Please fully review all Important Parent & Participation Information and program details before registering to ensure an informed and efficient enrollment process for all.

2020 Summer Services - Registration Opens Tuesday, June 23

We are pleased to offer a limited number of programs both online and in the beautiful outdoor settings of New Westminster. With plenty of opportunities to explore and create, we are committed to bringing fun, memorable and safe experiences to you all summer. New standards and protocols will be in place to help keep all participants safe.
 
Priority Registration
 
New Westminster residence will be given priority access to the summer service offerings. Please see the tab below (IMPORTANT PARENT & PARTICIPANT INFORMATION) for additional details.
 

A registration account is required for enrollment.
Visit newwestcity.ca/activeliving or call 604.526.4281 and our friendly staff will help you create an account for you and your family.

 Register online

Register by phone 604.526.42818:30 am - 4:00 pm, daily.

 

    • Discovery Day Camps

      For children aged 5 - 12 years

      What better way to experience summer than in the outdoors? Our experienced and dynamic camp leaders have plenty of exciting opportunities planned including urban forest exploration, outdoor play and art creation. Highlights include an artist-led activity organized by Art Services each week, water fun, and community exploration. Children must have attended Kindergarten prior to the summer.

      Maximum two weeks per registrant.

      Discovery Day Camp Parent Handbook (PDF)

      Participant Information Form
       (PDF)*
      Permission to Travel Form (PDF)*
      *Please print and complete to provide to camp leaders at the beginning of camp.

      Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Registration Fee: $215.00 / 5 classes, $172.00 / 4 classes*

      CAMP DATES 

      LOWER HUME PARK
      PICNIC SHELTER 

      QUEEN’S PARK
      PICNIC SHELTER 

      PORT ROYAL PARK
      PICNIC SHELTER

      July 6 - 10

      41623

      41633

      41656

      July 13 - 17

      41624

      41634

      41657

      July 20 - 24

      41625

      41635

      41658

      July 27 - 31

      41626

      41636

      41671

      August 4 - 7*

      41627

      41637

      41672

      August 10 - 14

      41628

      41640

      41673

      August 17 - 21

      41629

      41642

      41674

      August 24 - 28

      41630

      41643

      41675

      Aug 31 - Sep 4

      41631

      41645

      41654

       

    • Arts, Crafts & Dance Camps

      Hosted at the Queen's Park Bandshell

      Participant Information Form (PDF)*
      Permission to Travel Form (PDF)*
      *Please print and complete to provide to camp leaders at the beginning of camp.

      Young Voices Musical Theatre (5 - 7 years)
      Children will explore self-expression, creativity, social interaction and movement with an emphasis on playing and making instruments, musical games, and singing. Parents are invited for a final performance at the end of the week.
      Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
      July 27 - 31
      Registration Fee: $70.00 / 5 classes
      Course ID 41021

      Carving, Clay & Papier-Mâché Camp
      (5 - 11 years)
      Mix it up this by learning to carve Plaster of Paris foxes or owls! Design pottery lemonade pitchers, and maybe even a garden gnome sculpture. On the last day we will have a lemonade party; play games and share treats! Pottery projects are kiln fired and painted with dinnerware safe glazes. All materials included. Ineligible for subsidy.
      Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Course ID 41015
      Monday - Friday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm Course ID 41016
      August 17 - 21
      Registration Fee: $114.50 / 5 classes
       
      Art & Cartooning Camp (6 - 10 years)
      Get creative learning the basics of cartooning including drawing expressions, the comic strip and developing characters. All supplies included.
      Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
      July 20 - 24
      Registration Fee: $110.00 / 5 classes
      Course ID 41011
       
      Dance & Art Camp (6 - 12 years)
      Explore dance through art, games and movement. Dance steps will be taught by a qualified instructor in Ballet, Jazz, Scottish, Tap and Hip Hop. Parents are invited to watch the last half hour on the final day.
      Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
      August 10 - 14
      Registration Fee: $133.00 / 5 classes
      Course ID 41018
       
