To help stave off cabin fever, the Regional District has some new ways for McBride area residents to keep active indoors at the Robson Valley Recreation Centre as work on the ice-making equipment continues.

With the ice surface off for the season as the chiller and other equipment are updated, the arena is set up to host a variety of other indoor recreational activities. The floor is available for residents to play team sports like volleyball, pickleball, badminton and tennis. New in-line skates are on order and a selection of rentals in men’s, women’s and youth’s sizes should be available shortly.

Residents can also enjoy family-friendly games like bowling and mini putt billiards. A driving cage is available, but golfers need to bring along their own golf clubs and golf balls. The Regional District has a new fleet of radio-controlled airplanes and helicopters to try out and residents can also bring their own radio-controlled vehicles to drive around the arena floor.

The Robson Valley Recreation Centre’s existing convert-a-court continues to be available. This moving wall system can be set up for residents to play a game of squash, racquetball, wallyball or basketball.

You can call the Robson Valley Recreation Centre at 250-569-3360 to book a time in advance. Drop-ins may be accommodated but cannot be guaranteed. The facility also has new operating hours starting January 20 and will be open Monday to Friday from 6 am to 9 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 9 pm.

COVID safety protocols are in place at the Robson Valley Recreation Centre for the safety of all users and staff in accordance with the Province of BC’s Public Health Orders. Face masks are required in all areas of the facility by anyone aged five and older, and those 12 and older must be vaccinated.