Family 'Bubble' Activities

For the Family Day long weekend, we put together some great activities for you and your family to try out this winter, we've kept them posted to extend the fun! Along with these ideas, we encourage families to get out and explore our community in a safe and responsible manor. Check out the Frontenac Business Directory to find local businesses and shop local, or check out the Recreational Activities below or the Parks and Green Spaces page and get out to discover your new favourite spot in South Frontenac!

 Colouring Pages

We have taken some of our favourite pictures and turned them into your new favourite colouring pages! Print them off, add some colour and share them with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Family Cooking

Cooking as a family has many life-long benefits. Not only is it a fun and enriching experience, it also teaches kids important life skills. Give it a try and share your tasty creations with us on Facebook and Twitter!

South Frontenac Feature Recipe

Individual BBQ Chicken Pizzas - You'll want to give this family friendly recipe a try! It is fast, easy and can be done as a team. We've even included how to source out local ingredients!

Links to Other Family Friendly Recipes

  • Crock Pot Pasta - A fabulous winter dinner idea. Prep this tasty dish in the morning, then head outside and enjoy the great outdoors. When you get back, dinner will be ready to be served!
  • Rainbow Spaghetti - This recipe is sure to get your family's creativity rolling. Turn any pasta dish into art with food colouring!
  • Tacos on a Stick - Even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy this one! Let your family members create their own Stick, it's a great way to give kids choice and get them involved in the kitchen!
  • Dirt Cups - Another great way to get kids involved. This dessert includes layering individual cups, so everyone can create their ideal dirt!
  • Maple Syrup Snow Candy - Maple syrup season is just around the corner! Maybe you have some left over from last year? Give this classic Canadian Recipe a try with locally sourced maple syrup.

Tips and Tricks for Cooking as a Family

  • Give yourself more time - Cooking with kids can take a bit longer as they hone in their skills, be patient and have fun with it!
  • Trust your kids - Yes, kids with knives can be scary! But they will never learn if they do not try. With proper supervision, cooking can be a safe and enjoyable experience. Allowing kids to help in the kitchen, even with the 'grown up' tasks can boost confidence and instill an early love of cooking.
  • Make cooking age appropriate - If kids are too small to be handling equipment, let them stir, measure ingredients, etc. Start off with easy tasks and watch them grow! Give them more complex tasks when they are ready. 
  • Let go of your idea of perfection - Your kitchen is going to be a mess, and the slicing and dicing might be, too! Trade the idea of high quality techniques for high quality family time!
  • Offer choice as much as possible - Allowing for autonomy at every stage of cooking, from planning the meal to serving the dish, helps kids create a sense of mastery over their own body, mind and environment. This supports creativity, independence and motivation, and it inspires confidence. 
  • Remember to have fun - Cooking with your family should be an enriching experience! Throw on some music, come up with funny kitchen nicknames, take pictures, and enjoy the moment. 

History and History in the Making

If you don't know where you've come from, you don't know where you're going. I have respect for the past, but I'm a person of the moment. - Maya Angelou

Lets discover our family and community's past and look ahead to the future! Here is some games and trivia, links to great websites and other fun activities for you to try with your family!

Family History

  • Family Fun Interview - We've included some funny and fascinating questions to ask your family members this weekend!
  • Our Family Tree - How far back can you go? We will help you get started with this classic genealogy exercise.
  • dMarie Time Capsule - Put in your family members birthday to find out what was happening in the world that day through the years!
  • Time Capsule - Gather pictures, art, notes, and momentos from this weekend and put them into a time capsule to be opened on Family Day 2022!

South Frontenac History 

How well do you know South Frontenac? Give these games from the South Frontenac Museum a try and find out!

'Visit' a Museum

Many museums in Canada and around the world have brought their exhibitions to you! Check out some of our favourites:

Recreational Activities

With an abundance of beautiful green space, lakes and trails, South Frontenac is a great place to get out and enjoy the outdoors! 

Paddling

Canoe, kayak or stand-up paddle (SUP) on one of South Frontenac's beautiful lakes. Paddling is a great activity for anyone looking to get on the water, and with many rental options available, a day on the lake is only a call away.

Water Access

Check out our Boat Launches page for information on water access points in the Township. Discover some of the region's best paddle destinations and routes with the Discover Frontenac by Paddle interactive map!

Frontenac Outfitters

On the edge of Frontenac Provincial Park, Frontenac Outfitters offers rentals, courses and retail options for all things paddle-sport. Contact them out for sales and service!

Sydenham Lake Canoe Club

A non-profit organization established in 1997, run by a group of dedicated volunteer board members who are committed to providing recreational and competitive paddling experiences for youth in the South Frontenac community.

View their website. For more information phone (613) 328-3631.

