Community Services | Recreation Guide

Your Guide to Active Community Living; programs, classes, activities, events, and more.

Winter guide cover imageWinter 2023/24

December 2023 - March 2024

View/download your Winter Guide

View programs online at 


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Spring 2024

April to July

Guide will be available online, and programs viewable in Activenet, March 4. 

Highlights include:

  • Spring Programs and Summer Camps
  • Spring Aquatics, Fitness
  • Spring Events

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Program Registration starts at 7:00 am:

Currently ongoing for Winter programs including March Break Camps

Spring Programs

  • March 19 for Aquatics programs.
  • March 21 for Fitness, Leisure, and Camp programs (including Summer Camps).
  • Registration for non-residents starts April 2.

Spring Programs and Summer Camps will be viewable online from March 4.

Summer Programs

  • May 28 for Aquatics programs.
  • May 30 for Fitness and Leisure programs. 
  • Registration for non-residents starts June 11.

Summer Programs will be viewable online from May 13.

Register online at

For complete registration details, information, and policies visit

aquatics imageAquatics 

Pickering is home to 2 indoor pools and offers lessons, programs, and public swimming  at both locations:

Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex | 1867 Valley Farm Road | 905.683.6582
Dunbarton Indoor Pool| 655 Sheppard Avenue East | 905.831.1260 

Swimming Lessons

The City of Pickering offers the Lifesaving Society Learn to Swim Programs. Swim for Life focuses on the development of fundamental swim strokes and skills for learners of all ages and abilities as well as valuable Water Smart® education that provides information, experiences, and key messages to help everyone make safe choices when in, on, and around water.

Learn to Swim Class Options

Group Lessons

These lessons offer a high quality and social learn to swim experience in small group settings. Classes are 30 - 45 minutes in duration.

Girls Only Group Lessons

These classes are for females only. All Girls Only/Female Only programs take place at Dunbarton Indoor Pool.

Semi Private Lessons

Semi Private classes guarantee a maximum of 3 participants per class, are 1/2 hour in duration. These low ratio classes are offered at both pools. Learners of all ages and all swim levels may take advantage of Semi Private instruction.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are a great alternative to group or semi-private lessons. Private classes guarantee a maximum of 1 participant per class, are 1/2 hour in duration. All Lifesaving Society programs are offered as well as Adult and Youth swim levels. 

Click to view ALL Aquatics program listings.

Swim For Life - Learn to Swim Programs

Parent & Tot Program 4 mos - 3 yrs

The parent & tot programs provide an opportunity for parents and children to enjoy structured in-water interaction in a fun and social setting. Focusing on the importance of play and developing water positive attitudes and skills, children gain valuable exposure to being in and around the water. Parents will learn to be Water Smart to keep themselves and their child safe in any aquatic setting.

Activities and progressions in Parent & Tot are based on developmental stages. Register in the level appropriate for your child’s age.

  • Parent & Tot 1 4 - 12 mos

  • Parent & Tot 2 12 - 24 mos

  • Parent & Tot 3 2 - 3 yrs

 View class listings

Preschool Program 3 - 5 yrs 

The preschool programs provide children with an early start in learning to swim. Children 3-5 years old will have fun while gaining foundational water skills and become comfortable in the water. Water Smart education is incorporated into all Preschool levels to support children in learning how to keep themselves safe in and around the water.

  • Preschool 1

  • Preschool 2

  • Preschool 3

  • Preschool 4

  • Preschool 5

View class listings

Swimmer Program 6 - 12 yrs

This is a 6-level learn to swim program for children 6-12 years old. There is a prominent focus on in-water swimming practice as swimmers learn fundamental strokes and skills, mastering them as they progress through the program. Swimmers also learn how to be safe in, on, and around the water through Water Smart education incorporated into every level.

  • Swimmer 1

  • Swimmer 2

  • Swimmer 3

  • Swimmer 4

  • Swimmer 5

  • Swimmer 6

View class listings

Canadian Swim Patrol 6 - 13 yrs

The Lifesaving Society’s 3 level Canadian Swim Patrol program is for swimmers who are ready to focus on developing strength and proficiency while introducing the challenging world of lifesaving. Swimmers will have fun enhancing their capability in the water, increasing their physical conditioning, and learning lifesaving judgment. Each level will continue to develop swimmers’ strokes and provide a skill foundation that will prepare them for success in the Society’s Bronze Medal Awards.

