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Spotlight: Accessibility is top of mind for this Thunder Bay multi-use sports complex

The Canada Games Complex is a family-friendly and accessible fitness facility offering various fitness and aquatic programs for all ages.The Canada Games Complex is a family-friendly and accessible fitness facility offering various fitness and aquatic programs for all ages.
Canada Games Complex pool

THUNDER BAY — The City of Thunder Bay’s Canada Games Complex is committed to providing family-friendly, accessible and inclusive recreation opportunities for everyone — regardless of age or physical ability.

Located at 420 Winnipeg Avenue, the facility was built in 1981 to host the aquatic events of the Canada Summer Games. The building features a 77-metre pool, swirl pool, 73-metre waterslide, a diving tower with three platforms, children’s pool, spa, saunas, multiple squash courts, weight and cardio rooms and much more.

The sports complex offers various activities in one building, says Kim Begin, Supervisor- Aquatics Wellness, Children and Youth for the City of Thunder Bay. She also highlights the facility is one of the most accessible sports facilities in the City.

“A program that we offer in our facility is Inclusion Services.  This supports individuals 1 on 1 or in small groups who require assistance to use the facility,” she says. “We serve a wide variety of the population so anyone from families to youth to seniors - we have something for everyone.”

The Complex also offers various Children and Youth programs including day camps, karate classes, and evening programming during the school year. The facility also offers childcare services to the public. “People can pay for drop-in or add onto a membership, it’s a great feature for parents,” Begin says.

If you are looking to book an event, the facility also offers birthday party packages.

Aside from offering various water programs and courses, the facility also features various fitness classes including yoga, kettlebell, and Zumba, TRX and spin.

Begin also adds the facility offers programs for chronic disease management classes on a referral basis, Begin explains. Some of the programs include exercise classes for individuals with chronic disease management, various heart conditions, stroke survivors, individuals with neurology conditions such as Parkinson’s, MS and brain injuries, and cancer patients.

And for anyone looking to gain experience as a lifeguard, the complex is always looking for lifeguards to join their team.

The Canada Games Complex is open daily from Monday to Thursday from 5:45 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 5:45 to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information on admission or membership costs, visit the City of Thunder Bay website .

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