Pickleball is a fun game that is played on a badminton-sized court (indoors or outdoors) with the net lowered to 34 inches at the centre. It is played with a perforated plastic ball (similar to a whiffle ball) and wood or composite paddles.
It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. Regardless of skill level, it develops quickness of mind, faster reflexes, and uniquely activates portions of the brain that few other sports do.
It is a highly social game, bringing players into an environment where contact with others is a requisite part of the sport.
Its benefits for exercise and as a social experience are unparalleled.
Cowichan Lake Pickleball Outdoor Courts:
The Cowichan Lake Pickleball Club (CLPB) was established in the 1st quarter of 2017 to address the needs of the pickleball community for additional facilities and coordination. In March 2017, the club presented a proposal to the Town of Lake Cowichan to convert the complete Tennis Facility to pickleball. Town Council approved our requests and the project was immediately undertaken and a state-of-the-art Outdoor Pickleball Facility with 6 courts was opened in July 2017. Today’s membership is over 75 players and continuing to grow.
The Vancouver Island Pickleball Association lists the following, check out their website for up to date information here: www.vipa.ca
Kerry Park Recreation, 1035 Shawnigan Mill Bay Rd. Mill Bay, BC V0R 2P0
Monday, Wednesday & Friday, April 6 to August 28, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Thursdays, April 9 to August 27, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Info: Drop-in fee
Coverdale Watson Park, 1880 Wilmot Road, Cowichan Bay
One lined tennis court with tennis net. Available throughout the year until sunset weather permitting. Free play.
Farnsworth Park, 3649 Farnsworth Road, Cobble Hill
One lined sport court with portable net stored on-site. Available throughout the year until sunset weather permitting. Free play.
Red Arrow Brewing, 5255 Chaster Rd, Duncan, BC V9L 5J2
Three lined courts with portable nets. Available by arrangement with ownership. Hourly fee to be determined.
Cowichan Community Centre, 2687 James Street, Duncan, BC V9L 2X5
Mondays: Jan 6 – June 15, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm (no session Feb 17, Apr 13, May 18)
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Friday: Jan 2 – May 8: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm (no session Mar 5, Apr 10, 23, 24)
Info: Drop-in fee, 6 courts available
Centennial Park, Duncan
Pickleball lines painted on 2 tennis courts.
Herd Road Tennis Courts, 960 Herd Road, Maple Bay Map
Pickleball lines painted on tennis courts
Crofton (behind the Crofton Community Centre, 8104 Musgrave)
Info: 2 dedicated outdoor courts + adjacent tennis court with 1 court lined.
Drop-in basis – not monitored. No fees, players to provide their own balls & paddles.
Fuller Lake Pickleball Courts, Poplar Road, Chemainus BC Map
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00 am to noon – all welcome.
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 9:00 am to noon – advanced play (women 3.5+ & men 4.0+)
Info: Six dedicated outdoor pickleball courts, nets permanently in place. Drop-in basis – not monitored. No fees, players to provide their own balls & paddles.
Fuller Lake Pickleball Club
Cowichan Exhibition Park (Mellor Hall), 7380 Island Hwy, Duncan, BC Map
Starting mid September through mid-April:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Drills: Wednesday & Thursday: 9:00 am – 10:00 am ($1.00 extra)
Tuesdays are closed days, for ladder members only.
Important: check this calendar for blackout dates.
Drop-in fee $5.00, 6 indoor courts.
Salt Spring Island
For up-to-date information about where and when to play on Salt Spring Island check the Salt Spring Island Pickleball Association website.
For up-to-date information about where and when to play in the Cowichan Lake area check the Cowichan Lake Pickleball website:
Frank Jameson Community Centre, 810 Sixth Avenue, Ladysmith BC
Beginner: Tuesday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Intermediate: Rating 2.0 – 3.9
Wednesday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm &
Friday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am – noon
Advanced: Rating 4.0+
Monday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Thursday 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Sunday 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Info: 3 indoor courts, drop-in fee.