The Stevens Centre and Raymond Field on an early morning.
COVID-19 Updates

Athletics and Events

Event Changes and Cancellations


Most events and varsity and club sports activity are suspended. Currently, the University is not permitting third-party events on campus. The Athletics Complex is following a re-opening strategy that is focused on serving our students.

Although Acadia University campus and buildings are closed to the general public until further notice, exceptions include access to the:

  • Athletics Complex (appointments only)
  • Woodland Trails
  • flo EV charging station (Athletics Complex)
  • Rail Trail through the Athletics Complex parking lot
  • Tower Skateboard and Basketball Park

Exceptions are also in place for those transporting students, contractors, and service providers.

Important Updates

Athletics and Fitness

Our Athletics staff have developed new fitness and recreational programming for students that meets Nova Scotia Public Health and sport-specific guidelines and requirements. We are also offering a Sport Academy and other new fitness and wellness activities powered by the skills of our varsity staff and athletes.

Performing Arts Series

  • The Performing Arts Series is planning for 2021. We expect it will not be possible to host a fall or winter season Performing Arts Series events. Learn more about rescheduling and plans for the series to return.

The Art Gallery

  • The Acadia University Art Gallery is planning limited-access academic programming and new exhibitions for the fall as well as robust virtual programming and artists talks.

Manning Memorial Chapel

  • The chapel is closed at this time. However, the Chaplain is offering support via email and phone 902-599-2436.

Booking Events at Acadia

  • Unfortunately, due the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to confirm bookings for the use of space on campus for the public until further notice. If you have concerns about a previously booked event or are planning for a future event, please contact Destination Acadia.
Acadia Axewomen Soccer's Allie Scovil presses forward with the ball.

Athletics and Events Update

As we move forward in these uncertain times, we would like to provide several additional areas of the Athletics Complex that have been closed since March 2020. Beginning Monday, February 8th, the pool, walking track, racquetball court, and squash court will be available on an appointment basis. The rink will also be available for rental.


Can I access other parts of the Acadia Athletics Complex besides the fitness centre?

The pool, walking track, squash courts, and racquetball courts have re-opened on an appointment basis beginning February 8th, 2021. External groups can now rent the Andrew H. McCain Arena beginning.

  • All services require a facility membership and an appointment booked in advance, even the walking track. This is necessary to ensure we can practice appropriate COVID-19 safety measures, such as maintaining physical distancing and cleaning.
  • We will explore the reintroduction of additional facility features including community fitness programming in the spring.
  • Student athletes have access to additional areas to train.
When will I have more information on how to book an appointment to use the fitness centre or other facilities?

You can schedule appointments to use facilities through our booking website.

Please visit our Recreation website for information and videos on booking appointments and using the facilities. Acadia students and employees will be emailed information directly on how to book an appointment to the fitness centre. 

What protocols will be in place to keep pool users safe?

The University has used the time between allowing student use and the general reopening of the facility to review protocols related to pool use. We considered an array of factors including access to changing facilities, appointment scheduling, the maximum number of participants etc. Social distancing measures, mask requirements and upgraded cleaning protocols will be part of the requirements for return to use.

  • Pool users will book times for Lane Swim and Open Swim times
  • Change rooms will be available, but not lockers. Due to the turnaround time and required cleaning, post-swim showers must be done at home.

More in-depth rules will be posted outside the change rooms, on the pool deck, and sent out to users through our fitness email distribution list. If you would like to be included on this list, please email richard.johnson@acadiau.ca

We will explore the reintroduction of additional facility features including community fitness programming in the spring. Continued use of the Acadia Pool will be re-evaluated when Acadia classes are completed in April.

Are changing rooms accessible?

Changing rooms are currently only available for pool users, but lockers are not available and you must do post-swim showers at home.

The main changing rooms will be closed to all who have access to the fitness centre. We will be advising all users of the facility to come dressed to work out. Storage for street shoes will be provided. Workout shoes will be expected to be worn when in the fitness facility. Accessible washrooms cannot be used as a place to change. 

I am a community member. How can I get more information about my membership?

We are encouraging our members to remain members. We will be extending your membership appropriately at no additional expense. We value your membership and hope you will be patient as we ensure a safe environment for all our users. If you do require more information, please contact the Acadia Box Office at boxoffice@acadiau.ca.

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