BCRPA, in partnership with the Active Aging Research Team at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility is delivering Choose to Move and ActivAge™.

Since 2016, BCRPA has partnered with 29 recreation departments across BC to support older adults in becoming more active. ActivAge™ and Choose to Move are run by BCRPA registered Fitness Leaders who have their Older Adult specialty. 

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ActivAge™ is a free 3-month group-led physical activity program for inactive older adults. It introduces participants to physical activity and reinforces their commitment to incorporate it into their daily lives. 

The program is progressive with planned physical activities (stretching, activity, and cool-down) based on ActivAge™ training. This fun and social program will help get participants moving in a relaxed environment with likeminded people.

The program has two class options to choose from:

Option 1: focuses on improving activities associated with daily living, strengthening muscles used day-to-day (ie: bending, lifting, stretching, etc);

Option 2: focuses on exercises that will enable each participant to become more involved with other physical activity programs or sports.

Each class incorporates physical activities that engage participants, and features in-class discussions and resources to improve overall health and physical well-being. 

Read more about Choose to Move and ActivAge™ in the Recreation & Parks BC magazine article here.

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I left feeling increasingly able to function independently, control stressful episodes, and I sleep better too.

I enjoyed the comradery with others while doing the exercises!"- ActivAge™ Participant


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Choose to Move is a 6-month model designed to introduce older adults to the habit of physical activity, help them meet new friends, and make a positive healthy lifestyle change.

Choose to Move is free and flexible, and provides participants with the motivation and support to become more physically active. Participants work with a trained activity coach who will support them as together they develop a physical activity plan tailored specifically to each participant.  

When things get challenging, participants will have the support from their coach and a group of other seniors, who, just like them, are making a choice for health – they are choosing to move!

To learn more about Choose to Move visit https://www.choosetomove.info/

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“I feel that this program came at exactly at the right time. When you retire, your life changes… I feel great right now. I am feeling really good. Mentally, physically, everything.” - Choose to Move Participant


BCRPA delivers Choose to Move and ActivAge™ across British Columbia in partnership with local recreation departments.

Click on the health authority region, and find the recreation centre nearest to you. Contact the recreation centre to register for the Fall 2018!

Interior Health

Salmon Arm

SASCU Recreation Centre - 2550 10th Ave NE, BC V1E 2S4

To register contact SASCU Recreation Centre Front Desk at (250) 832-4044

To get more information on ActivAge, contact Donna Flatman at (250) 832-4044 or 


Penticton Community Centre - 325 Power Street, Penticton, BC V2A 7K9

To register, please contact Penticton Community Centre at (250) 490-2426


Summerland Senior Citizen Drop In Recreation Association - 9710 Brown Street, Summerland, BC

To register, please contact Summerland Recreation at (250) 494-0447


Vernon Recreation Centre - 3310 37th Avenue, Vernon BC, V1T 2Y5

To register online visit www.gvrec.ca, or in-person at the Vernon Recreation Centre.

For more information, contact Deb Treherne at activeliving@vernon.ca or (250) 550-3672

West Kelowna

Westbank Lions Community Centre - 2466 Main Street, West Kelowna, BC V4T 1Z1

To register, contact Jolene Stene at (778) 797-8800

Fraser Health


Bonsor 55+ Centre - 6533 Nelson Avenue, Burnaby, BC V5H 0C2

To register, contact Michelle St Jean at (604) 297-4588 or michelle.stjean@burnaby.ca


New Westminster

Century House - 620 8th Street, New Westminster, BC V3M 3S2

To register, contact Century House at (604) 519-1066

Surrey - Newton

Newton Seniors Centre - 13775-70 Avenue Surrey, BC V3W 0E1

To register, contact Magda Dabala at (604) 501-5013 or magda.dabala@surrey.ca

Surrey - Guildford

Guildford Recreation Centre - 15105 105th Ave, Surrey, BC V3R 7G8

To register, contact Paul Jarvie at (604) 591-4118

City of Langley

Timms Community Centre - 20399 Douglas Crescent, BC V3A 4B3

To register, contact Christine Daum at (604) 514-2941 or cdaum@langleycity.ca

Langley Township

W.C Blair Recreation Centre - 22200 Fraser Highway, Langley BC, V3A 7T2

To register, contact W.C Blair Recreation at (604) 533-6170


Vancouver Coastal Health

Powell River

Recreation Complex - 5001 Joyce Avenue, Powell River, BC V8A 5R2

To register, contact Recreation Complex at (604) 485-2891

For more information, please contact Christine at (604) 485-8903


Killarney Community Centre - 6260 Killarney Street, BC V5S 2X7

To register, contact Michelle Stebnicki at (604) 718-8208 or michelle.stebnicki@vancouver.ca

Vancouver Island Health


Oceanside Place Arena - 830 West Island Highway, Parksville BC, V9P 2X4

To register, please contact the front desk at (250) 248-3252


Comox Community Centre - 1855 Noel Avenue, Comox BC, V9M 2H5

To register or for more information, please contact the front desk at (250) 339-2255


Cumberland Recreation Centre - 2665 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland BC, V0R 1S0

To register or for more information, please contact Genevieve Burdett at (250) 336-2231

Northern Health

Dawson Creek

O’Brien Gymnasium - 10512-13th Street, BC V1G 3W5

To register, contact Community Services at (604) 784-3604

 Are you interested in learning more about these programs?

Please contact Kaitlin Atkinson, BCRPA Provincial Coordinator, Older Adult Programs, with any inquiries or questions.