Hiking & Cycling

As part of the World Heritage Frontenac Arch Biosphere, South Frontenac provides a unique hiking and cycling experience from both a geographic and cultural heritage perspective. Our landscape of rolling farmland fades into mixed forest of evergreen and deciduous trees, dramatic rock outcroppings, and countless lakes and ponds. South Frontenac is working towards more active transportation friendly communities, including widening paved shoulders on major roads and participation in Frontenac County's 2019 Regional Active Transportation Plan.

Come and explore our beautiful trails and routes!

South Frontenac Rides

South Frontenac Rides is a committee-of-council of South Frontenac Township formed by local bicycling enthusiasts. The Committee worked with the Frontenac County to create the South Frontenac Cycling Routes map, a very handy resource to discover our community by bike.

Kingston & Pembroke (K&P) Trail

Warmly know to the locals as the ‘Kick & Push’, this historic trail was once was a railroad that ran from Kingston to Renfrew. The railroad never quite made it to Pembroke as it was intended to before it was abandoned by its owner Canadian Pacific Railway between 1962 and 1986.

Today, the K&P Trail is a favourite among locals and visitors alike. The total length is about 180 kilometers, and the standards vary depending on the manager of the section of the trail. Over the past few years, Frontenac County has invested in extensive work to ensure our slice of the Great Trail is well loved by hikers and bikers alike. Virtually visit the trail right now with the K&P Trail Tour Map created by Frontenac County.

Cataraqui Trail

A rail-to-trail story that runs from Strathcona near Napanee to Smiths Falls. The Cataraqui Trail is a year-round multi-use trail with strong historical ties to local snowmobile clubs. This trail mingles with the K&P and the Rideau Trail as it makes its way through South Frontenac.

Stretching just over 100 kilometers, the Cataraqui Trail is managed by the Cararaqui Region Conservation Authority and is enjoyed many. Between bikers and horseback riders in the summer to cross-country skiers and snowmobilers in the winter, the Cataraqui Trail has something for everyone.

Rideau Trail 

From the rugged terrain of the Canadian Shield, to the soft rolling hills of Ontario farmland, this trail hugs the historic Rideau Canal and its connected water ways. With over 380 kilometers of trail between Kingston and Ottawa, the Rideau Trail finds itself all through South Frontenac. It is a part of the trail network that includes the K&P and Cataraqui Trails, and wanders through Murvale, across Sydenham and Frontenac Provincial Park, out to Perth Road and beyond. This trail is best suited for hiking as some sections are difficult to navigate with a bike.

Nature Conservancy Canada - Milburn Creek Trail

If you are interested in spotting some diverse wildlife, this trail is for you. Following along the Milburn Creek and mixing with forest, wetland and various habitats, this trail is home to some at-risk species such as the snapping turtle and western chorus frog. A family of swans often call the pond home throughout the warmer months, as well. Enjoy this quiet and peaceful Nature Conservancy Canada property that is working to protect the diversity of our natural environment.

Frontenac Provincial Park

The entirety of Frontenac Provincial Park lies within South Frontenac. Located on the edge of the Canadian Shield, this park offers visitors 5,355 hectares of wilderness to explore. There are 48 interior campsites available year round and over 100 kilometers of looped hiking and backpacking trails. For paddle lovers, Frontenac Provincial Parks boasts 22 lakes with scenic canoe routes. This park is truly a nature-lovers paradise.

Gould Lake Conservation Area

Located just 5 minutes from Sydenham, Gould Lake Conservation Area boasts 589 hectares that is not only rich in recreational opportunities, but in history as well. Discover the old mica mines that were once an economic driver for the area on one of the hiking trails. Enjoy the unsupervised beach, or enjoy a paddle on the lake. Open year-round, you can also take in all winter has to offer with snowshoeing or cross-country skiing on these ungroomed trails.

Depot Lakes Conservation Area

The Depot Lakes Conservation Area offers 4 lakes, 9 kilometers of hiking trails, camping, paddling, fishing and more. With 1,214 hectares of wilderness you will find outdoor fun for the whole family. This is the only conservation area in our region that offers camping, you can stay at one of the interior sites or even rent a whole island. Canoe rentals are also available at Depot Lakes to help you get out on the water in the summer.

Additional Resources

Frontenac County - Cycling in Frontenac

Frontenac Arch Biosphere

South Eastern Ontario - Hiking & Cycling

The Great Trail

Football

In partnership with the Township, the Limestone District School Board and with tremendous community support, the football field at the Point Park underwent major upgrades in 2015. The outdoor field features a gravel track and fencing around the perimeter, bleachers, and stadium lights for those late fall games. 

Check out the Sydenham Area Football League for football opportunities in South Frontenac.

Golfing

Hitting the links in South Frontenac? Check out Inverary Golf & Country Club or Rivendell Golf Club. These private businesses both feature 18-holes and offer food and beverage options. Contact them directly for more information!

Hockey 

Playing hockey is a tradition for many families in small-town Canada, and South Frontenac is no exception. There are many opportunities to get involved with this classic sport, sometimes literally, in your own back yard. 