      DIY Crafting Camp (6 - 12 years)
      Do It Yourself! Amazing wood, floral, jewelry, recyclable and eco-art projects will be created. Activities will encourage children to be innovative and creative while having lots of fun!
      Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
      August 24 - 28
      Registration Fee: $70.00 / 5 classes
      Course ID 41002
    • Summer Fitness

      Join us outside for your next workout
      Core Stretch (14+ years)
      Movement warm-up then equal parts core/balance work and full body stretching.
      Monday, 9:30 - 10:30 am
      Jul 13 - 27 Course ID 43502
      Registration Fee: $15.00 / 3 classes
      Aug 10 - 17 Course ID 43507
      Aug 24 - 31 Course ID 43515
      Registration Fee: $10.00 / 2 classes

      Friday, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
      Jul 17 - 31 Course ID 43505
      Aug 7 - 21 Course ID 43513
      Aug 28 - Sep 11 Course ID 43517
      Registration Fee: $15.00 / 3 classes
       
      Power Yoga (14+ years)
      Poses in flowing sequences that are both challenging and promote body, mind, and breathe awareness.
      Wednesday, 9:30 - 10:30 am
      Jul 15 - 29 Course ID 43504
      Aug 5 - 19 Course ID 43512
      Aug 26 - Sep 9 Course ID 43516
      Registration Fee: $15.00 / 3 classes
       
      H.I.I.T. (High Intensity Interval Training) (14+ years)
      A focused and challenging workout!
      Saturday, 9:30 - 10:30 am
      Jul 18 - Aug 1 Course ID 43506
      Aug 8 - 22 Course ID 43514
      Aug 29 - Sep 12 Course ID 43518
      Registration Fee: $15.00 / 3 classes
       
      Yoga (14+ years)
      Poses encourage balance, strength, flexibility, relaxation and a mind-body connection.
      Wednesday, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
      July 15 - Aug 5  Course ID 43549
      Aug 12 - Sept 2 Course ID 43550
      Registration Fee: $20.00 / 4 classes

       

    • Youth Services in the Summer

      Summer fun for youth in the parks. FREE!
      For details contact:
      Silisha Ali - New Westminster Youth Services Program Coordinator
      T: 604.515.3775
      E:
      Instagram: @newwestyouth
       
      YS in the Park (11 - 18 years)
      Drop by and say hi to Youth Services at Moody Park this summer. DJs will playing music, there will be sports equipment for use, fun art activities, and of course great chats! If you are looking for support we'll have resources available to help with health and wellness. 
      Moody Park (map)
      Wednesday, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
      Friday, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

      July & August

       
      Youth Services Around Town
      We'll be walking around New Westminster engaging with youth, checking in, and connecting young people to resources. Connect with us on Instagram @newwestyouth for locations and times. If you see us around, say hey –we have candy bags!
      Tuesday & Thursday

      July & August

       
      Arts Council New West Art in the Park Summer Series (13 - 18 Years)
      Drop by these free outdoor art workshops for teens! Workshops are drop-in, no formal registration is required. All skill-levels are welcome! Youth Services will be around to join in the fun. See you there!
      2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
      July 13 - 17
      August 10 - 14
      Monday, Tuesday: New West Skate Park @ Queen’s Park (map)
      Wednesday & Friday: Moody Park (outside New West Youth Centre) (map) 
       
    • Swimming at Moody Park Outdoor Pool

      Registration opens July 9, pool opens July 15!

      Moody Park Outdoor Pool will open July 15. All pool visits including leisure and lane swimming as well as Aquafit and Aqua Zumba classes will now require pre-registration.

      Visit the summer swimming for details on new safety, measures, registration and FAQ: newwestcity.ca/summer-swimming

      Hume Park Outdoor Pool and Canada Games Pool will remain closed for summer 2020.

       

    • Fitness Classes

      Work at your own pace and on your own schedule

      Try our virtual fitness class videos to keep fit and stay active. Classes are prerecorded and available on Youtube enabling you to work at your own pace and on your own schedule.

