Looking for something active to do this summer in Lake Cowichan and area? There are a number of options for families to choose, from sports to education programs, are offered by Cowichan Lake Recreation. CLR offers some free programs as well as programs for a fee.
For low income families Cowichan Lake Recreation can help out with a Recreation Assistance Program that pays up to 75% of the program fee per person/per family. Call CLR to register for the assistance program.
Summer Day Camps in July and August for kids 5 – 12 provide a wide variety of fun and games for the kids. Camps are Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm. there are weekly themes so check with Cowichan Lake Recreation at 250-749-6742. Also offered for Day camps are before and after class child minding. If the parent is unable to drop off or pick up their children at the start or finish times.
Three different instructors will teach a variety of dance styles at Dance Camp for ages 6 – 12. It runs Monday to Friday, July 28 – August 1 for 5 sessions 8:30 am to 3:30pm.
A popular new program for the little ones, Wee’ Play and Learn is from 9am – 11am, it teaches safe and educational activities to children ages 3-4. Monday – Thursday Check for the daily or weekly drop-in prices.
Drop-in outdoor Co-Ed Volleyball for ages 16+ is on Thursday evenings from 6:45 – 8:45 at Saywell Park. Stop in and join a team, it’s free.
For something a little more relaxing try Yoga sessions with instructor Colleen Wizbicki. They are available at Stoker Park on Saturdays for ages 15+ until August 30.
Make sure your Children will be safe around water. Red Cross Swimming lessons are given at Arbutus Park in Youbou. One class has just started but you can still register for 9 lessons starting July 21 – 31, and two more sets of lessons in August.
Preschool lessons for babies 4 mo to 36 months require parental participation, Classes in getting wet to kicking and front swim lessons are available in the late afternoon.
Children from 3 – 5 have a variety of lessons for all levels of ability from floating to front or back swim and sitting dives.
Kids 5 – 12 years learn front and back swimming with a variety of swim strokes and standing dives.
For some indoor summer activities in the Arena check out the dry floor activities such as roller skating until July 18.. Skate Monday to Friday 11am to 1pm or join the free skate from 3:30 – 5:00pm on Mondays. Friday Night public skating goes from 630 – 7:50. Play Ball Hockey on Tuesday and Thursday 6 – 9pm.
Play Pickleball at the Youbou, Mesachie Lake, or Honeymoon Bay Halls Monday through Fridays at a variety of times.
Drop-in and League Bowling are available in Youbou Thursday to Saturdays in July and August . Pizza and Beer Nights Thursdays, Loonie night on Fridays, Family Bowling afternoons and Adult evenings on Saturdays would be a ball.
In August at the Arena there will be a number of Hockey Programs to help develop skills. Classes for 6 – 10 years and 11 to 14 years are offered by instructor Steve Lingren. Classes for Goalies are also offered or take a course in Powerskating.
Need to get back in shape for hockey season, Sunday’s in August have Drop in Hockey for all ages.
Having a party? Space can be rented for many party options for skating or curling. Bowling parties in Youbou are available or simply rent a large indoor space for a Hall party.
For more information about the Recreation Assistance Program for low income earners as well as other programs at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena call 250-749-6742.