Pool season may be over for us two-legged folks, but those with fur are (mostly) still up for a splash!

The Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre is about to shut down their pool for annual maintenance – but not before inviting area dogs over for a swim.

Dogs of all sizes, aged 4 months and older, are invited to partake on November 10th, and two separate time slots have been arranged.

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Between 7:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., small and medium sized dogs are asked to jump in, while large and medium sized dogs can make a bigger splash between 8:15 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Only one dog per handler is permitted, and admission is by donation at the door.

While humans can’t join their canine companions in the water, lifeguards will be on duty to ensure everything goes smoothly, and you can bring a life jacket for your pet if you’re unsure of their swimming abilities.

All dogs are required to be neutered or spayed, and must be fully vaccinated. They must also be well socialized, as dangerous, aggressive, or unruly dogs will be asked to leave right away.

Humans will not be allowed to swim after the dogs have had their chance, until after West Shore Parks and Recreation has fully closed, drained, cleaned, and maintained the pool.

Space is limited, so all pet owners must register in advance either online or by calling 250-478-8384.

Dog Swim

  • When: Sunday, November 10th
    7:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
    8:15 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Where: Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre, 1767 Island Hwy
  • Admission: By donation at the door.
    Click here or call 250-478-8384 to register.



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