      Some of the classes available so far:

      • Beginners Yoga
      • Hi Lo Workout
      • Stretching & Flexibility
      • Cycling - 5 Fitness Zones
      • Interval Training

      ℹ️ Visit newwestcity.ca/fit-friday

       

    • Museums & Archives

      Travel through time from the comfort of your modern home

      New Westminster Museum and Heritage Services

      ℹ️ View Summer Cultural Programming Guide

      Throughout summer 2020 the New Westminster Museums and Archives will be updating our programming with new virtual opportunities as they are developed. These include presentations, downloadable resources, facilitated conversations and archival reference services.
      ℹ️ For updates visit nwmuseumandarchives.ca

      Archival Services
      While our archives are closed to regular visitation, we are still doing our best to respond to inquiries to both our civic and community collections.
      ℹ️ Email your historical inquiries and reproduction request to

      Pop-Up Museum Online
      Download fun heritage crafts, activities, and games inspired by Irving House, the Samson V, and neighbourhood parks. To explore, play, and learn from the comfort of your own home.

      ℹ️ Get the free downloads: nwmuseumandarchives.ca

      Virtual Victorian Book Club
      Every two months, discuss literature and culture as you sip tea and video chat with the club from home. We read literary works by the Brontes, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, H. G. Wells, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, Mark Twain and others.
      ℹ️ For upcoming dates and reads email us:

      Mobile Museum (Grades K - 5)
      Full of visuals and activities inspired by artefacts, this downloadable resource kit compliments the school curriculum by guiding you through some of our teaching collection. Discover local history through artefacts, ask important questions to think about how life compares today, and have fun experimenting with some of the history yourself!
      ℹ️ Download the free resource kit: nwmuseumandarchives.ca

      First Peoples of the Northwest Coast (Grades 4 - 8)
      This interactive program will educate students through resources made available by local Indigenous people and the museum. See artefacts from our collection and learn about their history through groups with important knowledge and interest in the place now known as New Westminster. Engage with language and knowledge of the area, try traditional foods, create and visit Coast Salish art and design, and listen to stories that help us to think about changes brought on by colonization.
      ℹ️ Get the full details: nwmuseumandarchives.ca

      Virtual Story Gathering (18+ years)
      People from a broad base of different backgrounds are invited to come together and share their experiences of the pandemic through a recorded Zoom-based interview. Participants will listen to stories, then tell their own story, in this process of collective reflection and building community in isolation.
      Monday, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
      June 22
      Tuesday, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
      July 28 & August 25
      ℹ️ Register by email:

      Curator Talk: The History of Plants in New Westminster (16+ years)
      Part of a series of three online evening talks, this short talk will be followed by a question and answer period. Many people during this period of social isolation have taken up gardening and walks around their neighbourhoods. This talk will prepare audience members with more information on New Westminster’s plant life and this aspect of our city’s human heritage.
      Thursday, 6:00 - 6:45 pm
      June 25, July 30 & August 27
      ℹ️ Register by email:

       

    • New Media Gallery

      Online programs, artist talks, and tech help

      ℹ️ View Summer Cultural Programming Guide

      Live Tech Aid
      Receive live assistance for your technical needs from New Media Gallery program coordinator, Chris Jung. He will provide technical help to individuals or groups with art projects, general inquiries about computers and technology or provide support for your innovative ideas. Students, artists, makers and curious people are all invited to learn and explore technology through the NMG Learning Lab. 30-minute sessions by appointment, made by reservation with 24 hours’ notice.
      ℹ️ Register here for free

      Time Lapse: Living Light (8 - 13 years)
      Learn to create engaging time lapse videos using light and recycled material. Students will use smartphones and tablets while learning animation and the physics of light. A mixture of video tutorials and live sessions will help young creators find the resources they need for fun art projects.
      Thursday, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
      September 3 & 10
      ℹ️ Register here for free

      Summer Camp: Remote Garden (8 - 13 years)
      Discover how to combine art and gardening. A new creative challenge will be presented each week to teach students how to grow and care for plants and how to infuse art and creativity every step of the way. A combination of video tutorials and live sessions will help guide students along the way. Thursday, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
      July 9 - August 20
      Summer Camp Kit - $30.00 (optional)
      7 sessions 
      ℹ️ Register here for free

