Time Traveller: A look back at B.C.’s former Provincial Recreation program

Pro-Rec provided instructors and athletic equipment. In turn, local communities were expected to provide a facility

This photo from 1948 shows members of the Pro-Rec group in Dollarton. “Pro Rec,” short for Provincial Recreation, was a community sport and recreation initiative offered through the physical education branch of the B.C. Department of Education. The community-oriented scheme (initially set up in 1934) offered volunteer-run games and recreation classes for those unemployed aged 15 and over. The program proved so popular, that the Pro-Rec program was made available to all in 1936.

The Pro-Rec program offered free classes and sports to its

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