Get in the game with your Saanich Access Pass

From badminton to basketball, drop-in sports offer both fun and fitness

What CAN’T you do with your Saanich Access Pass? That might be the question, especially considering the range of drop-in sports on offer.

And that’s in addition to the weight room activities, swimming, skating and fitness programs you can also do!

A fun approach to fitness

Drop-in sports let you add a little fun to your fitness. “You can add to your fitness and exercise routine by trying these other activities,” explains Helen Clark, Fitness and Sports Programmer with Saanich Recreation.

As one player commented at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre’s drop-in table tennis, “It’s so much fun – I didn’t realize how much exercise I’d be getting!”

Supporting lifelong active learning and participation, there’s a full slate of drop-in sports for adults (16 years and older), plus some specific sessions for youth, seniors and families.

“You can use your Saanich Access Pass to come try all these drop-in sports,” Clark says.

  • Badminton – Cedar Hill and Saanich Commonwealth Place
  • Table Tennis – Cedar Hill
  • Basketball – Gordon Head
  • Netball – Saanich Commonwealth Place
  • Pickleball – Cedar Hill, Pearkes and Saanich Commonwealth Place
  • Volleyball – Saanich Commonwealth Place and Cedar Hill

“Pickleball is the most offered drop-in sport between Cedar Hill, Pearkes and Saanich Commonwealth Place. We really do offer more pickleball because it’s something people of all ages enjoy playing,” Clark says.

Get in the game: here’s how

All are welcome, regardless of experience level. Simply check out the schedule online or in your Active Living Guide for activity, times and locations.

Due to their popularity, some of the drop-in sports require you to call ahead to reserve your spot.

Have your own gear? “We encourage people to bring their own equipment, such as badminton racquets or pickleball paddles, if they have it but we always equipment here too,” Clark says.

Depending on the session, an attendant is often scheduled to ensure fair play and that everyone is included, as well as to answer your questions or offer helpful tips.

Sports schedules can change seasonally and according to demand, but programmers like to hear your ideas. “If anyone has an idea for a drop-in sport they’d like to see, they can approach any programmer and we’ll look at how we could fit it in,” Clark says.

Get your Access Pass today!

Your Saanich Access Pass offers 31 different drop-in activities weekly at four centres, including fitness, sports, swims and skates. Check out the activity calendars online, then buy your pass online or at any Saanich recreation centre. Find a good selection of passes to choose from, with something for every budget, including a monthly payment plan for some passes. Learn more at


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