Recreation & Leisure Guide

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the quarterly Recreation and Leisure Guide has been temporarily replaced with monthly calendars. The Recreation Team has come up with a variety of safe programs to keep you busy this month! From fitness, to art, to outdoor activities - there is sure to be something for everyone!

Once the calendars are published, the content does not change. All changes, additions, and cancellations are posted below and on the City of Fort St. John - Recreation Facebook page.

 March Calendar:

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Find out more information regarding:

Agents of Discovery

Dates: All Winter
Time: At participants leisure 
Location: Fish Creek Community Forest
Ages: Targeted for children ages 6-14
Cost: Free download on App Store and Google Play

Make your next Fish Creek Forest adventure even more enjoyable and download the Agents of Discovery on your device! After downloading, head to the Community Forest to get active while learning about our local outdoor environment. Participants are able to download their missions before leaving home so there is no Wi-Fi required. For more information about the app and how to use it visit Agents of Discovery website

StoryWalks

Enjoy the outdoor, fresh air and a good story. Story pages will be posted along the trails on each location described below for families to walk and read together at your leisure. 

Date

 Description

Location

March

4-15

That's What Dinosaurs Do

Mathews Park

March

12 - 17

St. Patrick's Day Children's Book

Centennial Park

March

12 - 28

The Couch Potato

Fish Creek Community Forest

Camps

Spring Break Camps

Dates:  

Week 1:  March 15 - 19, 2021

Week 2: March 22 - 26, 2021

Time: 8am-5:30pm
Ages: 5-10 (must be enrolled in Kindergarten)
Location: Pomeroy Sport Centre (downstairs meeting room)
Cost: $45/day
Registration: Pre Register at the Visitor Centre or North Peace Leisure Pool, call 250-785-46592 or online at www.fortstjohn.ca/activenet

No school? No problem! The City of Fort St. John is bringing back Spring Break Camps. You can enroll on a daily or weekly basis. Make sure to select each day you require childcare. Campers will keep busy with a day filled with safe activities including games, crafts, playground visits. They will meet new friends, try new activities, and spend their day off having non stop fun! This program is pre-register only - no drop ins permitted. Registration is first come first serve. NOTE: Parents/guardians will be e-mailed a schedule and additional information (INCLUDING COVID-19 PROTOCOLS) about 1 week prior to camp. Please ensure an up-to-date e-mail is left on account and call 250-785-4592 if you do not receive this e-mail in advance. Masks required in common areas of the facility but not in the camp room or outdoors. No peanuts or nuts in lunches. Campers are required to come prepared with all their own items (ie. skates, swimming gear, indoor shoes, etc.). Questions or comments can be directed to camp@fortstjohn.ca

Fitness and Dance 

As a result on the new revisions on the Provincial Health Order issued on November 19, all group fitness and dance classes will be cancelled until further notice.

National Days

International Women's Day

Date: March 8

More details to come. Stay tuned.

St. Patrick’s Day 

Date: March 17

More details to come. Stay tuned. 

March 10: “Pot of Gold” Scavenger Hunt begins 
March 11: Shamrock Spirit- Craft
March 12: Shamrock Spirit – Cookie Decorating Contest 
March 13: Shamrock Spirit – St. Patty’s Day Storywalk
March 14: Shamrock Skate & Shamrock Spirit National Kids Craft Day
March 15: Irish Dance video challenge
March 16: Shamrock Spirit – Luck of the Irish Facebook Contest
March 17: Shamrock Spirit- Costume Contest & Lucky Charms Swim

World Water Day

Date: March 22

World Water Day is March 22nd. We want you to take a guess on how many litres of the water the North Peace Leisure Pools’ Lap Pool can hold. Write your response on the water droplet provided at the pool for a chance win a World Water Day Prize Pack.

National Walk in the park day

Date: March 30

“National Walk in the Park Day”. Head to your favourite park in the Fort St. John area, take a photo of your walk in the park, and e-mail it to recreation@fortstjohn.ca or put it in the comments section on the City of Fort St. John Recreation Facebook page post! Everyone who posts will be entered to win a prize!

