Historic Site , Doug Snooks Eagle Place Community Centre and Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre which are open with limited programming and/or activities.

Recreation in and around Brantford

With the beautiful Grand River, multiple heritage sites and museums, over 1000 acres of park area, swimming pools and fun splash pads, Brantford has recreation options for everyone. You won't want to miss out on the action packed programming at one of our community centres, Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre or Shellards area.

Catch a fitness class at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre, or spend a leisurely day on one of the City's two gorgeous golf courses. Don't forget to visit Harmony Square for a number of events throughout the year.

Those looking for a bit more adventure will enjoy our 60 km of trails with access along the way to such famous sites as the Bell Homestead National Historic Site, Mohawk Chapel, the only Royal Chapel outside of the British Isles; or our museums and galleries, home to many beautiful works – just to name a few.

Leisure Activities Guide

The City of Brantford Parks and Recreation Leisure Activities Guide has been postponed until further notice. We appreciate your understanding.

Have a look at the latest issue of our Leisure Activities Guide Online eBrochure version and PDF version for a full listing of programs and activities that are currently being offered. Brantford's community centres are waiting for you. From tots to seniors, our facilities offer year-round, registered or drop-in programs that are sure to suit any taste. 

Register for programs and activities 

RecConnect a fast, convenient way to register online for Brantford Parks and Recreation activities in the comforts of your home. You will be able to view the upcoming program information prior to registering by walking through the step by step RecConnectsystem.

Online registration opens for all programs with a barcode (excluding swim lessons) on the same day the leisure guide is distributed . Don’t forget classes fill up quickly!

June is Recreation and Parks Month

Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) recognizes and celebrates the month of June as Parks and Recreation Month. Our department has put together a virtual calendar of activities in light of the pandemic, for the community to enjoy to recognize the benefits of parks and recreation. We encourage you to get out (recognizing social distancing of course!) and stay active. You can also follow our activities on our Facebook page. You can also download a printable copy of the calendar.

Monday, June 1
It's National Health & Fitness Day! Try a virtual fitness class on the new Fitness at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre Facebook page. You can find archived videos in the "photo" section of the page.
Tuesday, June 2 
Do something fun today! Visit www.facebook.com/HarmonySquare and select a video with Harmony Squirrel and try it out.
Wednesday, June 3 
Our parks department works hard planting gardens every spring. Watch a YouTube video online to learn how you can grow your own plant from seeds and see if you can try it!
Thursday, June 4 
Learn more about Brantford's Connecting Seniors at Home program with several helpful tips and activities for those 50 years and over to try something new! 
Friday, June 5 
Using sidewalk chalk draw and play a game of hopscotch outside! No chalk? Watch this video on how to make your own chalk. All you need to do is combine ¼ cup of warm water with ½ cup of Plaster of Paris in a bowl. Next, mix in 2 to 3 tablespoons of tempera paint (choose your favourite colours). The more paint you use, the brighter your chalk color will be! Then, transfer the mixture into a mold, such as a silicon ice cube tray. Most of all-have fun!
Saturday, June 6 
It's National Garden Week! Plant flower or vegetable seeds or seedling in your garden (It's also great exercise too!) or find a rock and paint it and put it in your garden to enjoy year-round. You can try finding cool rock painting ideas on google images.
Sunday, June 7
Go for a walk or bike ride on one of Brantford's beautiful trails! View the trail map
Monday, June 8
Paint or draw a beautiful picture with an inspiring message on it and put it up in your front window for people to see as they walk by. 
Tuesday, June 9 

Go for a scavenger hunt walk around your neighbourhood.

See if you can find the following items:

  • robin
  • dog
  • picture in a window
  • red car
  • hanging pot
  • someone riding a bike
  • garden decoration
  • bird house or feeder and;
  • something purple 
Wednesday, June 10
Complete a workout of your choice. Choose a workout on Fitness at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre or find a video on YouTube you like. 
Thursday, June 11
Learn about local Sports History. Take the Brantford and Area Sports Hall of Recognition 360 virtual tour and read about the Inductee athletes and builders and how you can nominate someone.
Friday, June 12 
Make a COVID time capsule and bury it in your backyard. Ideas include; list your favourite things, what you've enjoyed most and people you've talked to virtually the most - the possibilities are endless!      
Saturday, June 13
Join a live fitness class with a certified instructor from the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre. Visit Facebook.com/groups/WGSCFitness  
Sunday, June 14
Power off and play! Try going a few hours, half the day or even the entire day without electronics and enjoy the outdoors or play a board game with family.
Monday, June 15 
Enjoy a stroll through beautiful Glenhyrst Gardens
Tuesday, June 16 
Visit Harmony Square's Facebook page and select another video to do with Harmony Squirrel.  Have fun! 
Wednesday, June 17 
Reduce stress and find a free yoga class or meditation video on YouTube
Thursday, June 18 
Make a list of all the different animals and bird types you see in your backyard or on your next walk. Learn online about 50 different Canadian bird species and the sounds they make too.
Friday, June 19 
Set up a bucket in your yard and get a ball or roll up a sock. Stand away from the bucket and try throwing it into the bucket. See if you can get it in five times in a row! Challenge someone else to a distance game with their own ball. Learn about some other sock games you can play.
Saturday, June 20 
Go for a bike ride or walk on one of Brantford's beautiful trails! View the trail map
Sunday, June 21
Learn how to make your own kite online or use one you already own then visit a local park to try it out! 
Monday, June 22
Learn more about Brantford's National Historical Site and where Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. Watch a video or read up on what's happening during their closure on the Bell Homestead Facebook page to learn more.
Tuesday, June 23
Pick up the phone today and call a senior you know and ask them about their childhood or tell them about your week. You may just make their day! 
Wednesday, June 24 
Set up your very own mini-putt and play a game. If you don't know how, learn how online
Thursday, June 25
See if you have a Neighbourhood Association in your area and see what they are up to. You may just want to get involved too! 
Friday, June 26
It's foodie Friday! Find a simple recipe and bake something with someone in your house then eat it together. 
Saturday, June 27 
Grab a blanket and head to a park or your own backyard and start reading an eBook or magazine. Did you know you can get a temporary Brantford Library digital card online? 
Sunday, June 28
Ride your bike down one of Brantford's beautiful trails. Don't forget your helmet! 
Monday, June 29 
Have your own 'movie in the park' and set up a blanket, get some popcorn and a drink and watch a movie outside on a laptop, tablet or phone. 
Tuesday, June 30 
Watch the video Splish! Splash! Water Safety Song on YouTube to prep for summer water safety.