Arenas

Civic Centre

Smithers New Arena

4204 Third Avenue

4206 Third Avenue

The arenas are closed for the 2019-20 season, effective midnight March 16, 2020.

 

 

Monday, March 16, 2020:

  1. The Province of British Columbia’s recent announcement with regards to the COVID-19 situation, effective, Monday, March 16, 2020, the following public facilities will be closed to the public until further notice: Smithers Civic Centre and Smithers New Arena – effective at 11:59 p.m.
     
  2. The Town of Smithers has received direction from the Province to advise all users of the arenas, due to the severity of COVID-19 precautions all remaining tournaments as well as private and public skate sessions for March 2020 are to be cancelled. Effective as of midnight the Smithers Civic Centre and Smithers New Arena will be closed to the Public and all Ice User Groups.

 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Please consult the Recreation Programs website for a full listing of upcoming Special Events.

 

ICE TIME CALENDAR:

Click to review Ice Time Calendar

All bookings through recreation@smithers.ca

 

CLUBS WEBSITES: 

ARENA USER FEES:

Recreation Contract Instructor Opportunities

Are you interested in an opportunity to instruct an affordable recreation program, sport, or activity?

The Town of Smithers Recreation Department is looking to coordinate contract instructors who are passionate locals in their field and would like to lead drop-in sports, programs, or activities. We currently have facilities available for sports, workout programs, workshops etc. Postings for current and upcoming available opportunities are located below.

For new program proposals please submit a resume and a brief summary of the program to recreation@smithers.ca 

Current Recreation Contract Instructor Opportunities:

Skate Patrol Attendants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Town of Smithers Recreation Department currently has twelve contract Skate Patrol Attendants for this season 19-20 Public Skating. The Town of Smithers Recreation Department currently runs five different Public Skate programs out of the New Arena. The Public Skate and Family Skate sessions are supervised by Skate Patrol Attendants. Skate Patrol Attendants supervise skaters prior to, during and after public skating times, ensuring participants’ safety. This position also helps participants with skate assists, skate equipment, and maintains the skate equipment room in an orderly fashion. This contract runs four days a week on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from the beginning of the season to the end of the season (October – March). This contract can be an excellent position for adolescents to acquire interpersonal skills, credibility, and diligence. It can also be a gratifying contract for adults or retirees with a passion for skating!

Requirements:
• Able to communicate in an effective and friendly manner
• Experienced skater
• Will wear vest (provided), skates and CSA approved helmet at all times while on the ice

Programs Available:
• Season 20-21: October 2020 – March 2021 schedule to come

Billable Hours: 2hrs/session

Wage: $13.85/hour (must be 13+) $17/hour w/ First Aid (must be 16+)

Submit your resume and cover letter to recreation@smithers.ca. The subject of your email must be the job title you are applying for.

Early Bird Workouts Fitness Instructor 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Town of Smithers Recreation Department currently has an enthusiastic fitness instructor who creates an atmosphere for all levels of fitness to drop-in or register per session and progressively build strength, cardiovascular fitness and mobility. The current contract is three sessions for 19-20 Early Bird Workouts (December – May) three days a week, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 6:00 – 7:00 am. The program location is at the BVCS gymnasium. The goal of the Early Bird program is to create an affordable way for residents to commit to being fit! This contract would be best for any Fitness Instructor who is motivated to share their passion of health and wellness with others.

Requirements:
• Able to communicate in an effective and friendly manner
• Current Fitness Instructor Certification
• Current Certification in Emergency First Aid & CPR/AED 

Programs Available:
• Morning sessions Tuesdays, Thursdays
• Evening sessions Fridays, Saturdays
• Summer/Fall 2020 sessions for 20-21

Billable Hours: determined by length of session

Wage: determined by Fitness Instructor on a cost recovery basis
Submit your resume and cover letter to recreation@smithers.ca. The subject of your email must be the job title you are applying for.
 

Co-Ed Basketball and Volleyball Facilitator

 

 

The Town of Smithers Recreation Department is currently looking for a volleyball or basketball enthusiast to facilitate the program. The program will be located at the BVCS gymnasium, the facilitator will unlock and lock up after each session, as well as assist with setup, take down and delivery of drop-in fees to the Recreation Coordinator. The goal of the program is to help create an active and sociable community. This contract would be best for coaches or accountable enthusiasts who want to join in the fun of affordable recreation! 

