Your Guide to Active Community Living.

programs • classes • workshops • events

Face masks are not required to be worn in City facilities, however masks may continue to be worn as a personal choice by patrons and staff.


Fall 2022   Fall recreation guide image

View / Download the Fall Guide  

View programs and start creating your Wish List now.  

Program Registration starts:
August 16 for Aquatics
August 18 for Fitness, Leisure, and summer camps.

pickering.ca/active


Recreation Services Communications Survey

To help us better understand the ways you find and receive information, and interact with the City in regards to our recreation services, we are conducting a Recreation Services Communications Survey. The intention of this survey is to help us understand your preferences for receiving this type of information, and gather feedback for use in determining the best methods for future delivery.

Survey participants have a chance to win Free Family Swimming for a year at CHD Recreation Complex.

The Recreation Services Communications Survey can be accessed and submitted online, or by paper copy (pick up and drop off) at CHD Recreation Complex.
Completed surveys will be accepted until December 31, 2022.

Visit letstalkpickering.ca/recreationservices


 

Program Registration

  • Registration starts August 16 for Aquatics programs (Pickering residents).
  • Registration starts August 18 for Fitness and Leisure programs (Pickering residents). 
  • Registration for non residents starts August 30, and September 1 respectively.
  • Online Registration is the preferred method, pickering.ca/active.
  • For alternative registration options visit the Registration Page.
  • For complete registration details, information, and policies visit pickering.ca/registration.

Aquatics  swimming pool image

Correction Notice

Re: Fall 2022 Community Services & Recreation Guide
Aquatics Section Pages 23 - 33

All aquatic program start dates are incorrectly listed in the printed copy of the fall guide.
All Aquatics start dates have been moved forward one week from printed listings.
Dates have been adjusted and are correct as viewed online in Active Net.

Additionally,  due to the current shortage of certified aquatic staff, we are unable to offer many of the swimming programs that are listed in the printed Fall 2022 City Guide.

Programs listed in Active Net are the only classes that we are able to offer at this time. We will be continuing to evaluate our programs and add classes where we can.

View available aquatics programs and lessons online.

Thank you for your patience.


Swim Evaluations

If your child is returning to swim lessons but you are not sure what level to register them for you can stop by during public swim times to get an evaluation. Evaluations are free and are approximately 15 minutes in length. All pool admission policies apply.

See the Aquatics Page for public swim times and information.

Swimming Lessons - General Information Q&A's 

Learning to swim is a progressive process. Your child will progress along the learning continuum at their own rate, and it may take more than one session to complete each level. If you have any questions or concerns
regarding your child’s lessons, please do not hesitate to talk to the on deck supervisor immediately. We appreciate your feedback and can usually solve your concerns as soon as we know about them.

When registering
Review the descriptions and prerequisites for each level. If you are still unsure of the appropriate level we can arrange for an assessment by one of our aquatic staff.

What to bring
Just a swimsuit and a towel. Some people like to wear goggles, but they are not necessary. All children who are not toilet trained are required to wear a plasticized bathing suit or plastic pants over their bathing suit - no
disposable diapers.

If you have progress reports from previous lessons it may be helpful to bring to the instructors so they may get a better idea of any remaining skills that need to be worked on.

Can I make up lessons?
Plan your schedule carefully. There are no make - up lessons or credits for missed classes. If we need to cancel a class due to inclement weather, pool fouling, etc., we will do our best to reschedule it at the end. If we cannot
reschedule the class you will be credited for the missed lesson.

Can I watch my child during lessons or can I leave?
Experience has shown us that your child is better able to concentrate on lessons without additional on - deck distractions. Viewing is available in the area upstairs at the Recreation Complex or the foyer at Dunbarton Pool. We suggest not to leave the premises as lessons run for 30 or 45 minutes.

Open House takes place on weeks 5 and 10 for lessons at the CHD Recreation Complex and weeks 3, 5, and 10 at Dunbarton Pool. During this time you are welcome to remove your street shoes and stay on the pool deck.

Please help us to prevent cancellations by feeding your child after lessons or at least one hour before.

Due to the large number of program participants, we are unable to accept requests for specific instructors.

