Recreation Programming

We recognize the importance of living healthy, active lifestyles and coming together as a community for fun and recreation. Throughout the summer the municipality offers summer day camp programming at different locations. During winter, public skating is offered at Hensall and Zurich Arenas. Information about these two programs is available on the individual program pages.

Our Programs

The recreation and special interest programming we offer changes from time to time and from season to season. Make sure to check back often to see what is being offered in Bluewater! 

Registration instructions can be found later on this page, after the program descriptions.

Drop-In programs

We're pleased to offer these drop-in programs.

Drop-in to learn to play shuffleboard or keep your shuffleboard skills sharp! Join us Tuesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. to meet new people, exercise indoors and have fun!

Recommended age: Older Adult (50+)

When: Tuesdays from 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: Hensall Arena, 157 Oxford St. W., Hensall

Cost: $2.00

Adult programs

Join us for one of our adult fitness or special interest programs.

Stay tuned for upcoming sessions!

We are excited to partner with Heather Winter, National Coaching Certified, to hold another Introduction to Pickleball session. If you are brand-new to pickleball or just getting started with the game, we encourage you to join us!

In this program, you will learn new skills, improve current skills, learn the rules, some tips and tricks of the game, and have fun!

Stay tuned for upcoming dates.

Registration is required and spaces will be limited!

Please bring proper running shoes, comfortable attire, and a water bottle. Equipment will be provided unless you prefer to use your own.

Join drop-in CO-ED pickleball group play to stay active, reduce blood pressure, improve hand-eye coordination and have fun with others during your games of pickleball!

Registration is required. Spring schedule starts May 6th, 2024.

Cost: $4

Register online through ActiveNet to attend the pickleball sessions.

The schedule on ActiveNet is the most up to date. Registration opens every other Saturday for the following two weeks, starting Saturday, May 4th at 9 a.m. You can register up until the session as long as there are spots available. Please join the waitlist if the session fills up.

Email Denver to be added to the pickleball communication thread that includes updates, cancellations and FAQs.

Game format

  • Maximum of 12 players, four players per court
  • Games are played on the two courts available.
  • Players get 1 hour and 30 minutes of rotational play. Rotation amongst courts is allowed. 


Location: Zurich Arena and Community Centre, 15 East St.

  • Beginner to intermediate 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (12 spots on the ice pad)
  • Intermediate to advanced 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (12 spots in the hall)


Location: Stanley Community Centre, 38594 Mill Rd., Varna

  • Beginner to intermediate 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (12 spots in hall)
  • Intermediate to advanced 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (12 spots in hall)


Location: Hensall Arena and Community Centre, 157 Oxford St. West

  • Beginner to intermediate 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (12 spots on ice pad)
  • Intermediate to advanced 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (16 spots on ice pad)


Location: Stanley Community Centre, 38594 Mill Rd., Varna

  • Beginner to intermediate 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (12 spots in hall)
  • Intermediate to advanced 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (12 spots in hall)


Location: Zurich Arena and Community Centre, 15 East St.

  • Beginner to intermediate 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (12 spots in the hall)
  • Intermediate to advanced 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (12 spots on the ice pad)

Join Maria for morning Gentle Pilates and Yoga Flow at the Zurich Arena and Community Centre for 6 weeks.

Classes run from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

  • Wednesday, May 8th
  • Wednesday, May 15th
  • Wednesday, May 22nd
  • Wednesday, May 29th
  • NO CLASS Wednesday, June 5th (Rescheduled to June 19th)
  • Wednesday, June 12th
  • Wednesday, June 19th

Maria has been practicing Pilates and yoga for more than 20 years. She is enthusiastic about sharing their endless benefits with individuals of all ages and abilities. According to Maria, moving with intention is a way of stepping out of your thoughts, to-do list, and expectations. It's a way of feeling while you reintroduce yourself to meeting yourself where you are at, making it a complete lifestyle. Her mindful, creative, and enjoyable classes can help you achieve a sense of well-being.

Yoga-Pilates fusion introduces the modern movement method of Pilates and the ancient mind-body practice of yoga. Both require us to focus on the breath, precise movements, proper alignment, and our core muscles as we flow through the workout.

Whether a beginner or an intermediate-level practitioner, this class provides a balanced experience and challenges you to work your entire body from head to toe. Building a solid foundation is essential for gaining awareness and fully experiencing the mindful benefits of a Yoga-Pilates fusion workout. The class is conducted slowly and steadily, allowing you to pay close attention to the details. The class is also an excellent opportunity to enhance your practice, achieve a more profound level of improved flexibility, and deepen your connection to your physical body.

