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!
Vanderhoof Aquatic Centre
The brand new Vanderhoof Aquatic Centre is slated to open January 26, 2019. This exciting new facility will feature a 6-lane 25m lap pool, (equipped with a climbing wall), 30 person hot tub, sauna and 1500sq ft leisure pool filled with water features and a lazy river. The facility will also include 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 will be operated by the YMCA of Northern BC.
Stay tuned – Swim programs to be announced in the coming months! Visit www.vanderhoofpool.ca and/or http://nbc.ymca.ca/health-fitness/vanderhoof-aquatic-centre/ for up to date information.
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 Hilary Irvine – HilaryIrvine@district.vanderhoof.ca
Free Skating Schedule
|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
Enjoy over 10 kms of groomed and ungroomed, lit and unlit cross-country ski trails. The clubhouse is home to the Nechako Nordics Ski Club. Full trail map and membership information can be found at https://nechakonordics.weebly.com/.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.