Parks & Recreation

NOTICE: January 28, 2022 the aquatics facility will be closing tonight at 7pm.


Esquimalt Recreation Centre hours of operation:

effective January 23, 2022

  • Reception & Aquatics Facilty: 
    • Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 9:00 pm
    • Saturday 5:30 am - 7:30 pm
    • Sunday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wellness Centre: (by reservation) 
    • Monday - Friday  5:30 am - 9:00 pm
    • Saturday 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
    • Sunday 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Due to the most recent PHO update on January 17th reservations are required to use our gym.  You can register online here, or over the phone with reception 250-412-8500 during our reception hours.  Gym sessions are currently 90 min durations every odd half hour as listed below: Monday-Friday: 5:30am, 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm and 7:30pm. Saturday: 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, and 5:30pm and Sunday: 9:30am, 11:30am, and 1:30pm. 

To view our swim schedule in real time, please see here

December 22, 2021 - Vaccine requirements 

Effective December 23rd, proof of double vaccination will be required for all aquatics participants 12+ years old.  This includes those who are swimming, anyone who wishes to access the changeroom, as well as spectators who wish to be on the pool deck.  Valid proof of vaccination acceptable: QR code and goverment issued ID. 

Winter 2022 Registration Dates:

Winter program offerings including swimming lessons:
Open for registration now - in person or online.

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 April. 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. 


January 19, 2022 to May 31, 2022
The fitness centre will be re-opened on Thursday Jan 20th with an adjusted schedule and limited capacity. Due to capacity limits required under the current PHO COVID restrictions, the fitness centre will now require an advanced reservation. Group... Read More
December 22, 2021 to April 30, 2022
As per the update to the Provincial Health Order by the PHO, Effective December 22 at 11:59 the following changes will be in effect untill January 17, 2022 The Wellness Centre (weight room) will be closed Fitness and Dance programs suspended Proof... Read More
September 13, 2021 to January 31, 2022
By order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) as October 24, 2021, proof of two vaccinations are REQUIRED for some of our programs and events. All events are subject to current restrictions.   Proof of vaccine required for: All indoor fitness... Read More
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