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The Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts

The Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts officially opened in September of 2014, and is housed in the historic post office building in downtown Dawson Creek. The 42,000 sq.ft. heritage building was converted into a community and cultural centre and features the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre, the South Peace Historical Society Archives, a multipurpose theatre space, meeting rooms, dance and textile studios and administrative offices.

The old post office building has been rejuvenated to utilize state of the art green technology.

Address:
10401 – 10 Street
Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 3T8

Municipal Public Library

A collection of over 60,000 items of popular fiction, newspapers, magazines, children’s titles, and reference books makes the Dawson Creek Public Library a source of pride for the whole community. 

The recently renovated library offers programs for all ages, hosts authors and displays timely or seasonal materials.

Popular children’s programs include Story time, Tots and Books, and the Summer Reading Program. An outreach service for patrons who cannot travel to the library is also available.

Computer stations are available to the public with access to the Internet, word processing software, and many children’s multimedia programs. For those who are interested in local history, the Calverley Collection contains a wealth of information on Dawson Creek and Northeastern British Columbia.

A large collection of large print and audio books is available for loan. The Library also has a varied collection of musical cassettes, CDs and videos.

Address:
1001 McKellar Avenue
Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4W7

South Peace Community Multiplex

The South Peace Community Multiplex is home to the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre, the Encana Events Centre, and the Lakota Agriplex. 

The Multiplex also houses:

  • Meeting facility able to accommodate banquets
  • Concession and food services area to serve entire Multiplex
  • Children’s play space
  • Potential for lease/retail opportunities
  • Climbing wall and boulder

Address:
300 – Highway 2
Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 0A4

Encana Events Centre

The Encana Events Centre is capable of hosting everything from big name entertainment to equestrian events to indoor sports like soccer and motorbike races. It has a seating capacity of 6500 (4500 permanent and 2000 moveable). The Centre has a 110’ x 230’ interior event space. Global Spectrum is the operator of this facility.

Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre

The Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre features an 8 lane 25m competition pool, therapeutic leisure pool, tot’s pool and hot tub. Additionally there are diving boards, a waterslide, sauna and steam room. 

The Aquatic Centre offers courses year-round, including; swim lessons, fitness classes (a variety for all fitness abilities from gentle to moderate intensity), leadership development (including Lifeguard, Swim Instructor and First Aid courses) as well as specialty classes.

For more information, visit the Community Services Department or call 250-782-7946

Walking Track

Located on the third floor of the Encana Events Centre, the walking track is free for the general public to use. To access the walking track, use the entrance via the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre BC. All walking track participants must sign in at the pool. Lockers are available in the pool lobby and can be used for a small fee.

For information visit the Community Services Department or call 250-782-7946

 Walking Track Schedule

Climbing Wall

Located in the Lobby of the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre, this 46 foot tall Climbing wall offers a variety of programs year-round, including learn to climb classes, movement and technique classes, fitness classes,  clubs  and Drop in Climb.

For a full list of programs, visit the Community Services Department page or call 250-782-7946.

Lakota Agriplex

The Lakota Agriplex provides an opportunity to showcase the region’s agricultural roots with a riding arena and stalls. It is a 120’ x 250’ clear span building.

This state of the art equestrian and agricultural centre is located adjacent to the EnCana Events Centre. Volunteers from the Dawson Creek & District Stable and Arena Association worked hand in hand with the City of Dawson Creek to help bring the Lakota Agriplex to life. 

There are a variety of events hosted here throughout the year. As well, people have the option of stabling their horses here, and utilizing the riding arena as part of an annual pass or on a drop-in basis.

There are 110 indoor stalls, 76 tack lockers, a complete wash and grooming area, and a 100′ x 240′ riding area.

Sustainability

Electricity Conservation

Our downtown traffic lights are now LED, the longest lasting and lowest electricity consuming lighting technology available today, making city lighting the most efficient and lowest cost to operate.   The City has also taken advantage of a community grant to install Solar Street lights in areas where residents have requested additional lighting.