Youth Events, Programs, Courses and Youth Advisory Council

Youth Advisory Commitee (YAC)

Date:  March 2 and 9

Time: 3:30pm
Ages: 
13-18
Location: 
 Pomeroy Sport Centre

Last winter the YAC hosted a Youth Conference that was enjoyed by many students from School District 60. Do you want to be a part of planning the 2021 conference? The Youth Advisory Council meets on select Tuesday at 3:30pm in the Pomeroy Sport Centre. For more information call 250-787-5791 or email communitydevelopment@fortstjohn.ca

Fort St. John Youth Chess Club

Date:  Thursday March 11 and March 25, 2021
Time: 5:30-7pm (March 11) and 3:30-5pm (March 25)
Location: March 11 - First Floor (West Meeting) Room Pomeroy Sport Centre and March 25 - Kids Arena Fieldhouse

Cost: Free
Registration: Pre-registration per class is required.
Ages: 12 - 21
Are you a youth of Fort St. John that wants to play Chess? Have fun with the 1500-year-old game of strategy and wit! There will be a maximum of 10 participants allowed. Pre-registration is required. This session is for ages 12-21 years. Masks are required and persons will be physically distanced, and proper sanitization of equipment and surfaces will be in place. Participants will be asked mandatory COVID-10 symptom check questions before attendance is allowed.

Water Safety Instructor - Stage 1

Date: March 8
Time: 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: North Peace Leisure Pool - Meeting Room
Cost: $280.30
Registration: Pre-registration per class is required. 

The Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Course prepares candidates to instruct the Red Cross Swim programs. Candidates focus on strategies to introduce and develop fitness activities, skills and water safety, and swimming skills in the Red Cross Swim Preschool, Red Cross Swim Kids, Red Cross Swim at School, Red Cross Swim at Camp, Red Cross Swim for Adults & Teens, and Red Cross Swim Adapted programs.

Stage 1 - Skills Evaluation & Online Learning

  • This portion of the WSI program will evaluate your skills in Swim Kids Level 10 and emergency response. You will also receive access to the online study portion of this program.

 

Stroke Correction

Date: March 13 and 14
Time: 12-12:30pm
Location: North Peace Leisure Pool - Meeting Room
Cost: $35.21
Registration: Pre-registration per class is required. 

The Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Course prepares candidates to instruct the Red Cross Swim programs. Candidates focus on strategies to introduce and develop fitness activities, skills and water safety, and swimming skills in the Red Cross Swim Preschool, Red Cross Swim Kids, Red Cross Swim at School, Red Cross Swim at Camp, Red Cross Swim for Adults & Teens, and Red Cross Swim Adapted programs.

Emergency First Aid Course Blended

Date: March 13
Time: 9am - 1pm
Location: North Peace Leisure Pool - Meeting Room
Cost: $138.00
Registration: Pre-registration per class is required. 

Participants will acquire the skills to recognize and respond to cardiovascular/ breathing emergencies, choking, and bleeding.

Bronze Medallion Course

Date: March 15 to March 19, 2021
Time: 10am - 3pm
Location: North Peace Leisure Pool - Meeting Room
Cost: $259.42
Registration: Pre-registration per class is required. 

Bronze Medallion, teaches lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education: judgment, knowledge, skill, and fitness. Candidates acquire the assessment and problem-solving skills needed to make good decisions in, on and around the water. Bronze Medallion is a prerequisite for Bronze Cross. Pre-requisite: 13 years old or Bronze Star Certificate.

Special Events

Spring Community One Stop Campaign

Date: All month long
Cost: 
Free
Location: 
Virtual 

There is no in-person Community One Stop this spring, however there will be a Community One Stop Campaign! The Spring Virtual One Stop Campaign helps local organizations and businesses make our citizens aware of what programs and activities are available and will be offered in Spring/Summer 2021! The hope of the Spring One Stop Campaign is to help bring together community groups, organizations, clubs and sport groups to one central location (and this year it is virtually).  Visit www.fortstjohn.ca/EN/main/parks-rec/annual-city-events/community-one-stop-registration.html to see what is happening this spring! For more information call 250-785-4592 or email recreation@fortstjohn.ca

Neighbourhood Bingo

Date: March 3 - 17
Cost: 
Free

Make your outdoor walk much more fun as you play neighborhood bingo. Get the kids excited to go out for a walk and find as many items as possible. Print your bingo sheet here or pick up a copy at the Visitor Centre. Submit your completed Bingo sheet to recreation@fortstjohn.ca by March 17 to be entered for a chance to win a prize / gift card. 

