Know before you go: swimming

Non-medical masks required

As part of Strathcona County’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, non-medical masks (face coverings) will be required for people (10 years of age and older) entering all County-owned buildings (including recreation centres) and transit, effective August 4, 2020.

Updates and notices

To visit a recreation centre, you must have a pre-booked activity time slot, group booking, or program registration. Learn more including new procedures in place and what to expect when you arrive.

  • Emerald Hills Leisure Centre Pre-book activity time slots - now open
    • To book your kids pool activity time slot, phone 780-464-2112. You can book your time slot a maximum of 7 days in advance. 

    • All other activity time slots can booked over the phone or using Recreation Online 5 days in advance.

  • Kinsmen Leisure Centre - Pre-book activity time slots for lap swimming
    • Recreational swimming coming early October
  • Millennium Place aquatic centre - targeted re-opening mid January (currently under construction)
  • Whirlpool, sauna, and steam rooms - closed until further notice

To visit a recreation centre you must pre-book and prepay for your activity time slot. To book your activity time slot, you must have a Recreation Online account or call 780-467-2211.

  • Timeslots range from 60 to 90 minutes depending on the activity.
    • Recreational swimming - 90 minutes, 60 people maximum
    • Kids pool only - 90 minutes, 10 people maximum
    • Lap swimming - 60 minutes, 6 people maximum
    • Walking lanes - 60 minutes, 4 people maximum 
    • Fitness classes - more information to come

Activity time slots and pricing options

    • Activity time slots are currently available for:
      • Wellness centres - Millennium Place, Ardrossan Recreation Complex and Glen Allan Recreation Complex
      • Indoor tracks - Millennium Place and Ardrossan Recreation Complex
      • Racquet courts - Glen Allan Recreation Complex (regular court fees apply)
      • Swimming / aquatic activities - Emerald Hills Leisure Centre 
        • Recreational swimming
        • Lap swimming 
        • Aquatic walking lanes
        • Kids pool only - must be booked by calling 780-464-2112.
    • Registered programs (ex. fitness classes and activities for kids) are also available but not included in the activity time slot passes or bookings. You can register for a single class or a 6 week session (fitness).  Programs are available at:
      • Millennium Place
      • Ardrossan Recreation Complex
      • Glen Allan Recreation Complex
      • Emerald Hills Leisure Centre
      • Emerald Hills Sports Pavilion
      • Strathcona Wilderness Centre and more outdoor locations (Play in the Park, kids activities)
    • Pre-book and pre-pay for your activity time slot with Recreation Online or by calling the recreation centre you wish to visit.
    • Time slots range from 60 minutes to 90 minutes depending on the activity.
    • You can cancel your activity time slot before it begins and receive a credit on your account by calling the recreation centre.
    • You can only visit the area you have registered for (ex. if you booked for the wellness centre, you can not visit the gymnasium).
    • Each individual attending the facility with you must have a pre-booked time slot as well. 
    • You can come to the facility at any time during your time slot, but you must leave at the end of it, regardless of what time you arrived. (Ex. If you book 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. you must leave by 10:30 a.m. even if you arrive at 9:45 a.m.)
    • After each time slot, staff will sanitize equipment and clean the area for the next group. 
    • Use of the gymnasium, indoor fields, or dry surface spaces is not included in activity time slots. These spaces must be booked by calling 780-416-7252 or by emailing
  • You can purchase an single activity time slot, buy a package of 10, or get a one month pass. All passes are non-transferrable.

    Single visits

    • Tots under 2 - Free
    • Child (2-12 years) – $4.00
    • Youth (13-17 years) – $5.50
    • Adult (18-64 years) – $$7
    • Senior (65+ years) – $5.50
    • Free for children under 2 years old

    10-visit packages

    10-visit activity time slot packages can be purchased with a 10% discount. This package can only be used for the ​facility and activity it was purchased for and is available at For additional packages for family members, please call a recreation centre starting July 15.

    • Tots under 2 - Free
    • Child (2-12 years) – $36.00
    • Youth (13-17 years) – $49.50
    • Adult (18-64 years) – $63.00
    • Senior (65+ years) – $49.50
    • Free for children under 2 years old

    One month pass – now available

    An interim one-month pass (valid for 30-days) will be offered at the Millennium Card price. This is a simplified version of the card that does not include the additional family pricing when added to an adult/senior membership.

    • Tots under 2 - Free
    • Child (2-12 years) – $23.25
    • Youth (13-17 years) – $39.25
    • Adult (18-64 years) – $49.00
    • Senior (65+ years) – $39.25

    To purchase this pass, please phone:

    • Millennium Place at 780-416-3300
    • Glen Allan Recreation Complex at 780-467-4404
    • Ardrossan Recreation Complex at 780-400-2084

    You will be asked to provide credit card information to make your purchase. This pass is valid at any recreation facility. Once purchased, this pass can be used when making your online timed activity booking using

    Millennium Cards - on hold

    To support the changes in service levels, Millennium Cards that were put on hold until September 15 will continue to remain on hold with no payments being taken until further notice.


  • Stay home if sick, wash or sanitize your hands often and well, and follow all Alberta Health Services guidelines for physical distancing.

  • Guests may arrive a maximum of 10 minutes before their pre-booked activity time and must leave immediately after their time slot. 

  • Guests will be encouraged to come dressed to participate. 

  • Changerooms are available, guests must have a cleansing shower from head to toe as per the Alberta Pool Standards prior to entering the pool. Wallet lockers will be available. Alternating lockers in the changerooms will be available to encourage physical distancing. 

  • Upon exiting the scheduled swim time, guests may use the showers to rinse, however extended cleansing and grooming will be discouraged to allow for disinfection of changerooms prior to the next booking time. 

  • Whirlpools, saunas and steamroom are not available for use.

  • Select pool equipment will be available for use during all swim times. All equipment used will be disinfected between groups. 

Dates and details may be subject to change.


Last updated: Tuesday, September 08, 2020
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