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December 2021 

As Semester 1 classes start winding down and everyone starts studying for finals, we at Recreation hope you find the time for some fun activities and mental breaks during the busy weeks ahead. 

In this edition, you will find our updated December and Holiday facility hours, group fitness schedule updates, and some activities to look forward to this month. Nothing says study break like a Kelowna Rockets game! 

We wish you the best of luck with exams & happy holidays!

Your Recreation Team


In this issue:

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Facilities & Services:

Hours of Operation:

  • Regular Term 1 hours December 1-9. 
  • Closed December 24-January 1.

Winter Break Hours

Open Gym:

  • Closed December 10-January 1.
  • Restarting on January 2.

Glow with the Flow Highlight

Thank you to everyone who attended Glow with the Flow and special shoutout to our yoga teacher Josée and DJ John for hosting an unforgettable event! We had an amazing turnout of over 200 people!

R100 Highlights

Three months into the challenge, with 50 workouts we have Evan Scott, Andreas Clark, Ress Nguyen, Arjun Kapur, Matais Aalhus, Tate Bond, Brianna Falk, Dallas Hancox, Hellen Luvizetti Lacava, and Avaneedra Sathivada. Evan Scott also hit 76 workouts, making him in the lead. It's not too late to register for the challenge and complete 100 workouts before April!


COVID-19 Update:

  • All individuals will be required to show their BC or Federal Vaccine Card upon each entry to the facility; with your consent, we have the ability to store your vaccination status in our facility check-in software. 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.


There will be 2 seasons of Intramurals running during term 2:

  • Season 1 registration dates: January 11-13.

  • Season 2 registration dates:      March 1-3.

Keep an eye out for some fun new additions to intramurals this winter, including curling and cricket. Old favorites like volleyball, basketball, and futsal (indoor soccer) will also be returning for term 2 leagues.

Learn More

Open Gym

Whenever the gym is not booked for a particular activity, the gym is considered “open” for drop-in sports. Participation in Open Gym requires an active facility membership. Gym schedules are subject to change without notice, though we do our best to keep the online gym schedule as up to date as possible.

Gym Schedule


Group Fitness

Classes are operating on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must have an active 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!

Check the group fitness schedule for updated class times during the exam period. 

Group Fitness Schedule

Fitness Instructor Highlight

Senja is a new addition to our yoga teachers this year! She strongly believes in using yoga and mindfulness as tools for reducing stress and managing anxiety. Senja's practices focus on meditation and connecting the breath with movement. In all her classes she strives to cultivate a safe, relaxing environment where students can feel comfortable challenging themselves. 

Senja's Classes: Flow Yoga on Mondays from 6:30-7:30pm.

Personal Training Corner

Stuart is one of our personal trainers and group fitness instructors! Stuart has many years of experience in the gym and is your guy if you want an individualized training program. When he isn't teaching or in the gym you can find him hiking, kayaking, or doing mixed martial arts!

Stuart also teaches group fitness classes! Try Lower Body Strength on Mondays from 12:00-1:00pm & Lower Body Strength on Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00pm. 

Book a Session with Stuart


Intercultural Sport Series

This is the last week to attend Intercultural Sport Series events! Try new activities and be entered to win the grand prize of a Heat hoodie, Pendleton towel, and more if you attend two or more events!

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 students to participate in and learn about intercultural sports. 

Remaining activities include: Traditional Indigenous Games, Basketball, and Latin Dance. More details provided below. 

Date: November 29-December 2


Traditional Indigenous Games: Intercultural Sport Series

Join Nick, UBC Okanagan alumnus, and the Okanagan Nation Alliance Traditional Game Coordinator as he leads traditional Indigenous games. Find out how traditional games were an integral part of ancestral ways of life. Students will learn the history, values and purposes of the games.

There will be a double ball stick game on Nonis Field followed by light snacks and hot chocolate in the Indigenous Centre.

Date: Monday, November 29

Time: 3:00-5:00pm

Location: Nonis Field

Cost: $5 


Basketball: Intercultural Sport Series

Join in teams of three for a 3 on 3 basketball game night with the Filipino Student Association scorekeeping the games and Heat Varsity Basketball players officiating. Games will be focused on playing for fun. There will be a maximum of 12 teams with games being 15 minutes long.

Date: Wednesday, December 1

Time: 8:00-10:00pm

Location: Gymnasium

Cost: $5 - fees are donated to the Filipino Student Association


Latin Dance: Intercultural Sport Series

Join Viviana, professional dancer and instructor and the Latin America Students’ Organization (LASO) as they lead Latin Dance classes. They teach salsa, bachata, chachacha, son, among other Latin rhythms. No experience or partner required. Sport shoes recommended.

Date: Thursday, December 2

Time: 6:00-7:00pm

Location: Virtually on Zoom 

Cost: $5 - fees are donated to LASO


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: Thursday, December 2

Time: 10:00am-1:00pm

Location: UNC 233


Exam Jam Yoga

Relieve stress and harness your focus during this 1-hour yoga session guided by Christine. Start the day off with some movement and breath work to prepare you for the day ahead. First come first serve for the in-person class. Check in at the Customer Service Desk in the Gymnasium. 

Date: Thursday, December 9

Time: 9:00-10:00am

Location: Studio 1 or Online (Zoom)

Cost: FREE

Zoom Link

Kickboxing Lessons

Kickboxing lessons will return this January! Join us for a 5-week session of kickboxing classes at the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium.

Registration is just $35 for 5 weekly classes. There are limited spots available so sign up today!

Date: Wednesday, January 19 to February 16

Time: 6:30-7:30pm or 7:45-8:45pm

Location: Studio 1

Cost: $35



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, December 14

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Location: Beyond the Crux Climbing Gym

Cost: $30


Kelowna Rockets Hockey

Purchase your Kelowna Rockets voucher at the Customer Service Desk in the Gymnasium for $20 ($10 off regular priced tickets). This deal is available for any game all season long!

Location: Prospera Place

Cost: $20

All vouchers must be redeemed in person at the Select Your Tickets Box Office located at Prospera Place.

Game Schedule

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

Rock Climbing Lessons

Rock climbing lessons will return this January! Learn to climb with 4 fun-filled nights at Beyond The Crux Climbing Gym. At the conclusion of this course, you will feel comfortable and confident at the climbing gym and be able to top-rope climb without instruction/supervision. The cost is $50 and includes four lessons, rental equipment, and instruction by certified climbing instructors.


  • Monday, January 17 to February 7 
  • Wednesday, January 19 to February 9
  • Thursday, January 20 to February 10
  • Friday, January 21 to February 11

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

Location: Beyond the Crux Climbing Gym

Cost: $50


Big White Student Day

Enjoy a full day of affordable fun at Big White Ski Resort! The bus leaves the UBCO Gym at 7:45am and leaves Big White at 4:00pm. Space is limited, so register soon!

Date: Saturday, January 29

Time: 7:45am-5:00pm


  • $12 Bus Ticket
  • $55 Lift Tickets
  • $40 Rentals (ski or snowboard + helmet)