Exercise Programs

Walking Programs

The Seniors' Centre for Excellence, in partnership with the Town of Minto and Wellington North, offers free walking groups in Arthur, Harriston, Palmerston, and Mount Forest. These groups are available all year and provide a safe, dry place to walk indoors and meet new friends.  No registration is necessary - just show up!

  • Harriston

Address: Harriston Arena - 111 George Street, Harriston ON     
Weekdays, 8:30 am - 9:30 am.

  • Palmerston

Address: Palmerston Community Centre - 520 Cavan Street, Palmerston ON     
Weekdays, 8:30 am - 9:30 am.

  • Mount Forest  ‘Walk-A-Doodle-Do’

Address: Mount Forest & District Sports Complex - 850 Princess St, Mount Forest, ON     
Every Thursday, 9:30 am - 11:00 am.

  • Drayton (starting Wednesday, January 4th, 2023)

Address: PMD Arena - 68 Main St W, Drayton, ON
Monday, Wednesday & Friday,  8:30 am – 10:00 am.

  • Arthur

Address:  Arthur Arena - 158 Domville St, Arthur, ON      
Monday to Friday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.  (Coffee hour from 10:00 am - 11:00 am)   *Note: There is a small fee payable - $3 per session or $20 per month.



VON - SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together)      Exercise Programs

The VON (Victorian Order of Nurses) offers free SMART Exercise programs in North Wellington, Centre Wellington, and Guelph. These classes will help to improve your overall fitness level and prevent you from falling.  Please check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.  Please call the VON at 519.323.2330 ext. 4954 to get more information about the programs offered at any of these locations.  You can also email Kelly Gee, SMART Supervisor, at kelly.gee@von.ca.   

For information about Real-time Zoom exercise classes and YouTube exercise classes, visit the VON website www.vonsmartexercise.com.  You can also find more information about VON programs here.  Connect on FaceBook - VON SMART Exercise Wellington County. 


Below are a few of the North Wellington SMART Community Exercise Sites:-

  • Drayton (Moderate / High intensity)

Address: Drayton Reformed Church - 74 Wellington Street, Drayton ON     
Dates and Times: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday - 9:30 am. 

  • Clifford (Moderate / High intensity)

Address: Knox United Church - 11 Alan Street East, Clifford ON     
Dates and Times: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday - 9 am.

  • Mount Forest (High intensity)

Address: Legion Branch 134 - 140 King Street West, Mount Forest ON     
Dates and Times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 10:30 am.

  • Harriston (Low / Moderate intensity)

Address: Knox Presbyterian Church - 135 Elora Street South, Harriston ON     
Dates and Times: Tuesday and Thursday - 10.45 am.

  • Arthur (Moderate intensity)

Address: Senior Citizen Hall - 242 Isabella Street East, Arthur ON     
Dates and Times: Wednesday - 10 am and Friday - 10.30 am.



Below are a few of the Central Wellington SMART Community Exercise Sites:-

  • Fergus (Low intensity)

Address: Melville United Church - 300 St. Andrew Street West, Fergus ON     
Dates and Times: Tuesday and Thursday - 9:30 am & 10:30 am.

  • Elora (Moderate intensity)

Address: Central Pentecostal Church - 7674 Colborne Street, Elora, ON     
Dates and Times: Tuesday and Thursday - 1 pm.



For information about SMART exercise sites in Guelph, please click here:-    
SMART Community Exercise Sites - Guelph 


Intensity Descriptions

Low: This program is suitable for clients who may not have exercised before or have not exercised in a long time, or for clients who have recently completed the SMART In-Home or Fab Fit program. Most of the exercises are performed in a seated position.

Moderate: This class is suitable for clients that are used to being physically active. Most of the exercises are performed standing but likely use a chair as a stability aid. 

High: This program is suitable for clients that have good mobility and are used to exercising.  Exercises are typically performed while standing and are not required to use a chair for a stability aid although chairs are always available.

Disclaimer: The VON SMART Exercise program is designed so that any participant can attend any of the sites if most convenient for them as it can be modified for all different levels.  These intensities are simply guidelines for the average participant attending the class.  Any participant can sit for the entire class.  All instructors offer the option of sitting to each of the participants in each class.  We never want to put limits on any participants, and we believe that if a participant walks into the class they should be able to exercise standing or at least do some of the exercises standing.  SMART classes always offer chairs to be used as a base of support or for someone to sit in for either portion of the class or the entire class, if that is how they feel most comfortable exercising.

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