Isn’t this just the best time of year! The fruit is ripening in the orchards, the leaves are changing color and the cooler fall weather brings me outside to enjoy running, biking and hiking. This time of year is filled with reconnecting and engaging with all of our returning and new students, staff and faculty. The campus is truly reinvigorated with energy. While it brings about so many positive feelings, it can also stir up anxieties as well. As more of a natural introvert, I prefer to re-charge with physical activity that connects me back to nature and helps to settle my mind. The trails on campus are especially great for this in between classes or meetings. For you, the changes brought about by moving into a new home, starting a new program, returning to campus, meeting new friends or trying out a new activity can also bring out strong emotions. No matter what changes are occurring in your life, be sure to take a moment to pause, to assess your own wellbeing, and then find ways to allow yourself to thrive. I strongly encourage you to thrive by engaging in physical activity, it is a great way to move your body, rest your mind and revitalize your spirit.
Over the past few weeks there have been many changes and our department is doing everything that we can to ensure that you are able to participate in the same Recreation experiences that you’ve all come to love. Our incredibly devoted and talented teams (both students and staff) have been working tirelessly to make sure that everyone can safely participate, have fun and make friends in the process. We are excited and incredibly grateful to welcome you back to Recreation. Here’s to the start of a wonderful year!
Move. Play. Train.
Physical Activity & Wellbeing Coordinator
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- As of September 13th, all individuals entering the facility will be required to show proof of their first dose of vaccine. Click here to visit our COVID-19 Response page for more details about the Vaccine Passport requirements.
- Face coverings are required for individuals until actively involved in exercise including in common spaces.
Exercise is Medicine Club:
- Exercise is Medicine volunteers wanted. Are you interested in getting our campus more active? Join a passionate team to lead walking groups, movement breaks, promo for Move UBC month and more!
- Send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Facilities & Services:
Hours of Operation:
- Monday - Friday: 6:45am - 10:00pm
- Weekends & Holidays: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Hangar Fitness Centre:
- Appointments are required. Register here.
- Self-Assessments and physical distancing are still required.
- Student Academic Year: $150
- Staff and Faculty Academic Year: $220
- Community Academic Year: $240
- Academic year rate: $60
- Day locker rate: $2
- Academic year rate: $55
- Day towel rate: $2
Intramural Sport Leagues
Registration opens September 14 and closes on September 16th. Get a team together (quickly!) and join UBCO Recreation for Intramural Sport Leagues this fall. Choose from a variety of sports: volleyball, soccer, dodgeball, basketball, ultimate frisbee, flag football, blitz-ball, and spike-ball.
Intramural sports are a great way to keep active, make some friends, and have some fun while at UBCO. Several different sport and league options are available, ranging from recreational to competitive options. Some leagues have options for individual registration, so even if you haven’t been able to round up a team of your own – no worries.
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 options 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.
Start-up Workout Program
Check out this free functional workout program that is designed for all fitness levels. There are modifications available to increase or decrease the level of intensity. Also, find attached demonstration videos to ensure that you are doing the exercises correctly!
We are excited about the opportunity to welcome you back into our studios this semester. We are hopeful to resume in-person fitness classes on September 20th. Please visit our fitness page for the most up-to-date information.
Group Fitness Page
In the meantime, we welcome you stay active by checking out UBCO Recreation's YouTube channel for recorded workouts!
R100 Workout Challenge
Start your semester off right with the R100 Workout Challenge. Can you complete 100 workouts over the Academic Year? Are you up for the challenge?
A minimum 30-minute workout or activity is suggested to complete your activity for the day. You can choose to workout in the Hangar, attend a Group Fitness Class, participate on an Intramural team or drop-in to shoot hoops. How you stay active is up to you.
You must check-in or scan your membership card at the Customer Service Desk or Hangar Fitness Centre for the workout or activity to be documented on your account. Only one workout or activity will count per day. Participants must have a valid membership to take part in the R100 Workout Challenge.
R100 Workout Challenge begins on September 7th and runs until April 8th, 2022.
Choose between single sessions, start-up packages, 4-8 week programs, and more, there is something for everyone!
For more information or to purchase a package, click the button below.
CFES Group Fitness Course
Want to become a Group Fitness Instructor? This course teaches the practical skills and professional ethics required to be a successful group fitness instructor. Attendees will learn how to program plan for all class sections and fitness levels in a safe and caring atmosphere. This course will provide ample teaching opportunities throughout the course itself and supplemental practicum components.
Course Dates: October 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, & 30th
Times: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Location TBD
*Participants must attend all sessions to complete the program.
Check out UBCycles services, learn how to fix your bike, and join a community of passionate cyclists!
Date: Friday, September 17th
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location: UNC 233
Trail Riding Series
Discover the outdoors with UBCycles while you explore 6 fun filled trail rides at a variety of biking locations around Kelowna.
Date: Saturdays, September 18 - October 23
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Ride to Knox Mountain and back with UBCycles! The trip is 36 km in total with 403 m of elevation gain. Registration is free. Reserve your spot below. Happy riding!
Date: Sunday, September 19th
Time: 9:00am - 11:00am
Location: M parking lot (near the gym)
Ride your bike to work, for fun, for exercise, to stretch your legs between meetings, to clear your mind – no matter the reason, just ride and make sure to log your rides to be eligible to win prizes! Join the UBCO Recreation Team with the link below.
Dates: September 27th - October 10th
Join us from 7:00am - 9:00am on Tuesday, September 28th for a celebration station in front of the Administration Building near the bike maintenance station. Celebrate cycling, receive snacks, prizes, and UBCycles services!
Physical Activity Mentorship Program
If you are interested in improving your mental and physical health or would like learn how to get active, this 8-week interactive program is for you! This program includes a variety of educational topics and private group physical activity sessions to experience a variety of Recreation programs and facilities. A physical activity mentor will lead group sessions and will individually check in with each participant weekly to guide them through their physical activity journey. Register by October 1st.
Start date: Week of Oct 4th - 8th
Location: In-person and Virtual options
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.
The program has expanded to include Kelowna & Vernon locations!
Cost: $60 per person
Time: 6:45pm - 7:45pm or 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Global Fitness & Racquet Centre
Date: Thursdays, September 23rd - October 28th
Location: Rosters Sports Club
Date: Fridays, September 24th - October 29th
Intro to Rock Climbing
Learn to rock climb with 4 fun-filled nights at Beyond The Crux Climbing Gym!
September 20th - October 11th
September 22nd - October 13th
September 23rd - October 14th
Cost: $50 (includes equipment rentals)
Location: Beyond the Crux Climbing Gym (Finns Road)
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Lawn Bowling is a sport that is easy to learn, has very few rules, and doesn't require equipment except Flat Shoes!
Join UBCO Recreation as we partner with the Kelowna Lawn Bowling Club to learn the sport of Lawn Bowling. Come check it out!
Date: September 15th, 22nd, & 29th
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Kelowna Lawn Bowling Club (City Park)
Sign Painting Night
Sign Painting nights are back this fall with Rustic Chalk Decor. Join us in the studio for some creative expression. Choose from a wide selection of designs and paints to personalize your project.
Date: September 21st
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Price: Projects start at $26 plus GST
Location:1974 Moss Ct #102
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 Positive Coping Strategies!
Date: Wednesday, September 22nd
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: Online Delivery
Disc Golf Lessons
Come on down to Knox Mountain Disc Golf Course on Monday nights to learn a new activity and improve your frisbee skills! The cost is only $35.00 for 4 lessons. Bring your friends or sign up as an individual and meet new people!
Date: October 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Location: Knox Mountain Park