Verner Fitness Room


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all recreational facilities are closed until further notice. 



Verner Fitness Room 
(located at the Verner Arena) 
80 Principale Street East
Verner, ON   
P0H 2M0



OCTOBER 21, 2019  TO APR 3, 2020 

Hours of Operation  Monday


Wednesday  Thursday  Friday Saturday Sunday
Oct 21 - Apr 3 8:30 am - 8pm 8:30 am - 8pm 8:30 am - 8pm 8:30 am - 8pm 8:30 am - 3pm 8:00 am - 12 pm CLOSED


Membership Fees

Verner Membership Adult 18-59 Seniors 60-74 75+
1 Month $30 $25 Free
3 Month $70 $50
5 Month $80 $60


Register at the Library in Verner
11790 Hwy 64, Verner

Library Hours

Monday and Wednesday: 6pm- 8pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 1pm - 5 pm
Friday: 5pm - 7pm



Swimming Lessons

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all recreational facilities are closed until further notice. 


All participants are welcome in our swimming lessons.Please contact the Recreation Centre if your child requires special considerations to ensure needs are met in a fun, safe manner.

To determine which swimming level your child is in, book your free Aquatic Skill Testing today! 

West Nipissing Community and Recreation Centre
219 O'Hara Street
Sturgeon Falls, ON
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Private and Semi-private lesson registrations open on January 5 at 8:30 a.m

Group lesson (Swim Preschool and Swim Kids) registrations open on January 12 at 8:30 a.m.  

Please note: 

  • A credit card is needed to register online
  • Registration for private, semi-private or group classes may be made online or in person (not over the phone)
  • Call the Recreation Centre prior to registering to ensure your eligibility for the membership discount 

Questions? Call the Recreation Centre at 705.753.0160.


Red Cross Swimming Levels

Not sure what level to register for?

Book your swimming skills test prior to registering.
Free Aquatic Skill testing (takes 10 minutes or less) by appointment: 705.753.0160

Red Cross Swim Preschool

Starfish (4-12 months), Duck (12-24 months) and Sea Turtle (24-36 months) are group lessons for young swimmers and their parents/caregivers.

Sea Otter, Salamander, Sunfish, Crocodile and Whale are group lessons for swimmers ages 3 to 6.

Swimmers ages 3 and up are permitted to be in the pool with the Water Safety Instructor without direct parental supervision. However, to accompany your young swimmer in the water to ease nerves, please speak with your child's instructor so they can plan for your presence. 

Red Cross Swim Kids

Swim Kids Levels 1-10 are for swimmers ages 6 and older.

Transitioning from Swim Preschool to Swim Kids

Once swimmers turn 7 years old, they are no longer eligible for the Swim Preschool program. Please use the following equivalency chart to determine which level to enroll your swimmer in:  

Current Swim Preschool Level Equivalent Swim Kids Level
Incomplete or complete Sea Otter/Salamander Swim Kids Level 1
Incomplete Sunfish Swim Kids Level 1
Complete Sunfish or incomplete Crocodile Swim Kids Level 2
Complete Crocodile or incomplete Whale Swim Kids Level 3
Complete Whale Swim Kids Level 4


Registration and Payment

  • All classes must be paid at the time of registration
  • For gift certificates, credits on your account, or funding agencies (i.e. JumpStart or KidSport), please register in person at the Recreation Centre. Confirmation of funding received must be presented at the time of registration (a letter from the organization or a confirmation number).  
  • Swimmers may register for one class per session only.
  • A Family Membership to the Community and Recreation Centre is the only level of membership eligible for a swimming lesson discount.


Preparing for your swimming lesson 

Other than a swimsuit, other equipment or aids are not required:

  • Life jackets will be provided by the facility
  • Water wings and goggles in Swim Preschool levels are discouraged.
  • In advanced swimming levels, goggles are encouraged but not mandatory.

In addition, please note:

  • Long hair must be tied back or braided.
  • All swimmers must have a cleansing shower prior to entering the pool. 


Frequently Asked Questions

I think my child is registered in the wrong level. Is it possible to change classes?

We will make every attempt to accommodate swimmers. However, there is no guarantee there will be a vacancy in their desired class. If you are unsure of your swimmer's level, book an Aquatic Skill test prior to registering.

Are all Water Safety Instructors bilingual?

Some instructors are unilingual. If your child requires instruction only in French, all attempts will be made to assign a bilingual Water Safety Assistant to their class.

Am I eligible to receive a swimming lessons member discount with my gym membership?

A current Family Membership is the only level of facility membership eligible for a swimming lesson discount.

