The Strangway Centre is a recreation centre for adults aged 20 and older operated by the City of Sarnia. We are located at 260 East St N in beautiful Germain Park.

We offer a variety of programs including exercise classes; art; music and language courses; day trips; how to classes; recreational sports; and daily activities such as cards, carpet bowling and shuffleboard. We also operate a woodworking shop.

Programming is available for members and non-members of the Centre but members pay less for programs. Membership is available to adults aged 50 and older. There are fees associated with activities which vary based on the activity. The City does not offer subsidies for Strangway programs.

Please refer to our Recreation Programming page for more information on program opportunities and access to online program descriptions and registration.

Strangway Membership

Strangway Membership is available for purchase for adults aged 50 and over but is not required to participate in programs and activities. It entitles members to 15 to 50 per cent off programs and activities.

Online Registration and Memberships

You can register for Strangway programming and purchase memberships via our online portal.

Access online registration

Hobby Shop

The Hobby Shop is a woodworking shop which adults can use to complete woodworking projects and participate in courses. We have a variety of woodworking tools available. The Hobby Shop is open Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm (excluding holidays). Summer hours vary. Please contact the Centre for further details.

Participants can pay for a half day or full day pass or adults 50+ can choose to purchase a membership for the Hobby Shop which allows unlimited use of the shop.

Hobby shop attendee cutting wood at a band saw.


Our Centre is fortunate to have many dedicated volunteers that assist with the front desk, Hobby Shop, Cafe, special events and convening select programming. Volunteers are required to obtain a vulnerable sector check.

Volunteer opportunity – Hobby Shop Supervisor

The Strangway Centre is currently recruiting volunteer Hobby Shop Supervisors.

Shop supervisors receive a discounted rate on memberships for the Strangway Centre’s woodworking shop. Supervisors are required to supervise the shop for at least one three-hour shift (9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m.) each week on a specified day.

Hobby Shop Supervisors should have:

  • Communication skills
  • Safety knowledge
  • Woodworking experience
  • Comfort with shop equipment

To apply, please contact the Strangway Centre.


Our Cafe is currently closed until further notice.

History of the Strangway Centre

The Strangway Centre was established as an older adult centre by a generous $1,000,000 donation from William Strangway, as well as contributions from the Province, Ministry of Tourism, the City and other donors. William Strangway was a local business man who saw a need for a place for older adults to socialize.  In recent years we have opened up programming to adults 20+. The Centre opened on May 1, 1989.

William Strangway
William Strangway

Contact Us:
260 East St. N., Sarnia, ON, N7T 6X7
519-332-0656 Ext. 3700

Hours of Operation:
Office: Monday to Friday: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Closed on statutory holidays and between Christmas and New Year’s.