Winter walking with the indoor walking club


Every year for nine years, since January 2003 to be exact, Morrisburg resident Florence Oglestone has been organizing the Walking Club.

“I started basically because I wanted to walk indoors,” she said. “I approached the Operating Engineers to see if they were agreeable.” 

Since then, walkers have been enjoying a warm, safe ‘home’ in the hallways of the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario facility, which is located on the eastern outskirts of Morrisburg.

Oglestone was originally quite surprised by the positive reception to the club: “I thought just a few people would show up and a lot of people showed up.”

On average, Oglestone says she has about 20 to 25 walkers. Most walkers, according to Oglestone, choose to join the club in their pursuit for health and wellness, which includes a place to walk sheltered from the elements. 

Walking provides more than just physical health benefits. As Henry David Thoreau once said: “Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.” 

Members can walk anytime during the specified hours set by the facility, which work around the schedules of the Engineers training classes and the T.R. Leger classes. From Monday to Friday, walkers are welcome any time between 4:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, the facility is available from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.

The Walking Club is a mere $12 per calendar year and covers the coldest months: January 1st to March 31st, and October 1st to December 31st. 

For more information, contact Florence at 613-543-2445.

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