Summer is a perfect time to get outside, enjoy some fresh air, and have some fun. Summer is an ideal time to reconnect with old hobbies, or maybe try out some new ones.
Outdoor activities are a great way to combine a little physical exercise with some social activity. Exercise is good for the body and social interaction is good for the mind and the soul.
There are all kinds of activities to choose from, for seniors with all degrees of mobility and health. Theses activities for seniors can be enjoyed in groups, with family, or even solo.
Here are some examples of fun activities for seniors to explore in the Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge area.
Summer Activities for Seniors Kitchener
There is a range of entertaining events and outdoor activities for seniors to take advantage of in Kitchener this summer.
There are activities for all interests and budgets at your disposal.
A Walk in the Park
There are may different parks to enjoy around the city, with 2 of the bigger parks offering beauty plus fun.
Often considered the gem of Kitchener’s parks, Victoria park has a little something for everyone. Bring your aging loved one to the park for picnic and have a relaxing stroll around the lake and over the iron bridge.
Some fun features of Victoria park, include:
- The park pavilion
- Picnic shelter
- Splash pad
- Horseshoe pits
- Flower gardens
- Public art
- Restaurant on the lake
- Access to the iron horse walking trail
- Musical events
Huron Natural Area
Kitchener’s biggest natural space is the Huron Natural Area, boasting an abundance of wooded areas, streams, walking trails, and meadows.
Some of the features of Huron Natural Area in south Kitchener, are:
- Strasburg creek
- Variety of hiking trails and lookout areas
There are guided walks and nature programs for people of all ages.
Arts and Culture
For older adults that enjoy art, there are a range of galleries and cultural events to check out.
Kitchener has a well supported local arts community, including visual art, live performances, films, and books.
The Kitchener Art District Gallery always has new and exciting exhibits on display.
St. Jacob’s Farmer’s Market
How about a day trip to the largest year round market in Canada? St. Jacob’s market offers local fresh food, arts and crafts made by local artisans, and many other fun activities and sights to check out.
Summer Activities for Seniors Waterloo
There are also lots of interesting pursuits for seniors to explore in Waterloo this summer.
Waterloo Square and Waterloo Park
Waterloo Public square is an excellent spot for some summer social activity. During the summer months there is always something going on down there, such as open markets, festivals, concerts, and other performances.
The amphitheatre seating in the courtyard is an ideal place to sit and people watch, or take in one of the live shows.
Waterloo park is right around the corner, to enjoy some relaxing nature after the hustle and bustle of the square.
This massive city park offers 45 acres of green space right in the city. Some of the features, include:
- Silver lake
- Music and movies in the park
- Eby Farmstead with live animals
- Grist Mill
- Sports fields
- Cycling and walking paths
Doon Heritage Village
This Waterloo region museum is a great day outing for seniors. This living history village shows what life was like for people in the Waterloo region back in 1914.
This 60 acre village features informed guides and interpreters, dressed in authentic clothing from the era. There are also many historic buildings to explore and activities to participate in.
Summer Activities for Seniors Cambridge
Cambridge is another city with lots of outdoor fun for seniors to enjoy. Cambridge is actually a hub for senior activity, with 4 recreation centres dedicated specifically to activities for older adults.
These recreation centres for seniors, are:
- Allan Reuter Centre
- David Durward Centre
- Ted Wake Centre
- William E. Pautler Centre
Ted Wake Centre
The Ted Wake Centre in particular offers a variety of amusing events for seniors in the summer to get outdoors and get social.
Some of these senior focused events, include:
- Bocce ball
- Lawn bowling
- Walking and hiking groups
- Tai chi
These are just a few examples of the events to choose from. There are many other activities as well to get involved with, both indoors and out.
There are all kinds of fun activities available at each of the 4 recreational centres for seniors, so check the listings for the centre nearest you.