Recreation

Recreation in the City of Victoria is offered on the homelands of the Songhees and Esquimalt People. 

Focus on Outdoor Recreation 

The community has places to play and stay active under the City’s Parks and Recreation COVID-19 Recovery Plan. The plan sets out a phased return to recreation facilities through coordination with the BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) and continued public health guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Staff are currentlfocusing on creating opportunities for the community at the City’s outdoor recreation facilities, such as playgrounds, sports fields and Royal Athletic Park 

Under the new plan, the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre is expected to reopen in January 2021. Staff are using time during the pool closure to complete planned repairs to the air handling system. This work was originally to take place in 2021. However, preliminary testing identified the need to do repairs sooner, so the work will take place this fall and is anticipated to be completed by the end of the year. 

Facilities and services listed under Level 1 and Level 2 of the plan are currently operating: 

For updates regarding programs, services, and facility operations, please visit this page regularly.

Child and Youth Recreation 

Register now for child and youth programs in September and October. 

Programs this fall include soccer, multi-sport skills, dance, babysitter training pro-d day camps and more.

View the child and youth recreation online flyer [PDF - 521 KB] to learn more, and click here to register. 

The safety of our patrons and our staff is our top priority, and we are committed to offering a safe outdoor recreation experience. We're having fun and keeping it safe.

 

Adult and Older Adult Recreation

We're offering a range of health and wellness opportunities this September and October at Royal Athletic Park, including yoga, boot camps, personal training and more.


Join us at the stadium where we have made adjustments including: 

  • Enhanced COVID-19 policies and procedures
  • All classes offered entirely outdoors
  • Registered programs accommodate up to 40 people

View the online flyer [PDF - 1 MB] and click here to register.

Options are available to register in advance or on a drop-in basis.   

 

Outdoor Health and Wellness Programs Survey 

We are planning a gradual return to adult health and wellness programs and we want to understand your interests as we plan which programs to offer this summer and fall. 

COVID-19 guidelines mean some programs require significant modification, while other programs may be able to be modified in simple ways, such as moving them outside. We’re open to exploring the possibilities, but first we want to understand what you’re comfortable with and what you would like to see offered. 

Please complete this survey to help us understand and prioritize the adult health and wellness programs you’re most interested in. 

 

Community Access at Royal Athletic Park

Royal Athletic Park is open for community drop-in this summer! Come get active and enjoy this large grass ­field in the heart of the North Park neighbourhood. Physical distancing and adherence to park use guidelines is required. View the online flyer for drop-in hours and more information.

 

Field and Court Permits Now Available 

Field and court permits can now be issued to local sport organizations. Here’s what we need if you’re interested in booking: 

  1. Fill out this form

  1. Attach your Provincial Sport Organization Return to Sport Plan 

  1. Attach your COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan 

  1. Send your forms to parkspermits@victoria.ca  

For any questions or assistance, contact us aparkspermits@victoria.ca. 

Fun for Life GO!

Stay active, healthy and connected from home with Fun for Life GO! 

Our new online platform combines ideas from the City of Victoria’s recreation experts in fitness, children’s and older adults' programming, with links to other helpful resources to help you and your family stay healthy and well. Learn more.

Memberships/Passes 

All annual passes will be extended by the closure length. 

Monthly payments have been suspended for passes on scheduled payments. 

If your preference is to receive a refund, please email crystalpool@victoria.ca. 

All regional passes will be cancelled effective March 17, 2020 and refunded. 

No action is required for L.I.F.E. Program passes. 

Annual locker rentals will be credited effective March 17, 2020

How to Reach Us

Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre: crystalpool@victoria.ca       

Facilities (some are currently closed):