Sarnia-Lambton has a vibrant community, with numerous activities and festivals. Whatever your interests, you should be able find some like-minded people to enjoy them with. Below is a list of some of the areas events and activities. It is by no means exhaustive, but are some of the things our Newcomers group likes to do!
Jazz & Blues in the Village
Friday, September 14 & Saturday, September 15, 2018. Come and enjoy a glass of wine, a bite to eat and some sensational live music! Located in beautiful McGibbon Park in Sarnia.
Saturday, September 29 to Saturday, October 26, 2018. Reapers Realm is a multi-attraction outdoor event with a fall carnival atmosphere. Map.
October 5-8, 2018 at the Brigden Fairgrounds. A midway, games, and plenty of country fun!
Lots of fall fun with a corn maze, pumpkin patch, petting farm, hay rides and mini-putt! Check website for hours.
Celebration of Lights
Christmas lights light up the waterfront by Centennial Park during December.
Parade of Lights
Saturday, December 1, 2018. This is the annual parade of lights with marching bands, clowns & Santa! Over 60 floats and eight marching bands will be in attendance. The Sarnia Christina School’s students will be accepting canned goods and cash donations during the parade for The Inn of the Good Shepherd.
Clearwater Arena & Community Centre
The local arena hosts public skates, hockey events, private ice rental, cultural events and all sorts of shows.
This park is a much-loved gem! Over 200 acres of beachfront property, walking trails, fitness equipment, a bike park, an animal farm, train, pavilions, picnic areas, a bandshell for shows, and is also a designated Blue Flag beach. Several events are hosted year round in the park’s fields and the sandy beach is a family favourite.
This river-front park has gotten a facelift with new playground equipment, award-winning gardens and a music venue. Its hills are also a favourite for tobogganing in the winter months!
Alberts was the original chip truck under the Bluewater Bridge. They’re now located in a building close by, but several other chip trucks dot Sarnia waterfront locations. Grab a plate and watch the boats along the river!
Sarnia boasts several farmers markets which showcase a variety of quality produce, dairy, baked goods and meat crafted by local farmers and businesses. A year-round market runs twice weekly at 110 Proctor St., while several others open during the active farming months in Point Edward, Sarnia Bay Marina, Petrolia and Forest.
First Friday is a monthly cultural event that partners the efforts of visual artists and performers with the infrastructure of supporting venues like museums, galleries, theatres, dining establishments, merchants and public spaces, in downtown Sarnia. As the name suggests, it happens on the first Friday of every month.
Gallery in the Grove
An art gallery in Brights Grove featuring nine exhibits per year, September through June, including a widely acclaimed annual elementary school art exhibition.
In a city rich with parkland, Germain Park is another standout. It encompasses 60 acres of land, featuring tennis courts, a lawn bowling green, baseball and soccer fields, and the award-winning Germain Gardens. On the site you’ll also find Jackson public swimming pool and the Strangway Community Centre.
There are no less than 12 golf courses in the area, both public and private, 9 and 18-hole. Golf is a very popular activity in the area and a great way to make new friends.
Hiawatha Horse Park
Hiawatha Horse Park is your place for live harness racing, simulcast racing, Arrive & Drive F1 karting, beach volleyball courts and baseball diamonds. They also offer a driving range during the warmer months.
The Imperial Theatre is a 600 seat live Performance venue, two fully licensed bars, and a room for small functions. You can even rent the space for weddings! The theatre produces a handful of plays per season, and rents out the venue to touring artists and other community theatre groups.
Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery
The Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery is a world-class institution that provides the community with an exciting range of art exhibitions, tours, lectures, bus trips and art programs that inspire creativity and interest in the visual arts. The gallery is in the heart of downtown Sarnia.
Lawrence House Centre for the Arts
The Lawrence House is a community-based organization committed, aimed at encouraging the creation and appreciation of the visual, performing and literary arts in Sarnia-Lambton. There is a beautiful gift shop onsite featuring original art of many mediums created by local artists. They host several art exhibitions and concerts every year, and host numerous art camps for children.
The Makerspace at the Sarnia Library is an incredible collection of resources and is host to programs and workshops related to making, DIY, and innovation. You’ll find 3-D printers, a bookbinding machine, laser cutter, die cutter, sewing machine and more. The collection of machines also travels to other local libraries, sharing the resources with different communities. Contact the Sarnia Library to learn more.
Pinery Provincial Park
A breathtakingly beautiful park with 10 km of sand beach on the shores of Lake Huron, featuring excellent year-round outdoor recreation in 21 square kilometres of rare forests and rolling dunes. Enjoy 10 walking trails, a 14-km bike trail, and 38 kms of groomed ski trails. Rent a canoe, hydro bike, paddleboat or a single or double kayak. Sunsets here are ranked by National Geographic as among the “Top 10 Best in the World”!
A recreation centre for adults offering a wide variety of fitness and instructional classes, recreational activities like cards and billiards, day bus trips, seminars, and special events. The centre also operates a café that is open daily for lunch.
A performing arts venue in Petrolia that features 425 comfy seats in an elegant, historic building with a cash bar & outdoor terrace. Be sure to check out their after-show cabarets. They never disappoint!