Covid-19 Updates

Update January 19: 

We're back! Weight rooms and adult fitness programs will resume at all Saanich recreation centres over the coming days. Staff are working hard to make sure our spaces are ready to welcome our patrons back under the new guidelines imposed by the PHO on January 18. Guidelines can be found here 

Reserved drop-in is required for access to the weight room. Please click here for schedules

Information regarding the BC Vaccine Card

Patrons must have two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to access the programs/services listed under "required"


  • NEW: all adults participating in swimming activities including classes such as Waterfit
  • NEW: all youth (ages 12 – 21) participating in drop-in swimming activities, including lane swims, fun swims and leisure swims
  • All indoor adult sport activities including but not limited to racquets, hockey, basketball and pickleball 
  • Adults present at child and youth (21 and under) sports and activities; includes coaches, volunteers and parents accompanying and supporting a child's participation
  • All spectators of indoor sports. *Please Note: Saanich Commonwealth Place is not permitting spectators for Aquatic Sport Practices or Competitions. Cedar Hill Recreation Centre is not permitting spectators for any programs or lessons
  • Adult general activities under 50 persons (i.e. pottery, art, etc.)
  • All participants at indoor events such as presentations or meetings, regardless of participant numbers

 Not Required: 

  • Child and youth (21 and under) sports and activities
  • Outdoor sports or activities
  • Parental drop off or pick up from youth activities
  • General facility access/use such as washrooms, changerooms and showers
  • Golf and pro shop access

*To meet the requirements of the Public Health Order, staff will ask to see your proof of vaccination card and one piece of valid government issued photo identification. Youth aged 13-18 who are accessing the weight room are only required to show proof of vaccination and not government issued photo ID. Please see the BC Proof of Vaccination website for more information 

Please be aware that at this time proof of vaccination will be required every time you come to the facility. Please leave yourself sufficient time to do so. To help speed up entry please have your documents ready.

As the order becomes more clear and clarification has been made over the next weeks some of these requirements may change. Please see the BC Proof of Vaccinations for Business website for more information.

Vaccine Card FAQ's

Details can be found in our FAQ document

Saanich Parks and Recreation is a respectful workplace, our employees are doing what is mandated by the Public Health Order. Your respectful approach to this procedure is greatly appreciated. 


The Provincial Government has officially moved BC to Step 3 of the Restart Plan. We are following the guidelines of the Provincial Health Officer, Island Health, the BCCDC and WorkSafe BC. Please follow us on social media to stay up to date on the latest developments. We also recommend you join our e-Newsletter which provides you with timely updates. Sign up for our eNews here

What does this mean for you? 
  • Masks are required for those 5 and over, except while exercising
  • Capacity will be increased in many areas and some activities will move from a reserved drop in to no reservation required. Please see below for activity specific information
  • Room rentals return with limited capacity (birthday parties). Limited space for seminars, workshops
  • We ask that you do not attend the facility if feeling unwell
  • Everyone is asked to engage in safe social contact

What to expect in the Weight Room:

  • Reserved Drop In is required. Click here to reserve a time
  • Masks are mandatory while walking through the weight room and in between machines
  • Patrons are asked to clean the equipment after use

What to expect at Saanich Swimming Pools:

Saanich Commonwealth Place 

  • Drop-In access for Swimming has resumed. Click here for schedules
  • Drop-In access for Waterfit has resumed. Click here for the schedule 
  • Hot Tub and Steam Room are open
  • Pool viewing area is closed, no spectators at this time for programs, public swims or rentals.
  • Sauna is open
  • No occupancy limits in the change rooms. Change room showers are open
  • No change to swim lessons. The same procedure of requiring parent participation for children under 8 years of age will continue until further notice
  • Hair Dryers and on deck water fountains are now available
  • Lockers are available 

Gordon Head Recreation Centre

  • Drop-In access for Swimming has resumed. Click here for schedules
  • Drop-In access for Waterfit has resumed. Click here for the schedule 
  • Pool viewing area is closed, no spectators at this time for programs, public swims or rentals.
  • Hot Tub and Steam Room are open
  • Sauna is open
  • No occupancy limits in the change rooms. Change room showers are open
  • Swim lessons continue with adult swim support for Preschool and Swim Kids 1-2, and for Swim Kids 3-10 if the participants are under 7 years old. 
    Laundry basket and fast track exit will continue to be available.
  • Lockers, air dryers and on deck water fountain are now available

What to expect for Skating at G.R. Pearkes:

  • Public skates will remain as a Reserved Drop-In until further notice
  • Capacity will increase over the summer.
  • Reservation can be made here up to 1 week in advance

What to expect at the Cedar Hill Golf Course:

  • Winter schedule is in effect, first tee time is 9 a.m.
  • Please limit congregating before and after your round
  • Please engage in safe social contact
  • Golfers/Visitors must follow the Golfer Safety Protocols when on-site

When will Access Passes be available for purchase?

  • An exciting new Continuous Access Pass is now available. Click here for more information and to purchase a pass
  • This new pass will auto-renew and will save you the hassle of worrying about expirations
  • The Access Pass will be available to purchase online and at all 4 Saanich Recreation Centres

Face Masks Not Mandatory
Permitted Activities

End of reserve drop-in across more areas, class size limitations lifted, term passes available for sale. Resumption of all public drop-in classes, and all facility rentals.

All Saanich Recreation Activities are approved to operate and adhere to the Provincial Health Safety Plans.
Click here to learn more