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May 2021 

Spring is officially here!!! The month of May traditionally signifies the end of the academic year, the commencement of summer employment, and most importantly, the onset of warmer weather. It is a true changing of the seasons; and with those changes come brand new opportunities. For me, those opportunities have included taking advantage of the warmer weather and being outdoors as much as possible. With my trusty sidekick, Watson (a funny looking Corgi mix) by my side, we’ve made a goal of exploring as many local hikes as possible – Knox Mountain, Stephens Coyote Ridge, Rose Valley, Crawford Falls, Scenic Canyon, Angel Springs, etc. It’s truly amazing how quickly you can leave the city behind by driving only a few kilometers. In just a few weeks, we’ve been able to find some stunning hikes, and there are many more on the list that we are ready to tackle – Watson could hike for days!

The Athletics & Recreation Department will continue to provide a variety of services throughout the summer, including some brand-new programs, such as Golf Lessons, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Learn to Run, DIY Sign Painting, and more! Additionally, our virtual programs will continue to be available for those that are not on campus.

And, if you need a bit of support from a four-legged friend, stop by the Customer Service Desk on Fridays – Watson would love some belly rubs.


Jackie – Customer Service Coordinator

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Updates & Announcements

UBC Giving Day 

  • On behalf of the UBC Okanagan Heat Athletics & Recreation department, we want to thank our donor's support during UBC Giving Day
  • Your love and generosity helped us raise $22,375 for our 3 student-athlete funds!

Member Connect Story

  • Share some uplifting words with the recreation community about your experience with recreation, physical activity, or how you're making the most of the warm spring weather ☺️

Run with Rec

  • Congratulations to everyone who participated in Run with Rec this past week! Remember to email with your total kilometers from April 19-25th to receive a certificate of completion and be entered into a prize draw! 

Virtual Events & Programs

Virtual Fitness Classes 

Sweat & Flow - an hour class of 30-mins HIIT and 30-mins yoga is offered again on May 9th & 30th at 10am! 

Staff & Faculty strength workouts to fit into your lunch break on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 12:15 - 1:00pm.

Watch for the May Step Challenge. Great weekly prizes to be won. Show us how many steps you can complete in May! 

Summer Fitness Schedule available now!

Class Schedule

Run with Rachel - 5km Training Plan 

Rachel Garret, UBCO Heat Cross Country Alumni is running a virtual 4-week long 5km training program! Included in the program is an initial meeting, support throughout the month, as well as training & recovery tips! The goal is to have you safely completing a 5km run at the end of program! Test your speed with Run with Rec on May 30 - June 5. 

Dates: May 3rd - May 28th

More Info

10 km training plan starts on May 31st

Virtual Run/Walk with Rec!

Join UBCO Recreation for a virtual run or walk of 3km, 5km, or 10km! 

Tag us on Instagram @ubco_recreation or email to receive a completion certificate and be entered to win great prizes! Also, help us grow our running community by joining our Strava Club!

The dates to complete this race are May 30 - June 5th &

June 28 - July 4th


Physical Activity Mentorship Program (PAMP)

Register now for the Physical Activity Mentorship Program. This is an 8-week physical activity program partnered through UBCO Recreation, UBC Health and Wellness, and UBCO School of Health and Exercise Sciences. Each student will be paired with a physical activity mentor, who will lead weekly group exercise and educational sessions. Students will also be encouraged to complete exercise outside of the group sessions. Mentors will help students create an individualized physical activity plan that will help them adhere to physical activity in order to move towards achieving their goals. This program is designed for those who would like to improve their mental and physical health by increasing their adherence to physical activity or those who are new to physical activity.

DIY Wood Sign Paint Night 

Sign up for a fun, social night of painting! Choose from wonderful designs and colours to create a beautiful, personalized sign! 

New designs are in store this spring. Choose from Graduation, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and summer designs!

Date: May 12th
Time: 7 - 8pm
Location: Zoom

Registration deadline is May 6th


Which program would you recommend to a friend?


On-Campus Events & Programs  

Heat Summer Camps 

Led by a team of nationally recognized coaches and student athletes, Heat Basketball and Volleyball camps are a great way to improve skills or learn a new sport. 

Running in July and August, these camps will focus on teaching youths aged 9 to 18 fundamental sport skills in an exciting, game-like learning environment. Athletes of all skill levels welcome.

Dates: July 12th to August 27th
Time: 9am-12pm or 1-4pm
Location: UBCO Gymnasium

More Info

UBCycles Spring Tune-Ups & Rentals 

Whether you’ve been riding throughout the winter or are pulling your bike out of storage, completing a spring tune-up is essential to the longevity of your bike's life.

UBCycles will get you riding on the trails and in the sunshine in no time. To book your spring tune-up appointment or find out more, visit the UBCycles website.

Register & Play 

UBCO Recreation is here to help you stay active and healthy on-campus. Our Register & Play opportunities will get you into the gymnasium where you can borrow sports equipment for recreation during scheduled supervised times. Schedule a time for badminton or basketball!

Learn More


Off-Campus Events & Programs 

Golf Lessons

We are offering golf lessons at the Okanagan Golf Club starting this spring! Group lessons are a great way to learn all aspects of the game with your friends in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. Four, 1-hour sessions on Monday nights. 

$45 for students; $79 for staff for 4 lessons 

Date: May 17 - June 7
Time: 6 - 7pm
Location: Okanagan Golf Club


Paddleboarding Lessons

Get out on the lake this spring with Okanagan Paddle Centre! They are offering 3 paddle boarding lessons for $65 ($45 for students). Learn a new activity or enhance your skills paddle boarding! Sessions are available throughout the summer, starting with the first session on May 9th!

Date: May 9 - 23
Time: 1 - 2:30 pm
Location: Okanagan Paddle Centre



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