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Integris Community Centre

No matter your age or ability, there are numerous ways to get involved and stay active within our community. The Integris Community Centre opened in March of 2017, and is home to the YMCA, Nechako Community Arts Council, and all things recreation! There are five community spaces available for rent and countless community, recreational, and educational classes happening at the ICC year-round. The YMCA of Northern BC is contracted by the District of Vanderhoof to provide recreational programs in the community; visit their website to learn more about their services!

186 Columbia St W
Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0
Samantha Pratt, Manager Community Services

Vanderhoof YMCA

Vanderhoof Aquatic Centre

The brand new Vanderhoof Aquatic Centre opened on January 26, 2019. This exciting new facility features a 6-lane 25m lap pool, climbing wall, 30-person hot tub, sauna, and 1500sqft leisure pool filled with water features and a lazy river. The facility also includes small viewing areas in the lobby and on the pool deck, ramp access to all three pools, and conveniently located men’s, women’s, and universal change rooms. The facility is operated by the YMCA of Northern BC. Visit the YMCA’s website below to find out more.

390 Columbia St E
Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0
Heather Crozier, Aquatic Centre Manager

Vanderhoof YMCA

Vanderhoof Arena

The Vanderhoof Arena is open from September to March (dates vary) and consists of a regulation-size ice rink, heated viewing area, changerooms, concession, and mezzanine. Skates and helmets are provided for free during public skating times. The arena is home to the Nechako Valley Figure Skating Club, Vanderhoof Clippers Speed Skating club, Vanderhoof Bears Minor Hockey Club, and many other adult hockey recreation leagues. The dry floor is available for rental during the summer.

340 Columbia St E
Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0

To make a booking, please contact Heidi Goncalves

Free Skating Schedule

Public Skating Tuesday
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Drop-in Hockey Friday 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Parent & Tot Skate Friday 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Youth Skate Saturday 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Family Skating Sunday 4:15pm – 5:15pm

The arena is closed on all statutory holidays.

Trails & Parks

Heritage Nature Trail

This well-groomed, wide, moderate elevation, 1.25km loop gravel trail runs through the Vanderhoof Community Museum site and along Stoney Creek, up the far valley wall of the Nechako River, then returning back to the museum. Along the way visitors will enjoy a look-out spot onto Stoney Creek, wildflowers, mixed deciduous and conifer forest as well as viewing and hearing birds and other wildlife. This trail is appropriate for families and is wheelchair accessible.

Stoney Creek Nature Trail

This well-groomed, wide, 775m (one-way) gravel trail follows Stoney Creek to the confluence of the Nechako River. Along the trail, learn about the areas long history as important traditional land of Saik’uz First Nation, the historic railroad tracks and area flora and fauna through points of interest signage. Both sections of this trail have been dedicated to long-time residents of Vanderhoof – Don Schwartz and George Smith. This trail is good for families and is wheelchair accessible.

Riverside Nature Trail

This easy, 1.35km (one way) gravel trail runs along the beautiful Nechako River from the Migratory Bird Sanctuary observation tower in Riverside Park to the WL McLeod wetland downstream, and the Vanderhoof Community Garden. Along the way visitors will enjoy stopping at look-outs along the river, meandering through a forest, and viewing and hearing birds and other wildlife. This trail is appropriate for families and is wheelchair accessible.

WL McLeod Wetland Trail

The WL McLeod Wetland is a naturally low-lying area that used to be a side channel of the Nechako River. Over the past 40 years this area has transformed into a wetland. Wetland plants, invertebrates and birds use this urban wetland as their home. Walk the 300m trail to the ground level platform to get a close-up look of the plants, bugs and soil of this wetland. Continue to connect with the Riverside Nature Trail to loop back.

Riverside Park

Home of the Migratory Bird Sanctuary, walking and biking path, covered picnic area, playground, outdoor fitness equipment, outdoor volleyball games, observation tower, along with an RV and tent campground, Riverside Park is a destination in itself.

Ferland Spray Park

Kids and adults alike enjoy cooling off and having fun at the spray park. Complete with a playground, picnic tables, washrooms, and plenty of shade, this park is a great place to spend time with the family over the summer months. The park is also home to numerous summertime community events and sporting opportunities from Farmer’s Markets and Church in the Park, to community barbeques.

Vanderhoof Skateboard Park

This new facility opened in August of 2019 and is located at 466 Stewart St, right across from the arena an aquatic centre. The 7300sqft park is open for skateboarding, biking, and rollerblading and has various features to accommodate all skill levels.

Cross-Country Ski Trails

At the Nechako Nordics Ski Club, enjoy over 10 kms of groomed and ungroomed, lit and unlit cross-country ski trails operated by the Nechako Valley Sporting Association. Full trail map and membership information can be found at on their website.

Tracks are also often set around the loop at Riverside Park, and outside of town at the Waterlily Lakes trails.

Rip’n the North Bike Park

No matter the season, this multi-disciplinary park has something for the beginner to the advanced rider. The park incorporates 10 kilometers of flow, jump and technical trails, along with featuring a technical boardwalk square, pump track and 24ft wallride. It is located on 7th Street, off of Kenny Dam Road. A full trail map can be found on trailforks.com.

Portable Stage & Washrooms

The District’s stage and washrooms are available for rent for events within the municipality. Please click below for the application form.

Stage Request Form

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