Pond Hockey

We are very fortunate to be surrounded by lakes and ponds here in South Frontenac, giving plenty of opportunity for a classic game of pond hockey. Here are some basic safety tips for an enjoyable winter's day on the pond:

  • Should anyone fall through the ice, call 911 immediately.
  • Measure the thickness of the ice every day. The Old Farmer's Almanac has a handy chart for ice thickness and safety.
  • Avoid ice that has cracks or ice near inlets or moving water.
  • Always wear a helmet while skating.
  • Wear layers of clothing that can be added and removed easily. 
  • Apply sunscreen on exposed skin.

Frontenac Community Arena

For over 40 years, the Frontenac Community Arena (FCA) has provided a place for young and old alike to gather and engage in sporting and recreational activities. The facility features a single pad facility with seating for approximately 350 patrons. There are six dressing rooms with washroom/ shower facilities available. The FCA is served by a Pro Shop, Canteen, and a Community Room that may be rented for parties or other occasions. The grounds of the FCA also have two soccer fields for use by local leagues in the summer.

The Arena is governed by the Arena Board, comprised of serving members of council from Central Frontenac and South Frontenac Townships.

The FCA is undergoing major construction in 2021, including a total pad replacement. Check out the Frontenac Community Arena website for more details.

Frontenac Flyers

As part of the Frontenac Minor Hockey Association and a member of Ontario Minor Hockey Association, the Frontenac Flyers includes both house and select teams ranging from Tyke to Bantam levels.

Frontenac Fury

Representing the Frontenac Girls Hockey Association and a member of Ontario Women's Hockey Association, the Fury hosts team that compete at the Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam, and Midget levels.

Court Sports

There are several outdoor multi-use net-sport courts in the Township. These courts are available for seasonal drop-in use for all, or they can be booked for exclusive use. For more information on court facilities or to book a court, visit our Parks and Green Spaces webpage.

Three of our net-sport courts underwent an extensive resurfacing project in the summer of 2020. Additional community support from an anonymous donation allowed the scope of the resurfacing project to expand, of which the Township and net-sport court players are very grateful.

Check out these aerial shots captured by Frontenac County:

Arial picture of blue and green multi use courtsArial picture of blue and green multi use courts at Gerald Ball ParkArial photo of the multi use courts at The Point

Tennis

This classic net-court sport is currently experiencing a resurgence in popularity across Canada. Here in South Frontenac, our tennis players enjoy several outdoor courts available for drop in play or to book for exclusive use.

Basketball

There are several dedicated and multi-use basketball courts in South Frontenac. For the enjoyment of basketball players, new nets will be installed at the resurfaced courts at Centennial Park, The Point Park and Gerald Ball Park in 2021.

Pickleball

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Here in South Frontenac, players can enjoy the game on several outdoor courts across the Township. The courts are available for drop-in use or can be booked for exclusive use. 

South Frontenac has a vibrant and active Pickleball community. Connect with the South Frontenac Pickleball Gerald Ball Park (GBP) or the Frontenac Pickleball Club on their Facebook pages. 

Soccer

Soccer is a popular recreational activity in South Frontenac for young and old alike. There are two soccer associations that are both managed by dedicated volunteers. The Frontenac Soccer Association is a recreational soccer league serving Harrowsmith, Sydenham, Verona, Yarker and other South Frontenac communities. The Storrington Minor Soccer Club plays at Gerald Ball Memorial Park in Sunbury and welcomes over 800 players a year to their teams.

Softball

South Frontenac boasts several parks featuring lit baseball diamonds for those late summer evening games and that provide plenty of opportunities to enjoy recreational softball. There are several volunteer run teams in the community. Check out Frontenac County Minor Softball for more information.

Stock Sport and Ice Stock Sport

Ice Stock Sport is a winter sport of many European countries; traditionally Austria and Southern Germany. The sport is considered a relative of curling. Unlike curling, however, Ice Stock can be played on ice or other surfaces using different materials, thus making it a year-round sport.  When the sport is played on asphalt or concrete surfaces it is commonly referred to as "Stock Sport". 

Whether on ice or asphalt the goal and rules are the same: competitors slide their stocks to get closest to the target which is called the "daube". Ice Stock Sport has been demonstrated at the Winter Olympic Games on two occasions.

South Frontenac Stocksport Club

South Frontenac Stocksport Club is a member of Ice Stock Canada and their members have competed internationally, including at the 2020 World Championships in Germany, where Canadian teams took home gold and silver metals. "SFSC provides positive opportunities for physical and social health. We believe in an inclusive and safe place to play, to compete and to grow our sport and club in our community." (SFSC Facebook Page)

In 2020, South Frontenac Council, with assistance from an anonymous donation, approved a capital project to build a multi-purpose pad at Centennial Park in Harrowsmith. This pad will be the new home of SFSC and will host many other community programs and events. 

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