For the last two years, Leona has started her day with Saanich Recreation, walking to her neighbourhood recreation centre to work out in the weight room.
When she was working, Leona would swim at the Crystal Pool, or enjoy Waterfit classes at Saanich Commonwealth Place, but now that she’s retired, the opportunity to step out her front door and walk to her workout four days a week is ideal.
“I’m just down the road and now that they open at 6:30 a.m. instead of 7:30 a.m., I’m often there knocking at the door,” the self-described early-bird says with a laugh.
What’s made her recent visits even more rewarding is the opportunity to use her Continuous Access Pass to visit the gym.
“It’s just such a savings, and you don’t have to worry about it – it just renews automatically. When you get to the rec centre, you just tap it and go,” Leona says.
Valid across all four recreation centres, Saanich Recreation’s Continuous Access Pass renews automatically each month, either to a credit card or a bank withdrawal, and can be easily stopped at any time.
While Leona has mostly been working out on her own because of her early start, she looks forward in the new year to taking a few personal training sessions, just to ensure she’s making the most of her workouts and using the equipment properly.
“It’s just a great bunch of staff who work there,” she says. “Everyone is just so friendly and welcoming.”
Convenient, affordable access
While Leona is currently using her Continuous Access Pass for her morning workouts, many other opportunities await, including swimming and waterfit, skating, fitness classes, sports like basketball, volleyball, pickleball and table tennis and other reserved drop-in programs.
Some activities are a traditional drop-in format, while others are a reserved drop-in, where participants can book a spot from seven days ahead, right to class time, space-permitting.
The Continuous Access Pass is available for both individuals and families:
- Adults – $40 / monthly
- Adults 60+ and students 19+ – $30 / monthly
- Children and youth age 5 to 18 – $20 / monthly
- Family – $80
Learn more about the new Continuous Access Pass at saanich.ca/recreation