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Covid-19 has dramatically changed how we all live, work, socialize, and recreate. The City has taken a very thoughtful, informed and cautious approach to reopening its facilities as a way to ensure the health and safety of everyone that uses the facilities, especially since we are dealing with a pandemic in the midst of the cold/flu season. 

The safety protocols and procedures in the recreation facilities ensure that the City is in compliance with the Provincial Health Orders. Procedures have been put in place to meet the physical distancing requirements and mass gatherings order of a maximum of 50 people in the facility/event set out by the Province of BC. This means that the City must:

  • meet the physical distancing requirements and mass gatherings order of a maximum of 50 people in the facility/event set out by the Province of BC; and, 
  • City operated facilities must have a COVID-19 Operating Plan to follow based on size and layout. 

The procedures established enable the City to be in compliance with the provincial orders. This not only ensures public safety, but it allows the facilities to remain open to the public. 

Adjustments will be made as staff continue to review and update safety protocols that align with the province and other governing bodies, including WorkSafe BC, Island Health, viaSport, BCRPA (British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association) and other organizations.

Please note that due to COVID-19, we will not be producing our usual Fall and Winter Activity Guide. To find out what we are offering, please use one of the following tools:

Registration for fall programs (September to December) is now underway. There are three ways to register:

  • Online
  • Telephone: call 250-756-5200
  • In Person: Bowen Park (starting Sep 10), Nanaimo Aquatic Centre (starting Sep 10) and Oliver Woods Community Centre (starting Sep 9)

Please note that program information is changing on a regular basis, so check back for updates often.


Pre-register for your swimming, skating, weight room, gymnasium or pottery sessions online up to 72 hours in advance. You may also call 250-756-5200 or visit Bowen Park Complex, Nanaimo Aquatic Centre or Oliver Woods Community Centre and book with front desk staff once facilities are open. 

PLEASE NOTE: Schedules are subject to change without notice.




    Last updated: November 5, 2020

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