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November 2021 

Fall is our favourite time of the year at the Toews’ household! It is when the weather finally cools down enough to use the oven for some festive feasts (or cookies), to be active outside in the surrounding mountains as the leaves change colour, and to sleep with the window open...ahhhhh, fresh air. We take a weekend to harvest our garden one last time, turning the last of our yield into some hearty soups, scrumptious sauces, and delicious preserves. Not to mention, we need to locate that perfect pumpkin to decorate our house in preparation for Halloween. It’s the perfect season to take a breath, reflect on a busy back to school schedule, and keep our mental health in check - stay tuned for some exciting THRIVE events this month.

And, of course, November is when we are able to take in some long-awaited Heat Varsity Basketball and Volleyball Games. Between our volleyball teams kicking off their season on November 4 & 5 against University of the Fraser Valley and basketball’s home opener against UBC on November 12 & 13, there will be lots of entertainment available – just make sure you’re fully vaccinated if you wish to attend any of our games.

Jackie Toews

Customer Service Coordinator


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COVID-19 Update

  • As of October 24th, all individuals entering the facility will be required to be fully vaccinated and show their BC Vaccine Card. Click here to visit our COVID-19 Response page for more details about the BC Vaccine Card requirements. 
  • Face coverings are required for individuals until actively involved in exercise, including in common spaces.

Facilities & Services:

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday - Friday: 6:45am-10:00pm
  • Weekends & Holidays (Nov 11): 8:00am-8:00pm 

Hangar Fitness Centre:

  • Self-Assessments are still required.

BC Self-Assessment Tool

Dirty Dash

2021 Dirty Dash Congratulations!

Thank-you to everyone who attended the 2021 Dirty Dash. We had an astounding turn-out with 57 teams.

Thank-you to Residence Life Volunteers and committee members for setting up such a great course, EFRT for their first aid expertise, Perry from Red Bull, the UBCO Facilities department for their help in getting us ready for the day, UBCO IT Services and the Kelowna Fire Department for stepping in last minute to add water to our course!

Congratulations to:


Spirit Award – THE DIRTY SMURFS & Costume Award – MUDDER TRUCKER

Congratulations on all our Dirty Dash Finishers!

Thrive: Nov 1 to 30 

November is Thrive Month - a time to learn about, talk about, and support your mental health. We invite you to explore the links below to learn about events and resources available to our UBC community during this month and year round. 

Events Calendar

Learn More




Register & Play 

Looking to set a regular, physical activity routine or just want to know there will be some others to play “drop-in” sports with on a regular basis? Register & Play is a great option for people looking to play semi-organized sport in a recreational setting on a regular, weekly basis. $10 per person for a one hour time slot, weekly. There is still some availability in the basketball sessions on Wednesdays between 1:00-2:00pm or 2:00-3:00pm. Sessions end on Dec 1.

Learn More


Group Fitness Updates

  • Stuart's Lower Body Strength class is now on Mondays at 12:00-1:00pm. 
  • New Spin class & instructor Jennifer on Wednesdays at 1:05-2:00pm
  • New Spin class with Maria on Thursdays at 5:00-5:50pm

Classes are operating on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must have an active Hangar Membership or purchase a day pass ($5 for students) to attend classes. Check out the Group Fitness page below to find your next favourite class!

Group Fitness Page

Fitness Instructor Highlight

Big welcome to one of our newest yoga teacher's at UBCO - Jessie! Jessie is an avid rock climber, hiker and loves sleeping in a tent more that just about anything. If she is not teaching little ones, climbing rocks or at home cooking, she’s probably out in the woods with her rescue pup Honey!

Yoga Classes: Power Yoga & Yin by Candlelight on Tuesday nights.

Personal Training Corner

Bahar is a new Personal Trainer to UBCO Recreation this year. When she isn’t training or studying for school, you can find her hiking, Azeri Dance, reading, cooking, or studying Health and Exercise Sciences.

Start-up Package

Personal Trainers are here to help. Need some motivation to stay on track of your personal wellbeing and fitness. Check-out our starter package for $75.00 which includes an initial assessment and three sessions with a UBCO Personal Trainer.

