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Recreation and Learning

Recreation and Learning


Municipal recreation programs promote healthy and active seniors. Programs are offered at local community centres and arenas. Programs for seniors include fitness, arts, music, skating, swimming and general interest classes. Your local municipal website will tell you what is available in your community.


The Durham Region Senior Games
take place twice a year. Sports and games include shuffleboard, bowling, hockey, golf, and many more exciting recreation opportunities.


Ethnocultural clubs are very popular among seniors. They are a way to celebrate cultures, and share new cultures with others from around the world. Click on the ethnocultural listing on the right for a full listing of clubs throughout Durham.


Seniors Centres specialize in social and active programming targeting those citizens fifty-five and over. Programs include social, art, music, sport, and fitness programming. Many centres also offer affordable lunch programs. Come for an hour or stay for the day, senior centres offer something for everyone. A listing of seniors centres is on the right.



Libraries in Durham region respect and value the seniors in our community. Each library offers programs and services to help seniors achieve a full, well-rounded life. Best of all, joining the library is free! Visit the library page of the Portal for more information.

ESL: Learning a new language takes time but there are many options available to help seniors learn English as a second language. Classes are offered full-time, part-time, evenings and Saturdays to help seniors improve their English. These classes are offered in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax and Pickering. Most classes offer continuous enrolment which means that you can start at any time. For more information about learning English as a second language, visit the ESL page of this Portal.

Lifelong Learning: The more the brain is used, the better it becomes. Seniors who stay mentally active improve both their mental abilities and their memory. By taking classes they can receive these benefits while at the same time meet a wide variety of individuals in a fun and stimulating environment. Durham region offers seniors many opportunities to attend classes at training schools, colleges and universities. For more information visit the post-secondary education section of the Portal.

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