Recreation Programs

Fuel your love for recreation, sport, and the outdoors with a wide range of programs offered by the Town of Penetanguishene.  The Town offers programs for individuals of all ages, skills, and abilities, we strive to deliver high-quality affordable recreation programming to the community.  

Registering for any Town of Penetanguishene Recreation & Community Services Department program constitutes acceptance of the Terms and Conditions contained herein and attached hereto.


Each class varies with the number of spaces available, please register early to avoid disappointment.  Submission of a registration form does not constitute immediate acceptance into the program.  Registrations will be processed in the order they are received and those who register in person on opening day will be served prior to forms submitted by email/fax.  Due to the high volume of registrations, you will only be contacted if there is a problem with your registration.  An email will be sent to all registered participants prior to the start of your program to confirm the program details. Once a class has been filled, interested registrants will be placed on a waiting list in order of the date registrations are received. 

Late registrations are welcome but are subject to availability. When space is available, the fee for late registrations will be the same as the original program cost. 


Activities and programs are designed for a specific age group, and are often based on specific skill levels.  Please respect the age guidelines.  For all programs, the participant must be the age stipulated in the program description prior to the program starting.  Programs have been developed to serve the best interest of all participants in our classes.  Please contact the Recreation & Community Services Department if you have any questions.


We try our best to not cancel any classes during our planned sessions, but unfortunately, some instances are out of our control that requires classes to be canceled and may include;

  • Instructor Illness/Availability
  • Poor Weather Conditions
  • Facility Closure/Not Available
  • Emergencies

If a class is cancelled during the session, we will attempt to provide a make-up class, but please note that in some instances, this may not be available and no refund will be provided.  Classes will be scheduled to operate in all types of weather conditions.  Certain School Boards (SCDSB/SMCDSB) cancel rentals when school buses are canceled, which is out of our control.  If a class is cancelled due to poor weather, an email will be sent out to all participants and a phone call to those with no email address on file to notify you of the cancellation.  If you do not here anything, then assume the class is running, or you may call Town Hall prior to 4:30 pm to verify 705-549-7453.


The Town of Penetanguishene reserves the right to modify/cancel classes, even after registrations have been processed, due to insufficient enrolment in a class, or for operational needs.  Refunds will be processed for any classes that get cancelled by the Town, prorated on the percentage of the course remaining.


The Town is not responsible for any damage to, or loss of any property brought onto the premises.


  • Payment will be accepted in the form cash or cheque payable to the Town of Penetanguishene, VISA, MasterCard or Debit.
  • The Town of Penetanguishene will charge an administrative fee of $40.00 for cheques that are returned to us by the bank. If this should occur, your registration will be null/void until you replace your original cheque with Cash/Debit/Visa/MasterCard, in the amount of the total program registration fee plus the $40.00 administration fee.
  • Approved refund requests/withdrawals will be refunded based on the program fees paid, minus a $10.00 administrative fee per person, per program. All refunds will be prorated on the percentage of the course remaining at the time of the withdrawal request, which must be submitted by email or in person.  Refund requests will not be approved if less than 50% of the session dates remain.  Please allow 2 to 3 weeks to process refunds.


In consideration of the acceptance of my application and the permission to participate in a program sponsored by the Recreation & Community Services Department, Town of Penetanguishene, I hereby waive and forever discharge the Corporation of the Town of Penetanguishene, its employees, agents, instructors, officers, and elected officials from all claims, damages, costs and expenses in respect to injury or damage to my person or property, however caused, which I may sustain as a result of my participation in the program, provided such claims are not caused by the negligence of the Town of Penetanguishene. The Town of Penetanguishene reserves the right to use photographs of recreation programs for promotional use.

Fall 2022 Recreation Program registration opens Monday, August 29th at 9:00 am.

Step 1. Find a program

The seasonal Recreation Guide provides times, locations, descriptions, activity codes and fees for registered programs.

Step 2. Register and pay

Program registration and payment is available online through RecDesk. You must create an account to register and pay.

Summer Day Camps

Our Penetangusihene Day Camp programs are run by the Boys and Girls Club of North Simcoe. Full-week programs from Kinder Camp (5-6) and Children's Camp (7-11) are available from the first week of July, to the end of August! 

Our staff are always ready to help, if you require assistance pleases feel free to email or call us and we will guide you though the registration process. 

Preferred Option: 

  • Online Registration Portal: RecDesk
    • Please contact the Recreation Coordinator with any technical issues.

Other Options: 

  • In-person at Town Hall with Registration Form and payment (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm). 
  • Mail Registration Form (with Visa/MasterCard information filled out or enclosed cheque) 10 Robert Street W, PO Box 5009, Penetanguishene, ON, L9M 2G2
  • After hours drop box at Town Hall (sealed envelope with registration form and payment)

The Recreation and Community Services Master Plan for the Town of Penetanguishene provides a comprehensive, multi-year framework of short (1-2 years), medium (3-6 years) and longer-term (7+ years) priorities for the development of recreation and leisure opportunities, services and facilities in the Town.

This Master Plan is a municipal guidance document designed to further effective planning, budgeting and implementation of stated goals and objectives for recreation and leisure in Penetanguishene until the year 2029.

The cycling context in Ontario has rapidly changed in the past decade, as municipalities and the Province address demographic, socio-economic and environmental changes. The Province recognized these changes and implemented #CycleON, a plan to look ahead and build more sustainable, healthy and vibrant communities through increased cycling activity. Furthermore, providing protection and increased safety measures for vulnerable road users such as cyclists is of increasing importance. These challenges are not exclusive to urban environments; communities like Penetanguishene have a significant role in creating safer transportation systems and more sustainable environments. The Town’s initiative to develop a Cycling Strategy is a demonstration of its commitment for a better, more equitable future.

Penetanguishene received funding from the Province’s “Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling” (OMCC) Program in 2017. This funding was used to develop a long-term planning document to guide future planning, design, implementation and operations of cycling infrastructure, programming and policy – Penetanguishene’s first Cycling Strategy. The strategy was completed collaboratively with Town staff, local stakeholders, committee representatives, decision makers and input from local residents of Penetanguishene and North Simcoe.

The plan is meant to be action oriented, giving Town staff and its partners clear next steps to move forward with the implementation of cycling infrastructure, programs and initiatives. This strategy is meant to be a flexible and adaptable resource for staff and stakeholders and is intended to be a guide for future decision making for the planning, design and development of cycling infrastructure and supportive programs and policies.

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