The Canlan Ice Sports Burnaby 8 Rinks are a massive sports-entertainment complex boasting six NHL-sized rinks and one dedicated figure-skating rink. Slip on a pair of sharp rental skates and take a spin on the elite ice that has hosted the 2008 World Broomball Championships, the 2009 World Police Fire Games, the Level 6 mini-boss, and a number of other frosty tests of sporting skill. The complex also contains a full-service restaurant, the Thirsty Penguin Grillhouse, whose menu includes scrumptious post-rink snacks such as nine flavours of juicy wings ($8.99) and eight varieties of hearty burgers ($7.99–$9.99). Bring along up to four friends for an icy book-club meeting or space out your five rentals over several visits.
Hockey Performance Centre develops the next generation of hockey stars using advanced training methods and decades of experience from former NHL players and veteran coaches. The facility relies primarily on the Benicky System, a training approach concocted by Dusan Benicky that zeroes in on individual skills and fundamentals. Having worked with dozens of the best NHL and international players, Benicky perfected his program by applying it within two environments: the gym and the skatemill. Players learn how to skate with power and shoot while in full stride.
Equipment: LifeFitness, Hammer Strength, Cybex, Technogym, Hoist, Power Plate
Students should bring: fitness apparel, water bottle, towel
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Class location: Indoors only
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Pay-to-park parking garage
When Vancouver won the opportunity to host the 2010 Winter Games, the city of Richmond decided to build a venue that would be of lasting benefit to the community: the Richmond Olympic Oval. What was once the home of long-track speed skating has since been transformed into a 20,000-square-foot fitness complex, housing a state-of-the-art gym, two ice rinks, volleyball courts, basketball courts, indoor soccer fields, running tracks, climbing walls, batting cages, an indoor rowing pool, and more. Staff members organize activities using each aspect of the venue, ranging from sport leagues to fun fitness challenges. Members gain access to the facility and its programs as whole, allowing them to work out on their own or experience the gym's amenities as part of a group fitness class.
Fitting such a variety things under one roof?and doing so elegantly?is no small feat. But here, a beautiful arching roof literally covers the entire facility. "The Richmond Olympic Oval has won over 50 awards for building design and innovation, including the Institution of Structural Engineers' 2009 Structural Award for Sports or Leisure [Structures]," according to the facility's program manager. The competition for that particular accolade was pretty fierce, since it also included Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium and Water Cube aquatics centre, as well as a 50-foot-tall statue of Joseph Pilates whose core keeps getting more defined.
The staff at National Hockey Training Centre takes the official national winter sport seriously. Not only do they lead group programs throughout the year for both children and adults, but they also offer one-on-one ice training. During these 30-minute sessions, coaches help individuals meet specific goals, such as competing on a regional team or mastering the backwards skate in order to gracefully exit an escalating argument with a Zamboni driver.
Award-winning Recreation Oak Bay exercises minds and bodies with classes and camps at numerous locations. The facilities all foster a safe, welcoming environment where community members can come together and splash into the pool during children’s or adults’ swim lessons, work out in fitness studios, stretch in sync during yoga classes, or swing through the nine-hole Henderson Park Golf Course. Recreation Oak Bay also keeps children safe from the video-game-proffering witches that lurk in most public parks with a variety of kids' sports programs, including skating and hockey, soccer, and tennis.
A community recreation centre, City Centre Park keeps grown-up kids and actual kids on the move with its lineup of interactive facilities. Among those facilities sits Westshore Family Fun Park, which boasts amusement for all ages including a play-zone, a mini golf course, and a black-lit balladium. In addition to its year-round revelry, City Centre Park offers seasonal activities, too: during summer months, visitors may splash around at the water park, and during winter, they can skate across the frozen pond.