Each level of the Canadian Swim Patrol program has three modules: Water Proficiency, First Aid, and Recognition and Rescue.

  • Rookie Patrol (Swimmer 7)

  • Ranger Patrol (Swimmer 8)

  • Star Patrol (Swimmer 9)

View class listings

Youth Programs 14 - 17 yrs

  • Bronze Star 10 - 12 yrs
  • Teen Swimmer
  • Youth Fitness Swimmer

View class listings

Adult Swimmer 16+

Beginners just starting out or swimmers looking to improve their strokes will find that the new Adult Swimmer program will help them achieve their swimming goals. Swimmers will work to gain confidence in the water, develop smooth recognizable strokes, and improve their water fitness. Water Smart education is incorporated into all levels to support the Lifesaving Society’s mandate of drowning prevention.

  • Adult 1

  • Adult 2

  • Adult 3

 View class listings

Swimming Lessons - General Information Q&A's 

When registering

Please ensure that you read the course description and prerequisites before enrolling. If you are still unsure of the appropriate level, we can arrange for an assessment by one of our aquatic staff. Refunds are not issued for enrolling in the incorrect level or a level that was not recommended.

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.

What to bring

Just a swimsuit and a towel. 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.

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?

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 the last day of lessons. 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.

Wait Lists

Your name will be added to the wait list for your first choice only. You may add your name to a wait list using Active Net without making a payment.

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.

Aquatic Leadership Programs

The path to an exciting and rewarding career in Aquatics starts here! The following courses are offered...

  • Bronze Medallion & Emergency First Aid 13+

  • Bronze Cross 14+

  • Lifesaving Society Assistant Instructor 14+

  • Lifesaving Society Swim For Life Instructor 15+

  • Lifesaving and Emergency First Aid Instructor 16+

  • National Lifeguard Certification (NL) 15+

View class listings

 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 class listings

Aquatic / Swim Clubs & Links

Pickering Master Splashers Swim Club

See website for information and membership

Pickering Swim Club

See club website for information

recreation programs imageRegistered Recreation Programs

Our programs are intended to promote physical, mental, and social health through recreational experiences for all ages and abilities.
Search and register for programs by age group, interest, activity type, or location. 

Preschool Programs 0 - 6 yrs

Children's Programs 4+

Teen Programs 13 - 19 yrs

Adult Programs 16+

Adult 55+ Programs

Open Pottery Studio

camp imageCamps

The City offers day camp programs 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 Camp: Paint & Play

November 17

View Camps Program listings

Visit our camps page at 

fall fitness imageFitness Programs

Registered Group Fitness 13+
Pre/Post Natal Fitness 16+
Small Group Personal Training 18+

Registered Group Fitness 55+
Small Group Training 55+
Virtual Fitness 55+

View ALL Registered Fitness Program listings

Non-Registered Group Fitness Classes (drop-in/membership)

chdrc imageChestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex

1867 Valley Farm Road, Pickering | 905.683.6582

Monday to Friday | 6:00 am to 11:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday | 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

View/Download the Fall CHD Recreation Complex Guide

Visit the Recreation Complex webpage for complete details at


CHD Recreation Complex offers both Seasonal and Annual Memberships. Complete Membership options and information can be found on our webpage.

View CHDRC Memberships

Health Club

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

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

See the Recreation Complex webpage for complete details.

Group Fitness Classes

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

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

  • Participants must be 13+, or as otherwise listed for some classes.
  • Registered program listings are online at
  • See current Fitness Class Schedules, class descriptions, studio details, pricing and membership information at

Personalized Training Services

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.

  • Personal and Buddy Training
  • Pilates Reformer Sessions (Private or Semi-Private) 
  • Fascial Stretch Therapy
  • Private Yoga Therapy

View Personal Training options 

For more information 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 web page for details and schedules.

Courts: Handball, Racquetball, Squash, Tennis

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

Members can book a court online at 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 for complete details

4 Wall Handball Lessons

Free Handball Clinics for Youth
8 -18 yrs

This dynamic activity offers excellent cardiovascular benefits, combining speed while enhancing agility, hand-eye coordination, endurance, and strength. 4 Wall handball is the ultimate cross training sport that's fun too!

