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Active Leisure: A Downtown Experience & Beyond

by Kelan Herr of The Boathouse

It’s time to Spring Into ACTIVE LEISURE! As the annual March of the Swans signals the arrival of spring in Stratford, let’s celebrate the beauty of our city and all the green-friendly activities our parks have to offer. From paddles along the Avon River to bike rides through charming trails, there’s something special for everyone.

Kelan:One of my favourite pastimes is canoeing along the Avon, soaking in the peaceful flow of the river while observing the graceful swans, playful ducks, and majestic great blue herons.

Reflecting on our city’s parks fills me with gratitude for those who came before us, tirelessly working to preserve and enhance these green havens. Their dedication has left us with a legacy worth celebrating – a legacy of connection, exploration, and a deep appreciation for the natural world.

Connecting with nature is truly remarkable. Whether gliding along the river in a kayak, enjoying a leisurely walk, or cruising the riverside on a bike, it’s a chance to slow down, breathe in the fresh air, and appreciate the present moment.

But it’s not just about the physical benefits. Studies have shown that spending time in nature can reduce stress, boost mood, and enhance overall well-being.

As we wander through the parks, surrounded by the sights of swans gracefully gliding on the water and the soothing sounds of the natural world, we’re reminded to savour every moment and soak in the beauty around us. 

Spring Into Active Leisure with Kelan Herr at The Boathouse

Engaging in eco-friendly activities like kayaking, canoeing, and biking isn’t just good for us – it’s good for the planet too. By opting for human-powered modes of exploration, we’re doing our part to minimize our impact on the environment and ensure that these green spaces remain pristine for generations to come.

Let’s embrace the green side of active leisure and make the most of the natural beauty that surrounds us.

Ready to start your outdoor adventure? Explore Stratford’s cycling routes and downtown biking options to find the perfect path for your next outing.

Here’s to a month filled with outdoor adventures, green-friendly activities, and a deeper connection with nature in our beloved Stratford parks!


Kelan Herr proudly represents The Boathouse, a cherished Stratford destination. Established in 1913, it offers recreational opportunities and has been a favourite spot for outdoor enthusiasts. In 1965, the Herr family assumed operations, continuing its legacy of providing a space for locals and tourists to enjoy the beauty of the Avon River. Stay updated on Instagram @avonboathouse

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