  

 Group Swim Lessons

Parent & Tot / Pre-school Swim Lessons 4 mos - 5 yrs

Swim Kids Lessons 6 - 13 yrs


Transitioning from Red Cross Swim Preschool to Swim Kids

If your child has turned 6 years of age and...

• was previously enrolled in Sea Turtle, Sea Otter, or Salamander - register in Red Cross Swim Kids 1

• was previously enrolled in Sunfish (incomplete) - register in Red Cross Swim Kids 1

• was previously enrolled in Sunfish (complete) or Crocodile (incomplete) - register in Red Cross Swim Kids 2

• was previously enrolled in Crocodile (complete) or Whale (incomplete) - register in; Red Cross Swim Kids 3

• has completed Whale - register in Red Cross Swim Kids 4

Semi-Private Swim Lessons

For ages 3 years and older.

Semi-private classes guarantee a maximum of 3 participants per class and are available for all levels, including adult and stroke development. Classes are offered at various times at CHD Rec Complex Pool and Dunbarton Indoor Pool.

Online registration is not available for semi-private lessons. Register with form by fax or in person at CHD Recreation Complex.

$180.00 for 10 weeks. (30 min lessons)

  • Semi-private classes are not available for online registration
  • Register in person  at CHD Recreation Complex (1867 Valley Farm Road) or download a registration form at pickering.ca/registration, and mail, fax or drop off for processing.

 View Semi-Private Lessons online

Private Lessons

For ages 3 years and older.

Private classes guarantee a maximum of 1 participant per class and are available for all levels, including adult and stroke development. 

Online registration is available for private swim lessons until April 17.

Classes are 30 minutes, once per week and offered at both CHD Rec Complex and at Dunbarton Indoor pool.

$290.00 (10 wks)

View Private Swim Lessons online

Youth & Adult Swim Programs

These programs offer older participants an opportunity to learn the basics, improve skills, or swim for fitness.

View Youth & Adult Swim Programs online

Aquatics Leadership Programs

The path to an exciting and rewarding career in Aquatics starts here!

View Aquatic Leadership Programs online

  Aquafit Programs

Participants must be 15+

Take advantage of the unique benefits of water exercise to create a low impact program that appeals to a wide variety of abilities. Classes are offered at both CHD Rec Complex and Dunbarton Indoor pool.

View Aquafit Programs online

 


Recreation Programs  amily image

Search and register for programs by activity, age group, interest, or activity code.

  • Preschool  0 - 6 yrs
  • Children 4+
  • Teen 13 - 19 yrs
  • Adult 16+
  • Adult 55+ 

View all programs online at pickering.ca/active

Preschool Programs

These programs promote physical, mental, and social health, and have been designed to:

  • Encourage and teach good social skills

  • Foster creativity

  • Teach and practice writing

  • Focus on the basics of colour, numbers, letters and shapes

  • Introduce reading, math and science

Options are available for both Parent/Grandparent & tot and independent participant classes.

View Preschool Programs

 Children

These recreation programs promote physical, mental, and social health. Our programs include a variety of art, creative, dance, active, sport, STEM and special interest choices.

View Children's Programs.

 Teen

These programs promote physical, mental, and social health. Programs offered include a variety of arts, fitness, sports, and special interest choices.

View Teen Programs

Adults

Programs offered include a variety of arts, creative, dance, active, fitness and special interest choices.

View adult programs.

Adults 55+

These programs have been designed and priced especially for older adults. Participating in recreation activities helps keep you active and engaged; mentally, physically, and socially.

View adult 55+ programs


Camps   summer kid image

The City offers camp opportunities for children throughout the year including PA Days, Winter Holidays, March Break and Summer. Upcoming camps and information can be found on the City's Camps page.

Upcoming Camps:
PA Day Camps November 18

pickering.ca/camps


Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex  running shoes image

1867 Valley Farm Road, Pickering
905.683.6582
pickering.ca/fit

The complex is open
Monday to Friday from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm,
Saturday & Sunday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

See the Recreation Complex webpage for complete details.

Membership

CHD Recreation Complex offers both Seasonal and Annual Memberships. See website for details on CHDRC Memberships

Health Club

Available use through membership or pay-as-you go.

All visits must be booked in advance.

  • Cardio and Weight room with running track
  • state of the art equipment
  • CEPSM certified fitness trainers

Group Fitness Classes

7 days a week • 3 dedicated fitness studios • Fit For Everyone

Classes are available through membership, as a registered program, or on a pay-as-you-go basis.

