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There is so much to do in Algonquin Highlands! The Township offers a wide array of indoor and outdoor recreation programs all year long for all ages, interests and abilities. 


July 2 to August 20, 2024, Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Stanhope Soccer League is a fun, non-competitive, skills-building, outdoor league for children aged 4 to 11, running through July 2 - August 21, 2024, at Stanhope Gardens. The cost of this 8-week program is $ 47.15 per child and includes a shirt, team photo and end of the year celebration. Registration opens April 15, 2024. Please note: Spaces are limited. 

Learn more or register. 

First Wednesday of the Month

The Dorset Book Club meets virtually once a month on the first Wednesday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m. All are welcome! 

Learn more or register. 

Third Wednesday of the Month

Coffee and Conversation takes place online via Zoom on the third Wednesday of the month from 3 to 5 p.m.. New in town and want to meet new people?  Coffee and Conversation is a great way to connect with community members. Everyone is welcome to join. Just make your own coffee and join us for a social time!

Learn more or register. 

Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon, Stanhope Firefighters' Community Hall 

Come out and join in the fun with instructor Jacqui Bell. This class is a great way to exercise the body and soul while having fun.  All levels of ability welcome, including beginners. The cost per class is $10.00 per person.

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Fridays from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., Stanhope Firefighters' Community Hall

Moving meditation, tai chi incorporates stretching and turning in a sequence of movements. Taoist Tai Chi is specifically designed to improve health. It can bring a wide range of health benefits to the muscular, skeletal, and circulatory systems. In the process, it contributes to better balance and posture, increased strength and flexibility, and calmness and peace of mind.

For more information, visit, or call Wilma at 705-457-5829.

Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon, Stanhope Firefighters' Community Hall

The basic beginner session is literally just the beginning.  It is an introduction to the movements through a low impact, developmental process, and people of all ages and abilities can learn and benefit from it. Some participants only take the initial session out of curiosity, many continue practicing for the rest of their lives.

For more information, visit, or call Wilma at705-457-5829.

Weekdays at Stanhope Park, 1095 North Shore Road, Algonquin Highlands

Come out and enjoy a game of pickleball Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon. This program is open to all skill levels and is run by Township volunteers by donation. Contact Jennifer Coates at to sign up.

GENTLE & RESTORATIVE YOGA - Stanhope Community Centre

July 17 to August 28, 2024 (6-week program, with no class on Wed. August 21, 2024)

Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Cost: $115.00+HST

Gentle & Restorative Yoga with Donna - a style of yoga designed to soothe, relax, restore, and rejuvenate the body. Accessible to most everyone, this yoga offers a welcoming atmosphere of ease where simple poses and movements are slow, and often fully supported by bolsters, blocks, and blankets - ever so gently stretching the body and calming the nervous system. Gentle and Restorative Yoga encourages general wellness, supports injury or surgery recovery, restores hard-working bodies, and calms the endless chatter of the mind.

Register now. 



July 24 to August 28, 2024 (6-week program)

Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

Cost: $90.00+HST

Summer Yoga in the Park with Ardith is back, classes will take place at the Tapscott Lopes Park in Dorset, 1047 Main Street. Gentle to Moderate Yoga, these classes are designed to work on improving balance and maintaining mobility, with the focus on breathing, body awareness, flexibility, and stress reduction. Yoga poses will take you from the mat, to hands and knees and standing positions. The cost for the 6 week session is $90.00 + HST per person all levels welcome.  Please bring your own mat. 

Register now. 


Dorset Community Yard Sale

August 3, 2024, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the parking area of the Dorset Lions Centennial Park, 1054 Main Street Dorset

Tables are available for rent to sell household yard sale items at $5.46 plus HST per table. Tables are six feet long. Set up begins at 8 a.m. and all items must be removed by 2 p.m. Space is limited - first come first served!

Learn more or register

Saturday, October 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

New vendors welcome!  The sale is in the Dorset Recreation Centre gymnasium. Tables and chairs will be provided for this show, vendors will be responsible for your own set up and clean up.

Exhibitors with similar merchandise will be limited at the discretion of the Algonquin Highlands Parks, Recreation & Trails Department. No manufactured/retail goods will be allowed - products must be made by you.

Exhibits must be taken down by no later than 4 p.m.. Exhibitors must stay for the entire sale.

Learn more or register. 

Contact Information

Dorset Recreation Centre
1051 Main Street, Box 99
Dorset, Ontario P0A 1E0
Phone/Fax: 705-766-9968

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