Recreation and parks facilities, programs, and services play a vital role in our community and in the lives of our residents. To provide direction to maintain these important community assets over the next ten years, the City of Pickering is preparing a Recreation & Parks Master Plan as approved at the Council meeting of October 17, 2016. This process will provide the City with up-to-date insight on community needs, and effective ways to provide facilities and deliver programs. The master plan will be an update of the 2002 Recreation & Parks Master Plan; view the Strategic Plan Report and the Technical Plan Report.

The community engagement period is now complete. Thank you to everyone who participated! Over the past few months, residents and user groups provided input to inform the master planning process through a number of opportunities including Public Input SessionsPop-Up EventRandom Household Telephone Survey, and User Group Survey. Written submissions were also received. If you would still like to submit input to be considered for the master plan, e-mail or submit your written comments to any municipal facility.

A Draft Master Plan will be prepared over the coming months. A Public Open House will be held in the fall to present the Draft Master Plan to the public and to gather feedback. Stay tuned!

We recognize the importance of working toward a healthy, happier community. It’s all about enjoying life and we want to help you get the most out of it by providing you with opportunities to be active through a variety of recreational activities.

 Your City Services & Leisure Guide

Is your go to guide for information on Programs, Events, Activities and Services in Pickering.  We are geared towards people of all ages and abilities. You will find program options for arts & creative, dance, fun & active, fitness and special interests. It is full of great information on places to go and things to do, and what’s going on each season in Pickering.

The City Services and Leisure guide publishes 3 times annually.

Look for the Spring & Summer Guide in March.
Registration starts mid March.  Spring and summer programs start in April and in July.  This edition includes a full feature on children’s summer camps.

Look for the Fall Guide in August.
Registration starts in mid August. Fall programs start in September.

Look for the Winter Guide in November.
Registration starts in late November. Winter programs start in January.  This edition includes information on March Break camps for children and youth.

The guide is available for pick up in city facilities and online at

Join in the fun!

Theres always an event happening in Pickering!  If you are looking for something fun to do this week, check out the Great Events Calendar to see what’s going on!

Pickering Recreation Complex

Your one stop for fitness, health club, pool, racquet sports, ice and more. Check it out.

Public Swimming & Skating are always popular choices for activities.
Check out your swimming and skating opportunities.

Get out and explore the natural beauty of Pickering! Whatever the adventure, you are sure to find the perfect outdoor spot for your favourite seasonal activities.

Pickering is home to over 220 hectares of open space and parkland, including over 85 parks, numerous sports fields and trails, and 3 conservation areas.

One of Pickering’s gems is its waterfront. Of the 7.6 kilometres of Lake Ontario waterfront, approximately 5 kilometres is publicly accessible – 2.7 kilometres being beach. This doesn’t even include all the parkland around Frenchman’s Bay and the Hydro Marsh!

Pickering also has a number of creeks including the Petticoat, Amberlea, Dunbarton, Pine, Ganatsekiagon and Duffins Creeks, with wooded valley lands that extend from the waterfront, up through the urban areas.