Requirements:
• Able to communicate in an effective and friendly manner
• Experience in their field of choice
• Current Certification in Emergency First Aid & CPR/AED *preferred

Programs Available:
• Morning sessions Tuesdays, Thursdays
• Evening sessions Fridays, Saturdays
• Fall/Winter 2020 sessions for 20-21

Billable Hours: negotiable on a cost recovery basis

Wage: determined by facilitator on a cost recovery basis
Submit your resume and cover letter to recreation@smithers.ca. The subject of your email must be the job title you are applying for.

Former programs offered by the Town of Smithers Recreation Department:

 

• Art Create
• Ball Hockey
• Choose to Move
• Co-Ed Basketball
• Co-Ed Pickleball
• Co-Ed Volleyball
• Craft Zones
• Drop-in Hockey
• Hockey Skills Development
• Kids Create
• Senior Circuit
• Skills Development
• Soccer Camps
• Turf Tots Soccer

The nature of any position with the Town of Smithers is public service. It is expected that all contractors be prepared to commit to the high standards of the department in this regard. It is essential that all contractors associated with the Town of Smithers, whether for a short term special event or an instructional program of several weeks or months in duration, recognize individual responsibility to excellence in serving the public. All contractors shall be courteous and friendly in the delivery of the program.

How to apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to recreation@smithers.ca 
For more information, please review the details below.

What should be in your resume?
• Contract Information
• Previous and current education
• Skills and certifications
• References
• Accomplishments and achievements
• Any relevant information to support the position you are applying for

Do you need to provide references?
• Please include a list of at least 3 references with your resume

TOS Recreation Contact:
Contact:  Kaitlyn Morris, Recreation Coordinator
Phone:    250-847-1600
Cell:        778-210-0659
Email:      recreation@smithers.ca 
Hours:     Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm

Town of Smithers
1027 Aldous Street | PO Box 879 | Smithers, BC V0J 2N0

Bike Smithers

Biking in Smithers

Biking is a fun and convenient way to get around Smithers. It is also one of the cleanest and most energy efficient forms of transportation. While bikes are permitted on all streets, the Bike Route Map provides a system of connected and convenient routes to get around town. For example, the entire length of 3rd Avenue (2.5 km) is a designated bike route with a reduced 30 km/hr speed limit, bicycle signage and painted sharrows (share the road symbols) to increase cyclist safety and driver awareness.
 

Please click on the photo to watch the "Tips for Safe Cycling"

Bike Safety Tips & Regulations
It is important to remember that the Motor Vehicle Act and Town bylaws apply to cyclists too.
Remember:

  • Ride on the road (not on the sidewalk) and wear your helmet at all times.
  • Make  sure your bike and helmet are in good working order (especially the brakes).
  • Have front and rear lights on your bike if you ride at dusk, night or in low visibility conditions.
  • Keep a safe distance from the curb and parked cars.
  • Ride predictably, in a straight line, and be defensive. Remember, a conflict between a bicycle and a vehicle usually results in injury to the cyclist.
  • Stop for stop signs and red lights, and always yield to pedestrians.
  • Be alert and careful at intersections, where most collisions happen.
  • Always ride with traffic, on the right side of the road.
  • Read BC Bike Sense, a comprehensive BC guide to operating a bike in traffic.

Multi-Use Pathways
The Perimeter Trail is the main multi-use pathway in Smithers. It forms a 10 km circular trail around the edge of Town with connections to trails and recreation areas beyond the Town boundary. All forms of non-motorized transportation, including bikes, are permitted on multi-use pathways. Remember that you are sharing the path with others. Reduce your speed where appropriate and when passing other path users, ring your bell or call out to alert them.

Highway 16 Intersections
Use care when crossing the busy intersections of Hwy 16. Either ride in the lane or if you are not comfortable, dismount and walk your bike across at the crosswalk. The routes on the Bike Route Map highlight the preferred intersections for cyclists.

Bike Racks
Public bike racks are available throughout downtown Smithers, parks and at public facilities. Remember to always lock up your bike!


Bike 101
Stop by the Prevention and Community Safety Office at 3772B 1st Avenue for free bike safety pointers. All ages are welcome. Free helmet replacements and high visibility accessories are available as supplies last.

