St. Catharines opens up lots of activities to the 50-plus crowd


Published December 22, 2022 at 10:47 am

Line dancing is just one of the many activities that St. Catharines residents who are 50 years-plus can enjoy in the "Engage As You Age" program.

While St. Catharines has always offered tons of activities to its older population, their new “Engage As You Age” program is really stepping it up a notch.

Thanks to a Seniors Community Grant from the Province, residents who are 50 years or older can now have the chance to keep active with Fit for Function, Strength and Tone, Drumfit, Yoga, Chair Yoga, Pickleball, Badminton, Futsol (indoor soccer), Fitness Circuit Training, Tai Chi, Line Dancing, Zumba Gold and more.

From January 2 to 8, 2023, a free Older Adult 12-visit Clip Card can be picked up at Port Weller Community Centre, Russell Avenue Community Centre, Dunlop Drive Older Adult Centre or West Catharines Older Adult Centre.

The card, which has a value of $35.60 and does not expire, will grant the individual 12 entries to 50-plus programming. A total of 100 will be given away to first-time users while supplies last, with free trials of up to three classes available for everyone once that supply has been exhausted.

“This is a great opportunity for those who aren’t familiar with our programs for older adults to not only get active, but also have some fun working out with others,” said Koby Vanyo, Programs Supervisor for the City of St. Catharines.

“We have a real assortment of programs that cater to different levels of abilities, and we hope that community members will find some activities they will enjoy and go from first-time users to long-time users.”

Schedules vary, with programming taking place during the daytime, evenings and on weekends. Some programs will require a reservation in advance to hold a space to participate. Program information can be found HERE.

“We are really hoping the community – whether through this promotion or any of our other drop-in or registered programs – will make 2023 a year to engage, no matter what age they are,” said Lori Mambella, St. Catharines manager of Programs and Culture Services.

“The City has a great assortment of programming that can help you stretch, strengthen and train your body and mind, while also offering a chance to have fun and be social.”

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