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Spring 2021 Activity & Program Guide

Kelowna's Spring Activity & Program Guide is now online featuring recreation and cultural programs for March to June 2021.
 
View the Spring Activity & Program Guide

Once you've found a program in the online guide, simply click the course ID (5-digit number) to register online or call 250-469-8800 to register by phone.

BROWSE PROGRAMS & REGISTER ONLINE

Please note: Provincial health orders are currently in place restricting a number of program types including adult registered programs and team sports. Program registrants should be aware that all programs listed in the guide are subject to change or cancellations based on ongoing Provincial direction in relation to COVID-19 measures.

Ways to register:
1. Register online at rec.kelowna.ca
2. Register by phone at 250-469-8800 
Please note that in-person registration is currently unavailable.

Check back for the latest updates or sign up for Recreation & Sport e-updates to have the latest recreation news sent straight to your inbox. 

Summer Camps

Keep the kids busy and having fun this summer at one of our camps! Camps will be available for children ages 3-16 at various locations around Kelowna throughout July and August. More information is coming soon! Please check back for updates. Registration begins May 3 at 8 a.m.

Latest Provincial health order updates and impacts to recreation

Providing safe recreational opportunities is our priority in Active Living & Culture as we navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. All programs and recreation facilities have been adapted with safety in mind and will continue to be subject to change to ensure alignment with the latest Provincial health orders. ​Facility guidelines and safety plans will be updated as further guidance is received from the Province. See below for the latest health order updates and the impact to current or future recreation offerings: 

March 29, 2021 – Further restrictions on indoor activities

In relation to City recreation programs, the latest Provincial health order update means:  

  • Indoor group fitness classes (including activities or classes previously deemed low-intensity) are now on pause until April 19, 2021.  
  • Team-based adult sport leagues for the spring season remain on pause until at least April 19.  
  • While restrictions are currently in place related to adult team sports, some indoor and outdoor sports and activities are permitted with a reduced number of participants. In both indoor and outdoor settings, participants must maintain a distance of 3 metres from one another unless everyone lives in the same residence:
    • Singles play only indoors (max. two people)
    • Up to 10 people outdoors (no gameplay, distanced activity unless from same household)
  • Kids sport programs for those 21 and under may run at Level 2 of ViaSport's Return to Sport guidelines (higher focus on skill development versus gameplay).  

Any registered customers who are impacted by current or future health orders will be notified and have course cancellation credits automatically refunded to their account. If you are registered in a cancelled program and would like to request a refund rather than account credits, please call 250-469-8800.  Learn more about current public health orders and province-wide restrictions at gov.bc.ca

February 5, 2021 - Province-wide health order extended

On February 5, the existing health order and province-wide restrictions in place were extended until further notice.  

In relation to City recreation programs, this update means: 

  • Team-based adult sports and leagues for the winter season were cancelled. Spring adult sport programs and leagues will be offered for registration in the event that public health restrictions are eased at some point over the course of the spring months (April-June).  
  • Racquet sports such as pickleball and badminton must be singles play only.
  • Kids sport programs under the age of 21 may run at Level 2 of ViaSport's Return to Sport guidelines (higher focus on skill development versus gameplay).
  • All adult programs (19+) with the exception of low intensity fitness programs have been cancelled until further notice. Adult programs will still be offered for registration in the event that public health restrictions are eased at some point over the course of the spring months (April-June).  

​The following fitness program types are deemed low intensity by BC Health Officials. 

  • Barre (lower intensity classes)
  • Exercise machines/cardio equipment (low intensity)
  • Light weightlifting
  • Pilates (lower intensity classes)
  • Stretching
  • Tai-Chi
  • Yoga (hatha)

Note: As of March 29, all group fitness classes including low intensity fitness programs have been put on pause until at least April 19, 2021. 

January 8, 2021 - Province-wide order in place until Feb 5

On January 7, the existing health order and province-wide restrictions in place were extended until February 5, 2021. 

December 7, 2020 - Province-wide restrictions in place until Jan 8

On December 7, the province-wide restrictions currently in place were extended until January 8, 2020. 

