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Take a tour inside CARSA as construction nears completion and hear from a recreation programmer, CanAssist software programmer and varsity athlete about how this new centre will make a difference in their lives, as well as the lives of thousands of UVic students, faculty, staff and community members.

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Opening day excitement builds for CARSA

Seven years ago, the potential users of the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) sat down with members of UVic’s Facilities Management to discuss what they imagined the new facility would look like and do. Now the 17,700-square-metre building is ready to open on May 1 and Vikes Recreation Health and Fitness Programmer Amy Allen can’t wait.

Recreation services to move to CARSA: update on ISC

There will be some service disruption at the Ian Stewart Complex (ISC) as recreation staff and operations relocate to the new Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA).


As we begin to prepare for the exciting opening of CARSA this spring, we take a look back at some of the greatest moments within the walls of McKinnon Gymnasium for the Vikes, UVic and the entire community.

New home to benefit CanAssist tech development

Two-year-old cyclist Declan is one of thousands of people with disabilities who have benefitted from CanAssist's customized technologies over the past 15 years. The move into CARSA will make its technology development and on-campus collaboration activities more effective than ever before.

Peninsula Co-op is CARSA's first corporate naming partner

Peninsula Co-op has come on board as the first coporate naming partner for CARSA, UVic's Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities. A special announcement was held in front of the climbing tower to reveal the partnership on Nov. 4.