Northern Vac Track

The Northern Vac Track 340-metre rubberized track which includes heated tubing throughout to help climate control. The track features three lanes to cater to walkers/joggers/runners who may want to go slow, medium pace, or fast! The track continues to be a popular feature all year around. Programming initiatives have included various corporate and community walking challenges as well as the newest addition of Stroller Fit for moms. The track is free for the public to enjoy. Our operating hours vary during the year.

New procedues starting October 5, 2020:

  • Sessions must be booked in advance due to capacity limits by calling our front desk at 250-785-4592 or online at fortstjohn.ca/activenet
  • Same day bookings are available (space permitting).
  • Booking sessions are 50 minute long.
  • All users must provide a name and phone number when booking. 
  • All participants must check in at the front desk/Visitor Centre area upon arrival to the facility.
  • Must check in 5 minutes prior to their scheduled time.
  • The Northern Vac Track will be closed daily from 3-4pm for cleaning.

Hours of Operation

Winter Hours Sept – May

Monday to Friday:    10am- 3pm / 4 - 8pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am- 3pm / 4 - 8pm
Closed all Statutory Holidays

Summer Hours May (Victoria Day) to September (Labour Day)

Monday to Friday:    8am – 8pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8am – 8pm
Closed all Statutory Holidays

Northern Vac Walking Track Rules

  • All patrons shall obey the directions posted or they may be asked to leave the facility.
  • Absolutely no climbing on, over or leaning against the railings.
  • Patrons wishing to run shall do so on the innermost lane.  Slower patrons should use the outer lane. Please follow the suggested speeds labelled on the lanes.
  • No food or gum or drinks (except for water) on the track.
  • Appropriate and clean walking/running footwear must be worn. Boot covers are available.
  • No standing around or sitting on the track - keep moving or move to the outer lanes when safe to do so.  The track is not to be used for spectators of events below.
  • Patrons must travel in the same direction around the track as described on the signage.
  • Children 8 and under must be accompanied by a guardian 16 years of age or older.  All children under 3 must always be within arm’s reach.
  • Registered service animals only.  No other pets allowed.
  • Bikes, roller skates, roller blades, skateboards, "Heelies", or similar are not permitted.
  • The Recreation Attendant or Facilities Staff shall have the authority to restrict public access to the facility at any time, if in their sole discretion, the facility occupancy load is met or if it is believed that public safety could be jeopardized.