In a sport and recreation context, that means adult-based team sports and high-intensity fitness classes such as spin and boot camp will continue to be suspended until at least January 8th.  

December 3, 2020 – Provincial health order update impacting adult team sports

A number of the City’s adult team sport programs will be suspended immediately including volleyball, soccer and hockey to ensure alignment with the latest Provincial direction around COVID-19 safety measures announced on December 2, 2020.

Any City-league or adult sport program participants impacted by this latest order will be contacted directly.

November 26, 2020 - Mandatory mask order for indoor facilities

On Nov. 26, 2020, health officials in British Columbia issued a new order calling for the mandatory use of masks in retail and indoor public spaces.  This includes wearing a mask in all spaces within City recreation facilities and arenas.

Masks can be removed only when swimming in the pool. 

More details about the masks requirement including exceptions are detailed at kelowna.ca/prc.

November 23, 2020 - Provincial order around indoor group fitness, high intensity programs

As part of the Province-wide restrictions in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, high intensity indoor group physical activities such as spin classes, bootcamps, circuit training and dance-based fitness classes have been suspended until further notice.

An update to the order issued on Nov. 19 also calls for the temporary suspension of some indoor group fitness programs until further safety guidelines can be provided by the Province.

Impacted program participants have been, and will continue to be contacted directly and cancelled class credits will be applied to participants accounts. 

November 19, 2020 - Health order calls for no spectators

BC’s Provincial Health Officer issued a new health order on Nov. 19 that no spectators are allowed at indoor or outdoor sporting or recreation activities until further notice.

COVID-19 safety information

Our Active Living & Culture team is excited to welcome you back for a new season of recreation programming, though it's certainly not business as usual! In solidarity with public health efforts across British Columbia in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask that all recreation program participants read, understand, follow and respect the Safe Return to Recreation guidelines below. Find sport-specific COVID-19 protocols for all adult sports at kelowna.ca/sports.

Physical distancing
  • Larger or outdoor spaces are used to ensure two metre (six-foot) distancing.
  • Program capacities have been reduced based on the space and type of activity.
  • Please do not arrive more than five minutes before your class/booking.
  • Activities may be modified including a higher focus on individual vs. team play.
  • Spectators aren’t permitted at indoor or outdoor classes or programs at this time.
  • Facility modifications including increased signage, floor markings and barriers are in place.
Hand hygiene
  • Hand sanitizer and/or handwashing facilities are available at all indoor and outdoor City facilities.
  • Frequent handwashing will be promoted at our facilities.
  • Water fountains will not be available; please bring your own water bottle.
Masks

Following direction from the Provincial Health Officer, additional safety procedures are being implemented for all City staff, instructors and public visiting City recreation facilities including a requirement to wear masks. Common areas where masks are required such as program spaces, foyers, change rooms and program spaces will be clearly marked. 

Wearing a mask is not recommended:  

  • while swimming in the pool.
  • for people with underlying medical conditions that affect their ability to wear a face covering. 
  • for those unable to place, use or remove a face covering safely without assistance. 
  • for individuals who are communicating with someone who is hearing-impaired or has another disability, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication 
  • for children under the age of 2 years old. Masks are recommended for all children in grades 4 and up as per the latest Provincial direction.

If you have any questions about safety guidelines in place at City recreation facilities, please call 250-469-8800. 

Symptom monitoring
  • Stay home if you’re sick! Before visiting recreation facilities or attending programs, participants and staff are asked to do a self-check and stay home if experiencing any symptoms.
  • Anyone displaying symptoms while attending a recreation program or while visiting a recreation facility will be kindly asked to leave for the collective health and safety of everyone.
Enhanced cleaning
  • High touch areas will be cleaned frequently.
  • Disinfecting spray or wipes will be available at all programs and indoor spaces.
  • Equipment will not be shared without proper cleaning in between.
  • Extra time is scheduled between activities for cleaning.
  • Come prepared to play as change room access will be limited.
COVID-19 FAQ
What types of recreation programs are available right now?

