On November 24, 2022, Council approved the 2023 Budget. Several service level modifications and fee adjustments were made to recreation and culture services to help address the County’s revenue shortfall, align with changes in community demand, and bring operating costs in line with regional partners. 

Recreation and culture facility operating hours

Operating hours in all indoor recreation facilities were changed effective January 1, 2023. Adjusted hours were carefully chosen after reviewing trends in facility visits to reduce the overall impact on residents, and align operating hours with facilities in neighbouring communities. 

For details on specific facility hours and availability in 2023, please refer to the online drop-in schedule or each recreation facility’s webpage.

Changes to hours of operation

Facility Operating hour adjustment

5:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. weekdays
(opens 1/2 hr later, closes 1/2 hr earlier)
6 a.m. - 9 p.m. weekends
(opens 1 hr later, closes 2 hrs earlier)

5:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. weekdays
(closes 1 hr earlier)
6 a.m. - 9 p.m. weekends
(opens 1/2 hr later, closes 2 hrs earlier)

Adjustments to weekday operating hours. Refer to our online drop-in schedule for the latest facility schedules.
Open from mid-May to mid-August (for bookings only)
Effective March 1, 2023
Box office hours reduced on weekdays and weekends.

Changes to statutory holidays operation

Facility Statutory holiday adjustment

Open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. on all stat holidays except for: 

  • New Year’s December 31, January 1 
    (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) 
  • Christmas December 24, 26
    (10 a.m. – 5 p.m. )
  • Christmas Day closed 

Closed on New Year's Day, Canada Day, Heritage Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Modified hours (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) 
Good Friday/Easter Monday, Victoria Day, Labour Day, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Thanksgiving, Remembrance Day, New Year's Eve

Family Day (9 a.m. – 8 p.m.) 

Closed on all statutory holidays except Family Day as follows:
  • Glen Allan Recreation Complex
    (9 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
  • Emerald Hills Leisure Centre and Kinsmen Leisure Centre
    (8 a.m. - 7 pm.)
Facilities will remain open for seasonal allocated bookings and Kinsmen Leisure Centre will be open on Canada Day (hours will be activity-based)
Closed on most statutory holidays, except during the winter season for cross-country skiing including New Year's Day, Family Day, Christmas Eve and Boxing Day
Closed on all statutory holidays. Facilities will remain open for seasonal allocated bookings.

Facility admission fees and memberships

Effective January 1, 2023 

Increased fees for certain registered programs. Please refer to Strathcona County fees and charges for a comprehensive breakdown of fees. 

Effective April 1, 2023 

Increased fees for facility admissions and Active Pass monthly memberships. Please refer to strathcona.ca/facilityadmission for updated fees.

Community events

Council approved an approach to lower costs by scaling back the scope of our annual New Year’s Eve celebration rather than cancelling the event.  

New Year's Eve Festival 

New Year’s Eve Festival (December 31, 2023) at Broadmoor Lake Park will be reduced to a community fireworks display and family-friendly performance.

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Last updated: Wednesday, March 27, 2024
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