Have you been on a paddleboard before? They can look a little intimidating but I promise, they are so much fun! Finally took my board out this past week for the first time this season and had a blast at Waterford Ponds! Waterford is a hub for active living in Norfolk County. The trail network, the amazing Black Bridge, the weekly Waterford Farmer’s Market and the ponds (perfect for canoeing, paddleboard and kayaking) makes Waterford the perfect destination for an active life.
South Coast Watersports sets up every Wednesday for rentals and they have a load of fun activities on paddleboards coming up. Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), SUP yoga, racing, SUP polo and more. I will be live this Wednesday June 21st at 4:30pm to showcase active living in Waterford. Join me on the Norfolk Tourism’s Facebook account to see all the action!
It is strawberry season and Norfolk’s farmers grow more of these juicy berries then anywhere in Ontario. I invite you to join me this Thursday, June 22nd for a gentle yoga session at Meadow Lynn Farms in Simcoe to celebrate the plentiful strawberry harvest. This yoga practice is accessible to all levels including beginners!
There are so many events around the county to get you off the couch and moving around at this time of year…
How about visiting Ralphy’s Retreat, a local sanctuary for pot-bellied pigs and farm animals. Come to Ralphy’s Retreat Open House on June 25th. Expect a wide variety of activities including children’s games and yoga with the pigs!!!
I love challenges, do you??
The Long Point Biosphere selected 19 Amazing Places around Norfolk County that are worth visiting. For the next 3 months, they are inviting you to visit all of these 19 places with the newly launched “Meet the Locals” initiative, in partnership with Norfolk Tourism. This project encourages you to come spot wildlife at each of the locations and offers you a chance to win some fabulous prizes! Get your passport at one of the Amazing places and challenge yourself to get a selfie from each place! Use the hashtag #mtlNorfolk to be entered for 1 of 3 monthly prizes!
I visited one of these amazing places last week for my Go Norfolk event. Deer Creek Conservation Area is part of the Long Point Region Conservation Authority and is a super fun place to be active with your family. Perfect spot for fishing, kayaking, paddle-boarding or swimming. In celebration of Canada 150, you will be able to enter any of the 5 parks within the Conservation Authority for FREE on July 1st. Get outdoors for the day to celebrate our beautiful country!
The celebrations for Canada’s birthday in late June and early July are happening all over the county. From picnics to parades to walks and open houses, I invite you to get out and enjoy what Norfolk County has to offer!! Join in the celebration, soak up the friendly community vibes and have fun!!
I encourage you to post your pictures of you being active in Norfolk by using the hashtag #GoNorfolk. Empower others to move in Ontario’s Garden!
Amélie Chanda is a Norfolk County based wellness coach with a passion for active living. She works with individuals and organizations that are ready to make a commitment to a healthy life. She provides support, tools and motivation to help her clients reach their health goals. In 2017 she launched the #GoNorfolk community initiative to empower people to get off the couch and to explore Norfolk County. She is now the Active Living Ambassador for Norfolk County.