Facility Re-Opening Announcement

Suspended Programs

Update November 24, 2020.

Group Fitness, Dance and Martial Arts Classes

All group fitness, dance and martial arts classes are suspended until December 7th. The only exception is Aquafit, due to the environment it is held in (i.e. large space with chlorinated water).

Patrons will be contacted by phone or email and credited for missed classes over this time frame. Recreation Oak Bay will make announcements and contact participants on the resumption of classes as soon as possible.

Classes affected include but not limited to: Yoga, Pilates, Total Body Conditioning/training, Spin/Indoor Cycle, Jazzercise, any registered group fitness classes (8 weeks, W.O.W., Body Core Dynamics, Osteofit, Joint Wellness, Barre, etc.) Moderate and Mild Fitness at Monterey, all dance classes including children’s dance, Zumba and Nuline and all martial arts such as Karate.
Fitness studio/weight room individual bookings for sessions are able to continue at this time. The “Take Heart” Program is also able to contine.
All “stationary” classes such as Art classes, tech classes, First Aid, Babysitting, etc. are also able to continue at this time.
If you have questions on specific classes, please contact our Reception at 250-595-7946.


Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture Notice - Facility Re-opening Plan

The District of Oak Bay is pleased to announce the re-opening of some facilities, programs and services as follows:

Upcoming Re-openings:

Henderson Fitness Centre Re-opening August 26th, 2020.

Fitness Studio at Henderson Recreation is opening for pre-registered sessions and programs.

Good news, you can now register online in advance for your workout at the Henderson Fitness Studio! We will begin by opening two timeslots a day from 9:00am-10:30am & 10:45am-12:15pm starting August 26th until September 4th and closed weekends and Labour Day. Our full schedule will begin September 8th with timeslots available 7:15am-12:15pm Monday-Friday and 8:15-1:15 Saturday-Sunday.

Registration is available up to 1 week in advance, and will begin August 17th at 12:00pm,  for the following week beginning Wednesday August 26th! Head to oakbayrec.perfectmind.com to get started.

Please visit fitness and wellness for the schedule and more detailed information on the available options.


Pool Re-opening August 17, 2020

Although not all aquatic activities will be offered in the same manner as they were prior to the Pandemic, the following pre-registered programs and activities will be available upon re-opening:

  • Registered lane swimming (Registration begins Tuesday, August 11)

  • Single lane bookings for swimming  or water running/walking (Registration begins Thursday, August 13)

  • Aquafit and Waterworks classes (Registration on now)

  • Family “Bubble,” Swim Lessons and Fun Swims (Registration on now)

Please visit Aquatics for the schedule and more detailed information on the available options.

Currently Open

  • Online and Phone Registration for Summer Camps, Preschool and Children's Programs and Reservations for Fitness Studio Sessions, Golf, Outdoor Pickleball and Outdoor Tennis.

  • Paddington Station Day Care welcomes children back to care at the Neighbourhood Learning Centre.

  • Online and Phone Registration for Adult Programs at Monterey Recreation Centre, Registered Fitness Programs and Racquet Sport Programs.

  • The Weight Room/Fitness Studio at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre will re-open to pre-registered access only.

  • Online and Phone Registration (one week in advance on Mondays) for Indoor Cycling and Indoor Bootcamp. Registration will also open for Arena programs.

  • Day camps for children and youth begin at the Neighbourhood Learning Centre, Oak Bay Recreation Centre, Windsor Pavilion and Henderson Recreation Centre.

  • Limited indoor fitness programs will begin at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre, Windsor Pavilion, Monterey Recreation Centre and Henderson Recreation Centre.

  • Personal fitness training and small group circuit training will start at the Henderson Recreation Centre.

  • Adult wellness, fitness and art programs will begin at the Monterey Recreation Centre.

  • Takeout food services will start at the Monterey Recreation Centre.

  • The Arena at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre will open to limited lessons, private lessons, pre-registered open skates, sport skill development programs and rentals.

Service Changes due to COVID-19

Thank you for your patience as we reshape our services to provide a safe environment for your return to some of your favorite recreation activities. Things will look and feel different. Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture have followed the recommendations and guidelines from the Province, Island Health, and other authorities to develop the following protocols:

  • Access to programs and facilities must be pre-registered in order to ensure we are able to control the number of people in any given space.  There will be no “drop-ins” available at this time.

  • Patrons will be screened for health concerns or symptoms of COVID-19 prior to entering any facility or program. If you have any symptoms, have been exposed to someone with symptoms or have travelled in the last 14 days, please stay home.

  • Physical distancing measures will be implemented which include reducing the number of people able to register for a program or be in a space at any one time. Floor markings will be used to delineate individual space allocations in programs.

  • Program content has been redeveloped to minimize contact between patrons and to reduce the use of shared equipment and supplies.

  • Time has been allocated in the overall schedule of programs and activities to facilitate enhanced cleaning and sanitization of equipment and high touch surfaces.

  • Staff will be trained to monitor and support physical distancing, hand and respiratory hygiene, sanitization, cleaning and all safety protocols.

  • Movement in and out of facilities and spaces will be coordinated between programs and will also be delineated by signage and floor markings to ensure physical distancing can be maintained.

  • Hand sanitization stations will be provided in common areas.

We appreciate that these represent major changes to the way you’ve experienced your recreation participation in the past but with patience and kindness we are confident you can reintroduce your favorite activities into your life again.

For further detailed information regarding our patron and employee COVID-19 safety protocols please refer to the summary report:
Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture COVID-19 Reopening Safety Plan Summary Report [PDF - 372 KB] 

Program and Facility Specific Information 

For specific questions regarding registration information and/or your personal accounts please call Reception at 250-595-7946.

Fitness Studio and Fitness Programs: Click here

Golf: Click here

Racquet Sports: Click here

Children’s Programs: Click here

Progam Guide: Click here

Additional Resources

Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture have followed the guidelines and recommendations of the Province, Island Health and other industry specific authorities in order to develop safety plans for patrons and employees. The following is a sample of supporting and reference documents used in the development of our reopening plans:

BC Recreation and Parks Association’s “Guideline for Restarting Operations.” https://www.bcrpa.bc.ca/covidguideline

ViaSport BC, “Return to Sport” https://www.viasport.ca/return-sport

Island Health, “COVID-19 Guidance for Gyms and Fitness Centres In Island Health’s Region, updated May 28” https://www.islandhealth.ca/sites/default/files/covid-19/documents/covid-gym-fitness-guidance.pdf

BCCDC Guide for Recreation Facilities  http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/community-settings/recreation-facilities


Winter Guide

Registration opens December 1.

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