Ashcroft offers a wide variety of recreation opportunities. Although there are many other recreation opportunies available within Ashcroft and the surrounding area, below is a list of recreation facilities owned by the Village of Ashcroft. Please click on the item below you would like to know more about:
Ashcroft Pool Park ; Heritage Palce Park ; Legacy Park ; Skateboard Park ; Drylands Arena ; Curling ; Community Hall
Ashcroft Pool Park
As Ashcroft is located in the northernmost part of a desert belt that extends south to Mexico, we have high summer temperatures, making the Ashcroft Pool and parks very popular places. The pool opens May 20, 2017 and runs through to the September long weekend and is closed statutory holidays. The pool complex, in addition to the regular pool, includes a hot tub and a children's wading pool.
Throughout the summer months the staff at the pool offers many fun-filled theme swims and swimming lessons in addition to times set aside for family and adult swims. The pool can also be rented out for private parties. The Ashcroft Pool is an excellent way to cool down during the hot days of summer. In addition to regular swimming lessons and pool activities the Ashcroft Pool has a Junior Lifeguard Program available for ages 9-15.
Besides the pool complex this park is equipped with a kids playground, soccer fields, a volleyball area and two regulation sized softball diamonds. This park is a beehive of activity during the many tournaments held throughout the spring and summer months. Many teams from the surrounding areas come to the park to take part in these tournaments and enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool. The pool is located at 561 Elm Street.
Take a walk through time in this picturesque park located at the south end of downtown Ashcroft. Amongst its many gardens and pathways, Heritage Place Park (also referred to as Millennium Park) features an array of different displays: historical markers and plaques unique to the history of Ashcroft, from an authentic soddy house, to an operating waterwheel to a refurbished railway caboose outfitted with an antique newspaper printing press. There is an area of the park that shows our connection to the mining industry with a large haul truck that was used at the original Bethlehem Copper Mine. The north end of this park highlights our relationship with our sister city, Bifuka, Hokkaido, Japan with a Japanese mural painted by Bifuka artist, Mr. Kazuhiko Nagaki, and a Japanese Garden.
In the summer relax and/or picnic under the many shade trees throughout the park while listening to live music played in the park's gazebo. Due to its beautiful setting, this park has become very popular for hosting outdoor wedding ceremonies.
This park is equipped with washroom facilities (open May to October) in the form of a railway station complete with a boardwalk surrounding it. Benches and picnic tables are scattered throughout for tourists and residents to relax and enjoy.
In 2016 the visitor's centre was relocated to this park and offers a wonderful area for tourists to stop for break, obtain information on our community, use the washrooms and walk through the park.
Legacy Park is Ashcroft's seasonal campground situated on the banks of the Thompson River in downtown Ashcroft. This quaint park offers 15 sites serviced with water and electrical, a sani-station and washroom/shower facilities. For reservations or more information please call 250-453-2642 or Ashcroftlegacypark@gmail.com
during the operating season.
The Skateboard Park is Ashcroft's newest park. Developed in the summer of 2002, local skateboarders played a key role in the design of this park, making it extremely popular and thereby utilized by kids of all ages. The park is located in the easily accessible downtown sector of Ashcroft.
In the winter months the Drylands Arena is Ashcroft's indoor ice rink. Drylands Arena opens in mid-October through to March. During the winter season the arena hosts ice hockey and public skating. The arena is a busy and popular place to be. Many different tournaments take place during the season, and the bleachers are filled with spectators cheering on their favorite teams. For the 2017-2018 ice use schedule click here. For a copy of the 2017-2018 Public Skating Schedule click here, for a copy of the Sticks & Pucks Program click here and for information on Drop In Hockey click here.
The arena has bleachers equipped with overhead heaters, a concession, washroom facilities, a skate sharpening facility, dressing rooms, sound system, and a 16' x 12' stage for dry floor usage. In the summer months the arena is host to dry floor events such as our annual Fall Fair, Annual Rodeo Dance and music venues.
Drylands Arena is available for private ice rentals from mid-October through mid-March and dry floor use events the rest of the season at reasonable rental rates. The Village of Ashcroft also offers insurance coverage to parties wishing to hold an event. The arena is located at 612 - 7th Street.
The Curling Club building is owned by the Village of Ashcroft, however, it is operated by the Ashcroft and District Curling Club. The Ashcroft & District Curling Club has four sheets of ice. Curling begins in mid-October and continues through early March. The curling club offers adult league curling, senior league curling and junior league curling. The curling club is a very friendly organization and always welcomes new members to the sport.
Throughout its season, the curling club plays host to many different fun-filled bonspiels and spectators can enjoy watching the sport from the upstairs licensed lounge or downstairs at the ice level. There is a concession that is operated during the bonspiels. The curling club is located at 610 - 7th Street.
The Ashcroft Community Hall is one of Ashcroft's many historic buildings. The Community Hall is level entry and equipped with limited kitchen facilities, a stage, washrooms, tables and chairs. The hall is available for rental to the public and can be booked directly through the Village Office. The Village of Ashcroft also offers insurance coverage at reasonable rates. The community hall is located at 409 Bancroft Street.