Abbey Centre Newsletter

May 2024

Your monthly news & updates


We are working hard and getting ready to welcome you all back to the

Aquatic Centre on opening day, May 17!

You can check out our pool and lesson schedules online here.


Please take note that all visitors will require paid admission to gain access to the

Outdoor Aquatic Centre (swim lessons exempt).

Spring & Summer Program & Activity Guide!

The Spring & Summer Program & Activity Guide is now available and we can't wait for you to see what we have planned.

Please visit our programs page at to check out our Program and Activity Guide for more details.

  • Fitness, FCSS Programs, Community Garden, Camp Curious, Aquatics and Super Kids registration is now open.

Limited hard copies of our Spring & Summer Program Guide are available at the Civic Cultural Centre and Abbey Centre!

Save More on Thrifty Thursday!

Each month, we offer cost savings on different Abbey Centre services available only on the first Thursday of the month.

Please check Facebook page, or posters around the Abbey to check out what service we are showcasing and where you can save!

May 2 Thrifty Thursday

Make a minimum $20 donation to the Community Care account and get your name entered into a draw for a chance to win a $75 Abbey Centre gift card.

Tax receipt available.

Summer Pass 2024


Celebrate summer with the 2024 Summer Pass! Pass gives you access to all Abbey Centre amenities including the Outdoor Aquatic Centre.


On Sale: May 15 -31

Duration: 2024 pool season (May 17 - Sept 2)

Receive: 109 days of access for the price of 90


One Summer Pass per age group/family.

Indoor Play Space Closure


The Indoor Play Space will be closed for cleaning and maintenance.


May 14 | 8am - 3pm


We apologize for any inconvenience.

Community Care

Those who would like to can now contribute to our Community Care account. Any amount is appreciated and a charitable receipt can be requested.

This account will be used to provide those who might need a little extra support with a complimentary day admission (youth must be accompanied by a parent/guardian).

We want to help sprinkle kindness around! Please contact Guest Services for the entire program information.

Fitness Focus: Back Extension Bench

We highlight one of our equipment pieces each month to help people familiarize themselves and get some pointers on its use.

This month we are showcasing the Matrix Back Extension Bench!

Read more about it here.

Upcoming Events


Don't miss out of one of the best events of the year!

Saturday, July 6

Abbey Centre | 9 am

Avengers | Ages 5-7

25 m swim, 1 km bike, 500 m run

Justice League | Ages 8-12

50 m swim, 2 km bike, 1 km run

Registration is now open:

Programs & Classes

Camp Curious Volunteer Program

The Abbey Centre is offering volunteer opportunities for ages 16+ to help with our Camp Curious summer camps. If you or someone you know can help plan and partake in camp activities while maintaining a clean, safe, and fun atmosphere, we need you!


This is a great opportunity to see Day Camp Leaders in action and gain valuable experience. To learn more, click here or email the Guest Services Team Lead.

Aquatics Volunteer Program

The Abbey Centre Aquatics team is always looking for mature, passionate, energetic individuals who want to experience the aquatic environment firsthand! We are specifically looking for volunteers who have started their advanced courses in the aquatic industry.


Volunteers will get firsthand experience lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons as they work with a certified staff member.


To learn more, go here or email Aquatics.

What's new?

Name the Penguin Contest


This penguin measures kids' height for the waterslide requirements in our Outdoor Aquatic Centre!

Enter your best name idea on a ballot available at Guest Services starting May 1.

If your name is chosen, you will win an Abbey Centre Summer Pack! Ballots will be collected until May 31 and the introduction of our newly-named penguin, as well as our winner, will happen during Water Safety Week (June 18-25).

Meet Our Aquatics Programmer – Braeden Diachok

1.     Years in the aquatic industry?

I have been in the Aquatic Industry for 9 years. I started my aquatic journey here at the Abbey Centre as a volunteer lifeguard back in 2016. Since then I have learned many skills that have brought me to where I am today.



