Parks & Recreation

Esquimalt Recreation Centre Hours of Operation


Regular hours:

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

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 our up to date pool schedule you can view our swim schedule here in real time

Winter Registration Dates


Viewable Online: November 24                                                                                                January-March Swim Lessons: December 1 at 11 pm                                                          January-June programs: December 8 at 12 am

Learn more about the transition from Red Cross swim lessons to Lifesaving Society swim lessons here:

Program Call-Out


We're currently looking to expand our program offering for our Recreation Centre, Sports Centre, and NEW Esquimalt Gorge Park Pavilion. We're looking for the following programs and activities for our community:

  • Watercolour Painting
  • Dance classes for youth and adults
  • Arts & Culture
  • Language
  • Music & Instruments
  • Cooking
  • Specialized Fitness
  • Computer classes for adults
  • Public Speaking
  • Baby & Caregiver /  Toddler & Caregiver
  • 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. 


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