Recreational Programming

Get active, get creative or try something new! Our recreational programming lineup at the Community Conference Centre, Aquatic Centre and Recreation Centre (Arena) offers something for everyone to enjoy!

Get Active, Get Creative or Try Something New!

Our recreational programming lineup offers something for everyone. We strive to offer a range of high-quality recreation programs and activities that appeal to all citizens and contribute to the quality of life that we all enjoy in Elkford. From swimming lessons to fitness classes to personal development programs—any everything in between—we know you’ll find something you enjoy!

We program on an ongoing basis, so we encourage you to check back frequently to see what’s new and exciting!

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Recreation Programming

Current Offerings

Choose from a variety of activities and programs, offered to provide an active and engaged lifestyle and enhance quality of life in Elkford. We program on an ongoing basis, so we encourage you to check back frequently to see what’s new and exciting!

Please note that all provincial health orders and guidelines in place at the time that these programs/events/services take place will be adhered to. 

Get in Touch
For more information, or to register, contact Community & Facility Services at 250.865.4010 or


Summer Fun for Kids!

Summer Fun 2022 at the Community Conference Centre
For ages 3 to 12! Summer fun for kids includes indoor/outdoor activities, games and craft time. Please send your child with a water bottle and clothing appropriate for the day's weather (as well as a snack, if you wish). Drop in to sessions or pre-register by Saturday, July 9 and attend all summer long! For more information, or to register, call 250.865.4010, email or visit 750 Fording Drive.

  • When: July and August 2022
  • Where: Elkford Community Conference Centre-Teck Hall
  • Instructors: Taylor Smith and Skye Sharpe
  • Dates: Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (beginning July 12 and ending August 25, 2022)
    • July 12, 13 and 14
    • July 19, 20 and 21
    • July 26, 27 and 28
    • August 2, 3 and 4
    • August 9, 10 and 11
    • August 16, 17 and 18
    • August 23, 24 and 25
  • Times: 
    • 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for 3-to-5 year-olds
    • Noon to 2 p.m. for 6-to-8 year-olds
    • 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for 9-12 years
  • Cost: 
    • Drop-in fee: $10 per participant, per session
    • Pre-Register by Saturday, July 9 and SAVE:
      • $40/participant for 5 sessions (1 session free!)

      • $70/participant for all July sessions (2 sessions free!)

      • $100/participant for all August sessions (2 sessions free!)

      • $160/participant/ALL sessions (5 sessions free!)

  • Registration deadline: Must pre-register by Saturday, July 9 or attend by drop-in and pay per session

Introductory Free Trial: Drop-In Pickleball *EXTENDED UNTIL END OF AUGUST*

Introductory Free Trial: Drop-In Pickleball 

Always wanted to try pickleball? Now's your chance... and it's FREE!

What is pickleball? In case you didn't know, pickleball is among the fastest growing and fun sports in North America, being enjoyed by all ages and skill levels! Pickleball combines the elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong; and it can be played indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court with a slightly modified tennis net. Using a paddle and a plastic ball with holes, pickleball can be played as doubles or singles. Check out this handy video on YouTube to learn the basics of pickleball. 

How do you get started? Gather some friends or family together and play a game of pickleball on the curling ice (arena) in the Elkford Recreation Centre. Pre-booking and/or registration are not required. Racquets and balls must be signed out from the Visitor Centre at Elkford's Community Conference Centre (750 Fording Drive) during the weekly daytime block of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Monday to Friday).
Court time may be limited to a posted time limit (if required) to allow everyone present a fair opportunity to play. Patrons are encouraged to respectively rotate, spectate respectfully and abide by posted time limits. A comment drop-box is located on-site for you to leave feedback. Basic rules of the game handout will also be available to view!

All ages are welcome, but players under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Questions? Contact or 250.865.4010.

  • When: Now until the end of August!
  • Where: Elkford Recreation Centre (816B Michel Road)
  • Times:
    • Mondays to Fridays: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE!
  • Ages: All ages are welcome, but players under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • Equipment: Indoor shoes (racquets and balls are provided)


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Aquatic Programming

Current Offerings

The Elkford Aquatic Centre is a family-friendly aquatic facility that caters to all ages, abilities and interests. The facility, pool and hot tub are all wheelchair accessible. Located at 816C Michel Road, the Elkford Aquatic Centre has four lanes for swimming and a “beach-front” access for young children, a diving board, slides, a whirlpool tub and a sauna.