Staying active, is important for physical and mental wellbeing.
With a COVID safety plan in place, the current restrictions in place by BC's Medical Health Officer allow for:

Learn more about safely adapted programs available in the Spring 2021 Activity & Program Guide.

Why is the guide only available online?

The Activity & Program Guide is being offered online only to allow for flexibility throughout the season (programs could be added, removed, or changed as needed). This pandemic is unpredictable, so we need to be adaptable and a printed guide simply doesn’t allow for that.

Can I withdraw from a program I am registered for?

Yes. Please call 250-469-8800 between 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday to Friday or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday or email recreation@kelowna.ca to withdraw yourself from a program. You can choose to be fully refunded or we can credit your account for a future program. The standard $5 withdrawal fee applies unless the withdrawal is COVID-19 related. Please note that refunds may take up to four weeks to process depending on method of payment.

What additional COVID-19 safety measures are in place for swimming lessons?

Those registered in swim lessons can expect the following COVID-related safety protocols in place:

  • As per Red Cross recommendations, a parent or guardian is required to be in the water for all preschool lessons (Sea Otter, Salamander, Sunfish, Crocodile, Whale) as well as Swim Kids 1, 2 and 3 to assist their child.
  • Strict maximum capacities are in place for all lessons – only 4-6 children per lesson are available at this time.
  • Frequent, enhanced cleaning of the aquatics area each day, as well as disinfecting of swim lesson equipment after use.
  • Disinfecting wipes are available on site to disinfect lockers and changeroom benches.
  • Participants will enter through the front doors and are asked to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to their designated swim lesson start time.
  • Children are encouraged to arrive in their bathing suits as changeroom access will be limited.
  • Anyone who is sick or experiencing symptoms is asked to stay home.

Paper report cards, including sticker or badge will still be available. Learn more about swimming lessons at Parkinson Recreation Centre at kelowna.ca/prc.

Why are there programs listed in the Spring guide that are currently impacted by health orders?

Programs listed in the Spring 2021 Activity & Program Guide were planned with current provincial health restrictions in mind.  

However, when the guide was released in early March, we could not predict whether the current health order will continue past March, or continue to be adapted in any way. As programs listed in the Spring 2021 Activity & Program Guide span from April to early June 2021, it's too soon to tell if future programs will continue to be impacted. 

We are currently accepting registration for fitness classes and adult-based team sports, but want to be clear that there is a possibility these types of programs may continue to be suspended.  By allowing registration, participants have the opportunity to reserve their spot for when it is deemed appropriate for these programs to run safely or in an adapted manner. Notification systems are in place to let registered participants know of any changes or cancellations if and when they occur and credits for any cancelled courses will be automatically credited to customer accounts. 

All programs listed in Kelowna's seasonal activity guides will continue to be dependent on direction from BC’s Medical Health Officer and our Provincial sport and recreation partners.  

If I register for a recreational program and the public health orders change, what happens next?

If a program needs to be adapted or canceled due to an update to public health orders, all registered participants will be contacted directly and cancelled class credits will be applied to accounts.

Do I need to wear a mask during my program?

Following direction from the Provincial Health Officer, additional safety procedures are being implemented for all City staff, instructors and public visiting City recreation facilities including a requirement to wear masks.

This includes common areas and program spaces within City recreation facilities and arenas including lobbies, change rooms, washrooms, hallways and spectator areas. Masks must also be worn while engaged in physical activity, including during recreational programming or while using the fitness centre. 

For more information about masks including exemptions, visit kelowna.ca/prc.

Registration improvements

We understand that registering for your desired program is important. We’re currently working to make improvements to ensure registration runs smoothly, especially during the week that registration opens each season. Many of our programs are in high demand which can create a high volume of web and phone traffic during registration week.

Learn more

We evaluate registration each season and use your feedback to make improvements.

Some of the current improvements in progress include:

  • Improving bandwidth and payment processing for online registration
  • Maximizing the number of phone lines available and staff to assist on registration days
  • Changing registration start time to 7 a.m. to better accommodate work and school schedules
  • Staggering registration start dates for summer camps to better accommodate parents’ ability to plan ahead for summer and reduce demand on the system during registration days