The exterior of the Strangway Centre
City of Sarnia, Strangway Centre

The Strangway Centre will remain closed until further notice. The health of our members is of utmost importance, and we will not re-open the centre or start programming again until we can do so safely.

The Strangway Centre is a recreation centre for adults 20+ operated by the City of Sarnia, Parks and Recreation Department. We are located at 260 East St N near the 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 and a café.

Programming is available for members and non-members of the Centre but members pay less for programs. Membership is available to adults 50+. There are fees associated with activities which vary based on the activity. Daily Activities (drop-in) require a token which can be purchased at the front desk at the Centre. Pay as you go classes are $5.00 for members and $6.00 for non-members. Please refer to our Community Activities Guide for a full list of programs and fees. 

Your can register for programs and memberships online or in person at the Strangway Centre or City Hall, 3rd Floor Parks and Recreation.

Participants playing pickleball at the Strangway Centre

Membership is available for purchase for adults 50+ but is optional. It entitles members to 15% off registered programs with instructors, $5.00 off day trips, and over 50% off daily activity tokens.
The cost for a 2020 Strangway Centre Membership, which is valid until December 31, 2020, is $53.00 (tax included). We also offer a 6 month membership from May 1 to October 31, 2020 for $34.00 and a 4 month membership from September 1 to December 31, 2020 for $24.00.

Our cafe is open Monday to Friday from 11:00am to 1:00pm and the first Thursday monthly for breakfast for Men’s Morning at 9:00am. We serve soup, sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, muffins, daily specials and are open to the public.

Dedicated volunteers at work in the kitchen!

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. The cost to use the shop is $6.00 for a half day, $11.00 for a whole day. Adults 50+ can choose to purchase a membership for the Hobby Shop which allows unlimited use of the shop (instead of buying tokens). The cost for a 2020 Hobby Shop Membership is $160.00 or, a 6 month 2020 Hobby Shop Membership is $85.00

Hobby Shop volunteer, Susan, assists participant, John, with a woodworking project.
Our Hobby Shop volunteer, Susan, helps participant, John, with a project.

Our Centre is fortunate to have many dedicated volunteers that assist with the front desk, Hobby Shop, Cafe, special events and convening select programming. We encourage you to contact us to discuss current volunteer openings. Volunteers are required to obtain a vulnerable sector check.

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. We are celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2019.

William Strangway
William Strangway

Contact Us:
260 East St. N., Sarnia, ON, N7T 6X7
519 332 0656
Shelley Kern, Superintendent of Recreation
Rebecca Mills, Activities Programmer
Hours of Operation:
Monday: 8:30am to 6:00pm
Tuesday to Thursday: 8:30am to 5:00pm
Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Programming: 8:30am to 9:00pm Monday to Saturday
Closed on statuatory holidays and between Christmas and New Year’s.