User Fees

Pool and Arena Rental Fees

Arena Adult Private Rental


Private Pool Rental

$110 (0-20 people)
$135 (21-40 people)
$160 (41-60 people)
$190 (61 - over people)


Birthday Party Packages Fees

1 hour pool (up to 20 people)
Pop or juice
20 pieces of pepperoni and cheeze pizza



Swimming Lessons
Member Non-Member

Group Swimming Lessons - 10 weeks (1st Child)

$55 $70

Group Swimming Lessons - 10 weeks (1st Child)

$45 $60
Group Swimming Lessons - 10 weeks (1st Child) $35 $50
Private Swimming Lessons $13 per lesson $16 per lesson
Semi-Private Swimming Lessons $9 per lesson $11 per lesson

 membership West Nipissing Community & Recreation Centre 

Membership Fees
(18 - 59)
Senior (60 - 74)
Child (3 - 17)*

Per Visit (Pool or Fitness)

$4.50 $3.50 $12

75 years old +

2 years old 
& under

Residing in West Nipissing

1 Month Pool

$40 $28 $59
1 Month Fitness $53 $42 $67
1 Month Pool & Fitness $90 $62 $112
3 Months Pool $83 $58 $128
3 Months Fitness $111 $84 $165
3 Months Pool & Fitness $145 $98 $221
6 Months Pool $149 $97 $238
6 Months Fitness $161 $128 $303
6 Months Pool & Fitness $231 $163 $409
1 Year Pool $240 $173 $435
1 Year Fitness $287 $206 $513
1 Year Pool & Fitness $413 $301 $746
*Must be 16 years old and over to use the fitness room. Residing in West Nipissing 
**Student card required. 


Pool and Fitness Programming


Get the Winter Program Here in PDF Format



WINTER 2020 

Pool Programs 

Pool Programs
Programmes de la piscine








Adult Lap Swim /
Natation en longeurs adulte








Parent & Tot
Parent et bambin








Adult Leisure Swim
Natation récréative adulte








Open Lap Swim
Natation en longeurs libre








Family Swim
Natation familiale








Public Swim
Natation publique








Rent me!
À louer ! 










Aquafit Classes begin January 6 and end June 19, 2020. 










Shallow End / Eau peu profonde








Deep End / Eau profonde









Swimming Lessons

Winter sessions starting in January. 
Online Registrations Coming in January 

Soon, you will be able to register from the comfort of your own home with online registrations.  Stay tuned!

Group Lessons 

Group registration opens on January 12.

Cost for members: $55 1st child, $45 2nd child, $35 3rd child 
Cost for non-members: $70 1st child, $60 2nd child, $50 3rd child

Semi-Private Lessons 

 Semi-Private Lesson registration opens on January 5

Cost for members: $9 per semi-private lesson
Cost for non-members: $11 per semi-private lesson


Private Lessons 

Private Lesson registration opens on January 5

Cost for members :
$13 per private lesson
Cost for non-members:
$16 per private lesson


Not sure what level your child is in?
FREE testing by appointment. 705.753.0160



Fitness Centres 

Must be 16 yrs or older to use the fitness room. / Vous devez être âgé de 16 ans ou plus pour utiliser la salle de mise en forme.

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Hours / Heures d’ouverture








FREE Walking Program
Programme de marche GRATUIT

7am-10am – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (Until April 23)
7h - 10h – mardi, mercredi, jeudi (Jusqu’au 23 avril)











Hours / Heures  Until Apr 3 Jusqu'au 3 avril








Events Calendar


To submit an event: 

Step 1: Complete the Event Submission Form available here

Step 2: Submit the completed form in person at the Municipal Office, or by e-mail at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   



Parks and Playgrounds

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and as per the Province's Emergency Orders, public washrooms, play structures, slides, swings, and splash pads continue to remain closed until further notice. 

Access to parks is permitted for casual and individual use, and non-contact activities such as walking, running, or biking through. 



Cache Bay
Splash Park and Playground (Cache Bay Community Centre)
The Municipality of West Nipissing acknowledges the Ontario Trillium Foundation contribution of $125,000 towards the Cache Bay Splash Park and Playground project.

Waterfront Park

Sturgeon Falls
Richelieu Park
Janen Street Park
*South Side Park and Splash Park 
Minnehaha Bay

France Gareau Park and  *Splash Park 
Piette Street Park 

Splash Parks are open during the summer months from 10 a.m to 9 p.m. 

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Cache Bay


River Valley 



School Playgrounds

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École élémentaire catholique Ste-Marguerite d'Youville

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Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Elementary School

White Woods Public School


Public Boat Launches and Docking Facilities



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Cache Bay Government Dock
Dock Road, Cache Bay

Federal Government Dock
Holditch Street, Sturgeon Falls

Field Dock
Desjardins Street, Field

Muskasong Lake Boat Launch 

Lavigne Government Dock
Highway 64 South, Lavigne

Minnehaha Bay
300 King Street, Sturgeon Falls

The Sturgeon River House Museum
250 Fort Road, Sturgeon Falls

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The Boat Launch located at the Museum will remain closed until further notice.

Minnehaha Bay Marina

The Minnehaha Bay Marina will remain closed as per provincial orders; however, the boat launch will be available for use – at no cost and with no services. Parking at this location is limited. 

All Other Public Launches 

All other public boat launches in West Nipissing will remain open to provide water access for property owners to check-up on their cottages. At this time, docks will not be installed until the provincial orders have been lifted.
Residents are advised that access to launch is subject to change if new orders are implemented, or if residents are not following public health recommendations.
Physical distancing and restrictions on groups of more than five people remain in effect on the waterways. It may be difficult to apply these measures in a boat, but we urge boaters to be cautious and ensure physical distancing is respected at all times.
Mingling and social gatherings at boat launches are to be avoided. We aks boaters to be respectful when other are using the launch, and to remain in their vehicles.


