Recreation Programs

Fall Registration opens August 13, at 8:30 AM for Residents

Fall Registration opens August 20, at 8:30 AM for Non-Residents

Fuel your love for recreation, sport, and the outdoors with a wide range of programs offered by the Town of Penetanguishene.  The Town offers programs for individuals of all ages, skills, and abilities, we strive to deliver high-quality affordable recreation programming to the community. 

As the Midland Mirror is no longer providing print copies of the Recreation Guide, the Town has made alternative arrangements to ensure community members are informed about upcoming programs and events. Specific details of programs, dates, and costs can be found on RecDesk by visiting:

To ensure you receive all recreation communications, please add the following email address to your safe senders list:

For those who prefer a hard copy of the program details, they will be available at all Town Facilities.

Step 1. Find a program

The seasonal Recreation Guide provides times, locations, descriptions, activity codes and fees for registered programs.

Step 2. Register and pay

Program registration and payment is available online through RecDesk. You must create an account to register and pay.

Swimming Program Details

Swimming programs run Fall, Winter and Spring

April 6 - June 2 

Open Swim: Saturday, 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Open Swim: Sunday, 2:30 - 3:30 PM

Please note: Open Swim does not occur on Holiday Weekends (May 18 and 19). 

Prices are as follows:

Swimming Fees - HST applies for ages 15+

Parent & Tot to Swimmer 2... $49

Swimmer 3 to Swimmer 6... $56

Rookie/Ranger/Star Patrol... $60

Bronze Cross/Medallion Recert... $35

Adult Lessons... $60

Private Lessons... $130

Endurance Swim Course ... $56

Bronze Star/Bronze Cross... $90

Bronze Medallion... $137

*Open Swim (Child)... $2

*Open Swim (Adult)... $3

*Open Swim Family Pass... $9 Fees are subject to change

*Did you know? The Town of Penetanguishene offers program subsidies for all ages to those who qualify,

To learn more, contact

Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, 500 Church St, Penetanguishene, ON L9M 1G3 

All Town of Penetanguishene swimming participants will receive a complimentary parking permit that is to be picked up at Town Hall, Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, PRIOR to the start of swimming lessons.  The permit is valid for Parking Lot C and must be displayed on rear-view mirror at all times to avoid parking tickets under the By-Law, otherwise park in a Visitor parking space.  The Town will not be responsible for any parking tickets. 

All programs have limited spaces available, and spots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, both online and in person, with no priority given to in-person registration, staff will process any registrations submitted by email/fax as soon as time permits that same day.  

Private lessons & wait lists- Private lessons and popular swimming levels fill up very quickly but you are encouraged to join the waitlist; in previous years, many swimmers on the waitlist have been able to join a class. If you are registering online, please join the waitlist for the type/level of class you would like. When a spot opens, you will be contacted based on the time and date you joined the waitlist. 

  • Please be advised that, in previous years, swimming programs have filled up very quickly. 
  • If you plan to register online, I suggest creating an account for all participants ahead of time here,  
  • If you already have an account, I suggest you login ahead of time to ensure your account information is correct.

Additional Ways to Register

  1. Online through RecDesk  
  2. In person atTown Hall with Registration Form and payment (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm) 
  3. You will be registered for your first-choice class unless otherwise notified by staff 
  4. If you plan to register online, I suggest creating an account for all participants ahead of time here,  
  5. If you already have an account, I suggest you login ahead of time to ensure your account information is correct 

Meet your Instructors!

The Town of Penetanguishene has a dynamic community of recreation instructors who provide an abundance of programs and activities for residents of all ages. Whether it’s fitness classes, sports programs, music lessons, or art classes, these instructors bring their expertise and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of those who live in the community. Through their dedication and commitment, they help residents achieve their goals, develop new skills, and ultimately, strengthen the sense of community in Penetanguishene.

Recreation and Community Services Guides and Master Plans

The Recreation and Community Services Master Plan for the Town of Penetanguishene provides a comprehensive, multi-year framework of short (1-2 years), medium (3-6 years) and longer-term (7+ years) priorities for the development of recreation and leisure opportunities, services and facilities in the Town.

This Master Plan is a municipal guidance document designed to further effective planning, budgeting and implementation of stated goals and objectives for recreation and leisure in Penetanguishene until the year 2029.

The Town of Penetanguishene recognizes and promotes the full participation of all residents in recreational programs and services regardless of financial circumstances. Recreation Programs will be planned, delivered and evaluated to ensure they are affordable, inclusive and responsive to need.

For information on the subsidy program please contact the Recreation and Events Coordinator. 

