The Community Services Department is excited to share with you upcoming activities, special events and courses that will be offered throughout August 2015

Looking for more to do? Check out the FSJ Community Calendar as well as the Sunsational Summer Scoop for more events around the city.

Get Active at the Pomeroy Sport Center 


Camp Caboodle


Date(s): August 17 - 21 OR August 24 - 28
Time: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Location: Pomeroy Sport Centre (Upstairs Meeting Room)
Cost: $200/Week
Registration: At the Visitor Centre/Pomeroy Sport Centre or North Peace Leisure Pool
Ages: 5 - 8 (must have completed kindergarten)

Looking for a way to keep your little one entertained this summer? Camp Caboodle is a week long day camp filled with many activities. From swimming, bouncy castles, group games, crafts, skating, and more - coming to Camp Caboodle will make this a special summer for your child. Participants must have completed kindergarten in order to register.


Camp Kinetic


Date(s)August 17 - 21 OR August 24 - 28
Time: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Location: Pomeroy Sport Centre (Downstairs Meeting Room)
Cost: $200/week
Registration: At the Visitor Centre/Pomeroy Sport Centre or North Peace Leisure Pool
Ages: 9 - 12


Get moving this Summer at Camp Kinetic. This camp is for children and youth who want a jam packed summer. This week long day camp will be filled with swimming, group games, park visits, theme days, pitch time, and more. Camp Kinetic is the ultimate Summer experience.


MEND - Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do it!


MEND is a 10 week, family based, program designed to help children and their families get fit and healthy together. The 2 hour sessions include an education component and an activity component. The program facilitates safe, effective and long-lasting changes by improving children's physical activity levels, nutrition and self-esteem.


During the program families learn all aspects of nutrition including how to make healthier food choices, learn how to read food labels, understand fats and sugars, the difference between unrefined and refined foods and how to prepare a healthy balanced meal.  Above all, the families learn how to have fun together.


Tumble Time


Date(s): Mondays & Thursdays in August
Time: Mondays from 9:00am - 12:00 pm & Thursdays from 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Kids Arena Field House - Pitch
Cost: $5 per child (adults free)
Registration: Drop in (pay cash on site)
Ages: Families (all children must be supervised by adult)


Bring your family to the Kids Arena Field House for some Active Play. Crawl through tunnels, play with sports gear, and jump on the bouncy castles. Tumble Time has something for everyone. Don't forget your indoor shoes and water bottle. This is a CASH only program.


One Stop Registration


On Stop Registration takes place September 12 at the Totem Mall. Registration for organizations to book a table are now open and can be purchased at the Pomeroy Sport Center or the North Peace Leisure Pool for $15. For more information, contact the Pomeroy Sport Center at 250-785-4592.


Peace Region Poker Run


The Peace Region Community to Community Poker Run is a unique recreational event located in the Peace Region organized for motorcycle enthusiasts, and planned for an enjoyable day of riding with friends. Throughout the day riders will be stopping in at the Visitor Centres throughout the region, enjoying snacks, swapping road stories and competing for the best poker hand.


Riders from Fort St. John will ride in a clockwise direction, visiting Chetwynd, Hudson's Hope, Taylor, Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge.


There will be prizes for the top three highest hands, as well as one for the top female hand. The winning poker hand also receives 50% of all registration. The other 50% will be donated to the local Fort St. John Women's Resource Society, on the rider's behalf. 

Registration is now open! Early bird registration of $25 until August 6th and then registration will be $30.


Play in the Park


Time: 9:30am - 11:30am
Aug 4: Kin Park- 93 Street to 96A street to East Bypass
Aug 6: Mathews Park -92A Street - 87 Avenue
Aug 11: Neat Community Gardens -Between 102 Ave and 100 Ave, east of 96th Street behind the Church of the Resurrection
Aug 13: Carrier Park- 95 Ave & 82 Street
Aug 18: Panorama Ridge- 114 Ave & 88 Street
Aug 20: WI Centennial- 110 ave & 106 Street
Aug 25: Concord Park- 91 Street and 113 A Avenue
Aug 27 Centennial Park-  100 St, parking available at NPLP
Cost: Free
Registration: Drop in
Ages: Recommended 2-10 years, but all ages welcome.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Ready to get outside and enjoy Summer? Come to our Play in the Park sessions on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Each session takes place at a different local community park. Parents - bring your kids to play, socialize, and get active. This is also a great opportunity for you to meet other moms and dads. Our staff will be on site with games, gear, and fun activities for kids. This program is free and parental supervision is required.


Public Ice Skating


Date: August 22
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Pomeroy Sport Centre - Oval
Cost: Drop in rates

Date: August 29
Time: 5:00 - 7:00pm
Location: Pomeroy Sport Centre - Oval
Cost: Drop in rates

Ready to beat the heat? Brush the dust off your skates and come do some laps on the oval. Regular drop in fees apply. Helmets are recommended for all participants.



