Like most northern communities, life in the wintertime revolves around the arena. Minor hockey and figure skating are a daily occurrence and adult shinny, men’s recreational hockey and women’s hockey follow closely behind. We are also lucky to have a functioning curling club as well, for both children and adults.
There are many other sports and recreational opportunities for children as well, such as soccer and intramural sports such as volleyball, basketball, badminton and cross-country running. The public pool is utilized both by the school boards and general community members for swimming lessons. The pool also offers AquaFit, a Jr. Lifeguard Program and public swim. Hornepayne also has a youth centre, a public gymnasium, a fitness facility and, if volunteers are available, Scouts and Girlguides. Piano, guitar and violin lessons are also available. The public library is a popular place and offers children’s programming throughout the school year.
For seniors, there is the Sunshine Club which meets twice a month. They hold card parties and various other events when they are not playing with their Wii entertainment system. Every year at Christmas the Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary holds a free Christmas dinner, complete with servers and entertainment, for the seniors of the community.
For the outdoorsmen, hunting and fishing are plentiful. There are several fly-in fishing resorts in the area serviced by a local air base. Ice fishing and snowmobiling are popular in winter as are cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Sliding is also a common pastime. Hornepayne is part of the Superior Snow Challenge Loop which is sponsored by the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs.
Nagagamasis Provincial Park is located on Highway 631 North, approximately 33 km (20 miles) from town. This is a popular camping spot for locals and tourists alike. The many lakes around town provide swimming, boating, and water sport opportunities. Many people own cottages within the vicinity.