Parks & Recreation

Esquimalt Recreation Centre hours of operation

Reservations are not required, you can drop in at your leisure during the times outlined below. 

Please note masks are now a personal choice and no longer required and the PHO for vaccine requirements expires at 12:01am April 8th and will no longer be needed to access our services.  

  • Reception and Wellness Centre (gym) : 
    • Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 10:30 pm
    • Saturday 5:30 am - 7:30 pm
    • Sunday 8:45 am - 9:00 pm
  • Aquatics Facility:
    • Monday - Thursday 5:30 am - 9:00 pm
    • Friday - 5:30 am - 10:30 pm
    • Saturday 5:30 am - 7:30 pm 
    • Sunday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to an ongoing regional shortage of lifeguards, the pool and facility may be subject to close earlier than standard operational hours.  For at a glance pool schedules please see links below:

PDF schedule:  April 19-June 25, 2022 or you can also view our swim schedule in real time

Program Call-Out

We're currently looking to expand our program offering as we prepare to open our new building - the Esquimalt Gorge Pavilion - in June. We're looking for the following programs and activities for our community:

  • Dance classes for preschool, school age, youth and adult
  • Arts & Culture
  • Language
  • Music & Instruments
  • Cooking
  • Mindfulness/Wellness
  • STEM & Information Technology
  • Public Speaking
  • Baby & Parent /  Toddler & Parent
  • Martial Arts
  • And more!

Do you have an idea for a program you'd like to run with us? Please submit an application.

Contracted Course Application Form

Due to high call volumes we may not be able to get to all calls as fast as we used to.  During expected registrations and busier times, we increase staffing to help allievate long wait times. 

Your patience is appreciated as we navigate through these challenges. 

Our mission is to work in partnership with our residents, organizations and other municipalities, to develop a healthy and active community by ensuring access to recreation, parks, community development programs and services.

Tell us how we are doing... complete a client satisfaction survey at any time to let us know about your experience with our staff, programs and facilities. 


July 6, 2021
As per PHO orders, the province advanced to Step 3 of the BC Restart Plan effective July 1st.  As the province moves through the ReStart Plan, Esquimalt Recreation will continue to monitor health orders and guidelines.  We are making every effort to... Read More