*** Note that during COVID-19, facility bookings and room rentals may be impacted by provincial health orders and restrictions related to gatherings. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Get in Touch
For more information, or to register, contact the Elkford Aquatic Centre at 250.865.4012 or


Swimming and Lifesaving Instructor (Combined) Course *NEW*

Pool Program: Swimming and Lifesaving Instructor (Combined) Course *NEW*

This is a new course that combines the Swimming and Lifesaving Instructor courses, saving you time and money. The Swim Instructor and Lifesaving Instructor courses are needed for employment as a lifeguard!

Lifesaving Instructor portion: you'll be responsible for teaching and evaluating candidates participating in the Canadian Swim Patrol, Bronze Medals, Distinction, Boat Rescue and Lifesaving Society CPR programs. The Lifesaving Instructor course prepares instructors to apply Level 1 leadership competencies and strategies designed to teach lifesaving and water rescue education, judgement, knowledge, skills and fitness.

Swim Instructor portion: prepares you to instruct the Lifesaving Society's Swim for Life programs. Candidates focus on strategies to introduce and develop fitness activities, skills and water safety and swimming skills.  This course comprises stroke evaluation, water safety knowledge and skills to teach kids swimming lessons in a safe and fun manner.

Must be 15 years or older. To register, or to find out more about programs at the Aquatic Centre, call 250.865.4012 or

  • When: August 22 to 25, 29 and 30
  • Where: Elkford Aquatic Centre
  • Times:
    • August 22 to 25: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • August 29 and 30: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Cost:
    • Course: $335 + $16.75 tax
    • Certification fee: $47.04 (tax included)
    • Material fee: $150 (tax included, not included in course fee) 

  • Registration deadline: August 10, 2022
  • Minimum: 6/Maximum: 12
  • Prerequisites: Must have completed Bronze Cross and be 15 years or older

Current Pool Schedule

View the Aquatic Centre page for the current pool schedule:


Swim Lessons and Lifeguard Training

The highly skilled and passionate team the Aquatic Centre offer of a full roster of Red Cross swimming lessons, lifeguard training and water fitness classes. For more information, or to register, contact the Aquatic Centre at 250.865.4012 or

Did you know? COVID-19 restrictions have eased and parents are no longer required to be in the water with their kids (beyond the levels of Sea Turtle, Starfish and Duck)!



Red Cross Programs

In alignment with the Canadian Red Cross’ widely recognized comprehensive swimming continuum and curriculum plans, the Elkford Aquatic Centre offers preschool, swim kids, teen/adult lessons and other safety programs.

  • Red Cross Preschool: Red Cross’ learn-to-swim program for kids aged four months to six years and their parents or caregivers. The first 3 levels (Starfish, Duck and Sea Turtle) focus on water orientation and safety. The next 5 levels (Sea Otter, Salamander, Sunfish, Crocodile and Whale) build swimming skills and teach age-specific water safety.
  • Red Cross Swim Kids: A 10-level learn-to-swim program for kids ages five and older. The curriculum focuses on development of the 5 primary swimming strokes, water safety and increased fitness and endurance.
  • Water Safety Instructor: Prepares candidates to teach Red Cross Swim programs, focusing on strategies to introduce and develop fitness activities, water safety and swimming skills. The course is comprised of three components: stroke evaluation, online module and teaching hours and classroom/pool sessions. This is a requirement for employment at most aquatic facilities in British Columbia.
  • Babysitting Course: Kids learn how to manage difficult behaviour, identify unsafe or risky activities, basic care of small children and necessary first aid skills. After successfully completing the course, students receive a Canadian Red Cross Babysitting Certificate that will make their resumé stand out from the competition and can give them the confidence they need to excel at babysitting. Students must be 11 years or older.
  • Stay Safe! Course: Want to feel more confident while your child is home by themselves? This program teaches applicable and age-appropriate skills while increasing and reinforcing your child’s capacity to make decisions that promote their own safety. This class gives kids the tools for practising safety in a variety of situations, whether out in the community or at home alone. Students must be 9 years or older.

Not sure which level or lesson is best for your child, or want to learn more about these courses and programs? Visit the Canadian Red Cross website.

Pool Passes, Punch Cards and Admission Rates

2022 Single Pool Admission Rates – per visit

2022 One-Year Pool Pass Rates

2022 15-Swim Punch Card Rates





























Water fitness drop-in




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Water Fitness Punch Card Rates (for 45-minute Classes)

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For a full listing of current Aquatic Centre fees and charges, view the Fees and Charges Bylaw

Lifesaving Society Advanced Lifeguard Training Programs

In alignment with the Lifesaving Society’s professional lifeguard training program, we offer the courses that aspiring lifeguards need.

