Our summers are short here in Canada, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to enjoy them! The warmer months provide great opportunities for seniors to leave the house and get some healthy exercise. Here are some activities you can enjoy with your loved ones here in Barrie.
Take a Walk
Seniors who are able to walk should take advantage of the warm weather. Walking is great exercise for people of all fitness levels. You can visit the farmer’s market, take in the sights and sounds of one of Barrie’s public walking trails, or head to Bayfield Mall for an leisurely, air-conditioned stroll.
It’s best to walk in the morning or the evening, not in the middle of the day when the summer sun is at its hottest. Check the weather before you go, and be sure to pack a bottle of water to drink, put on plenty of sunscreen, and don your favourite sun hat.
Not only is gardening rewarding, it’s a great source of exercise. If the gardener has trouble bending over, you can plant in raised flowerbeds or pots instead of in the ground, and purchased tools that make the job easier.
What could be more peaceful and relaxing than a day on the lake? Barrie’s own Kempenfelt Bay is home to an abundance of Perch, Smallmouth Bass, Whitefish, and Lake Trout. Fishing is an easy sport to pick up at any age, and those who were avid fishers in their day will enjoy dipping their toes back in.
To ensure your trip is safe and stress-free, be sure to pack a lunch and know where to find public washrooms. You can fish all along Barrie’s waterfront except for public beaches, the Bayfield St. docks, and Southshore Community Centre.
See a Movie
Looking for an activity you can enjoy in the comfort of the indoors? Barrie’s three movies theatres are cool and air-conditioned. The grandkids will be happy to join in as well.
Seniors enjoy a summer BBQ as much as anyone! The summer is a great time to bring your loved one along to a get-together or a public celebration.
Barrie hosts annual Canada Day celebrations, with the downtown featuring live entertainment and family-friendly activities. Browse the local vendors, check out the free exhibits, and finish off with a spectacular fireworks show along Kempenfelt Bay. When you’re attending with seniors, it helps to arrive early and bring comfortable lawn chairs.