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Facilities, Hours & Policies 


Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) 

The Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) is the new home of the University of Victoria Vikes. This world-class facility opened in May 2015 and boasts over 190,000 sq. ft. of floor space. CARSA includes a 2,100-seat performance gym, a huge multipurpose fieldhouse, a two-level fitness weight training area, a Peninsula Co-op Climbing Centre, dance space, dedicated TRX and spin classrooms, yoga studios, squash and racquetball courts, a rowing ergometer centre, a sports injury clinic and a snack bar/refreshment facilities. It is also home of CanAssist, which develops technologies, programs and services that help people with disabilities improve their quality of life.

McKinnon Building & Gym

The McKinnon Building and Gym were the former home of the UVic Vikes athletic department offices and Vikes basketball teams. It houses the UVic Sports Hall of Fame inductees from 2002-2015, an indoor pool, and a 2,500-seat triple gymnasium. The basketball court itself was named “Ken and Kathy Shields Court” in 2002, honouring UVic’s legendary basketball coaches. McKinnon hosted the 1993 U SPORTS women’s basketball national championships, a 1999 Vancouver Grizzlies NBA intra-squad game, and continually ranked near the top of attendance totals in the Canada West conference. The 25-metre indoor pool is one of the training venues for the Vikes swimming team. As of May 2015, the UVic Athletics and Recreation department moved offices, the varsity team rooms and athletic therapy clinics and Vikes basketball competition to CARSA

Centennial Stadium

The 5,000 seat Centennial Stadium is Victoria’s main attraction for hosting high-profile sporting events. The stadium hosted the 1994 Commonwealth Games and has since hosted other major events including the 2000 BC Summer Games, the 2000 and 2004 Canadian Track and Field Olympic Trials, the 2003 FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Cup Tournament and
the annual International Track Classic. The Vikes have also hosted several U SPORTS Soccer Championships, most recently the men’s in 2011 and the women’s in 2012.

Building Hours

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Vikes Athletics & Recreation Offices (CARSA)

Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm

CARSA Building Hours (For information contact: 250-472-4000)
  2019 Fall Hours 
  (Aug. 31 - Dec. 21, 2019) 
  2020 Winter Hours 
  (Jan. 2 - Apr. 26, 2020) 
  Monday to Friday    6:00 a.m. - 11 p.m.   6:00 a.m. - 11 p.m.
  Saturday & Sunday    7:00 a.m. - 9 p.m.   7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  Holidays*    7 a.m. - 9 p.m.   7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Note: Varsity Fitness Weight Centre is open to all patrons Monday to Friday (11:30am-1:30pm and 4:00-8:00pm)

*Holidays: Sep.2, Oct.14, Nov.11, Feb.17, Apr.10&13


Code of Conduct

UVic is committed to fostering a welcoming environment – one that is equitable, diverse and inclusive. By entering the Fitness Weight Centre I agree to abide by the Code of Conduct:

  1. Appropriate clothing will be worn in accordance with the posted dress code
  2. Equipment must not be removed from the Fitness Weight Centre.
  3. Backpacks must be placed and secured in lockers.
  4. Video recording, picture taking and phone calls are not permitted.
  5. Unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated, including foul and abusive language, personal or sexual harassment, physical violence or threats of physical violence, or willfully damaging property and/or equipment.
  6. The Fitness Weight Centre is shared space – please be respectful and aware of your impact on others.
  7. Wipe down equipment after use and return equipment to where it belongs.
  8. Report injuries, damage to equipment or other concerns promptly to the Strength Trainer.
  9. Allow others to work through when performing multiple sets of any equipment.

 Failure to comply with the Code of Conduct could result in suspension or permanent loss of membership privileges.

General Policies

A membership is required for use of the Athletics and Recreation facilities. For membership information please visit the CARSA Membership Services counter or call 250-472-4000.

Valid Identification
Vikes Athletics and Recreation exists to provide services to students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members. All participants must provide a valid membership ONE card to use the facilities. In the event the card is forgotten a $3.00 fee will be charged to verify your membership. Members will be required to provide their name and/or membership number. Membership cards are not transferable and misuse of a membership card to gain facility access is considered fraud. Misused identification cards will be confiscated.

Class Registration
Classes are open to all Vikes Athletics and Recreation members. Space permitting, members of the general public are eligible to register in classes. Community participants will be charged the non-member fee. Alumni, community, student, staff, and faculty members must have current membership status at the time of class registration or the non-member fee will apply.

Refund Policy
There are no refunds for any memberships, courses or programs unless they are cancelled by Vikes Athletics and Recreation. Consideration will be given to those registrants providing signed doctor’s certificates or academic certificates indicating timetable changes. A $10 administration fee will be charged for all approved refunds. All refund requests must be received within  30 days of date of purchase. A $25 fee will be charged for NSF cheques. Credits on account are valid for 1 year from date of application. Please note there is a separate policy for Intramural refund requests. For questions or concerns please contact the CARSA Membership Services counter or call 250-472-4000.

