recreation

The Gold Arena at Pearkes reopens with many exciting improvements in place. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Media Relations)

Gold Arena reopens at Pearkes after closure for upgrades

Ice slab replaced with many more upgrades to Saanich facility

 

Member Sandy Cotton is greeted by Monterey Recreation Centre staff Lesley Cobus and Joanne Donohue. (Linda Foubister photo)

Oak Bay recreation centre hosts week-long welcome back party

COVID-19 protocols remain, as Monterey centre welcomes guests

 

This physical literacy exercise is free for the public to try in Colwood’s Meadow Park. (Photo courtesy of Gordie Logan)

Come out and play: Adults doing duck walks outside Victoria workplace

Physical literacy promotes laughter, levity in the workplace and beyond

 

Sooke district council eyes a development plan for John Phillips Memorial Park. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

John Phillips park lease goes to negative vote

Sooke Lions Club community centre proposal moves ahead unless 10% of residents oppose

Sooke district council eyes a development plan for John Phillips Memorial Park. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
A rendering of how a Harbourfront Walkway extension in the Departure Bay area might look. (City of Nanaimo image)

City of Nanaimo hears broad support for potential Harbourfront Walkway extension

City looking at expanding walkway in the Departure Bay area

A rendering of how a Harbourfront Walkway extension in the Departure Bay area might look. (City of Nanaimo image)
A permanent good quality public disc golf course is currently nonexistent in Greater Victoria, advocates say, despite various courses being accessible elsewhere on the south Island. (Photo by Michael Kiesz)

Greater Victoria disc golf enthusiasts keen to create quality public course

Region lacks publicly accessible facility suitable for all levels: disc golf society president

A permanent good quality public disc golf course is currently nonexistent in Greater Victoria, advocates say, despite various courses being accessible elsewhere on the south Island. (Photo by Michael Kiesz)
Sooke district council eyes a development plan for John Phillips Memorial Park. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Lions eye community centre at John Phillips Park in Sooke

Council cannot OK a lease without the approval of electors

Sooke district council eyes a development plan for John Phillips Memorial Park. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Drawing of the proposed multi-purpose sports box development plan. (Courtesy of the Capital Regional District)

Lacrosse box moving forward in Sooke at long last

The multi-purpose sports box should be ready for games early 2022

Drawing of the proposed multi-purpose sports box development plan. (Courtesy of the Capital Regional District)
Croquet carts crafted by club member John Doman at the Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club introduces its members to croquet

Players fundraise for equipment to introduce new sport

Croquet carts crafted by club member John Doman at the Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
By the end of life, the average North American has eaten the weight of a family sedan in sugar. (Pixabay.com)

FITNESS: Living the sweet life without too much sugar

Simple choices can have a major impact on your health

  • Jun 21, 2021
By the end of life, the average North American has eaten the weight of a family sedan in sugar. (Pixabay.com)
Staff member Lena Laitinen gives the wall at BoulderHouse a workout during a media tour on June 16. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)

BoulderHouse raring to rock Langford

Popularity of bouldering continues to climb across Greater Victoria

Staff member Lena Laitinen gives the wall at BoulderHouse a workout during a media tour on June 16. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)
Kidspace, which took over the YMCA-YWCA childcare centre at Eagle Creek Village, plans to reopen the Y’s fitness centre as the Eagle Creek Athletic Club in September. (Photo courtesy of Kidpsace)

Former Y fitness centre in View Royal aims to reopen in September

Kidspace taking over both the gym and the childcare facility at Eagle Creek Village

Kidspace, which took over the YMCA-YWCA childcare centre at Eagle Creek Village, plans to reopen the Y’s fitness centre as the Eagle Creek Athletic Club in September. (Photo courtesy of Kidpsace)
A new report pegs the annual cost of hiring a third party to monitor use of pickleball courts in North Saanich at $12,000. (Black Press Media file photo).

North Saanich could end up hiring third party to monitor pickleball courts

Other options up for consideration include use of cameras and timed locks

A new report pegs the annual cost of hiring a third party to monitor use of pickleball courts in North Saanich at $12,000. (Black Press Media file photo).
A section of proposed Harbourfront Walkway between White Eagle Terrace and Battersea Road. (City of Nanaimo image)

Nanaimo’s proposed walkway extension estimated at $25-30 million

City asking for feedback on concepts to connect Departure Bay Beach and ferry terminal

A section of proposed Harbourfront Walkway between White Eagle Terrace and Battersea Road. (City of Nanaimo image)
If funding is received, Rutledge Park could see improvements such as a new water park, washrooms and playground enhancements. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

Community association has fingers crossed for upgrades to Saanich’s Rutledge Park

Improvements would allow for better utilization of park, advocate says

If funding is received, Rutledge Park could see improvements such as a new water park, washrooms and playground enhancements. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)
Lucienne Siedlecki was among the volunteers that took part in a cleanup of mountain bike trails in Nanaimo on June 5. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Garbage cleared from mountain bike trails in Nanaimo on B.C. Trails Day

Nanaimo Mountain Bike Club, Mosaic Forest Management part of cleanup effort at Doumont trails

Lucienne Siedlecki was among the volunteers that took part in a cleanup of mountain bike trails in Nanaimo on June 5. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Donna Blackstock delivers the bowl while playing with John Cossom and Louise Mason at the Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club. A popular pastime in the community, club members are limited in group size, which increased to 26 people at a time starting this week. The number includes players, coaches and safety monitors and upped the time slots to 14 opportunities to play each week. Players must still register online and the schedule is subject to provincial health orders, which can change without notice. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Oak Bay lawn bowlers go maskless for first time in months

Club restricts access to guests, limits players, coaches onsite

Donna Blackstock delivers the bowl while playing with John Cossom and Louise Mason at the Oak Bay Lawn Bowling Club. A popular pastime in the community, club members are limited in group size, which increased to 26 people at a time starting this week. The number includes players, coaches and safety monitors and upped the time slots to 14 opportunities to play each week. Players must still register online and the schedule is subject to provincial health orders, which can change without notice. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Losing weight, or more correctly fat, is necessary for more than half of our population, writes Sooke fitness guru Ron Cain. (Pixabay.com)

FITNESS: Why so many people fail at losing weight

Failing at weight loss is mostly about making common mistakes

  • May 31, 2021
Losing weight, or more correctly fat, is necessary for more than half of our population, writes Sooke fitness guru Ron Cain. (Pixabay.com)
Pickleball players are shown in a file photo. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Plans afoot for more pickleball courts in Sooke

Council considers location at new sports box facility

Pickleball players are shown in a file photo. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Water starts flowing for the summer season at Nanaimo’s four water parks Saturday, May 22. (News Bulletin file photo)

City will turn on taps at Nanaimo water parks over May long weekend

Water starts flowing Saturday, May 22, in Nanaimo’s four water parks

Water starts flowing for the summer season at Nanaimo’s four water parks Saturday, May 22. (News Bulletin file photo)