Volunteers from the Ontario Handball Association are offering complimentary lessons and coaching sessions:

  • Sundays, October 8 to December 10
  • 1 hour sessions are available at 12:00 pm or from 1:00 pm.
  • Equipment will be provided (ball, protective eye wear and gloves if needed)
  • Space is limited, and advance registration is required.

Search Handball at to register for your preferred date and time.

Squash Lessons & Services 

Squash Pro: Nicole Pirko
905.831.1711 ext. 3235


  • 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 in the guide and online at - Squash page


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

Tennis Lessons

Tennis Pro: Dave Ochotta
905.831.1711 ext 3235


  • Private, semi-private and small group lessons are offered by our Head Tennis Pro and his Assistants.
  • Tennis Lesson details are in the guide online at - Tennis page


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

Arenas imageArenas

Pickering is home to 2 indoor arenas:
Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex |1867 Valley Farm Road | 905.683.6582
Don Beer Arena| 940 Dillingham Road | 905.831.1035

Public skating, skating lessons, and private ice rentals are offered at both facilities during the skating season.

Ice Skating opens for the 2023/24 season the last week of September.

Visit for complete arena information.

museum logoPickering Museum Village

2365 6th Concession Road, Greenwood, ON L0H 1H0

Nestled on the banks of Duffins Creek, Pickering Museum Village is the largest open air museum in Durham Region. It consists of 19 heritage buildings, gardens, and orchards.

Pickering Museum Village is a community hub where people come together to learn, share stories, and build relationships through progressive, fun, and vibrant experiences. A variety of programs, activities, and events are offered throughout the year. Visit the museum website for complete details and see what's happening this season. | 905.683.8401  

City Services

City of Pickering Mayor and Council

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.

View Pickering Council page


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

Customer Care

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

Community Safety & Well-Being

The City is currently in the process of building its first Community Safety & Well-Being Plan. We are striving to create a Pickering-specific action plan to support healthier communities, both physically and mentally.


When you don't know where to turn, 211 Helps people find the right community and social services. It's free and confidential.
Call 211 or visit

Recreation Services

Facility Rentals & Children's Parties

Facility Rentals are available throughout the year and include Arena Rentals, Pool Rentals, Rooms & Halls, Historic & Natural Spaces.
See the Facility Rental pages

Children's Parties are available at various community centres and Pickering Museum Village. Our awesome themes and fantastic staff will help make your party a great event.
See the Children's Party pages
Additional information and booking details can be found on our website.

Pre-teen Social Events (exclusively for grades 5 - 8)

Safe, Supervised, Fun

Preteen Social Events are held seasonally at George Ashe Community Centre. These special events offer a fun night out that features music · games · dancing · activities & prizes!

Winter Festive Formal | Friday, December 15

Glow in the dark Dance Party | Friday, February 23

Maple Leafs Party | Friday, April 26

Tickets are $14.00 and must be purchased online at

Complete details are available on our website.

Free Teen Stuff for Pickering Teens 13 - 19 yrs

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The City offers a wide range of free recreational opportunities, activities, events, and more for local youth 13 -19 yrs of age.  

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.

See website for complete details and schedule.

PS... Have you heard? We are in Claremont now too! Check out Free Teen Stuff programming at Dr. Nelson F. Tomlinson CC this winter!

905.420.6588 | | facebook logo instagram logo free teen stuff

Aging Well Adults 55+

Aging Well imageThe City offers a variety of free or low cost recreational opportunities for our older adult community.

Seniors’ Centre Without Walls (free phone in programs)

Connect with others and enjoy some social fun from the comfort and safety of home. These weekly sessions are phone in programs, so a computer and/or internet are not required.

Spotlight Series Seminars (free presentations by local guest speakers)

Join us for interactive seminars on various topics of interest to older adults.

Visit our website or give us a call to find out more! 

Exclusive Events

905.420.6588  | email:

Culture Services

Pickering Events

Visit the City's event calendar to see a full list of upcoming events with details.

905.420.4620 | facebook icon twitter icon instagram icon @pickeringevents

Pickering Culture

Heritage & History | Public Art & Placemaking | Tourism

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

Note: Masks are not required to be worn in City facilities, however may be worn as a personal choice by patrons and staff.