Community Use & Guest Passes
Programs, classes, fitness weight centre and racquet sport courts in CARSA are not just for the students, staff and faculty of the University of Victoria. Community members are encouraged to purchase memberships to have access to the variety of options that CARSA has to offer. A one-day guest pass may also be purchased from the front desk at CARSA or the McKinnon Building as well as long-term membership access to fitness classes or the CARSA Fitness Weight Centre. Visitors must be 16 years of age or older to purchase a guest pass and must have picture identification. Non-members under 16 may purchase a day pass but must be accompanied and supervised by an adult member (18 years of age or older) to utilize the facility.

Locker Service Policy
For member convenience, lockers are available for rent annually, by 8-month term, 4-month term, or by purchase of daily tokens.  Rented lockers expire at closing on the last day of the rental term (either April 30, August 31 or December 31).  Prior to expiry please remove your contents or renew your locker at the CARSA Membership Services counter.  All expired lockers will be emptied and contents held at the CARSA Equipment Desk for a minimum of 2 weeks prior to collection by Campus Security. Vikes Athletics and Recreation is not responsible for any items left in lockers.

Towel Service Policy
Towel rental services are available at both CARSA and the McKinnon Building for 1 term, 2 terms or a year. Members with towel service privileges will need to swipe their card to show they have towel service. The policy is one towel out and one towel in. A towel may be retained for one day for $3.50. A penalty will be applied for an unreturned towel. 

Age Policy
A parent or legal guardian must accompany all participants under the age of 14 at all times while using the facilities. Members must have their own individual card and may use specific facilities in a responsible manner. Children under the age of 14 are limited to a ratio of 4 minors to one adult unless they are in a scheduled program activity. For safety reasons children under the age of 14 are not permitted in the CARSA Fitness Weight Centre or the McKinnon Exercise Room. Children 14 and 15 years are permitted to use the CARSA Fitness Weight Centre and the McKinnon Exercise Room after completing a FWC Orientation course that they can sign up for at the CARSA Membership Services counter ($20 fee). Unless specified, children must be 16 years of age or older to participate in instructional, intramural or informal recreation activities and must have signed parental consent for the activity.

Proper Workout Attire
In an effort to prevent unnecessary wear and tear on equipment and machines, all participants are asked to wear clean, athletic clothing while working out or participating in activities. Athletic shoes with non-marking soles are required in all activity areas. Open toed shoes, sandals, and shoes with metal buckles are not allowed. Shoes with metal cleats may not be worn in the field house, on any UVic playing fields, or in any of the CARSA studios or courts. Shirts or appropriate tank tops must be worn in all activity areas. For safety reasons hats and jewelry should not be worn during any activity. Participants not wearing clothing properly or clothing found offensive by others will be required to adjust as needed.

Food, Beverage and Tobacco
Food is only allowed in the designated entrance area of CARSA. Beverages in plastic containers with resealable caps are permitted in changerooms and activity areas. No glass or metal containers are permitted in the centre. All facilities operated by Athletics and Recreation are alcohol and tobacco free. Smoking material and smokeless tobacco are not permitted in any facility. Individuals who appear to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs or who are creating harmful situations will be asked to leave. Campus Security will be called to assist with individuals who do not cooperate. 

Damaged & Lost Equipment
Participants are able to check out various pieces of recreational equipment at both facilities free of charge with valid membership identification. Participants are responsible for any equipment checked out as confirmed in CLASS. The cost of equipment that is lost or damaged will be charged to the person who checked out the equipment.

Bicycles, Skateboards and Inline Skates
Bicycles and skateboards are not allowed in the Athletics and Recreation facilities. Inline skates are permitted during designated Informal Recreation and Intramural times in the CARSA fieldhouse only.

Assumption of Risk
Participation in recreational and fitness activities is completely voluntary whether participating in or spectating at any event or activity. Each individual assumes the risk for any harm or injury sustained. Neither the University of Victoria nor Vikes Recreation can assume any responsibilities for injuries incurred through participation in recreational facilities or activities. It is strongly advised that participants use caution and be aware of potential health risks associated with exercise. Should an accident, injury, or related incident occur, please contact the recreation centre staff immediately.

Accident/Injury Policy
Keeping participants safe is the first priority for Vikes Recreation staff. In the event of an emergency, participants are required to report all accidents, incidents or injuries to the nearest Vikes Recreation staff member so proper care can be provided. If an ambulance is necessary, the staff will follow emergency procedures. Employees may not transport an injured participant. In any injury situation, the injured person (if possible) and any witnesses will be asked questions for an incident report.

Cell Phones
For the privacy, safety and security of our participants, cell phone use is not permitted in change rooms and activity spaces.

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