For many O’Connor residents their large properties, safe roads and quiet neighbourhoods mean the opportunity to enjoy hobbyist lifestyles. Among them are bee-keepers, great loom weavers, potters, hobby-farmers and equestrians.
Within the Township the O’Connor Community Club plans family events and activities along with the Fire Department Auxiliary who organize different fundraising events involving the community. The Club is a great way to meet other residents and develop relationships within the community, and always welcomes new members. The Council and staff, along with the Community Club, Fire Department and First Response members, hosts an annual O’Connor Day held on the fourth Saturday of August at the Community Centre. The event brings out people from the Township, their family, friends and neighbours for a fun-filled day of events including tournaments, children’s events, BBQ and fireworks to end the day. The O’Connor Community Centre is located in the centre of the Township and is the location for most organized events. It has a skating rink, horseshoe pits, a baseball diamond and a soccer field. The Community Hall, within the Centre, is available to rent for events.
A number of children’s sports leagues and summer camps operate in the group of small municipalities in the area, any of which is within a 15 or 20 minute driving distance from O’Connor. Children can join others in their age groups in playing soccer, baseball and hockey. An organized hockey league at the NorWest Arena just east of Kakabeka Falls offers both recreational and competitive hockey for adults and children. Various locations offer private horseback riding lessons and trail rides.
Outdoor activities are very popular among O’Connor residents. The natural features of the land promote an active lifestyle enjoyed year-round. In the warmer months residents enjoy swimming, boating and fishing in the numerous creeks, streams and lakes in the area.There is an abundance of wildlife; many residents are avid hunters of deer and small game and can hunt without having to leave their property. The Cedar Falls Conservation Area is within the Township and offers excellent hiking trails with a lovely view of the waterfall. Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park abuts the East boundary of the Township and offers summer swimming and hiking. The Park maintains cross-country ski trails in the winter, and also provides residents with an area to enjoy snowshoeing, sliding and snowmobiling. Downhill skiing enthusiasts can also take advantage of one of two area facilities within the City of Thunder Bay.Residents seeking more urban recreation and entertainment are within a 30 minute drive of attractions in Thunder Bay. Amenities include a Community Auditorium which hosts international acts and a local symphony orchestra, a well-recognized local theatre company, a multiplex cinema showing current movies, bowling alleys, golf courses, nightclubs and restaurants.