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SD43 students in Grade 5 can skate, swim for free

Grade 5 students in the Tri-Cities can get free entry to civic recreation hubs with the Get Active! card, while Grade 6 students have 12 free passes with the Stay Active! card.

Grade 5 students in School District 43 (SD43) can skate, swim and have fun in Tri-Cities civic recreation centres for free during their academic year.

And Grade 6 students can also drop in a dozen times — at no charge — at local rec hubs.

The Get Active! and Stay Active! passes that launched this month are courtesy of the cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody with the aim to get youth participating in physical activities at indoor pools, rinks and gyms.

Valid until Sept. 2, 2024, the annual cards are also available for students in independent and private schools, as well as Tri-Cities students being homeschooled.

To get a card, parents or caregivers must provide the following information at a rec complex:

  • verification letter from a school confirming enrolment in SD43 (letters are handed out in September by school administrators)
  • birth certificate or care card that shows the age of the youth
  • utility or phone bill with your address on it to prove your residency (driver's licences and PO boxes don’t qualify)

Students must be present to take a photo for the card.

If the Grade 5 card is lost or damaged, a replacement can be bought for $5; however, Grade 6 cards can’t be replaced.

The Get Active! or Stay Active! cards must be shown to the cashier for admission. Students without their cards will be required to pay the regular entry fee.

And if the card is used by anyone other than the registered cardholder, the city has the right to withdraw the card from the owner.

The participating recreation centres are:


  • Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (pool and arena)
  • Pinetree Community Centre
  • City Centre Aquatics Complex

Port Coquitlam

  • Hyde Creek Recreation Complex
  • Port Coquitlam Community Centre

Port Moody

  • Port Moody Social Recreation Centre