Educational Videos

Smithers Fairgrounds

2020 Fairgrounds Schedule of Events:

Click here to download: 

Fairground User and Licensees Information:

Click here to download:

Letter to Users and Licensees of the Fall Fairgrounds
Open Burning   
Installation and/or Modification of Fall Fairgrounds Water and Sewer Systems  
Building Permit Requirements  
Building Permit Application Guide (adapted for Fall Fairgrounds' license areas)
Bylaw No. 1609 - Fireworks

Smithers RV Storage:

Click here to learn more about Winter Storage of Recreational Vehicles and Boats

 

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Town of Smithers Fairgrounds Business and Land Use Plan Update

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The Town of Smithers owns a fantastic parcel of land, which is utilized by many groups from Smithers, the surrounding communities of the Bulkley Valley and from around the province. The Fall Fair Management Committee meets three times per year and oversees the booking requests and capital upgrades requests for the Town owned property.

License agreements with the Bulkley Valley Agricultural & Industrial Association, the Northern Saddle Club, and Lease agreement with the Bulkley Valley Bowmen (Archery Grounds) provide the opportunity for local groups to offer workshops, rodeos, training sessions, children's activities, and more.

The Smithers Fairgrounds are home to the Bulkley Valley Exhibition (Fall Fair), the Bulkley Valley Folk Music Festival (Midsummer Festival), the 3 in 1 Breed Show, and the Annual Archery Shoot. All of these events gather together thousands of participants and spectators from all over British Columbia and Western Canada.

Located at 2701 Pacific Street, corner of Tatlow Road and Pacific Street.

Fall Fairgrounds - Rodeo Ring

Rodeo Ring at the Fall Fairgrounds.

Fall Fairgrounds - Hunter Jumper Dressage Ring

Hunter Jumper / Dressage Ring at the Fall Fairgrounds. 

Riverside Municipal Campground

2020 Reservations for the Riverside Municipal Campground and Riverside Picnic Shelter will launch on February 1st 2020 for the upcoming season. 

On February 1st a link will be provided below for online reservations to be made 24/7. For reservations or inquiries made by phone, please call: 250-847-1600  or by email: recreation@smithers.ca
Monday – Friday 8:30 - 4:30 PM

Please click here to book your 2020 Reservations at the Riverside Municipal Campground and Riverside Picnic Shelter

The Riverside Municipal Campground will reopen in the spring on May 15th for the spring/summer/fall 2020 season.

Park Entrance Park Benches

We invite all campers to stay at the peaceful Riverside Park Municipal campground located adjacent to the Bulkley River at 3843-19th Avenue. The park, operated by the Town of Smithers, is a safe and quiet place to relax and enjoy wonderful views, a beautiful river, and a laid back approach to camping. Pets are welcome on leashes.

When traveling west on Highway 16 (towards Prince Rupert), turn right onto Main Street. Follow the Riverside campground signs for 1.3 kilometres and make a left hand turn at the campground sign on 19th Avenue.

Site Amenities

  • Playground
  • Shower/flush toilets
  • Nature trails - beautiful views of the Hudson Bay Mountains and the Babine Mountains
  • Bike trails
  • 15 minute walk from downtown shopping and recreation facilities
  • Firewood
  • Electrical (15 amp and 30 amp) and water and sewer hook-ups
  • River fishing on the Bulkley River
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Food storage lockers in tenting area (must provide own lock)
  • View the Campground Map here
  • Please remember - motor vehicles are not allowed on any of the Town owned sport fields or trails (ie. Snowmobiles, ATV's and dirt bikes).
     

 

2020 Season

The campground is open from approximately May 15, 2020 to September 30, 2020.

To all of our visitors - Thank you for choosing Smithers as your place to stay, play, relax and enjoy.

2020 Park Rates Taxes Included:

Unserviced Campsite $29.40/site
Campsite with Electrical, Water and Sewer Connection $36.80/site
Per Tent in unserviced tenting area $23.10/per tent 
Riverside Cookhouse /booking* $34.70
   

PAYMENT OPTIONS: 
We accept Cash/Debit/Credit Card.
We do not accept cheques or American Express.

 

* Riverside Cookhouse Fees are for event use, not fees charged to campers.