  • Standard First Aid: A WorkSafeBC Occupational Level 1 equivalent that can be used in the workplace. Includes comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid, CPR and AED use. This courser builds upon Emergency First Aid and goes beyond, teaching more advanced techniques.
  • Bronze Cross: This course begins the transition from lifesaving to lifeguarding and prepares candidates for responsibilities as assistant lifeguards. Candidates strengthen and expand their lifesaving skills and begin to supply the principles and techniques of active surveillance in aquatic facilities. It also emphasizes the importance of teamwork and communication in preventing and responding to aquatic emergencies. Participants must be at least 13 years of age and have Bronze Medallion.
  • Bronze Medallion: A flagship certification that teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education: judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. This course challenges the candidate both mentally and physically to acquire the assessment and problem-solving skills needed to make good decisions in, on and round the water. Participants must be at least 13 years of age and have Bronze Star.
  • National Lifeguard: Pool with Airway Management and Oxygen Administration (AMOA): Provides participants with the knowledge and practice required to maintain an airway and administer supplemental oxygen. This is a prerequisite for National Lifeguard and has been incorporated into the course. The National Lifeguard Pool Certification is designed to develop the fundamental values, judgment, knowledge, skills and fitness required by lifeguards. With emphasis on lifeguarding skills, principles and practices, and the decision-making process, this course will teach the candidate to provide effective safety supervision in swimming pool environments. Participants must be at least 15 years of age and have Bronze Cross and current First Aid.

Private Pool Rentals

Private pool rentals are available on Saturdays and Sundays, outside of scheduled swim times. Rentals must be booked a minimum of two weeks in advance. Please call the Aquatic Centre at 250.865.4012 or email to book.

Elk Valley Recreation Access Pass

One pass, three communities! Do you work in another Elk Valley community? Find yourself travelling within the Elk Valley? Wondering what recreational opportunities are available Valley-wide? By purchasing the annual Elk Valley Recreation Access Pass, you will gain access to facilities and programs in Elkford, Sparwood and Fernie!
Facilities that take part in the Access Pass:

  • District of Elkford: Elkford Aquatic Centre, Elkford Recreation Centre (Arena)
  • City of Fernie: Fernie Aquatic Centre, Fernie Memorial Arena
  • District of Sparwood: Henry Volkman Memorial Recreation Centre

Programs included in the Access Pass:

  • Public swimming
  • Family swimming
  • Lane swimming
  • Public skating
  • Family skating
  • Skate & Shoots
  • Drop-in Fitness Centre(s)

Passes are valid for one calendar year from date of purchase. Purchase your individual Access Pass for $403.56 or your Family Access Pass for $849.52 at any of the above facilities.

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Arena Programming

Current Offerings

Elkford has a beautiful arena for ice hockey, shinny hockey, figure skating and public skating located at 816B Michel Road. Additionally, the arena is rentable for hockey tournaments, pick-up hockey games and competitions. In the summer, the arena dry floor is ideal for concerts, dances, sports groups (i.e., lacrosse) and other indoor events. The facility also houses a rentable multi-purpose room and curling rink.

*** Note that during COVID-19, facility bookings and room rentals may be impacted by provincial health orders and restrictions related to gatherings. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Get in Touch
For more information, or to register, contact Community & Facility Services at 250.865.4010 or


Current Skating Schedule

Lace up your skates and hit the ice! Public skating, Family skating and Parent & Tot skating are free of charge at the Elkford Arena!


Skating Guidelines

Know before you go - Check the link below for our guidelines while skating.

Skating Guidelines

Private Ice Rentals

Looking to play a game of shinny? Want to sharpen your hockey skills? Interested in private ice rentals? Elkford’s ice is meticulously maintained and affordable. Call 250.865.4010 to book your private ice time.

2022 Arena Ice Rental Rates

  • Local youth: $51.50/hour + GST
  • Local adult and commercial: $63.50/hour + GST
  • Non-local youth: $103/hour + GST
  • Non-local adult and commercial: $127/hour + GST
  • In the off season, we also offer dry floor (ice-out) rentals:
  • Child/youth: $21.50/ hour
  • Adult: $36.50/hour
  • Commercial: $56.50/hour

For a full listing of fees and charges related to the Arena, view the Fees and Charges Bylaw.