Friday, 4 July 2014

Active Living in Elgin County

Being physically active is an important part of a balanced lifestyle. It is important not only for your physical and mental well-being, but also to help you lead a long and rewarding life. 

It is easy to enjoy an active lifestyle in Elgin County.  With an abundance of recreational activities and high quality recreational facilities including: swimming pools, fitness centres, community complexes and arenas, Elgin is the ideal place to stay fit while having fun. 

Safe towns and villages, 120 km of scenic shoreline and hundreds of kilometres of trails along lush Carolinian forest paths are the ideal locations for running and hiking enthusiasts alike. Elgin County trails wind through the countryside connecting to the Trans Canada Trail, the longest recreational trail in the world. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, Elgin County's vibrant running community has an event for you! 

If you prefer to get around on two wheels, routes through Elgin County provide some of the best terrain for cycling in North America. Ride along the Lake Erie shoreline, through rolling hills, lush forests and picturesque countryside. The area boasts hundreds of kilometres of low-traffic country roads and paths that are perfect for short rides or longer day trips. In addition, Elgin County has recently become part of the Waterfront Trail, a signed cycling route that travels through 27 waterfront communities in Ontario. 

The sandy beaches and warm, shallow waters of Lake Erie are perfect for recreational swimming and other water-based activities. The temperate breezes that blow in off the lake provide the perfect conditions for wind surfing and kite boarding adventures. 

If tranquil waters are more your style, paddling your way around Springwater, Dalewood and Lake Whittaker conservation areas or up the Big Otter Creek in your canoe or kayak are perfect ways to spend a spring or summer afternoon. 

Trade in the hustle and bustle of city life for the fresh air, open roads and sun-dappled forest pathways of Elgin County.

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