North Simcoe Directory of Senior Services

Connecting seniors and their families with local resources is important to North Simcoe municipalities.  The North Simcoe resource guide serves as a phone and resource directory for seniors.  Note that the guide is published every two years and the information contained within is continually changing and not all encompassing. 

A hard copy of the directory can be picked up at Townhall by request.  

French Copy

Ontario Seniors' Secretariat Seniors' Guide

Ontario Seniors' Secretariat seniors' guide is available online at and may be ordered free of charge through ServiceOntario Publications or by calling 1-888-910-1999 (TTY: 1-800-387-5559).


Registering for any Town of Penetanguishene Recreation & Community Services Department program constitutes acceptance of the Terms and Conditions contained herein and attached hereto.


Each class varies with the number of spaces available, please register early to avoid disappointment.  Submission of a registration form does not constitute immediate acceptance into the program.  Registrations will be processed in the order they are received and those who register in person on opening day will be served prior to forms submitted by email/fax.  Due to the high volume of registrations, you will only be contacted if there is a problem with your registration.  An email will be sent to all registered participants prior to the start of your program to confirm the program details. Once a class has been filled, interested registrants will be placed on a waiting list in order of the date registrations are received. 

Late registrations are welcome but are subject to availability. When space is available, the fee for late registrations will be the same as the original program cost. 


Activities and programs are designed for a specific age group, and are often based on specific skill levels.  Please respect the age guidelines.  For all programs, the participant must be the age stipulated in the program description prior to the program starting.  Programs have been developed to serve the best interest of all participants in our classes.  Please contact the Recreation & Community Services Department if you have any questions.


We try our best to not cancel any classes during our planned sessions, but unfortunately, some instances are out of our control that requires classes to be canceled and may include;

  • Instructor Illness/Availability
  • Poor Weather Conditions
  • Facility Closure/Not Available
  • Emergencies

If a class is cancelled during the session, we will attempt to provide a make-up class, but please note that in some instances, this may not be available and no refund will be provided.  Classes will be scheduled to operate in all types of weather conditions.  Certain School Boards (SCDSB/SMCDSB) cancel rentals when school buses are canceled, which is out of our control.  If a class is cancelled due to poor weather, an email will be sent out to all participants and a phone call to those with no email address on file to notify you of the cancellation.  If you do not here anything, then assume the class is running, or you may call Town Hall prior to 4:30 pm to verify 705-549-7453.


The Town of Penetanguishene reserves the right to modify/cancel classes, even after registrations have been processed, due to insufficient enrolment in a class, or for operational needs.  Refunds will be processed for any classes that get cancelled by the Town, prorated on the percentage of the course remaining.


The Town is not responsible for any damage to, or loss of any property brought onto the premises.


  • Payment will be accepted in the form cash or cheque payable to the Town of Penetanguishene, VISA, MasterCard or Debit.
  • The Town of Penetanguishene will charge an administrative fee of $40.00 for cheques that are returned to us by the bank. If this should occur, your registration will be null/void until you replace your original cheque with Cash/Debit/Visa/MasterCard, in the amount of the total program registration fee plus the $40.00 administration fee.
  • Approved refund requests/withdrawals will be refunded based on the program fees paid, minus a $10.00 administrative fee per person, per program. All refunds will be prorated on the percentage of the course remaining at the time of the withdrawal request, which must be submitted by email or in person.  Refund requests will not be approved if less than 50% of the session dates remain.  Please allow 2 to 3 weeks to process refunds.


In consideration of the acceptance of my application and the permission to participate in a program sponsored by the Recreation & Community Services Department, Town of Penetanguishene, I hereby waive and forever discharge the Corporation of the Town of Penetanguishene, its employees, agents, instructors, officers, and elected officials from all claims, damages, costs and expenses in respect to injury or damage to my person or property, however caused, which I may sustain as a result of my participation in the program, provided such claims are not caused by the negligence of the Town of Penetanguishene. The Town of Penetanguishene reserves the right to use photographs of recreation programs for promotional use.

Affiliated Organizations

Penetanguishene Minor Hockey

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North Simcoe Girls Association

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Midland/Penetanguishene Ball Hockey

Minor League Visit Website

Penetang Skating Club

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Curling Club

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VON offers seniors group exercise classes — such as the SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together)® program — to community members 55 years and older or any adult living with a disability who wants to improve their strength, balance and mobility through low-impact exercise.

Participants can sign themselves up for group classes or be referred by a healthcare provider, family or friend. The program is fully funded, so there is no cost to the participant

For more information on how the program is funded, please contact your local VON office: 705-355-2200

Town of Penetanguishene

10 Robert Street West,
Penetanguishene, ON
L9M 2G2
T: 705-549-7453
F: 705-549-3743

Marla Bailey-Viscoff

Recreation Supervisor

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