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Recreation

The residents of Channel-Port aux Basques are very recreation oriented and are involved in numerous varieties of sports and activities. Sports including broomball, softball, ice hockey, soccer, track and field, badminton, volleyball, ball hockey, curling, bowling, basketball and baseball have all been played at a competitive level. The rich sporting tradition of the community remains today as residents are still active on the provincial and national sporting scene. Visit the town’s community calendar for a list of community events.

Bruce II Sports Complex

The cornerstone of recreation for Channel-Port aux Basques resides at the Bruce II Sports Centre. Constructed in 1996 after fire destroyed the original Bruce Arena, this facility is a leader in recreation offerings for Newfoundland and Labrador. The facility boasts an ice rink, two curling sheets, a six lane bowling alley, a swimming pool, fitness centre and meeting facilities. Multiple organizations operate programming from the centre including figure skating, curling, bowling, swimming, aerobics, hockey and broomball. As the hub for recreation activity in the community, the Bruce II Sports Centre offers something for everyone.

Contact Info:
Recreation Department
200 Hardy’s Arterial (P.O. Box 70)
Port aux Basques, NL A0M 1C0
Tel: (709) 695-3592 Fax: (709) 695-7683
Email: bruce2arena@nf.aibn.com

Hockey

The first official hockey game was played in 1966 at the original Bruce Arena. This game featured Corner Brook Junior Pats versus the Glace Bay Junior Miners of Nova Scotia. The Bruce Arena was destroyed by fire in 1995 and replaced by the Bruce II Sports Complex in 1996.

Today, during the winter season, individuals can watch junior hockey and support the local Mariners hockey team. These games typically take place Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons with the purchase of a ticket. Visit www.gomarinersgo.ca for further information.

Minor hockey in Channel-Port aux Basques also began in the 1966 with the establishment of the Channel-Port aux Basques Minor Hockey Association. The inaugural season consisted of Nathan Kettle serving as the first President of the Association, along with Harry Anderson as first vice-president and Reverend Bellamy as Treasurer.

The first All-Newfoundland Tournament to take place in Channel-Port aux Basques was on March 28-29, 1966, as the Bruce Arena played host to the Pee Wee B division. Teams from Bell Island, Botwood, Buchans, and Clarenville played against the Port aux Basques squad. Today, many children are involved with the Channel-Port aux Basques Minor Hockey Association and register every winter to participate.

Contact Info:
Port aux Basques Minor Hockey
200 Hardy’s Arterial (P.O. Box 1461)
Port aux Basques, NL A0M 1C0
Tel: (709) 695-7118
Website: www.portauxbasquesminorhockey.ca

The Port aux Basques Recreational Ball Hockey League offers an opportunity for males ages 15 and older an opportunity to stay fit and active during the spring while improving their hockey skills. This program is available from April to June each year.

A men’s recreational hockey league is also provided for those over the age of 30 and an Intermediate league for males and females over the age of 18. In addition there are shinny hockey ice slots available during the week. Please contact the Bruce II Sports Centre for more information.

Bowling

The first bowling lanes were housed in the original Bruce Arena and became a passionate sport of the community. Today, the lanes are operated from the Bruce II Sports Complex, but the same passion remains. There are various leagues and organizations available for bowlers of all ages. The Youth Bowling Canada organization offers league bowling for youth of the region and produces bowlers that compete at national events. For more information on becoming involved in bowling, please contact the Bruce II Sports Centre bowling alley at (709) 695-2642.

Swimming

An addition to the Bruce II Sports Complex, the swimming pool was opened in 2002. Having gone nearly 20 years without a facility, the swimming pool has become a welcomed and well utilized facility. The local Piranha Swim Club offers competitive swimming for youth. Various swim times are allocated to different age groups and type of swimmer from advanced to leisure. For more information on available swim times and offerings, please contact (709) 695-3131.

Figure Skating

The Port aux Basques Figure Skating club offers figure skating instruction and competition to both youth females and males in the region. This organization is well established and offers programming for youth of all ages.

Contact Info:
Port aux Basques Figure Skating Club
P.O. Box 1058
Port aux Basques, NL A0M 1C0
Tel: (709) 695-2449
Email: pabffc@yahoo.ca

Curling

Also operating from the sports complex is the Gateway Curling Club. This organization has made great progress since the construction of two dedicated curling rinks in the new arena. Offering sport instruction for newcomers and experienced curlers alike, the club hosts various leagues and tournaments throughout the year.

Contact Info:
Gateway Curling Club
P.O. Box 2244
Port aux Basques, NL A0M 1C0

Other Recreation Facilities

Softball Field
The local softball field has been host to many softball tournaments including men’s, female, co-ed and high school. The field is open to the public any time residents feel like hitting or throwing around the ball.

Soccer Pitch
This is the site of the former Lou Hardwick baseball diamond, which has been converted to a new soccer pitch. With lush natural grass, the field can be used for a big game of soccer, American football or simply to kick around the ball.

Skateboard Park
With an increase in skateboarding by local youth, the Town converted a former tennis court in to park for skaters. The park located in the Newtown area of Town has become a popular hangout for skateboarders during the summer months.

Community Playgrounds
Port aux Basques is home to several community playgrounds. There is Little Bay Park in Grand Bay, Andy’s Rainbow Park on Stadium Road, Hideaway Park in Mouse Island, the Robert & Paul Memorial park on LeGallais Street, a park in Grand Bay West and a recently developed one on Taverner Drive, the newest subdivision of the community. With an abundance of parks, families and youth in the region have close access to recreation and most importantly, fun.
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