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This latest report from Maximum City summarizes data on children and youth's play, physical activity, emotions and healthy growth during the third wave of the pandemic in Ontario, in the spring and early summer of 2021. The results highlight the role of outdoor play and physical activity in maintaining emotional wellbeing and healthy growth during...

While many outdoor activities can be done without equipment, there are some that require some technical gear, which can quickly become expensive. We’ve compiled a list of places across Canada that rent outdoor equipment (including adaptive equipment, where available) completely for free. Check out the list here: Free Outdoor Gear Rentals...

The Adventure Report is a blog based out of Ottawa. The website features a Trail Finder map for trails in and around Ottawa and the Adventure Report Hiking Challenge. Blog posts cover topics such as camping, trail reports and hiking with kids.   Check out the Adventure Report here....

Maximum City is providing the Summer of Play Activity Kit which offers a menu of urban discovery and play-based activities. They encourage participants to share their photos and progress as they play along, and people that participate in all 4 weeks will be entered to win a prize!   The Activity Kit is available for download here....

The Greenspace and Ecohealth Toolkit 2017, produced by Ecohealth Ontario, provides resources, guidance and assistance to those interested in making lasting improvements in community health through greenspace provision, access, and design. This resource aims to support policy makers and program deliverers in increasing opportunities for Ontario residents at all life stages to live, work, play,...

WILD CHILD is an free outdoor play program for families run by childREACH in London, ON. The program is run three times per week all year round (no matter the weather) and is held in local wooded areas to support play in natural settings. childREACH recently developed a new component of their program called WILD...

SickKids, NCFST and researchers from FIFSW have released a Call to Action - as Ontario begins to rebuild and recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, immediate action needs to be taken to prioritize children's optimal health and development. Ontario cannot afford to ignore the increasing consequences of pandemic restrictions on the health and...

Ottawa Outdoor Gear Library aims to enable more people to enjoy the benefits of being active outdoors, promote equity and reduce barriers to access nature in the city and beyond. In the process, they are supporting the sharing economy and reducing waste by using donated equipment. The purpose of the Library is to provide opportunities for...

The City of Burlington designed the Play Street program to empower residents to come together and promote community play. The program provides neighbourhoods the opportunity for weekly, local street closures to encourage the use of streets for safe, active play, social interaction, and to provide public space to play where parks and private yard space...

Frontier College Summer Literacy Camps is a play-based learning partnership with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit (FNMI) communities across Canada. Each camp is unique, reflecting the identity, diversity, and priorities of the partner community. Camp programming is designed to inspire a lifelong love of reading. Camp is a community-wide event, featuring participation from parents, Elders,...