  • Participants must be 13+, or as otherwise listed for some classes.
  • Registered program listings are online at pickering.ca/active
  • See current Fitness Class Schedules, class descriptions, studio details, pricing and membership information on the City's website, pickering.ca/fitness

Registered Fitness Programs and Small Group Personal Training

Registered Group Fitness Programs

  • Winter programs will start in January
  • This season we are excited to offer a selection of both on site and virtual class options
  • Classes start at 13 yrs of age, and include a selection of specific classes for Adults 55+, Post/Prenatal fitness, and Family programs

Small Group Personal Training Programs for Adults and Adults 55+

  • These programs offer participants a cost effective personal training experience
  • Programs are for 18+ including specialized programs for adults 55+

Search and register for Group Fitness and Small Group Training programs online at pickering.ca/active

Personalized Training Services

Our trainers are CSEP Certified Personal Trainers who work with individuals to meet healthy lifestyle goals using an evidence informed approach acquired through post secondary education.

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP)is composed of professionals in exercise physiology, biochemistry, fitness and health. CSEP is the recognized authority in Canada for translating the appliance of exercise science into the improved health, fitness, and performance of Canadians.

Personal and Buddy Training

  • Sessions with our CSEP certified personal trainers will provide you with results-oriented workouts that are fun, and will leave you feeling better than you’ve felt before.

Pilates Reformer Sessions (Private or Semi-Private) 

  • The Reformer provides a finely tuned exercise resistance that allows individuals to work very precisely in developing good postural alignment, core strength and flexibility.

Fascial Stretch Therapy

  • FST is a unique system of table-based assisted stretching which focuses on the muscle and connective tissue that surround the joints.

Private Yoga Therapy

  • Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress towards improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practice of yoga. Yoga therapists prescribe specific regimens of postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques.

Training packages available:
Intro Pack (2 sessions), 5 Pack (5 sessions),  10 Pack (10 sessions),  15 Pack (15 sessions) and 20 Pack (20 sessions)

For details and pricing contact the Fitness Office, 905.683.6582 ext 3247.

Swimming Pool

Public Swim is offered at both CHD Recreation Complex and Dunbarton Indoor Pools. 

See the Aquatics Page for details and schedules.

Courts: Squash, Racquetball, Tennis

Available use through membership or pay-as-you go.

Members can book a court online at prc.gametime.net or by phone at 905.831.1730.

  • 2 Racquetball courts (also available for handball/wallyball)
  • 6 singles squash courts
  • 2 doubles squash courts
  • 4 Tennis courts
  • Racquetball and Squash bookings are 40 minutes
  • Tennis bookings are 60 minutes

Visit Racquet Sports at pickering.ca/fit for complete details

Personalized Service

All of our trainers are CSEP Certified Personal Trainers who work with individuals to meet their healthy lifestyle goals using an evidence informed approach acquired through post secondary education.

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP)is composed of professionals in exercise physiology, biochemistry, fitness and health. CSEP is the recognized authority in Canada for translating the appliance of exercise science into the improved health, fitness, and performance of Canadians.

Personal and Buddy Training

  • Sessions with our CSEP certified personal trainers will provide you with results-oriented workouts that are fun, and will leave you feeling better than you’ve felt before.

Pilates Reformer Sessions (Private or Semi-Private) 

  • The Reformer provides a finely tuned exercise resistance that allows individuals to work very precisely in developing good postural alignment, core strength and flexibility.

Fascial Stretch Therapy

  • FST is a unique system of table-based assisted stretching which focuses on the muscle and connective tissue that surround the joints.

Private Yoga Therapy

  • Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress towards improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practice of yoga. Yoga therapists prescribe specific regimens of postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques.

Training packages available:
Intro Pack (2 sessions), 5 Pack (5 sessions),  10 Pack (10 sessions),  15 Pack (15 sessions) and 20 Pack (20 sessions)

 

For details and pricing contact the Fitness Office, 905.683.6582 ext 3247.

Squash Lessons & Services

Squash Pro: Nicole Pirko
905.831.1711 ext 3235


Lessons

  • Private & Semi Private lessons are available
  • Beginner to intermediate lessons for both singles and doubles play are available. Both Adult and Junior classes are available starting at 7 years of age.

