Oliver Paipoonge offers a large variety of municipal recreational facilities for residents’ use. Two Community Centres – one in Rosslyn Village, the other in Murillo - offer rental facilities for private events, as well as various community sports facilities. Among these are outdoor skating rinks, baseball diamonds and soccer fields found in Murillo, Kakabeka Falls, Slate River, Intola and Rosslyn. In addition to the various outdoor skating rinks the Nor-West Arena offers both recreational and competitive hockey leagues for youth and adults.
Many of the residents of Oliver Paipoonge have been attracted to the area by the outdoor activities available. In the summer these include boating, hunting and fishing, hiking, rock-climbing and horseback riding. Kayaking and canoeing – including some whitewater locations – attract tourists yearly. In the colder months many residents participate in ice-fishing, skating, snowshoeing and winter hiking. Cross-country skiing on the groomed trails in the area is popular, as is snowmobiling on the Thunder Bay Adventure Trails which run through the municipality. The area around Thunder Bay is home to two downhill skiing facilities and a third is located just south of the US border in Lutsen, MN.
Various attractions in the area entertain residents and tourists alike. The Thunder Oak Cheese Farm makes and sells its own Gouda cheese and offers a look at the process. River Rat Rentals offers the opportunity to leisurely float down a shallow stretch of the Kaministiquia on large inner tubes. Pioneer Village Founder’s Museum provides a hands-on experience of life at the turn of the century. Various farms like Belluz Farms, Gammondale Farm and The Dell offer seasonal pick-your-own produce and farm-related activities to the public, attracting many thousands of people every year. The Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park offers camping, hiking, a sandy beach and other outdoor activities like cross-country skiing in the winter, along with views of the spectacular Kakabeka Falls or “Niagara of the North.”
A number of local organizations exist that are dedicated to hosting annual events. Many are agriculture-related and promote activities like Plowing Matches, Tractor Races and old-fashioned Fall Fairs with craft competitions, chariot races and calf roping. A thriving equestrian society holds gymkhanas, horse-races and, for the adventuresome, activities like cross-country rides and “posse runs.” Riding lessons are popular and are offered, along with other equestrian services, at a number of private stables.
Two golf courses are located within the municipality. One of the best-known attractions in Oliver Paipoonge is Whitewater Golf Course, a 27-hole championship golf course with some of the most spectacular scenery in the area.
City attractions are available just 30 minutes’ drive away in Thunder Bay and include a Community Auditorium which hosts international musical and theatre acts, a nationally-recognized theatre company, multiplex cinemas, golf courses, downhill ski facilities and more.