To ensure a comfortable and enjoyable Yoga-Pilates fusion class experience, we kindly request that all attendees bring an exercise mat and a water bottle. Additionally, we recommend bringing a yoga blanket, bolster and strap for added support during certain poses. These optional items will help you get the most out of your practice.

Drop-ins are welcome, but you must register online before attending the class.

Register for 6-week class
Cost: $60 plus HST 

Register for drop-in
Cost: $12.39 plus HST 


Zumba is a fitness class that fuses Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program. Inspired by Latin dance and music, Zumba uses a variety of styles in its routines, including cumbia, merengue, salsa, reggaeton, mambo, rumba, flamenco, and hip-hop. You can expect to get a step-by-step tutorial to easy-to-follow movements. This class will get your heart rate up, improve coordination. Best of all, it assists with de-stressing! All levels are welcome!

Drop-ins are welcome, but you must register online before attending the class as spaces are limited.

Where and When: Tuesday nights from 6:30–7:30 p.m. at the Bayfield Community Centre and Arena, 4 Jane St, Bayfield.

  • Tuesday, April 9th
  • Tuesday, April 16th
  • Tuesday, April 23rd
  • Tuesday, April 30th (last day of 6-week session)
  • Tuesday, May 7th (first day of 6-week session)
  • Tuesday, May 14th
  • Tuesday, May 21st
  • Tuesday, May 28th
  • Tuesday, June 4th
  • Tuesday, June 11th

Cost: $60 plus HST

Register for full 6-week Zumba class

Register for single class

Youth programs

We welcome youth to join our youth programs for some fun and fitness! Check back often as programs are added throughout the year.

One time events

Additional one time events may be scheduled throughout the year. Make sure to check back often and follow us on social media for updates. 

Let's Dance!

Join us for Beginner Country Line Dancing with Norma from 7 to 8 p.m. on May 7th at the Hensall Community Centre. The cost is $8.85 plus HST.

Teaching will be at a beginner level. Learn easy to follow steps, no experience necessary! Expect 50s and 60s music!

Register for line dancing.

The Municipality of Bluewater and BFIT are busy planning the next Family Movie Night! Stay tuned!

Thank you to our sponsors for making the first two movie nights possible!

Parker and Parker Limited, Bayfield Optimist Club, Bayfield Chamber of Commerce, Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association

We are excited to bring to you lots of exciting try-it programs, tournaments, and activities throughout the month of June!

Throughout the month of June get active, connect with others and help Bluewater be crowned Canada’s Most Active Community! Come out and join the organized activities offered to you by community partners and the Municipality of Bluewater.

Check out the community calendar to see what programs and events you can attend in June! This includes Turbo Kick, Yoga, Pilates, Line Dancing, Boot Camps, Family Pickleball, Beach Volleyball, Badminton etc. If you are offering a program or event, please add it to the community calendar.

If you are interested in organizing any physical activity event or initiatives, please reach out to the Denver, recreation coordinator, for any assistance.

For more information on the Community Challenge please visit the ParticipACTION website

Free programs offered by the Municipality of Bluewater are brought to you by the Government of Canada and ParticipACTION as the funders.

Registering for recreation programs

Registration for our programs is done through our online facility booking and registration portal, also called ActiveNet. The first time you use the portal, you will need to create an account.

Follow these steps to create an account.

  1. Navigate to the portal.
  2. Select "create an account" in the top right corner. The view might be slightly different on a mobile device.
  3. Enter your email address.
  4. Fill in the required information for your account (and family members, if applicable). Please list someone other than yourself as an emergency contact. Double check that all members on your account have the correct birthdate.
  5. Activate your account by following the instructions sent in the activation email.
  6. Log in to ActiveNet

Follow these steps to register for a program online.

  1. Once logged in to the portal, select the "activities" tab.
  2. Choose the category you are interested in (ex. yoga, youth sport club, Zumba).
  3. Choose the subcategory you are interested in or select the filters to search by program name/code.
  4. Select "enroll now" on the program.
  5. Enroll yourself and/or a family member in the program. You can register for multiple programs.
  6. Pay online with a credit card or in person at the municipal office with cash, cheque or debit.

Registration can be done in person by visiting the municipal office in Zurich, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by calling 519-280-0103. Pay online or in person.

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