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Increased class sizes planned as Coquitlam looks ahead at fall recreation expansion

Step Four of B.C.'s COVID-19 restart plan begins after Labour Day, which is set to see a return to normal indoor and outdoor recreation activities.
Children participating in yoga. | File photo

Recreational options in the fall are set to expand in Coquitlam.

In anticipation of B.C. moving into Step Four of its COVID-19 restart plan after Labour Day this September, the city is looking to expand on its fitness programs for all ages by offering both in-person and virtual classes.

As a result, online registration is set to go live on Wednesday (July 28) at 8:30 a.m. via the city's website and will stay open 24/7.

"Since July 1, recreation patrons have had more freedom to move around City facilities and are no longer required to wear masks indoors – although masks continue to be recommended, particularly for those 12 years and older who have not had two doses of vaccine," says spokesperson Jennifer Keefe, noting all classes will meet health and safety protocols.

"Some program requirements, such as parent participation for children under six, may be changing in September so patrons are encouraged to read the program descriptions carefully and contact the recreation customer service line with any questions."

The final stage of the restart plan explains — under sport and exercise — that competitions and classes are set to return in following communicable disease prevention guidance.

Recreational programs included in Coquitlam's fall plan are as follows, with full details set to be made available on Monday (July 26):

  • Early years — gymnastics, Explore the World series, skating, try-it activities and sports
  • Children — arts, games, chess, badminton, hockey and try-it sports
  • Youth — badminton, barre fitness, hip hop, drama, crafts, virtual and in-person Home Alone training, skating and tennis
  • Outdoor recreation — in-person Baby and Me, backcountry navigation and beginner hikes, as well as virtual intermediate hike info sessions
  • Indoor fitness — Adult and baby yoga, barre and virtual fit 360
  • Adult — acrylics, drawing, badminton, belly dance, pickleball and ice skating

Additonally, Coquitlam is planning to subsidize its temporarily reduced summer drop-in fees in order to support residents looking to return to normal fitness activities, all done through its Community Support and Recovery Plan.

For more information and other registration options, you can visit the city of Coquitlam's website.


Coquitlam is set to switch back to in-person drop-ins on Aug. 9 for some recreation options that required pre-registration.

This includes:

  • Public swimming at all city pools 
  • Public skating at Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex (PSLC)
  • Weight room access at PSLC
    • Innovation Centre will remain pre-registered
  • Youth gymnasium court bookings

Drop-in programs that will still require booking in advance include Stick, Ring and Puck, group fitness classes, the Innovation Centre weight room and adult gymnasium courts.