Spring Art Hunt

Date: March 20 - 24
Cost: 
Free

Go on a hunt to do some art around several parks in town. Check the City’s Recreation page on Facebook for the daily clue, go to that location, find the designated art area and trace the image on your paper. Once you collect all 5 of them, submit your sheet to recreation@fortstjohn.ca or drop it off at the Pomeroy Sport Centre by March 25 to be entered for a chance to win a Spring break gift basket! Note: bring your own crayon or pencil. You can print your own sheet here or pick up a copy at the Visitor Centre.  

Skating

Free Skating on Sundays! 

This is all possible thanks to PETRONAS Canada! Sessions can be pre-booked online at www.fortstjohn.ca/activenet or by calling 250-785-4592. Masks are mandatory. Note: PETRONAS Free skate registration will open up the Wednesday prior to the Sunday Skate date (for example, pre-booking for the January 10 skate will open on January 6.

PETRONAS Shamrock Skate

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Pomeroy Sport Centre on March 14 during the PETRONAS free skate! Pre-bookings are available in one hour time slots and will open Wednesday, March 10. There will be self-paced activities, fun decorations, and prizes to help you get in the Shamrock Spirit! Don’t forget to wear your green!  

Private Skating Lessons

Date: March 15-19 OR March 21-26
Time: 10am-12pm
Location: Pomeroy Sport Centre – EAST rink

New to skating or want to brush up on some skills? Try our private skating lessons! Lessons take place during the first and second week of spring break daily (Monday-Friday). Participants receive five 30 minute lessons over 5 days for $99.00! 
Using the Active Communities Learn to Skate Program, participants will work on balance, stopping, turning, and getting more comfortable on the ice. Lessons are available for all ages and abilities. There are very limited spots available for this program. Groups of 2 from the same household are permitted (with permission from a Recreation Programmer) but 1-on-1 instruction is recommended for best results. Note: Participants must supply their own skates required and helmets are highly recommended. Covid19 protocols will be in place to ensure instructor and participant safety. Masks (or face coverings) and clean gloves are mandatory for all students. All participants must complete a pre- screening form before each lesson. For more information regarding this or see the safety protocols before enrolling, e-mail recreation@fortstjohn.ca

Thank you Petronas skate

Date: March 28
Cost: Free
Join us as we say Thank you to Petronas for sponsoring the free skates for the 2020-2021 Winter Ice seasson. Pre-registration is required. 

Swimming

Free Swimming on Sundays! 

Free swimming sessions on Sundays thanks to NorthRiver Midstream. Masks must be worn at all times, except while swimming and on the pool deck. To book online visit fortstjohn.ca/activenet 

Lucky Charm Swim

Date: March 17

Come to the pool for St. Patrick’s Day and help the lifeguards hunt for sneaky leprechauns. These sneaky leprechauns will leave you with a laugh at the end of your swim, how many can you spot? Everyone who participates in the Lucky Charm Swims on March 17th will get entered to win a Pot of Gold Prize Pack. Remember that swim spots still need to be pre-booked in advance, this can be done by calling the pool at 250-787-8178 or to book online visit fortstjohn.ca/activenet

About the Guide

The City of Fort St. John Recreation & Leisure Guide is a quarterly publication that highlights all programs, events, courses, and activities put on by the Recreation & Leisure Services Department. The guide also features information on parks, facility bookings, bylaws, and contains a community directory for organizations that offer specific recreation and leisure programs.

The Recreation & Leisure Guide is only available online; however, hard copies are available for viewing at the North Peace Leisure Pool and Fort St. John Visitor Centre (inside the Pomeroy Sport Centre).

Publication Dates

Guides are released four times per year and are named in conjunction with the seasons. Program registration opens on the release date (unless otherwise noted). They are released on the following dates:

  • Winter (January - March) Released December 1
  • Spring (April - June) Released March 1
  • Summer (July - September) Released June 1
  • Fall (October - December) Released September 1

Note: if the release date falls on a weekend, the guide will be released on the following business day.