G.R. Pearkes Recreation Centre

Located on Tillicum road in Victoria, the Pearkes Recreation Centre offers a wide range of activities for people of all ages and abilities. It has a friendly, all inclusive atmosphere that makes it fun to stay in shape and stay active. The Centre offers:

  • Fitness programs for all levels
  • Youth centre
  • Skating
  • Community programs
  • Facility rentals

Pearkes Recreation has made it easy to fit regular fitness classes into anyone’s hectic schedule by offering Drop-In Fitness classes. Schedules vary depending on whether you are interested in their summer schedule or their fall schedule.  If you are just getting into working out or have been away from it for a while, each class has a ‘heart’ rating to let you know which class is best for you. The designations are:

  • One ♥ denotes classes that are for everyone from beginner to advanced
  • Two ♥ ♥ are for those who wish to increase their intensity, improve on their technique, and work on their form.
  • Three ♥ ♥ ♥ for those individuals who are active on a regular basis. Classes work on advanced techniques and intensity levels


With Vancouver Island’s moderate climate, we don’t get a lot of opportunities for ice-skating. Pearkes Recreation offers both drop-in skating as well as family, group, and private skating lessons. The drop-in skating program times vary depending on the time of year.

  • August 2 to August 28
  • August 29 to September 4
  • September 6 to December 18

Some of the drop-in skating times do require participants to reserve a spot which you can do by calling the Centre at: 250.475.5400. Payment options include cash, debit or credit card, or you can also choose an access pass that is right for your personal schedule. The beauty of accesses passes is that they can be used at 13 different centres throughout the region. This makes it very easy and convenient to stay active for those who travel either for work or pleasure and they can be used for other programs; not just skating.


Pearkes Recreation Centre also offers a great weight room giving you yet another way to stay fit. For those who are new to weights, it’s a good idea to book an orientation session during one of their supervised hours. For more information, give them a call at: 250.475.5400.


The amenities and equipment in the weight room are quite extensive and include:


  • Stretch area
  • Air conditioning
  • Free parking
  • Friendly, qualified staff
  • 5 Treadmills
  • 5 Elliptical trainers
  • 2 Up-right bikes
  • 2 Rowers
  • 2 Steppers, and more

Pearkes Recreation Centre also offers a number of rental spaces including event rooms, sport courts, and the Fieldhouse which has a 3,200 person capacity. From open concept, gym-style spaces to trade shows and board rooms; whatever event you may be planning, Pearkes will have a space that is perfect for you. You can view a full description of all rooms available for rent along with pictures and specifications for each one.

Their operating hours also make it easy to stay active even with the hectic schedules that most of us have. Their hours are:

  • Monday to Friday – 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday – 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • They are closed on the July 1st, August 1st, and September 5th statutory holidays.

The Centre is also fully accessible to washrooms, change rooms, ice rinks, field house; the weight room which offers adapted equipment and there is an elevator to the second floor. Pearkes Recreation Centre truly is for the community to come together to attend events, socialize, and stay active in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. The teen activity centre is a great spot for the younger generation to meet up and enjoy all kinds of activities together.