      Virtual Curator Talks
      A monthly series of virtual, behind-the-scene talks reflecting on our exhibitions and some of the 140 international artists and 25 exhibitions curated by NMG Curators in the last six years.
      For more information:
      ℹ️ Register here for free

      Virtual Artist Talks
      Curators and international artists discuss and explore what motivates artists while working in isolation. Artists will touch on past work, their artistic practice and provide insights into areas that might be considered peripheral to their central artistic practice.
      For more information:
      ℹ️ Register here for free

      Virtual University, College, K-12 Sessionals
      Talks and student discussions for Universities, Colleges and Schools on a range of subjects related to our exhibitions, and to Arts & Technology. Choose from a list of subjects.
      For more information:
      ℹ️ Register here for free

       

    • Self-Guided Outdoor Discovery

      Explore New Westminster with guided walks, links and tips

      Now is the time to appreciate all your home-town has to offer. Discover New Westminster’s hidden gems, learn about our ever-growing tree canopy and try your hand at nature art projects. With added tips and links posted throughout the summer, you’ll explore our city with a whole new perspective.

      Outdoor Self-Guided Activities

      Throughout the summer new ideas to encourage exploration in the wonderful parks and landscapes throughout the City will be posted to this page. Try one or try them all!

      July 8: Walking Tour - Queen's Park

      July 1: Canada Day Virtual Celebration
      Celebrate community and national pride using the inspiration, activities, and tools we provide to make this experience like no other.
      newwestcity.ca/canadaday

      June 29: Nature Knowledge Part 1 - Trees

      June 22: Walking Tour – Port Royal, Queensborough

       

    • Summer Art Club

      Weekly video series packed with creative adventure. For children aged 7 - 12
      Join us for a summer video series that will have your kids printing, drawing, painting and all-around creating from the comfort of home. Activities are loosely planned around a purchasable art-making kit, jam-packed with fantastic materials but you can use supplies that you have at home too! Relaxed material exploration and outdoor adventures will guide the lesson plans.
      ℹ️ For details visit Art Services or email  
      Tuesday, 10:00 am
      July 28, August 4, 11, 18, 25, September 1
      Art-making Kit: $40.00 (optional, not eligible for subsidy)
      15 kits will be available for purchase at Anvil Centre.
    • Sales

      Due to COVID-19 and the closure of recreation facilities, we are only able to sell programs and services in two ways:

      a)  Online Sales all online sales will require an account and payment (as applicable) using a credit card or EFT transaction; or

      b)  Phone: sales can be completed through staff from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, daily, by calling 604.526.4281. All phone sales will require a client account and credit card payment (as applicable) or an EFT payment if this information is available on your client account.

      Sales Limitations

      To help ensure your safety and to help reduce the potential transmission of COVID-19, the Province of BC requires us to ensure physical distancing. This will mean less people can participate in our summer services and spaces. Unfortunately this required service reduction has resulted in new registration restrictions to help accommodate residents and the highest number individuals. Restrictions include:

      Day Camps: an individual can only register for two one-week discovery day camp sessions (i.e. two-weeks maximum).

      Moody Park Outdoor Pool: Drop-in swims will require reservations via the sales process and be limited to approximately one week ahead. More information will be available in July.

      Residency: New Westminster’s residents will receive the ability to register prior to non-residents. 

      • June 23 - residents may register
      • June 29 - both residents and non-residents may register
      • July 6 - if there are still unsold discovery day camps, registration sales will be opened to everyone and you will be able to purchase as many day camps as available and desired.

       

    • Participants must agree to and follow all staff direction, posted signage, registration requirements, criteria in the registration confirmation. In addition, Parks and Recreation is required to create a Healthy Participation Policy as well as a COVID-19 Safety Plan and Policy to guide Parks and Recreation services and safety requirements. Please understand that each source of information is designed to meet Provincial Health Officer requirements, as well as numerous other regulatory authorities requirements, all in support of your safety. As COVID-19 evolves, so will the requirements and safety needs.