Mayor and Council continue to create a sustainable culture and spirit of conservation by implementing in-house community programs to reduce consumption, promote conservation and raise environmental awareness at work and at home.  Through staff training and the City’s distinctive campaign, “Turn It Off Dawson Creek”, staff have been encouraged to turn off lights, faucets, computers and vehicles.  Due to this program we are seeing businesses and homeowners conserving energy and water “Turning It Off”.  The City continues to move forward in a leadership role in the community.

In 2011, the City of Dawson Creek, Tourism Dawson Creek and BC Hydro held its first annual “Candlelight Conservation Dinner” which attracted over 500 participants and was hosted by 12 local restaurants. This evening event was designed to create conversations surrounding energy conservation, and in each year since, has been regarded as a valuable and enjoyable success.     

BC Hydro and the City of Dawson Creek partner to fund an Energy Manager position locally in an effort to identify and track energy use, and to influence staff behaviours. Many energy upgrades have been completed in existing facilities along with the creation and implementation of numerous energy saving projects. 

In fall of 2012 the City of Dawson Creek received funding from the Fraser Basin Council for the installation of seven (7) Electric Vehicle charging stations. The charging stations are free to use.

Effluent Reuse – Dawson Creek’s Reclaimed Water Facility

Dawson Creek continues to look for innovative ways of integrating environmental sustainability and economic vitality. A recent example is the Water Reuse Project in partnership with Shell.  The Water Reuse Project takes domestic sewage and treats it to industry-defined quality parameters for use in the oil and gas industry in place of fresh or potable water. Treating water to a higher quality standard (i.e. potable) is expensive, and is unnecessary for many industrial processes.  The bulk of the treated water is being piped to Shell’s sites west of the City; with a truck filling station on the City site for use by other companies. This award winning project has been certified to a LEED standard and is significantly reducing demand on the City’s water system while still allowing for expansion of industry in the region. You can learn more about our Reclaimed Water Facility here.

Solar Hot Water

Seven municipal buildings: City Hall, Fire Hall, RCMP building, Senior’s Hall, Sudeten Hall, the Airport, and public works have seen cost savings with the installation of solar hot water heaters. In each location, the hot water system is diverted through a roof mounted solar heating panel. Several models have been tested to determine which ones function best in our climate. Each of the seven Solar Hot Water heaters was installed by our Northern Lights College partner through the renewable energy training and awareness program. Seniors and students both gained knowledge from the installation of the new Solar Hot Water system at the Senior’s Hall. The province’s building code has changed and The City of Dawson Creek is following direction in requiring all new homes to be built “Solar Ready”. 


 Solar Powered Bus Stops and Signage

Improvements to public transit include expanded bus routes and upgrades to bus stops, increasing safety and convenience.  Eight bus stops now have solar powered lights. The installation of solar powered caution lights and lighted crosswalk signs improves public safety. The trail has been upgraded with solar lights to increase safety and visibility and two Solar Speed signs are in use on high traffic streets reminding drivers to slow down.  The success of this project has the City looking at purchasing additional speed signs for other areas of the City through various grants and partnership funding. 

Water, Waste & Energy Conservation

As per Council direction and initiative, the City asked NEAT (Northern Environment Action Team) to complete a “Waste & Energy Assessment” on City owned facilities.  Assessing the buildings told us “how” current reduction practices are progressing and “what” opportunities there are for us to improve.  We passed the test and win the honour of displaying the NEAT Approved Logo on doors at City facilities.  The City encourages local businesses to take up the challenge and sign up for this assessment. 

Council’s Green Building Policy and Green Vehicle Policy  –  Energy & Water Conservation, Recycling, Composting and Idle Reduction are some of the many goals and objectives for reducing emissions, waste, energy and water use at the corporate level.  Many of these policy options have been adapted and expanded at the community level.

Mayor and Council created a carbon fund policy in 2011 to help accelerate investment in emissions reduction projects in Dawson Creek to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.

In recent years, residents and surrounding communities were given the opportunity to purchase Rain Barrels and Compost Bins at a reduced rate in effort to raise awareness of water co conservation and waste diversion.