On days when the weather is not too hot and humid is a great time to explore the beautiful parks and green spaces in and around Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. It is relaxing and stimulating for seniors and the whole family.
- Victoria Park is the oldest park in Kitchener, situated downtown. It is the site of numerous events and festivities.
- Wander the grounds of Rockway Gardens in Kitchener to discover various plants and wildlife, join us for a summer concert in the pavilion, or simply enjoy an afternoon relaxing with friends amongst the scenery.
- Concordia Park is lovely for enjoying the trees, flowers, and many walking trails.
- Churchill Park hosts several events yearly and has nature trails and picnic areas.
- Riverside Park has a multitude of things to do. You can hike along one of the community trails or the boardwalk or picnic in one of their four picnic areas. Sit and enjoy the view of the river or take in one of the many planned activities, such as their annual Ribfest Aug 11th to 13th
Guided Garden Tours
Festivals and Events Ontario has a selection of places to visit and enjoy.
Aug 4 – 27 – Enjoy guided garden tours of Dundurn National Historic Kitchen Garden with hands-on experience with some plants grown onsite.
Aug 24 – Sun Life Waterloo Busker Carnival. Admission is free, and you will enjoy the best international artists in the world at Uptown Waterloo for four days.
Relax and enjoy butterflies and birds
Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is a beautiful home for many butterflies, exotic bird species, and over 100 species of exotic plants. You can sit in the conservatory or walk through the display rooms and stop for lunch or a refreshment in their restaurant.
Spend a day with exotic animals
African Lion Safari is a beautiful place for the whole family. They offer wheelchairs and welcome service animals. Safari Tour Buses are air-conditioned, educationally guided and have large windows to ensure you take advantage of those perfect photo opportunities during your 1-1.5 hour tour! Set sail on the “African Queen” boat as you enjoy a pleasant tour around Water Safari Lake. The informative captain will point out exotic primates. There are also several dining options available.
Organize a Senior’s Field Bus Trip
Encouraging seniors to join in on and create group trips to local destinations can help them maintain or improve their mobility, often leading to a higher quality of life and improved overall health.
The town of Elora is a short drive from the GTA and is a beautiful destination for a senior’s field trip. The most well-known attraction in the area is the Elora Gorge and its 350 acres of conservation full of walking paths and hiking trails. If the group would rather explore in town, Elora is lined with charming shops and restaurants and is easily explored on foot.
St Jacob’s is the perfect senior field trip excursion. The famous St Jacob’s Market runs year-round until 3 pm on Thursdays and Saturdays, and the nearby antique mall and outlet mall are open daily until dinner. There are over 300 vendors at the market selling a variety of fresh-baked pastries and breads. Shoppers of all kinds will enjoy their day in St Jacobs. Walk through the nearby town of St Jacobs to find an excellent spot for dinner before everyone hops back on the bus at the end of the day.
Great Canadian Holidays & Coaches have offices in Kitchener and Cambridge and offer one-day and multi-day Getaways.
When the weather isn’t cooperating, or our loved ones are homebound, there are activities for seniors that can help with their well-being. Depression is a risk factor for seniors, and activities that help them socialize and feel connected to others can make a big difference in their quality of life.
Knitting Group – Not only is knitting proven to boost happiness, knitters feel great pride in their handiwork which can increase confidence. Organize a weekly knitting club and provide monthly transportation to a nearby yarn or craft store.
Saturday Afternoon Trivia Game – Plan an afternoon or early evening game activity like Trivia where seniors can socialize with a few others and test their knowledge of past events. You can create your own questions and answers or use one of the popular Trivia Games.
Start a Book Club – Stay comfortable and relaxed on your couch while transporting somewhere else with your favourite book. The best part is discussing what you’ve read with friends. Get a group to agree on a book to read and set a time to discuss it together. It’s a win-win — everyone gets new book suggestions, and you all get to keep in touch. Take your book outside with a cold glass of lemonade for a perfect senior activity for August.
Promyse Home Care caregivers are happy to arrange interactive and stimulating activities to make the day more enjoyable for your loved ones. They are also available to accompany them to local outings in the area.