2.     What do you teach/certifications? 

Over the years I have been fortunate to take more advanced courses in the aquatics industry. Some of these courses include: National Lifeguard Instructor allowing me to teach the next generation of lifeguards and Standard First Aid Instructor allowing me to teach the important skill of being a first responder. I also hold the Pool Operations 1&2 certifications giving me the knowledge of operating a pool safely and to AHS standards.


3.     Why are you passionate about swimming and aquatics?

I am passionate about swimming and aquatics because it is such a great activity to enjoy on a hot summer day and I am passionate about aquatics because I like to share the knowledge that I have learned over the years to the people that look up to me like how my mentors shared their knowledge with me.


4.     What was your best moment ever in aquatics?

One of my best moments in aquatics was probably my first rescue as a lifeguard. It felt very satisfying to use all of the knowledge that I had learn as a volunteer lifeguard and through all of the courses that I took to become a lifeguard to safe someone's life


5.     A fun fact about you.

A fun fact about myself is that I have many hobbies such as, working on cars, board games, camping and obviously swimming


Camp Curious Handbook

New for this year we are pleased to introduce the Camp Curious Handbook. This handbook is full of information to help you and your children navigate your time spent with us this summer.

Registration now open!

Blackfalds Connect

Register with us to stay updated with all the latest news, program updates, upcoming events, pool/field house updates, and more sent straight to your phone, email, or via voice call!

Sign up at (scroll to the bottom of our home page!)

Recycle 4 Reward

Congratulations to Autumn, the April Recycle 4 Reward winner of a $75 gift card sponsored by Barbenders Ltd.

Learn how you can win a $75 gift card from Central Alberta Coop, the Recycle 4 Reward sponsor for May.

Interested in being a Recycle 4 Reward sponsor?

Email the Guest Services Team Lead to book your spot!

Abbey Centre Services

Child Minding Spring Hours

Children aged 3 months to 10 years can be dropped off to receive quality care by our friendly and professional staff.

Spring Hours:

Mon - Thu | 8:30 am - 2:00 pm & 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Fri | 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Sat, Sun & Holidays | Closed


Click here to learn more about Child Minding Services.

$2 Track-Only Option

This option gives members and guests access to the indoor track for the entire day for only $2!


Ask Guest Services about the

$20 track-only punch-pass!

Memberships, Admissions & Online Registration

With the purchase of a membership, or 10-punch you will be granted unlimited access to the Fitness Centre, Outdoor Aquatic Centre, Indoor Track, Indoor Play Space, Drop-In Fitness Classes, Registered Fitness Classes (with drop-in option) and daily (M-F) drop-in activities in the Field House.

Perks of Being an Annual Member

Annual members are eligible to register early in Town programs and classes, receive two (2) complimentary day passes upon membership activation or renewal and have the ability to place their membership on hold (certain restrictions do apply).

Membership forms are available at the Abbey Centre or can be downloaded here.

See Membership and Admission Rates

Online Program Registration & Memberships

Our online registration system is a fast, easy and convenient method of viewing and registering for Town of Blackfalds programs.

To register online you must have an online account. See the Abbey's online program registration for more information.

Problems logging in? Contact Guest Services at 403-885-4039.

Mon - Fri | 5:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Sat - Sun | 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Important Reminders

Statutory Holiday Hours

For Stat Holiday hours visit our Hours of Operation page

Field House Drop-In Schedule

Daily drop-in activities (which may include badminton, pickleball and basketball) are set up daily. See Field House Drop-In Schedule

Clothing & Clean Shoes Policy

All Fitness Centre/Track users are required to wear athletic gym apparel. No bare chests. Clothing must be free of inappropriate or offensive language/graphics.

Clean, dry shoes are required in the Fitness Centre/Track and Field House.

Abbey Centre | 4500 Womacks Rd | Blackfalds, AB

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