Service Disruptions

Updated: April 19, 2021
All adult indoor group classes are paused as per the order from the Provincial Health Officer (PHO)  until May 25, 2021. If you are registered for a program subject to cancellation, you will be contacted by Saanich Recreation. 

Individual activities (e.g. weight room visits) and one on one activities (e.g. personal training) will continue. For more information on indoor individual exercise requirements click here

Badminton and tennis remain open as single court bookings or block bookings. At this point, doubles are not permitted; singles only with one person per side of the net. Squash is permitted for members of the Cedar Hill Squash club to play with up to two people from the same household.  For outdoor court use we request single play only. 

Saanich recreation centres continue to adapt programs and services in response to the pandemic and directives issued by the PHO. We are committed to keeping the community updated as the situation evolves. 

This is in addition to the order issued on December 3, 2020 and subsequently extended where most indoor and outdoor adult sport activity at Saanich recreation centres are paused until further notice. This includes basketball, cheerleading, combat sports, martial arts, floor hockey, floor ringette, ice hockey, ringette, skating, soccer, netball and volleyball. In addition, adult general interest programs have been paused pending further direction from the PHO.

Mask Order 
Updated: April 1, 2021

As per the Provincial Order issued April 1, mask use is mandatory in all of our facilities. Masks must be worn indoors at all times, including while exercising, and that increased space is required between exercise equipment. Participants will see some movement of equipment going on over the coming days and new signs going up at all recreation centres. 

This means: 

  • Masks must be worn in all public and common areas of Saanich Recreation Centres and Parks Facilities.
  • Participants must wear a mask while participating in all activities. 
  • All adults must wear a medical or non-medical mask that covers the nose and mouth. Face shields are not an accepted substitute.
  • Children between the ages of 2 and 12 are highly encouraged to wear masks. Children under 2, and those that cannot put on or remove a mask without the assistance of others are exempt from the mask requirement.
For up to date registration information and facility hours, visit
Saanich encourages residents to review the safety protocols for specific activities before registering.
Please do not visit a recreation centre if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Fever
- Chills
- New or worsening cough
- Shortness of breath
- New muscle aches or headache
- Sore throat
- Have travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days
- Are a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19

The recreation safety protocols were developed based on guidelines and requirements from the Provincial Health Officer, WorkSafe BC, Island Health, BC Recreation and Parks Association, and the Lifesaving Society of BC. Saanich closed its four recreation centres March 17 to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19. Safety plans are available to the public at and at each facility.
Please watch our website at and our social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) for updates. 

Gold Arena Construction update:

Saanich is undertaking a construction project at G.R. Pearkes Recreation Centre to replace the Gold Arena ice slab, ice melt pit, dasher boards/glass, arena netting, the flooring around the boards, and elevator.

The Gold arena will remain closed throughout. The remainder of the facility will be open during the project (Green Arena, Fieldhouse, Fitness centre etc.).

Demolition is expected to start in early April, and continue through until the Fall. Construction noise will impact the centre and surrounding neighbours, particularly during the initial phase of demolition. The project is expected to be completed Fall 2021.