REC REPORT: Aquatic centre set to re-open on Oct. 2

After an extended closure, the Grand Forks Aquatic Centre will be open for business again in about two weeks.

It’s been an exceptionally hot August and September and Grand Forks Recreation (GFREC) knows you have missed the crystal clear waters of the aquatic centre to cool off, to lap swim, to take part in Aquafit and to just have fun in.

Likewise, you have missed the hot tub to relax in, the sauna to take a snooze in and the fitness room to burn some calories in.

The wait is almost over.  The aquatic centre will re-open in just over a week – Sunday, Oct. 2, with a loonie/toonie swim for the whole family from 1 to 6 p.m. And beginning Monday, Oct. 3, all regular fall programming will begin.


The mornings at the pool are jam packed with group fitness opportunities.

On Monday, Wednesday and Fridays there is Early Bird Circuit in the fitness room from 6 to 7 a.m., followed by Advanced Aquafit from 9 to 10 a.m. and Moderate Aquafit from 10:15 to 11 a.m.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, join Moderate Circuit in the fitness room from 9 to 10 a.m. and jump in the water for Moderate Aquafit from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m.


Back by popular demand this fall is Mild Aquafit on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The mild class is designed for individuals with arthritis or those recovering from injury. You will gain strength and joint mobility through the low impact and gentle movement.  All the morning fitness classes are drop-in and no registration is required.


If your schedule is conducive to an evening workout, then you will want to register for Circuit Shape Up or Aquafit to the Max.

Circuit Shape Up will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the fitness room from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 11.

The program is instructor-led, providing aerobic and strength exercises in an interval format. Pre-registration is required by Oct. 4.

Aquafit to the Max is an intense instructor-led program, utilizing specialized equipment in shallow and deep water taking place on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. beginning Oct. 17. Pre-registration is required by Oct. 9.

Both Circuit Shape up and Aquafit to the Max are registered programs, requiring a minimum number of participants to run.


Early registration is necessary to get these activities off the ground.

The recreation office is taking registration for all fall programming now. The office is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Come in and register in person or register by phone using a credit card at 250-442-2202.

For additional fall programming information check out our monthly brochure at or come by the office and pick up a copy.