Red Cross Babysitting Courses

cross2 Babysitting Course (ages 11- 15) 

This course is designed for youth 11 years and up who want to become a babysitter or may already be one. The Babysitting Course covers the responsibilities of a babysitter, safety tips for children of all ages, basic child care skills and what to do in case of an emergency.

Upcoming courses 

English Session

  • Sunday, January 26, 2019 – 9am to 4pm

French Session

  • Saturday, January 25, 2019 – 9am to 4pm

Cost: $55.00

cross2 Stay Safe! (ages 9 -11) 

The Stay Safe program teaches applicable and age-appropriate skills while increasing and reinforcing a youth's capacity to improve his or her own safety. Whether in their community or on their own, this group will be given better tools to Stay Safe! in a variety of different situations.

Upcoming courses 

English Session 

  • Sunday, March 1, 2020 – 9am to 1pm

French Session

  • Saturday, February 29, 2020– 9am to 1pm



Cost: $33.00


To register your child, please call the Community and Recreation Centre at 705.753.0160




Sturgeon River House Museum

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and provincial orders, the Museum is closed until further notice.

Boat Launch

The Boat Launch at the Museum is open to the public at no cost. 

Boaters are reminded that trucks and trailers must be parked in the Museum lot across the street and are not permitted to park along the boat launch path. Vehicles parked along the launch will be towed at the owner's expense.

Nature trails

The Nature Trails at the Sturgeon River House Museum are now open. The current conditions are wet and muddy, and black fly and mosquito season has started.

Please plan and dress accordingly. Physical distancing and restrictions on gatherings must be respected on the trails.

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The Sturgeon River House, located on the West bank of the Sturgeon River is more than a museum. It was established to promote, conserve and enhance the culture and heritage of the Municipality of West Nipissing.


Contact us

 phone 705.753.4716

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map-marker-alt 250 chemin Fort Road, Sturgeon Falls, Ontario P2B 2N7

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 Call or email us to host an event or book a tour. Follow us on Facebook to hear about our weekly events!


Business Hours 


Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday: 12pm to 8pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed


General Admission: $4 + tax per person 

School and Group Tours

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Mobile Museum

Choose the location and we’ll bring you hands-on educational exhibits that encourage participants to play and learn about nature, animals and our region’s pioneers. 

This is a great opportunity for schools and community groups to save on traveling. Please note that the Mobile Museum is only available on Mondays and costs $5 per person. Contact us today for reservations.

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Host a Birthday Party!

Celebrate with friends and family at the Museum. The packages below are for 2 hour parties for 10 to 15 people. 

Choose from:

1 - $100 Hall Rental Only

2 - $175  Do It Yourself Party: unguided tour of museum, pizza and beverages

3 - $185  Messy Fingers Party: ages 1-5, painting craft, decorate cupcakes

4 - $205 Scavenger Hunt Party: scavenger hunt, craft, pizza and beverages

5 - $215  Movies and Goodies Party: movies, candy bars, pizza and beverages

6 - $225  Animal Party: owl pellet dissection, active games, animal craft, pizza and beverages 

*Prices don’t include HST* 


Nature Trails 

Free and open year-round! The Museum has 1 km of low-impact walking trails through provincially significant wetlands. Enjoy the natural cranberry bogs and the scenery of overlooking beautiful Lake Nipissing.

Snowshoe rentals are available at the Museum during regular business hours. $10 per person.


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Event Calendar 

Events happening at the Museum and in the community!


Facility Rental

The Banquet Hall is available for all special occasions, weddings, meetings and conferences. A fully equipped kitchen and bar facility are at your disposal or you may wish to have your event catered by the Museum staff. This Hall is located on the main floor. 

The Boardroom, located on the second floor, consist of a kitchenette area and of seating arrangements accommodating 15 to 25 persons. Audio-visual equipment is available at an extra cost.

Contact us to book a site visit. 

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Inner Courtyard

Enjoy a family picnic outdoors under a party tent or in our courtyard fronting the beautiful Sturgeon River. You will find a workable Blacksmith Shop known as La Forge Charles, the Duquette Icehouse where blocks of ice are stored throughout the year and the Maison Major, our old pioneer style home. An open-air stage is available for outdoor concerts or plays.

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Permanent exhibit

The Museum's permanent exhibit consists of many interesting artifacts, examples of traditional snares and bush shelters, information on the remarkable fur-bearing animals of the north, a fascinating video on the creation of birch bark canoes, and so much more. Also, step back in time within our trading post replica to get an authentic feel for Ontario' rugged past. This exhibit is a tribute to the northern spirit of survival.

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Souvenir and Gift Shop

Our Souvenir and Gift Shop is filled with unique items such as homemade soaps, dreamcatchers and other regionally themed gems -- many of which are locally made. 

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Dock and Boat Launch

The Museum offers boat launching with access to the Sturgeon River with the purchase of a seasonal pass. 

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