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Goward House

Home Away From Home

About Activities

This page lists typical activities offered at Goward House. They may or may not be currently offered.



Portrait Painters (One 3 hour session per week)
Drop-In Art (Two sessions of 3 hours per week)
Chinese Brush Painters (One 3 hour session per week)


Play pool, snooker or billiards. New players are welcome. Table time may be reserved. Availability varies so please check with the front desk.Space

Book Club

This group meets once each month in the Goward House Theatre (lower hall).  Join anytime!


Bridge is the most popular activitiy by far at Goward House. Whether Bridge is your passion or you have never played before, there is a place for you in one or more of our groups. Please inquire at the front desk. There are also private tables for two and four persons.  As a member you may prefer to set up your own table or tables.There are four bridge groups which are open to all members:

Lady’s Bridge
Duplicate Bridge
Mixed Sun Room Bridge
Drop-In BridgeSpace

Craft and Knitting Group

Members of this group meet weekly to share patterns and ideas, and enjoy each other’s company. The group meets in Sequoia Room on the main floor.

Fitness Classes

There are several exercise classes. All exercises may be done while sitting. These classes promote full functional fitness, including balance, strength, flexibility, and core muscles, in a relaxed and fun environment. Fees for these classes are higher than volunteer-led activities. Three fitness classes may be offered:

Strength and Balance ( one and a half hours twice per week)

Stretching, exercising with balls and hand weights (supplied) and repetitive moves to sharpen the mind. Much of this is done while seated and is followed by a brief meditation.

Body Shapes

This program offers a variety of benefits including strength and flexibility. Rediscover fluidity of motion and a more relaxed, expressive body using bands, hand weights and balls.

Gentle Yoga

COURSE: This class accommodates all levels of ability. You will leave the class feeling stretched, centred and re-energized. This yoga class is for everyone.Sp


Among our members we have two French language interest groups. Self-organized and self-directed, each group meets weekly at Goward House to study, read and converse in French, at an intermediate and advanced level. S

Goward House Singers

About 25 people meet weekly to sing songs that appeal to Seniors. They like to sing in harmony and perform throughout the year at Seniors’ Residences and Nursing Homes. New members are always welcome.

iPad Club

An experienced iPad instructor walks you through all the functions of the iPad with plenty of time to practice on your own with help right there as you need it. Goward House has one iPad available to borrow (in-house).

Line Dancing

Come and touch, tap, hook, scuff and stomp your way to fitness in 2016. Line dancing is a fun way to exercise as well as meet others who share the enjoyment of moving to music. First-timer? No problem. Come and give it a try. First class is free. Once weekly sessions.

Mah Jong Club

The Mah Jong group has been active for over 10 years and currently has about a dozen members. New members are welcome to give Mah Jong a try. If you can play gin rummy, you can play mah jong – and leave the counting to experienced players. You don’t play with partners, so no recriminations. We have tea at half-time and lively conversations. Half the time we don’t add up the score – – it’s the joy of playing that counts! Once weekly sessions.

Money Matters

This activity is an informal gathering to share ideas about the economy, investing and taxation along with coffee and lots of fun. Financial Advisor Pam Katunar hosts the group which is open to the public and free of charge. Once monthly sessions.

Paper Quilling

Discover the deep satisfaction of quilling. Create quilled cards for friends and family that will undoubtedly be framed and cherished by the recipients. Learn the art and craft of creating your own designs with curled strips of coloured paper. But BEWARE: quilling can be addictive!


Learn to speak Spanish in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Emphasis will be on using the language in practical situations. Tapes of native speakers will be used to supplement the classroom instruction. This course can be very helpful for travelers. Three Spanish classes may be offered: Level 1 (beginners), Level 2 (intermediate) and Conversation

Tai Chi

Learn Yang-style Tai Chi under the patient and skilled tutelage of Advanced Instructor Gordon Muir. Gordon has extensive knowledge of Tai Chi acquired from years of study under Chinese Masters. No previous experience is necessary. Practice this ancient art to better your health and have fun at the same time.

Write On!

Are you looking at writing your memoirs, travel journals or magazine articles? If so, this might be the group for you. Write On! participants meet regularly on the 3rd Monday of each month. The facilitator Mary Brackenbury is a published writer and retired teacher.


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