Saanich Recreation drop-ins offer a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere that makes it an ideal place to try a new activity with family and friends.

Your Saanich Access Pass makes family fun and fitness THIS easy!

When it comes to helping families get active together, your Saanich Recreation Access Pass makes it easy … and fun!

Family swims and skates have long attracted families who like to get busy together, build physical literacy skills and burn off a little energy.

But many families may not be aware of some of the many other activities they can share at their local recreation centre, including a full array of drop-in sports activities.

Pickleball is the most-scheduled drop-in sport across the four Saanich centres and while there are many adult sessions for those 16 and older, a Sunday afternoon family session also gets kids in the game.

“It’s one of those newer sports and a lot of kids don’t know about it,” says Saanich programmer Ruth Smith.

The size of the paddle and court actually make pickleball a good introduction to racquet sports for children, boosting hand-eye co-ordination and an appreciation for fun activity.

“It’s an easy sport for kids to pick up so it can be a great choice for the whole family. If no one has tried it before, come learn together!”

Sunday is also the day families can try their hand at badminton, with a family and youth drop-in from 4 to 6 p.m. at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, while Monday offers a family and youth focus for table tennis, with a 6:30 p.m. drop-in, also at Cedar Hill.

“We really welcome players of all levels – it’s just a fun way to come and connect over a new activity.

Other activities for adults and older teens (16+) include the popular European sport of netball – like basketball, but without the dribbling, Smith explains –plus volleyball and basketball.

Welcoming atmosphere to try something new

The key to all the Saanich Recreation drop-ins is the welcoming, inclusive atmosphere that makes it an ideal place to try a new activity with family and friends, Smith says.

“It’s not as competitive – just come with a friend and have fun!”

More families with younger teens are also using their Access Pass to discover the weight room together, Smith says. While Saanich’s four weight rooms welcome all those age 16 and older, teens age 13 to 15 who have had their free weight room orientation are also welcome to come work out – simply sign up at the front desk.

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


Activities for adults and older teens include the popular European sport of netball, volleyball and basketball, in addition to pickleball and table tennis.

Pickleball is the most-scheduled drop-in sport across the four Saanich centres.

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