      Healthy Participation Policy(PDF)

      Covid-19 Outdoor Services Safety Plan & Policy

      Common COVID-19 measures to reduce the potential of contracting or spreading this virus include:


    • COVID-19 has led to a number of Provincial requirements and department policies to help ensure your safety when participating in Parks and Recreations services, spaces and/or registered programs. In order to participate in structured free or paid services (i.e. a free drop-in swim at Moody Park Outdoor Pool or a paid registered day camp program) you will need to agree to COVID-19 policies, risk consent and screening needs during the sales process and when participating.

      CONSENT

      With the following understandings, and in order to participate in New Westminster Parks and Recreation Services, I accept on behalf of myself or my dependents, the following;

      1. By participating in New Westminster Parks and Recreation programs, services and/or visiting your indoor or outdoor spaces, I am at risk of contracting Covid-19, in spite of any precautions taken by me or by New Westminster Parks and Recreation;

      2. Covid-19 is a highly infectious disease and is easily transmitted between people who may or may not show signs of illness; and

      3. Covid-19 can infect people of all ages, regardless of health status, and is potentially fatal.

      DAILY SCREENING REQUIREMENT

      For your safety and the safety of others, all participants in Parks and Recreation services, programs or spaces must be healthy. To help ensure this, as part of the registration process and daily checks on applicable services, you will be asked:

      1. Do you have any of the following symptoms: fever, chills, shortness of breath, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, loss of smell, headache, muscle aches, fatigue or loss of appetite?

      2. Are you or anyone you are living with either sick or quarantined?

      Any person answering yes (on behalf of themselves or a dependent) will not be able to participate and will be required to stay at home. In addition, if any person is exhibiting signs of illness, they will be required to leave any Parks and Recreation service or space. In either case, a refund (as applicable) will be granted. Exclusion: services involving digital participation.

       

    • Financial Assistance Program

      We are pleased to offer a new streamlined subsidy program
      The Parks and Recreation Financial Assistance Program is designed to support eligible residents participate in year-round active living. Eligible residents are entitled to a 50% fee discount on eligible memberships and registered programs. In the fall, Parks and Recreation will offer a number of free and low cost ($2 admission) drop-in opportunities in swimming, skating, sports and more. Visit the Drop-In Schedule web page for details on what and when. 
       

      ELIGIBLE SERVICE

      DETAIL

      Active 10 Visit & Active 30 Day memberships

      A client is limited to one membership and must fully use it before another can be purchased

      Registered Programs

      Registered programs are eligible unless they involve a third party operator; the fee is already subsidized; it is a private or semi-private lessons; and/or involves transportation costs.

      $2 Admissions

      Parks and Recreation will offer about 20 drop-in services per week with a reduced $2.00 admission fee to encourage participation and promote a ‘Try It’ experience for swimming, skating, fitness, sports, etc. The discounted $2.00 admission services are subject to change seasonally and are available to all customers, of any age, without restriction.

       
        
      How do I apply?
       
      There are two ways to apply and prove eligibility for Financial Assistance: 
       
      1. Have a social service agency complete the Financial Assistance Referral Letter and bring it, with proof of New Westminster residency, to a Recreation Facility customer service staff member during office hours. The Referral Letter can also be emailed to  and we will then contact you about your application and process.
       
      2. Bring proof that household income is below $50,000 (using one of the two document options listed below) and proof of New Westminster residency to a Recreation Facility customer service staff member during office hours. 
      i. Canada Revenue Agency Tax Assessment (dated within the past 12 months) or
      ii. Federal Government Child Benefit Notice (dated within the past 12 months)
       
      How does the Financial Assistance Program Work?
       
      Once approved, staff will create a Parks and Recreation account for you and other eligible household family members. Each family member will be provide 1,000 credits that can immediately be used to reduce the fee by up to 50% on eligible purchases through staff or through your online account. The credits have a one-year expiry, are non-transferable and have no cash value. After your credits expire, you can reapply using the application process.
       

      Access and Inclusion Policy and Financial Assistance Program(PDF)

      Financial Assistance Referral Letter(PDF)

    • COVID-19 has totally changed how Parks and Recreation is allowed to operate and we are currently doing everything differently. We have done our best to ensure that our information is accurate and complete, but if we got it wrong in any of our print or online materials, the information or fee provided by our customer service representatives will be deemed accurate.