Kids In Vancouver: 3 Ways To Celebrate The UBC Aquatic Centre’s Grand Opening

UBC Aquatic Centre Lap Pool | Photo: UBC

Today Vancouver welcomes a new month with the opening of a brand new space that is sure to encourage visitors to “just keep swimming”. Since 1978, the UBC Aquatic Centre has been a popular facility, fostering swimmers of all skill sets – from the first timers, to the leisurely lap poolers, to those training for the Olympics, and after almost 40 years, the aquatic hub has undergone a major facelift.

UBC will be celebrating the grand opening of the new aquatic centre with a weekend full of special events and family fun. Here are 3 reasons why now is the time to get your feet wet and join in on the fun festivities.

The new leisure pool featuring a lazy river | Photo: UBC

1) Tour the world-class facility.

Before the updates, the old UBC Aquatic Centre felt dark and drab, with its wood-panelled ceilings and dark tile flooring. Now, the new facility features a clean, modern, and classy look with white ceilings, walls and tiles that brighten up the space while letting in more natural light. Featuring 3 pools, a 34-person hot tub, a lazy river, a steam room, and a sauna, the new design has replaced the old-school space with the space to be for swimmers of all levels.

The recreational pool | Photo: UBC

The new on-campus community space also brings fully-accessible features to the forefront with the addition of a universal change room, a wheelchair accessible lift into the hot tub, and 3 separate tanks that can operate at different temperatures to accommodate a wider range of programming options.

The newly-added universal change room | Photo: UBC

2) Enjoy the family-friendly festivities.

To celebrate the grand opening of the new space, UBC will be hosting a range of family-friendly activities featuring fun, food and giveaways, including the debut of the Wibit inflatable obstacle course, and a swim-up movie night where kids can splash and play while watching Finding Nemo from the 50-metre pool.


The recreational pool | Photo: UBC

3) Swim and save with discounted rates.

The UBC Aquatic Centre will be offering discounted drop-in rates throughout the duration of opening weekend, including a Toonie Swim on Friday, March 3rd and Saturday, March 4th, and a $5 admission fee for the Public Swim on Sunday, March 5th.

The new entrance | Photo: UBC

Head to the new UBC Aquatic Centre and see why this modern facility is making waves in the community. The pool officially opens on March 1st, and the events run through the weekend until March 5th.

UBC Aquatic Centre Grand Opening Event
6080 Student Union Blvd
Phone: 604-822-6000

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