Wellness Centre to open by reservation on Tuesday, June 23

June 18, 2020

To maintain the safety of staff and clients, the Esquimalt Recreation Centre Wellness Centre (weight room) will be re-opening by reservation only. As staff and the community adapt to new operating protocols, a reservation system with the following schedule will be in place for Tuesday, June 23; Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25:

  • 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.​

This schedule will expand as of June 29th with reservations available Monday to Friday (closed July 1st):

  • 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
  • 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.​

Reservations will also be available on Saturday starting July 4th:

  • 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

IMPORTANT!!! To access your online account, please use your email address as your username. This will prevent duplicate accounts from being created in our booking system and should allow you to access any credit on your account to reserve your space. 

Reserve Your Space

The Esquimalt Recreation Centre will be closed on statutory holidays.


What do I need to know about advanced reservation?

Reservations can be made online 24 hours/day up 14 days in advance at esquimalt.ca/recreation. To learn more about navigating your online account and to view a video showing how to reserve your spot online, please visit esquimalt.ca/onlineaccount. Alternatively, reservations can be made over the phone at 250.412.8500 Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

To access your online account, please use your email address as your username. This will prevent duplicate accounts from being created in our booking system and should allow you to access any credit on your account to reserve your space.

As announced on June 5, 2020 our team is refunding all timed-passes. All pass holders will have a prorated amount credited to their account. The credit may be used towards the purchase of single activity registrations.

Should you wish to purchase a punch card or redeem a L.I.F.E. admission, please call reception at 250.412.8500 to reserve your space.


What protocols are in place for the safe use of the weight room?

To maintain the safety of patrons and staff and prevent the spread of COVID-19, wellness centre use will look different upon re-opening. This includes the requirement for all weight room users to reserve their time slot in advance. Reservations allow us to ensure physical distancing is maintained and provide time for additional cleaning. Please also be advised of the following in place for your safety:

  • Maximum 20 participants in the Weight Room at one time.
  • Reservations required. No drop-ins permitted at this time.
  • Do not use the facility if you or a household member are sick. Cancel your reservation by phone at 250.412.8500 at least one-hour before scheduled time to receive a credit.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands before and after your visit. Participants encouraged to bring own sanitizer.
  • Follow physical distancing – stay 2 metres apart (no congregating).
  • Clean equipment before and after use with provided disinfectant and paper towel.
  • Do not bring valuables. Lockers are not available at this time. If using a cubby, clean your cubby with disinfectant spray and paper towel before and after use.
  • Adhere to the reserved time block selected. Late departures not permitted.
  • Equipment should not be shared or used simultaneously (i.e., working in sets).
  • No spotting – only lift what you can manage on your own.
  • Some equipment will not be accessible.
  • Water fountain is not available, bottle refill only. Participants are encouraged to bring their own filled water bottles.
  • Washrooms available with limited capacity.

Rules are subject to change and will be updated as needed. Those disregarding rules may be asked to leave the facility.

Learn more

When will fitness classes resume or the pool open?

Our services will be opening in phases and we will provide you with specific dates, and a description of the modified services, with as much notice as possible.  Advanced reservation will be required for all admissions, no walk-ins will be permitted. More information will be made available in this capacity as specific plans for re-opening are announced; your continued patience is appreciated. 

Fitness Classes:

We are hopeful to have select fitness classes available in July.

Aquatics Centre:

Our guiding representatives of swimming pools are currently planning for the re-opening of waterfront areas and outdoor pools in the province; it is not anticipated that indoor pools will be permitted to re-open for some time.

For the latest on the Township of Esquimalt's response to COVID-19, please visit esquimalt.ca/covid19