Recreation and Wellness at Home
Thank you Niagara Falls residents for continuing to do your part and stay at home! We are all in this together and continuing to follow social distancing protocols is the biggest contribution that you and your family can make.
The City encourages you to keep your mind and body moving! Getting outside for fresh air and exercise is important for our physical and mental health.
The City of Niagara Falls has reopened the following recreational amenities:
- Oakes Park Track, 5700 Morrison Street
- Skateboard Park at MacBain Community Centre, 7150 Montrose Road
- Tennis/Basketball courts citywide
- Off-Leash Dog Parks at Firemen's Park (2275 Dorchester Road at Mountain Road) and Niagara Falls Humane Society (6025 Chippawa Parkway, near Stanley Avenue)
Those enjoying the reopened amenities should be sure to follow best practices, as outlined by Niagara Region Public Health, to limit the spread of COVID-19:
- wash or sanitize hands frequently
- maintain 2 metres of physical separation
- avoid touching of shared surfaces
- stay home if displaying symptoms, or having been in contact with cases of the virus.
In addition, for those using basketball courts, the City requires that play is limited to shooting hoops, and that no games where physical contact may occur are played.
Organized sports are still restricted on municipal fields, given their necessity for gathering of groups. At this time, park and outdoor amenities not listed above, such as playground equipment, remain closed to limit the spread of COVID-19 on shared surfaces.
Get outside for some exercise and fresh air!
Local Support and Activities
You are not alone. Many local organizations have stepped up for the community and are providing great resources to keep your mind, body, and soul active and healthy while you are at home.
Family Support Network of Niagara
The Family Support Network of Niagara is providing Mindful Mondays, a virtual mindfulness practice, every Monday from 7 to 9 pm. Other great resources to keep yourself and your family healthy are available on their website. Or follow them on Facebook for other virtual support and information programs.
First Ontario Performing Arts
The First Ontario Performing Arts Centre is offering free online concerts and Film House at Home. Why not switch up your routine and enjoy something different.
Are you missing Heartland Forest? Follow them on Facebook for nature updates, activity ideas, and more.
YMCA of Niagara
The YMCA of Niagara wants you to stay active and have been providing lots of fitness and family activities for all ages. If you are missing your local instructors you might find them in one of theese videos. For tons more fitness and family activities go to YMCA at Home.
Niagara Falls Museums
Visit the Niagara Falls Museums history notes section for interesting and educational reading or follow on Facebook for interactive activities and information. If you are looking for something to do, why not join the Poppy Project and be a part of a large scale art installation of knit and crochet poppies.
Niagara Falls Public Library - Use the Library From Home
Your Niagara Falls Public Library card gives you free online access to hundreds of eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, music albums, magazines, newspapers, and so much more!
You can download and/or stream these great resources on your computer, smart TV, smartphone, or tablet. All you need is your 16 digit library card number (starting with 28080) and your PIN (the last four digits of the phone number we have on file for you). Access to these resources is now available even if your card expired earlier this year (Feb 1, 2020 on) or you have fines on your card.
No library card? No problem! As long as you’re a Niagara Falls resident you can get a library card online.
Follow the Niagara Falls Public Library on Facebook for storytelling, singalongs, craft ideas, and more.
Niagara Parents is provided by the Niagara Region Public Health Department and offers resources and supports for parents. Follow on Facebook for lots of information, activities, and parental supports.
While public areas, green spaces and recreational trails remain open for walkthrough access only, Niagara Parks suggests that the safest way to exercise outdoors is to stay within your own neighbourhood while maintaining a physical distance of at least two metres from others. Follow on Facebook for updates, free yoga, and positive local content.
TD Niagara Jazz Festival
The TD Niagara Jazz Festival is offering livestream events and you can also follow on Facebook for updates and new offerings.
Online Learning Opportunities
While we are all spending more time at home there are lots of certifications and learning opportunities being offered online. Some of the following are free and others have a fee.
Boating License in Ontario
Do you need a boating license in Ontario? If you operate a boat with a motor, then the answer is yes. As of September 15, 2009 all boaters operating in Ontario waters – and right across Canada – are required to have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, often called a Boating License, onboard in order to operate a powered watercraft.
This certification can be completed online in 3 easy steps.
Are you interested in coaching or improving your coaching credentials? There are many National Coaching Certification Program training modules available online or check with your local sports organization for other opportunities.
Our local post secondary institutions, Brock University and Niagara College are offering many learning opportunities from the comfort of your own home.
Niagara College offers over 350 Ed2Go and OntarioLearn offerings online.
Brock University offers a wide range of courses online. They have a wide variety of courses to choose from for interest or to take the first step towards an undergraduate degree. According to the website, the application is simple and academic advising is available.
Hunting and Fishing License in Ontario
The Ontario Fish and Wildlife Licensing Service allows you to buy or renew an Outdoors Card, purchase licences, and submit your reports using your computer, tablet or smartphone.
Smart Serve Ontario
The Smart Serve Responsible Alcohol Beverage Sales & Service Training Program is approved by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) as the only responsible alcohol training program for Ontario. Smart Serve is a dedicated advocate for a safer and healthier Ontario.
Smart Serve is needed to allow one to work at a job where alcohol is served, sold and sampled and the course is available online.
St. John’s Ambulance
St. John’s Ambulance provides online first aid and health and safety training opportunities.
Sports Officiator Courses
Are you missing sports and interested in starting your journey to become an officiator? Opportunities for baseball umpire course and soccer referee courses can be found below. If you are looking for another sport please contact your local sports organization and enquire.
Baseball Ontario is offering online umpiring certification.
Ontario Soccer is offering online referee courses.
Some other ideas of things to check out:
Art Gallery of Ontario
The Art Gallery of Ontario provides an opportunity to view the collections virtually. After checking them out you will definitley put the AGO on your list of places to visit in the future.
National Ballet of Canada
The National Ballet of Canada is a national treasure and has been providing free classes and uplifting posts. Follow on Facebook .
National Gallery of Canada
Visit the National Gallery of Canada to see virtual exhibitions and a peak at the collection. For some fun virtual tours and other videos and Follow on Facebook
National Parks of Canada
A great way to explore some of Parks Canada’s National parks using Google Street View or follow on Facebook for virtual tours, updates, and interesting information.
Whether you have already visited the Ripley's Aquarium, or it is on your bucket list, the live cameras will be sure to entertain people of all ages. You can also find a ton of educational information on the website. Check it out, you won't be dissappointed.
The Toronto Zoo is working hard to bring the Zoo to You a great resource for parents. They also have a series of amazing podcasts to keep you learning and entertained. For live videos and updates follow on Facebook.
Check out TVO Kids for lots of opportunities for preschool and school age kids to engage in online learning opportunities.