The Earl Mah Aquatic Centre will remain closed until November.

Pool shutdown extended until Nov. 3

A new exhaust fan is proving to be more trouble than originally thought while being installed in the Earl Mah Aquatic Centre’s pool.

A new exhaust fan is proving to be more trouble than originally thought while being installed in the Earl Mah Aquatic Centre’s pool.

Due to a number of factors, the City of Prince Rupert and Northern Health have deemed the pool unfit for public use while an ongoing series of upgrades are performed.

City manager Robert Long explained in detail the lengths pool workers are going to open the pool as fast as possible last Monday night during a city council meeting .

“Because of a number of issues, particularly the fabrication of the exhaust fan for the pool boiler and the need for us to continue to work with Northern Health,” explained Long, “… that we’ll be doing a number of things through October with the idea to open the pool on Nov. 3 for public use.”

The pool was originally scheduled to be opened on Oct. 14.

The Prince Rupert Amateur Swim Club (PRASC) will be one user group hit hard by the news as by Oct. 18 of last year, the club was already hosting its first invitational meet.

PRASC head coach Chris Street updated the club members with the news on PRASC’s website and will hold dryland training on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. They’ll also do yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays until Nov. 3.

New or existing members who missed the registration cutoff will be accepted until Nov. 4 whereupon registration will be completed.

Members can contact PRASC at 250-624-8023 and through email at

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