To take advantage of the pleasant summer weather, Portage centres have been providing interesting and enjoyable outdoor recreational programming for the residents during the past few months.
Many centres provided residents with the opportunity to go camping, with rehabilitation therapy incorporated into the excursions. The Outward Bound program at Portage Elora took residents on canoe trips through Algonquin Park and Portage Prévost adolescents spent a week camping in Mont-Tremblant Park. Even the children of the Mother and Child centre got the chance to spend a night outdoors, camping at Oka Beach.
The Portage Beaconsfield and the Portage Prévost centres took their residents to the water slides to cool off on warm summer days, while Portage Elora residents went to the nearby swimming gorge. Residents of Portage’s rural centres also went on many hiking expeditions and nature walks. Portage Prévost and Cassidy Lake held Summer Olympic events, with events in volleyball, canoeing, soccer, running, archery, tug-of-war and triathlon, to name a few. Prévost residents enjoyed a trip to the Granby Zoo.
Portage Saint-Malachie celebrated Saint-Jean Baptiste Day with an open house for family members, which consisted of a fun day of activities followed by a buffet dinner on the facility’s large balcony. Portage Beaconsfield marked Canada Day with a Family Day for the eighth year in a row. Family members enjoyed the whole day of activities and a potluck lunch at the centre. Most centres also enjoyed barbeques and picnics throughout the summer.
As the summer winds down, MIRE (Mouvement for integration and retention in employment), Saint-Malachie, and several other centres have been hosting corn on the cob roasts.