PLEASE NOTE: Due to Covid-19, most recreation facilities and all programs and drop-in activities are cancelled until further notice. Parks and trails remain open at this time as long as visitors practice physical distancing.

Tennis courts, pickleball courts, bike parks, skateboard parks and all off-leash parks are now open.

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Recreation Schedules

The City of Nanaimo offers you many opportunities to drop in for swimming, skating, a workout at one of our weight rooms or a game at one our gymnasiums. Find our online schedules here.

Water Parks in the Summer

Nanaimo has four water parks open from June to September (weather permitting) from 9 am until 8 pm.

  • Departure Bay Kiwanis Park (off Bay Street)
  • Deverill Square Park (200 Irwin Street)
  • Harewood Centennial Park (740 Howard Avenue)
  • Mansfield Park (850 Cadogan Street)

Playground Program Schedule in the Summer

The Playground Program offers children, ages 5 to 12, a chance to play games, make crafts and play sports with a summer leader. This program is FREE! Each summer we feature different parks. Join us for our Family Fun Nights that happen on the lat Thursday of June, July and August.


Visit Nanaimo Aquatic Centre, Beban Pool or, during the summer, Westwood Lake for public swimming, length swimming or aquafit classes. While you're there, relax in the sauna, steam room or hot tub. Check the online schedule for the most up-to-date swimming information.

In the summer, Westwood Lake has lifeguards on duty every day from 12-6 pm (weather permitting). Find them there from June 24 to September 3 (including Canada Day, BC Day and Labour Day).


Skate at one of four ice sheets. Choose from the Nanaimo Ice Centre, Frank Crane Arena or Cliff McNabb Arena. Check the online schedule for the most up-to-date skating information.   

Weight rooms

Get a great workout at one of our two fully stocked weight room. Choose from Nanaimo Aquatic Centre or Beban Pool Weight Rooms. Check the Public Schedules for the most up-to-date weight room information.

Gymnasium sports

Our twinned gymnasium facility at Oliver Woods Community Centre features a variety of drop-in sports. Choose from badminton, basketball, floor hockey, futsal, pickle ball, volleyball and more! Check the Public Schedule for the most up-to-date gymnasium information.

Public drop-in schedules

To see the latest up-to-date schedules, please visit our online schedules or view the PDF schedules.

Registered programs

Recreation Nanaimo - our online program registration.

Other City of Nanaimo facilities and parks

Visit our Facilities Search Database for information on City of Nanaimo facilities.

Visit our Parks Search Database for information on City of Nanaimo parks.


Last updated: May 21, 2020

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