Cool Aid’s Downtown Community Centre focuses on healthy living, health promotion and social diversity. The Downtown Community Centre provides free, healthy, recreation and life skill programs for adults and youth living and working in the downtown core with a special focus on helping people who are homeless, street involved and at-risk.

Cool Aid staff and volunteers organize special events and free drop-in recreation programs for youth and adults. Low-cost rental opportunities are also available to diverse groups seeking an open, welcoming and centrally-located venue to host their events or community programs. Facilities include a mid-sized gymnasium, a non-commercial kitchen, a courtyard and computer access. A dozen free programs are available weekdays and early evenings.

Located at 755 Pandora Avenue, between Douglas and Blanshard, 250-383-0076, dcc@CoolAid.org.

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Programming Hours

8:30 am to 11:30; 1 pm – 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday

9 am to 11:45, Saturday

Closed on Sunday and statutory holidays

Also available for rentals.

Victoria Downtown Community Centre sponsors

Free Coffee

Available in the morning, while supplies last.

Computer Room, Drop-in Program

Free access to computers and the internet while the Community Centre is open. No ID required.

Community Kitchen Program

All supplies are provided and pre-registration is required. Contact us to find out how you can be part of this innovative community kitchen program.

Kindergym

Independent day-care providers within the City rent the gym weekday mornings during the school year. Monday – Friday, 9:30 -11:30 am

Drop-In Floor Hockey

An opportunity to meet new people, have fun, improve your skills and share in the ‘love’ of the game. Equipment is provided.

Community Outings

Offered once per month, the focus is on outings into the community – nature walks and other seasonal activities, including some volunteer work outdoors. Space is very limited and pre-registration is required.

Dig In Community Gardening

Learn about gardening “hands on” while you grow food and flowers at community gardens downtown. This program is done in partnership with the City of Victoria and Downtown Residents Association.

Art Workshops

This is a free art program designed to encourage self-expression and creative exploration utilizing a mixed media approach. Pre-registration is required.

Food Programs

In addition to the Community Kitchen and Dig In Gardening programs mentioned elsewhere on this page, the Downtown Community Centre is an active participant in the Food Share Network and, in collaboration with The Mustard Seed, organizes food hamper deliveries to 120 Cool Aid tenants monthly, throughout the community, who would otherwise be unable to access this food resource.

Thanks to our Generous Donors

Thank you to the Province of British Columbia, United Way of Greater Victoria, Victoria Foundation, TELUS Victoria Community Board, Provincial Employee Community Services Fund, The Rotary Club of Victoria, Coast Capital Savings for generously donating to support the programs and services of the Downtown Community Centre.

Downtown Gym Rentals

The Downtown Community Centre supports community activities that focus on healthy living, health promotion and social diversity. We offer rental opportunities seven days a week to diverse groups for various sports leagues, meetings and community-building events.

Our facilities are available for cost-effective rental to any groups and organizations seeking an open, welcoming and centrally-located venue to host their events or community programs (available for short and long-term rentals).

Our facilities have been host to a variety of programs and events, including kindergym, election polling stations, Fringe Festival, Tai Chi & martial arts classes, basketball, volleyball, annual general meetings, art and music classes, yoga, seminars and workshops, sports and recreation, public meetings, corporate team building, community kitchens and other special events.

Seasonal Shelter

The Victoria Cool Aid Society operates a Seasonal Shelter from November through March, from 10 pm to 6:30 am, at the Downtown Community Centre.

Call 250-383-0076 for info or to book space.

Facility Rentals $30/hour. Special rates are available for recurring programs. Rates include use of: Gymnasium, 34’ x 65’; Courtyard, 30’ x 60’; Kitchen, 4’ x 10’; and a large foyer.

To learn more about what we do, please call 250-383-0076 or email the Downtown Community Centre at dcc@CoolAid.org.

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