The Leisure Assistant's Pass is one way in which Recreation Integration Victoria (RIV) breaks down barriers for people with disabilities so they can participate in community-based leisure services. The pass eliminates the financial barrier encountered by a person with a disability who requires an assistant. Simply stated, it insures that a person who requires assistance is not paying double.* As with any other member of the community, the person with a disability pays a the regular admission, for a person their age, when accessing a leisure service. On presentation of their Leisure AssistantÕs Pass their assistant is given free admission. This recognizes the important role the Leisure Assistant plays in making the opportunity accessible and possible for the person with the disability.
Recognizing that the Leisure Assistant may not be the same person each time (e.g. a volunteer, contract worker, parent, teaching assistant, etc.), the card is made out to the person with a disability. There is no charge for the pass and no special referral is needed to request a pass. The person requiring the pass or their designate can make the request. Each pass is issued for 6 months. When a new one is needed, simply contact our office at 477-6314. We will be happy to issue a new pass.
¥ For people with disabilities who are economically disadvantaged we encourage you to contact us or your local recreation centre Manager to discuss, in confidence, other forms of assistance that may be available to you.
The following facilities/attractions accept the Leisure AssistantÕs Pass:
All Municipally funded Recreation Centres and Facilities
All Fun Waterslides and Recreation Park (N.B. - waterslides only) (474-3184)
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (384-4101)
Blanshard, Burnside Gorge, Fairfield, Fernwood, James Bay, Oaklands, and Victoria West Community Centres
and Oaklands Community Centres
Butchart Gardens (652-4422)
Craigdarroch Castle. (N.B. - Not wheelchair accessible) (592-5323)
National Geographic IMAX Theatre. (480-4887)
Royal BC Museum (356-7226)
Royal London Wax Museum (388-4461)
Seaparc Pool, Sooke (642-8000)
Seasonal Productions of Intrepid Theatre (eg. Victoria Fringe Festival)(383-2663)
Sidney Marine Museum (656-1322)
Undersea Gardens (382-5717)
UVic's Athletic & Recreation Card Holders (N.B. - ARAC members only)
Victoria Butterfly Gardens (652-3822)
Victoria YM/YWCA (388-6120)
N.B. To avoid confusion at the admission booth, it is suggested that you call ahead to many of these places, (especially tourist attractions with seasonal staff) to let them know you are coming.