Recreation, Parks & Culture

Contact information:
Recreation Coordinator
250.847.1600     recreation@smithers.ca

Bylaw No. 1886 - Fees and Charges

Facilities Rentals

The Town of Smithers has the following facilities available for public rentals:

For a detailed schedule of rental fees and information, please see:

Bylaw No. 1886 - Fees and Charges

Playgrounds & Parks

Town of Smithers - Playgrounds & Parks Guide

Click here to view the Bovill Square webpage

Click here to view the Ranger Park webpage

Click here to view the Riverside Municipal RV Park & Campground webpage

Click here to view the Smithers Fairgrounds webpage

  

Tennis Courts
The Town of Smithers maintains two public tennis courts located on Montreal Street. No fee.

 

Perimeter Trail

Perimeter Trail - Railway Avenue Perimeter Trail - Wetlands off of Pacific Avenue

 View from trail section along Railway Avenue.

View from trail section around wetlands off of Pacific Avenue.
Perimeter Trail - Riverside Perimeter Trail - Riverside
View from trail section at Riverside Municipal Campground along the Bulkley River.

Another view from trail section at Riverside Municipal Campground along the Bulkley River

Perimeter Trail - Chicken Creek Perimeter Trail - Dahlie Creek

View from trail section at Highway 16 and Chicken Creek on the west side of the Town of Smithers.

View from trail section at Highway 16 and Dahlie Creek on east side of the Town of Smithers.


Community Recreation Directory

To list your non-profit recreation group or edit your information, please contact Laura Aspenlind, Recreation Coordinator at recreation@smithers.ca

Town of Smithers Special Event Application Process

Town of Smithers Special Event Application Process

  1. Download the Special Event Application Form for any public events held on Town of Smithers’ owned land, streets, sidewalks, parks, and/or buildings.

  2. Insurance can be obtained online by following the link: https://miabc.eventpolicy.ca or at your local insurance providers.

  3. Email the completed application form with insurance and any additional materials to: recreation@smithers.ca

  4. The Town of Smithers Administration Special Event Coordinator will review all applications received. Event Organizers will be notified about the status of their application within 10 days prior to the event once all materials are received.

  5. Please view the following additional information:
  6. If you have any questions, please contact the Recreation Coordinator at 250.847.1600 or recreation@smithers.ca

 

BOVILL SQUARE RENTAL REQUESTS:

Bovill Square was opened in August 2013. The park is located at the corner of Main Street and Broadway Avenue. It is a public space owned/maintained by the Town of Smithers. It is meant to provide the local community a location for small and medium sized arts/music/cultural performances and special events. There is no rental fee to use the park/stage. If you would like to book the use of the Bovill Square, please fill out the "Special Event Application Form" and contact the Recreation Coordinator at 250.847.1600 or recreation@smithers.ca.

 

 


Photo credit: Dan Mesec

Recreation Funding Opportunities

 

Recreation Programs

Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

Hello Early Birds!

Thank you for your support and continued commitment to a fit and healthy community! It is in the best interest of you and our community that we postpone/cancel Session 3 of Early Bird Workouts scheduled to start Monday, March 23rd until a future undetermined date. For everyone who has already paid for registration, refunds will be issued for the time being. Our hope is that with this beautiful weather coming our way we can eventually move the sessions to be indoor/outdoor. For the time being, we must understand the severity of these precautionary measures to social distance ourselves and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. I hope you all find comfort in the serenity of your home and enjoy this time to stay happy and healthy with your family. Take care and stay tuned for future sessions!

Monday, March 16, 2020: 

  1. The Province of British Columbia’s recent announcement with regards to the COVID-19 situation, effective, Monday, March 16, 2020, the following public facilities will be closed to the public until further notice: Smithers Civic Centre and Smithers New Arena – effective at 11:59 p.m.
     
  2. The Town of Smithers has received direction from the Province to advise all users of the arenas, due to the severity of COVID-19 precautions all remaining tournaments as well as private and public skate sessions for March 2020 are to be cancelled. Effective as of midnight the Smithers Civic Centre and Smithers New Arena will be closed to the Public and all Ice User Groups.

Contact the Recreation Coordinator email: recreation@smithers.ca

We are always interested in your skills and ideas. If you would like to teach a program or have a great idea for a new program contact the Recreation Department at 250-847-1600.