Book your Session Today

3 for 30 Exercise Challenge

The challenge is doing 30 minutes of activity or exercise 3 days a week for the month of November! Participants can do a fitness class, a workout in the Hangar, a walk outside, attend a drop-in session in the gym, participate in Intramurals or Register and Play. There will be tracking sheets in the lower lobby, when you complete your 30 minutes of activity, ask the customer service staff for your ‘sticker’ for the day!

R100 Workout Challenge

Congratulations to our first R100 Milestone! Evan has completed 50 workouts and won a HEAT prize for his effort.

We have 100 people signed up for our R100 workout Challenge. How are you doing? If you are interested in knowing how many workouts you have completed so far, please send an email to UBCO Recreation wants you to keep moving!



Glow with the Flow Yoga

Doors open at 8:00pm, come early and get your glow on – glow sticks provided! Bring a mat if you have one and join us for a glow-in-the-dark yoga-dance party with DJ John Byrne, guided by a UBCO Yoga instructor, Josee.

Free UBCO Heat t-shirt to the first 50 to register online! Space is limited, register today!

Date: Thursday, Nov 18

Time: 8:30-9:30 pm

Location: Gymnasium

Cost: $5

Register Now

UBCycles Maintenance Workshops

Learn how to do repairs and maintenance on your bike including how to fix a flat tire, change your brake cables, customize your bike set up, and more. Stop by the UBCycles room on Thursdays to find out more!

Date: Thursdays until Dec 2

Time: 10:00am-1:00pm

Location: UNC 233


Physical Activity Coaching

Struggling to fit movement into your day? Need exercise ideas? Want help getting started? Recreation is here for you! Speak with a student peer about how to get started, keep going or spice up your exercise routine.

Online coaching sessions will be 30 minutes set in a time that fits into your day. Coaching sessions help to break down barriers, set goals and suggest ways to fit activity into your schedule. Sessions are free and open to all of our UBC community.

Cost: FREE

Location: In-person and Virtual options


Learn More

Intercultural Sport Series

Recreation, Indigenous Programs & Services, and the Global Engagement Office, together with SUO Clubs and community partners are teaming up to offer a series of cultural sport events that welcome domestic and international students to participate in and learn about intercultural sports. Students will be able to individually register for as many events as they wish to learn the foundational skills of these sports while having fun with their friends and creating new ones. Examples of activities include: Traditional Indigenous Games, Indian Classical Dance, Latin Dance, Intro to Muay Thai, Cricket and more!

Date: Nov 15 to Dec 3



Learn to Play Squash

UBCO Recreation has partnered with Squash BC for their Post-Secondary Learn to Play Squash Program.  This is a 6-week program that includes coaching, equipment and your facility membership. 

Cost: $60 per person

Time: 6:45-7:45pm or 8:00-9:00pm

Location: Rosters Sports Club (Vernon)

Date: Fridays, Nov 5 to Dec 10


Lunch & Lift

Lunch & Lift is a free 2-in-1 interactive wellbeing workshop consisting of a 30-minute fitness class, followed by a 30-minute interactive wellbeing session facilitated by a UBC wellbeing professional. This session will be focused on Mindfulness & Meditation! A perfect topic as we enter midterm and exams season. 

Date: Wednesday, Nov 24

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

Location: Online Delivery 



Learn to Rock Climb

Learn to climb with four lessons at Beyond the Crux. $50 includes all four lessons and rental equipment (shoes and harness). At the conclusion of the course, you will be comfortable top roping and belaying without an instructor!

Date: Wednesdays, Nov 17 to Dec 8 or Thursdays, Nov 18 to Dec 9

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

Location: Beyond the Crux Climbing Gym

Cost: $50



Lead Climbing Course

Learn the skills of lead climbing: proper clipping techniques, belaying, and the use of different belay devices. The class includes all necessary rental equipment (harness, shoes, rope, belay devices), and is taught by certified climbing instructors.

Participants must be able to climb a grade of 5.9 or higher, be competent at top rope belaying, and have taken a Level 1 or Top Rope course in the last 2 years.

Date: Tuesday, Nov 2

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Location: Beyond the Crux Climbing Gym

Cost: $30



Swimming Passes

The perfect activity for the cooler months ahead! Purchase your pack of three swim passes for only $10 at the Customer Service Desk in the gym. 

Location: Parkinson Recreation Centre

Cost: $10