recreation

A rider crosses a “skinny” on the newly opened trail known as 90s Jank, built within the Hartland system by volunteers with the South Island Mountain Bike Society. (Youtube/MTB Matt)

Mountain bikers celebrate first new trail in years on Saanich’s Mount Work

90s Jank trail a product of licence agreement between CRD and mountain bike society

 

One-in-six people live with some form of arthritis. The pain can be alleviated with diet and exercise, studies show. (Pixabay.com)

FITNESS: Tackling the pain of arthritis

Diet changes and exercise are proven to show relief

  • Apr 16, 2021

 

Fishing licences came available for sale Thursday, April 1, and the federal government has introduced a new tool to help anglers – those who are required – to record their catches. (Black Press Media files)

New digital recording tool available for fishing licence sales in B.C.

Anglers can now use an ‘easy’ online system to take note of fish they have caught, as per DFO rules

 

Sean Brown in Commercial Alley downtown Victoria with some of the skateboards and wheels donated for his Youth on Board project, which will see him put boards together to be passed on to local youth. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Getting youth at risk on skateboards is a passion project for Victoria man

Former skateboarder rallies community to collect equipment for street youth

Sean Brown in Commercial Alley downtown Victoria with some of the skateboards and wheels donated for his Youth on Board project, which will see him put boards together to be passed on to local youth. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Delivering special care packages to the elderly is a project idea that would qualify for a Small Neighbourhood Grant. (Clayoquot Biosphere Trust photo)

Neighbourhood Small Grants are open for application

Get your creative, community-driven project funded for up to $500

Delivering special care packages to the elderly is a project idea that would qualify for a Small Neighbourhood Grant. (Clayoquot Biosphere Trust photo)
A CrossFit athlete training with kettlebells. The fitness program is popular in North America and other parts of the world. (Pixabay photo)

FITNESS: Is CrossFit a good choice for you?

The fitness program is one of the most popular forms of gym training in North America

  • Mar 16, 2021
A CrossFit athlete training with kettlebells. The fitness program is popular in North America and other parts of the world. (Pixabay photo)
Saanich received two bids from companies interested in undertaking the ice slab replacement project at the G. R. Pearkes Recreation Centre. (Black Press Media file photo)

Two bids get in under the buzzer for Saanich arena slab replacement

Pearkes project on track, ice expected to reopen fall 2021

Saanich received two bids from companies interested in undertaking the ice slab replacement project at the G. R. Pearkes Recreation Centre. (Black Press Media file photo)
SAR crews worked late into the night Tuesday to rescue an injured snowboarder in North Vancouver. (Facebook/North Shore Rescue)

EDITORIAL: Regular rescues require readiness

Still far too many incidents of people putting themselves at risk

  • Feb 17, 2021
SAR crews worked late into the night Tuesday to rescue an injured snowboarder in North Vancouver. (Facebook/North Shore Rescue)
Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre will reopen Feb. 1 after a nearly 10-month closure to curb the spread of COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)

Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre gears up for safe reopening in Victoria

Recreation facility opens Feb. 1 with reservation system to prevent crowding

  • Jan 22, 2021
Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre will reopen Feb. 1 after a nearly 10-month closure to curb the spread of COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)
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COLUMN: Healthy aging for an active retirement

What is healthy aging supposed to look like?

  • Jan 11, 2021
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The Juan de Fuca pool opens up again Jan. 20, after being closed since last March due to ongoing public health restrictions due to the pandemic. (West Shore Parks and Recreation)

Juan de Fuca pool to reopen in Colwood after 10-month shutdown for COVID

West Shore Parks and Recreation using federal/provincial restart funding to reopen facility

The Juan de Fuca pool opens up again Jan. 20, after being closed since last March due to ongoing public health restrictions due to the pandemic. (West Shore Parks and Recreation)
As of Nov. 24, all group fitness classes at Saanich recreation centres have been cancelled and a mask mandate has been implemented amid new COVID-19 public health orders. (Black Press Media file photo)
As of Nov. 24, all group fitness classes at Saanich recreation centres have been cancelled and a mask mandate has been implemented amid new COVID-19 public health orders. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich implements increased rates starting Sept. 8 but will reinstate the 25-times pass while COVID-19 restrictions are in place. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich implements increased rates starting Sept. 8 but will reinstate the 25-times pass while COVID-19 restrictions are in place. (Black Press Media file photo)
Port Renfrew taxpayers will no longer contribute funds towards SEAPARC. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Port Renfrew cuts cord from SEAPARC funding

Funds will be reallocated through Sooke and Juan de Fuca

  • Jul 20, 2020
Port Renfrew taxpayers will no longer contribute funds towards SEAPARC. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Aquafit classes will resume at the Gordon Head Recreation Centre on July 20. (Black Press Media file photo).

Water fitness classes resume at Saanich recreation centre

New safety protocols in place to prevent spreading COVID-19

Aquafit classes will resume at the Gordon Head Recreation Centre on July 20. (Black Press Media file photo).
The Vancouver Island YMCA-YWCA is looking at reopening its downtown Victoria and Westhills facilities on July 16 with new COVID-19 protocols and a new membership structure to help make up for lost revenue. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Vancouver Island YMCA-YWCA is looking at reopening its downtown Victoria and Westhills facilities on July 16 with new COVID-19 protocols and a new membership structure to help make up for lost revenue. (Black Press Media file photo)
This screenshot taken from a video shot by surf instructor Shannon Brown shows a watercraft operator in the surf zone off Chesterman Beach. Since being shared on social media, the video has sparked concerns over water safety. (Image from video by Shannon Brown)
This screenshot taken from a video shot by surf instructor Shannon Brown shows a watercraft operator in the surf zone off Chesterman Beach. Since being shared on social media, the video has sparked concerns over water safety. (Image from video by Shannon Brown)
Saanich weight rooms will look different when patrons return as safety precautions are being taken. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich modifies recreation centre weight rooms to reduce COVID-19 risks

Fitness centres expected to reopen before September with extra spacing, rink board buffers

Saanich weight rooms will look different when patrons return as safety precautions are being taken. (Black Press Media file photo)
Michael Norgaard, 15, practices his dive at the Saanich Commonwealth Place pool. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich cancels recreation centre membership passes due to COVID-19

Pass-holders to receive account credit or refund, facilities remain closed

Michael Norgaard, 15, practices his dive at the Saanich Commonwealth Place pool. (Black Press Media file photo)
Wade Gamble, general manager of Jakes at the Lake in Lake Cowichan, prepares his tube for a ride on the Cowichan River now that the Town of Lake Cowichan has lifted the tubing ban this summer. Gamble said his restaurant, as well as many other local businesses, will benefit from the lifting of the ban. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Summer tubing ban on Cowichan River lifted

The Tube Shack opening on June 27

Wade Gamble, general manager of Jakes at the Lake in Lake Cowichan, prepares his tube for a ride on the Cowichan River now that the Town of Lake Cowichan has lifted the tubing ban this summer. Gamble said his restaurant, as well as many other local businesses, will benefit from the lifting of the ban. (Robert Barron/Citizen)