Y.A.C. - Youth Advisory Council


Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Aug 5: Movie Night at the Lido Theatre (*$5 cash only charge, includes: admission, a drink and a popcorn)
Aug 12: Lawn Games at Centennial Park (Free)
Aug 19: Ball Hockey and Soccer at Kin Park Rink and Bert Ambrose Field (Free)
Aug 26: Summer Wrap-up at the Kids Arena Fieldhouse (Free)
Registration: Drop in (pay on site, cash only)
Ages: 12 - 18


Youth Advisory Council (YAC) teen nights are designed by teens - for teens. These activities will occur every Wednesday night for 8 weeks over the summer. From activities like bowling and basketball - to more chill times like movies and pizza nights, YAC nights are a great way to make friends and make some memories. YAC night events will be facilitated by a program leader. These are drop in programs so cash is required. Check back for details in June!


Youth between the ages of 12 and 18 can join fun activities. Questions? Contact Danielle Armstrong at darmstrong@fortstjohn.ca or call 250-787-5791.


Make a Splash at the Pool

The North Peace Leisure Pool and Rotary Spray Park - Closed Until Further Notice

On Saturday July 18th a major fire occurred in the North Peace Gymnastics Club facility that caused smoke and water damage throughout the North Peace Leisure Pool and North Peace Arena facility. As a result of the fire the North Peace Leisure Pool and the Rotary Spray Park remain closed until further notice. An investigation by the Fort St. John Fire Department has concluded that the cause of the fire is undetermined due to the extreme heat and fire damage that occurred in the area of origin. "There was no evidence present of any criminal activity within the area of origin, so at this time the fire is not suspicious," says Dan Golob, Captain, Training Officer, Fort St. John Fire Department. Restoration of the pool area will begin on Monday July 27th 2015. The contractor will deliver a detailed work plan and an estimation of a date for the pool to reopen. First priority will be given to the restoration and reopening of the pool, then the contractor will begin to remediate the smoke and water damage in the rest  of the complex. The Rotary Spray Park's electrical systems are located in an area of the building that was damaged by the fire. Please monitor the City of Fort St. John's webpage and Facebook page for updates and information.
Pool Closure


The pool will be closed on Sunday, August 30th until Monday, September 28th for annual shut down and maintenance. For more information about this or any of the events listed below, call 250-787-8178.


Home Alone Course


Date: August 11

Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Cost: $39.05 + tax


This program is designed to provide children 9 to 11 years of age with the necessary skills and knowledge to be safe and responsible when home alone for short periods of time. It will help them understand how to prevent problems, handle real-life situations, and keep them safe and constructively occupied. The program focuses on group discussions, problem solving, role-playing, and instructor-led demonstrations. The Student Reference Book is designed to allow the program participants to actively participate in class assignments. It provides a review of the program material, as well as additional information that will be of value to the students.
Upon the completion of this program, each child will to able to:

  • Establish a daily routine
  • Manage their time more efficiently
  • Identify what responsibilities they have while being home alone
  • Demonstrate what to do in case of an emergency and how and when to call 911
  • Understand the basics of first aid procedures

Lifesaving Instructor Recertification


Date: August 22

Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Cost: $103.15 + tax


Lifesaving Instructors play an important role in providing high quality training and are viewed as aquatic experts in the community. The Lifesaving Instructor Recert (LSIR) provides updated information to BC & Yukon Branch LSIs to allow them to continue to provide quality programs in support of the Lifesaving Society mission to prevent injury or death in, on or near the water.

Prerequisites: Must provide proof of current LSI certification on first day of class. Failure to do so will result in you not being able to attend the class and no refund will be given.

IMPORTANT: Please being all required original award cards, picture ID, water bottle, snack, note taking material, appropriate swim wear, towels, on deck shoes, etc.


National Lifeguard Course


Date: August 19 - 21 & August 26 - 28

Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Cost: $428.57 + tax


The National Lifeguard - Pool certification is designed to develop the fundamental values, judgment, knowledge, skills and fitness required by lifeguards. The NLS course emphasizes the life guarding skills, principles and practices, and the decision-making processes which will assist the lifeguard to provide effective safety supervision in swimming pool environments.



  • Proof of Standard First Aid with CPR-C or Aquatic Emergency Care
  • Bronze Cross
  • 16 years of age

Please note: Emergency First Aid and Occupational First Aid Level 1 are NOT equivalent to Standard First Aid. Occupational First Aid Level 2 & 3 meet the Standard First Aid pre-requisite.


It is strongly recommended the SFA/CPR-C be current in order to be successful in the National Lifeguard program as first aid will not be re-taught within the course.


IMPORTANT: Admittance to this course will be denied if prerequisites are not met. Please arrive to class 30 minutes early with your original (no photocopies) certification documentation and government issued ID.


Standard First Aid Course


Date: August 17 & 18

Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Cost: $224.04


Participants will use hands-on training and practice to learn the first aid skills necessary to respond with confidence in an emergency. This comprehensive Standard First Aid course covers all the information in the emergency first aid program and more! This class provides participants with the training they need to deal with:

  • Patient assessment
  • Heart Attack and Angina
  • How to use the AED
  • Stroke and TIA
  • Major Bleeding
  • Shock
  • Minor Tissue Injuries and Burns
  • Respiratory Emergencies: asthma, aspiration, hyperventilation and anaphylaxis
  • Head and spinal injuries, facial injuries, bone and joint injuries, heat and cold
  • related illness, diabetic emergencies, poisoning, seizures and more.

IMPORTANT: Come to class 30 minutes early to check in. Students must bring note taking materials, water bottle, sturdy shoes, snack/lunch.