About Us

The North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission was established in 1970 as a partnership between the City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver and we are proud to have served one of Canada's most active and healthy communities since then. 

Our mission is to build healthy individuals, families and communities and we know that recreation and culture are vital to the overall health, wellness and creativity of our community. That's why we provide and facilitate quality recreation and culture programs, services and events that enhance quality of life for all North Vancouver residents.

We operate 11 Community Recreation Centres, the North Vancouver Tennis Centre  and Centennial Theatre, the North Shore’s largest performing arts theatre. We also manage room and venue bookings for facilities, fields, and outdoor spaces across North Vancouver.

We promote creativity, celebrate diversity and contribute to North Vancouver’s unique sense of place through the provision of cultural services that include a comprehensive Arts & Culture Grants programcultural planning resources, and a public art program.

North Vancouver Recreation & Culture gratefully acknowledges that we operate on the traditional, unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

Connect with us by participating in recreation and culture activities, visiting our facilities, sharing your talents as a volunteer, or exploring our employment opportunitiesContact us with your questions and ideas.

We’re here to serve you and look forward to you participating with us.

Mandate, Vision, Mission & Values


North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission is an entity of the City of North Vancouver and District of North Vancouver, created to fulfill the municipalities' responsibilities for arts and recreation. These responsibilities include the provision of quality recreation and arts experiences, operation of community recreation facilities, capacity building of relevant arts and recreation organizations, management of the public art programs, and oversight of the community arts grants.


Recreation and arts are vital to North Vancouver becoming the most vibrant, diverse, active, creative, and connected community.


North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission improves the health and well-being of all North Vancouver individuals, families and communities, and inspires residents through quality recreation and arts opportunities.

Recognizing that we are integral to the health and wellness solution, NVRC will work with other service providers to proactively and intentionally respond to indoor and outdoor recreation and arts needs, with a focus on those who would benefit most, including youth, those who are under-served, and those with barriers to accessing quality recreation and arts opportunities.


These values act as a moral compass, providing a lens through which all decisions are evaluated.

  • We are inclusive
  • We are innovative, creative and bold
  • We strive for the highest standards of service and stewardship of resources
  • We act with integrity, ensuring open, respectful relationships and supportive environments.
Strategic Plan & Priorities/Service Plans


Recreation Needs Assessment and Facility Plan

NVRC regularly conducts comprehensive needs assessments to identify:

  • Leisure preferences of North Vancouver residents
  • Where residents go to recreate
  • Level of satisfaction with programs and services
  • Preferences for service delivery
  • Barriers to participation
  • Priorities for the future

The research provides rigourous and representative data on outdoor recreation, indoor recreation, arts and culture, and volunteering. It can be segmented by interest area, age, where people live and other demographic factors. 

Collecting this information helps ensure that:

  • Future planning is grounded in data
  • NVRC understands and is proactively and intentionally responding to citizen needs for public recreation and cultural services 
  • Services are inclusive of everyone in the community and target under-served populations
  • Public resources are allocated in a responsible and sustainable manner that maximizes benefits to the communities NVRC serves
Code of Conduct

We aim to provide a welcoming, safe and positive environment for all our patrons, visitors, staff and volunteers. 

Our expectations for patrons, visitors, staff and volunteers:

  • Treat everyone with kindness, courtesy and respect. Threatening/aggressive behavior, harassment, discrimination, violence and physical or verbal abuse will not be tolerated. 

  • Use the facility and equipment in a safe and appropriate way, and avoid conduct that may negatively impact other facility users and visitors, and staff and volunteers.

  • Promote an inclusive environment in which differences are valued. Behaviour, actions or language that promotes discrimination, racism or hatred will not be tolerated.

  • Adhere to the policies and procedures set by NVRC while using our facilities, programs and services.

  • Participation while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or while in possession of weapons, drugs or other illegal or banned items will not be tolerated. 

NVRC reserves the right to refuse service or access for violation of drop-in procedures, inappropriate conduct and/or for failing to respect the Code of Conduct, for failing to respect facility/program rules, and/or for failing to follow the directions of a NVRC staff member.

If you have questions or would like to report a concern, please speak with a staff member.

Reference: North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission Policy #407 – Orderly Conduct

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