Abbey Centre

Re-Open Information for Abbey Members and Guests

In following the Province Relaunch strategy,
the Abbey Centre re-opened June 19, 2020.

Frequently Ask Questions - June 19, 2020

We are currently in the process of planning and preparing for the 'soft' opening of facilities and other amenities following stage 2 guidelines. For details, please visit the Province of Alberta website for Stage 2 details and guidelines.

Listed below are the changes that have been implemented in order to safely re-open the Abbey:

  • Hours of operations are 5:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Mon - Friday and 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Sat & Sun.
  • The facility is open exclusively to Abbey Centre members and Blackfalds residents (including Lacombe County). Proof of residency is required.  Blackfalds residents can provide a copy of their tax notice, utility bill or a piece of ID.  Lacombe County residents can provide a copy of their tax notice or a piece of ID.  Lacombe County residents must reside on a rural property in which their taxes are payable to Lacombe County.
  • There will be no bookings at the Abbey Centre until Stage 3.
  • Fitness Studio 1 houses cardio equipment in order to accommodate 6 ft. distancing
  • Fitness Centre users are given disinfectant wipes in order to clean the equipment after each use
  • No field house equipment or rental of locks available at this time
  • Child Minding will remain closed until September
  • The Red Deer Kinsman indoor play space remains closed as directed by AHS
  • There will be no food services until Stage 3.
  • Bookings for the Community Centre is now available.
  • There will be no bookings for the Blackfalds Multi-Plex (arena, Ag Room, Banquet Room) for the summer due to construction
  • Registration for Camp Curious summer camps and Aquatics lessons started on Friday, June 19.
  • The McKay Ranch Aquatics Centre re-opened June 26. Please note the updated Outdoor Aquatic Centre schedule.
  • Access to the facility will be for 2-hour intervals of a maximum of 100 people. After the two hours, the facility will close down for a half hour in order to sanitize and prepare for the next 2-hour interval of 100 people. Doors will lock after 100 people have entered.

The schedule goes as follows:

Monday to Friday

5:30 - 7:30 a.m.

Entry to facility. Max. 100 people

7:30 - 8:00 a.m.

All guests exit the facility. Closed for sanitation

8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Entry to facility. Max. 100 people

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

All guests exit the facility. Closed for sanitation

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Entry to facility. Max. 100 people

12:30 - 1:00 p.m.

All guests exit the facility. Closed for sanitation

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Entry to facility. Max. 100 people

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

All guests exit the facility. Closed for sanitation

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Entry to facility. Max. 100 people

5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

All guests exit the facility. Closed for sanitation

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Entry to facility. Max. 100 people

8:00 – 8:30 p.m.

All guests exit the facility. Closed for sanitation

8:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Entry to facility. Max. 100 people

Saturday and Sunday

7:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Entry to facility. Max. 100 people

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

All guests exit the facility. Closed for sanitation

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Entry to facility. Max. 100 people

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

All guests exit the facility. Closed for sanitation

12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Entry to facility. Max. 100 people

2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

All guests exit the facility. Closed for sanitation

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Entry to facility. Max. 100 people

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.

All guests exit the facility. Closed for sanitation

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Entry to facility. Max. 100 people

7:00 – 7:30 p.m.

All guests exit the facility. Closed for sanitation

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Entry to facility. Max. 100 people

Please visit the COVID-19 webpage for more information.

Centrally located between Calgary and Edmonton and just minutes away from Red Deer, Sylvan Lake and Lacombe, the Abbey Centre offers fitness and fun for all ages with over 41,000 sq. ft. of indoor recreational opportunities.

Explore the tunnels and slides in the 3-story indoor playground, or treat yourself to a quick bite at the concession after you work out in the state-of-the-art fitness centre while your kids are cared for by child minding.

Get away from the elements and take advantage of the 152 metre running track on the 3rd level, overlooking the activities in the triple gymnasium field house. Avid runners, walkers & cyclists will appreciate that the Abbey Centre is the only place in Canada where the Trans Canada Trail travels indoors (entrance on 2nd level).

In the summer months, cool off and have fun in the sun at the outdoor aquatic centre, plan a picnic in the park, let the little ones discover the dinosaurs in the playground, or take in the entertainment at the outdoor amphitheatre.

See you at the Abbey, where family, friends & fitness are found!

Drop-In Access

Anyone can drop in to select fitness classes with the purchase of a punch or day pass by:

  1. Book your spot by registering online or in person on or after 8 p.m. on the evening before the class starts.  
  2. To register online you will need an online account. Contact Guest Services during business hours to set up your online account. Drop in registrations will not be accepted over the phone or email.
  3. Be sure to check in at Guest Services to make payment and receive a wristband and drop-in access card.

Another Perk For Abbey Centre Members! Members can drop in to any eligible fitness class at no charge!  Please follow steps 1 and 2 above to book your spot.

Recycle 4 Reward

In an effort to keep guest wristbands from going in the trash or littering the streets, our R4R program encourages guests and members to write their name and phone number on the back of their wristband and drop it in the red drop box on their way out of the Abbey for a chance to win a $75 prize.

July R4R Winner

Congratulations to Kaimry D. who is the winner of July's R4R of a $75 Abbey Centre gift card sponsored by Dad's Day Off Games & Hobbies.  Thank you for recycling! 

Make sure to enter your wristband in the drop box during August for a chance to win a $75 gift card, sponsored by Focus Family Chiropractic.



Physical Activity Prescription (PARx)

In partnership with the Primary Care Network (PCN), the Abbey Centre is pleased to be a participating facility in the Physical Activity Prescription program. Encouraging people to take part in various exercise programs, PCN health professionals will prescribe the amount of activity you need to help improve your health and prevent disease.  For more info visit  Primary Care Network or call 403.343.9100.

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