Active Lifestyle

The benefits of an active lifestyle include greater physical strength, improved flexibility, healthier lungs and a stronger heart.  

Activity should be defined in broad terms: it is not necessary to go to a gym and lift weights in order to get daily exercise.  Many older people enjoy getting involved in an activity such as skating, bike riding or swimming which they may not have done since they were children.  Walking short distances can be an excellent form of exercise, and in our moderate climate we can walk almost every day of the year.

Even after injuries or illness, simple strength and stretching exercises can be done from a sitting or standing position.  Contact a local recreation or seniors’ centre for information about activity programs suited to people in recovery from illness or injury.  Some centres also offer special programs for those recovering from an acute illness, such as a heart health class. 

Visit a doctor and consult with a VIHA Case Manager or other healthcare professionals before starting any new physical activity program.

Recreation & Fitness Centres 

Most recreation centres offer seniors’ discounts and special programs for those with limited mobility.  In addition, senior’s activity centres all offer recreation programs designed with older participants in mind.  Programs are available online or in print from the centres.

In addition to public recreation centres, there are many not-for-profit social groups who offer a physically active component to their programs.  These groups are discussed in the Social Activity section, but they also offer the benefits of physical activity. Examples include lawn bowling, walking or horseshoes clubs.

See below for a list of recreation and fitness centres in the Capital Regional District.

Colwood, Langford, Metchosin, Highlands, View Royal

Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre
1767 Island Highway
Victoria BC V9B 1J1
250-478-8384

Esquimalt:

Esquimalt Recreation Centre and Pool
1229 Esquimalt Rd
Esquimalt BC,  V9A 3P1
250-414-7100
Archie Browning Sports Centre 
1151 Esquimalt Road
Esquimalt  BC V9A 3N6
250-412-8510

Gulf Islands:

Salt Spring Island Parks & Recreation
145 Vesuvius Bay Road
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 1K3
250-537-4448

Oak Bay:

Oak Bay Recreation Centre
1975 Bee Street 
Victoria BC, V8R 5E6
250-595-7946
Henderson Centre
2291 Cedar Hill X Road
Victoria BC, V8P 5H9
250-370-7200

Curves Oak Bay
2545 Musgrave Street
Oak Bay, BC, V8R 5Y3
250-598-2311
Note: Woman's gym

District of Saanich:

Cedar Hill Recreation Centre
3220 Cedar Hill Rd
Victoria BC, V8P 3Y3
250-475-7121
E.R. Pearkes Recreation Centre
3100 Tillicum Rd
Victoria BC, V9A 6T2
250-475-5400

Gordon Head Recreation Centre
4100 Lambrick Way
Victoria BC, V8N 5R3
250-475-7100
24 Hour Info Line: 250-475-5577

Saanich Commonwealth Place 
4636 Elk Lake Drive
Victoria BC, V8Z 5M1
250-475-7600   
24 Hour Info Line: 250-475-7620

Saanich Peninsula:

Panorama Recreation Centre
1885 Forest Park Drive
North Saanich BC,  V8L 4A3
250-656-7271

Sooke, Metchosin:

SEAPARC Leisure Complex
2168 Phillips Road
PO Box 421
Sooke, BC V9Z 1H4
250-642-8000

Victoria City:

Crystal Pool & Fitness Centre
2275 Quadra Street
Victoria, BC V8T 4C4
250-361-0732
YMYWCA - Downtown
851 Broughton Street
Victoria BC V8W 1E5
250-386-7511

Seniors Activity Centres

A perfect choice for seniors who like to stay active, social, and want to meet other people in the same stage of life. These centres offer a variety of programs which focus on maintaining an active lifestyle while accommodating older adults with physical limitations. For example, Beacon’s SHOAL Centre in Sidney offers classes such as chair yoga, table tennis and chair fit. Many activities centres facilitate social gatherings such as monthly coffees, crafts classes, or card game lessons.  Seniors’ activity centres are often attached to a residential facility, but still offer drop-in programs or membership-based activities for residents and non-residents alike.  

See below for a list of seniors’ activity centres.

 

Central Saanich Senior Citizens Centre
1229 Clarke Road
Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1E2
250-652-4611

Cook Street Village Activity Centre
380 Cook Street
Victoria, B.C.  V8V 3X7
250-384-6542
James Bay New Horizons Society
234 Menzies Street,
Victoria BC  V8V 2G7
Reception: 250-386-3035
Juan de Fuca 55 Plus Activity Centre
1767 Island Hwy 
Victoria, BC V9B 1J1
250-474-8618
Monterey Centre
1442 Monterey Avenue,
Victoria BC, V8S 4W1
250-370-7300

Silver Threads
1728 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC V8W 2G7
250-388-4268

286 Hampton Rd
Victoria, BC, V8Z 1H1
250-382-3151

SHOAL Centre
10030 Resthaven Drive,
Sidney, BC  V8L 3G4
250-656-5537

Sooke Seniors' Drop-in Centre
2255 Otter Point Road
Sooke, BC V0S 1N0
250-642-6898