Squash Lesson details are online at pickering.ca/fit - Squash page


Services

  • Pro Shop & Racquet re-stringing service is available. Contact Squash office for details.

Tennis Lessons

Tennis Pro: Dave Ochotta
905.831.1711 ext 3235


Lessons

  • Private, semi-private and small group lessons are offered by our Head Tennis Pro and his Assistants.

Tennis Lesson details are online at pickering.ca/fit - Tennis page


Services

  • Pro Shop & Racquet re-stringing service is available. Contact Tennis office for details.

City Services

Accessibility

We are committed to meeting the needs of our growing community and providing accessible programs, services and resources to all of our residents.
pickering.ca/accessibility 

City of Pickering Mayor and Council

City of Pickering Council 2022

Mayor and Members of Council are responsible for the management and administration of the City's resources.  As well as attending Council and Committee meetings, some members are also active on a number of board and committee meetings.

Our door is always open. Please share any comments, questions or concerns.

Customer Care

pickering.ca/customercare

The Customer Care Centre provides an important link between members of the public, the Mayor, Members of Council, and City of Pickering municipal departments. Our main priority is to ensure that you, "the customer" receive prompt attention and service regarding any municipal concerns you may have.

Visit us online to see how you can Connect with Your City

Pickering Culture

pickering.ca/culture

Creating a vibrant community; Discover Pickering's vision for arts, culture and heritage.


Recreation Services

Public Skating

Skating Lessons start in September.

View all skating lessons.

Public Skating starts September 24

Full public skating schedule and information can be found online, or pages 34 & 35 of the fall guide.

pickering.ca/skate

 

Skate coupon:

fall 2022 buy 1 get 1 skate coupon

Public Swimming
 
 Mobile Skateboard Park

skate park image

Look for our trailer and stop by for a skate!

  • Free for Pickering Residents 6+
  • BYOB (Bring your own board), helmet and safety equipment.
  • Skaters under 18 yrs will require a participant waiver signed by a parent.

pickering.ca/skateboarding

Free Teen Stuff 

Exclusively for Pickering residents 13 - 19 yrs  free teen image

Free programs, events, and more

Membership is required (it’s free) and you can get it at any Free Teen Program. Parent verification will be required on your first visit.

Programs include:

  • basketball, breakdancing, volleyball, games rooms, trivia nights and more to come!

See website for details, schedules, and upcoming events.


pickering.ca/teen

905.420.6588 | freeteenstuff@pickering.ca | facebook logo instagram logo free teen stuff

Aging Well Adults 55+ 

pickering.ca/adults55plus | 905.420.6588  scww image

facebook logo @Pickering 55+ Group

communityservices@pickering.ca


Older adults are invited to join us for "Seniors' Centre Without Walls" to enjoy a variety of interactive over the phone activities. 

Featuring a wide variety of free social opportunities, events & programs exclusively for older adults. 

This winter join us for Seniors' Centre Without Walls Free Phone in Programs. In these programs you connect with us and join other adults on the phone for fitness, social fun, and friendly games! Get the details now.

  • Our website is your number one source for information, and resources on what’s happening in the City for older adults. 

  • Subscribe to the 55+ Aging Well enewsletter to have monthly information and news delivered to your inbox. pickering.ca/subscribe
  • We're on social media too! Join our exclusive 55+ facebook group to connect and share the 55+ experience.


Pickering Events

Destination Pickering

pickering.ca/greatevents | 905.420.4620  facebook icon   @pickeringevents

 

Pickering Museum Village

pickeringmuseumvillage.ca | 905.683.8401  museum logo

facebook icon  youtube icon @pickeringmuse
pickeringmuseumvillage@pickering.ca

2365 6th Concession Road
Greenwood, ON L0H 1H0


Pickering Museum Village is open for pre-booked tours, summer adventures, and workshops.   

Watch for the 2022 Schedule coming soon!

Visit the museum website to see what's happening and plan your visit.


Pickering Public Library

Pickering Public Library

pickeringlibrary.ca

 


Next Edition:

Winter - coming late November

note: Masks are no longer required to be worn in City facilities, however may be worn as a personal choice by patrons and staff.