Register for summer programs with Parks, Recreation and Culture


The City of Nanaimo, Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture is offering recreation programs and activities for the upcoming summer season. This includes summer daycamps held at a variety of locations throughout the community, adult outdoor courses, swimming and skating lessons. In addition, there will be plenty of free activities to participate in, including the Playground Program, the Golden Bucket Search and swimming at Westwood Lake Park with lifeguards on duty.

Registration for programs begins on Wednesday, May 5, 2021.

Residents can look for summer program offerings in the following ways:

  • View an online PDF of the Summer Activity Guide starting on Friday, April 30, 2021
  • Pick up a hard copy of our program guide at Bowen Park, Beban Park Social Centre, Oliver Woods Community Centre and Nanaimo Aquatic Centre starting on Monday, May 3 (for those who do not have online access)
  • Visit and choose "Register for a Program" to search programs by various categories and key words (for the best user experience, please choose Chrome as the browser)

Register online through (accounts should be set up in advance of registration date), by telephone at 250-756-5200 or in-person at Bowen Complex, Oliver Woods Community Centre and Nanaimo Aquatic Centre. With limited capacity to have people gathered due to Provincial Health Orders, the City is encouraging residents to use the online platform as much as possible. If coming in or calling is an only option, the City is asking for everyone to be kind and patient as requests are processed.

The City is aware of and is following the latest Provincial Health Guidelines and will continue to monitor and action any required changes. Participants will be contacted through email or phone if there are any cancellations or modifications to their registered programs.

Link to Strategic Plan: The City of Nanaimo is offering programs that improve the health, wellness and livability of its citizens in our community.

Key Points

  • Registration for summer programs, including daycamps will begin on Wednesday, May 5, 2021.
  • The City encourages citizens to use the online registration process as much as possible as a way to limit the number of people in facilities.
  • Programs will continue to follow the latest COVID-19 Provincial Health Guidelines. Should further Provincial Health Orders require program changes, the City will follow up directly with those affected through email or telephone.


"Parks, Recreation and Culture and summer go hand in hand. I invite you to take part in a variety of summer registered programs, as well as the many free community activities, including the popular Playground Program, and Search for the Golden Bucket Challenge. All programs follow the latest Provincial Health protocols to keep everyone safe and healthy while participating."

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