We know health is more than just the absence of illness or your physical fitness level. It’s also about your social, mental and emotional well-being. That’s why, at the Y, we think the best way to help people is by offering programs and services that give them a chance to connect with others and build a supportive network where we’re all working together to reach our goals and are building healthier communities in the process.
It doesn’t matter what shape you’re in. You will find lots of enjoyable programs for all age groups and fitness levels, which will soon have you feeling great in more ways than you ever thought possible.
The YMCA of Eastern Ontario offers many recreation options for adults in our community. From swimming and gymnasium sports, to squash, dance and personal wellness and fitness.
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Your inclusive membership includes all our fitness programs. We offer a variety of classes, health and wellness programs, and workshops throughout the year to help you achieve your health and wellness goals. YMCA certified instructors—who are evaluated every two years and attend training events to maintain their certifications—teach all our programs and classes. Many of our instructors are also volunteers at the Y. They lend their time and expertise to make your experience even more rewarding.
Let our personal trainers lead you in the right direction in developing a customized fitness routine. Working with a personal trainer will help you reach your fitness goals and start on the path to a healthy lifestyle.
Total Life Care specialty programs (TLC) are designed to meet a variety of conditions and health issues in our well-equipped, air-conditioned Empire Life Health and Wellness Studio. A certified personal trainer is always available to help develop a regimen based on your unique health needs. When you register, you select which days and time you will attend. With regular fitness classes, programs tailored to chronic conditions and lots of support, the YMCA helps individuals of all ages enjoy a better quality-of-life.
Health conditions include: heart conditions, fibromyalgia, arthritis, osteoarthritis, knee/hip replacement, obesity, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cancer.
The YMCA of Eastern Ontario offers a full range of recreational programs such as badminton, volleyball, basketball, hip hop, Zumbini (Kingston), karate (Brockville) and soccer that take place in safe, non-competitive environments where everyone is treated equally and in an atmosphere of mutual respect. We believe that recreational activities help develop self-esteem and confidence, and help youth to work both as individuals and as part of a team. We also believe that recreation can make a real difference to communities, helping them meet and come together through a shared passion for their activity.
YMCAs offer programs and services based on community need and capacity. This flexibility means that programming among Ys is not locked in to a one-size-fits-all approach.
Adult members with children six years of age and under can take advantage of the YMCA of Eastern Ontario’s Playcare service while they are enjoying YMCA services, programs and activities.
Kingston location (excluding SHAC)
Monday - Friday 9:15 am – noon
Tuesday & Thursday: 9 am – 11:30 am
Monday to Thursday: 5:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Saturday: 9 am – noon
Sunday: 9 am – 11:30 am
Be sure to check our summer camp guides to see what’s being offered. Our recreation camps are planned around a day of healthy activities and exciting events that are based on the age of the camper and their abilities. Throughout the week, camp groups will participate in age-appropriate activities including field trips, art, science, music, organized sports, games and daily swimming. All of our staff are fully trained camp counselors chosen to ensure campers will discover new interests, gain independence, and make lasting friendships all while having fun in a safe and structured environment.
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Children will enjoy creative, activity-filled days during our P.A. day programs throughout the year. Extended hours are available from 7:30 am – 9 am and from 4 pm – 5:30 pm at no additional cost.
For information, please see our program guides or contact member services.
Extended Licensed School Age Care (ELSAC) is an extension of our licensed before-and-after-school program that involves play-based activities that are carefully planned to reflect the experiences, needs and interests of the children enrolled at each site. A unique variety of fun activities are available, including arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor games, science and music. Children and youth will enjoy a swim as well as weekly field trips or special guests. All ELSAC locations are staffed by professionally trained, carefully chosen personnel who possess an Early Childhood Education Diploma or equivalent.
For more information
613-546-2647 ext. 237
613-342-7961 ext. 22
Our customized programs offer something for everyone, from those learning to take their first strokes, to water fitness enthusiasts. YMCA aquatics programs teach participants how to be safe in and around water, and give them the sense of accomplishment that comes from learning something new. Programs include lessons for infants through adults, classes for children with physical disabilities (Kingston), aqua-fitness classes, swim teams, SCUBA diving (Brockville), masters programs, as well as aquatics leadership and certification programs. Members can also enjoy drop-in swimming programs included in your YMCA membership fee.
In 2001, a partnership between former marathon swimmer Vicki Keith and the YMCA of Kingston resulted in the development of the Kingston Y Penguins Aquatic Club. Vicki knew that there was a huge need in our communities for sport and physical activities for young people with physical disabilities. Having grown up at the YMCA, Vicki felt strongly that this was the ideal place for such a project.
The Kingston Y Penguins was developed as a swim team for children with physical disabilities and their able-bodied siblings. Through sport, these young people explore their abilities and find within themselves the confidence to pursue their goals and the capacity to develop the skills that will help them see the many possibilities for their future. Participants learn how to focus on their abilities while developing physical and emotional strength, independence, and confidence. Participants have the opportunity to meet friends, have fun, develop a healthy active lifestyle while building confidence and self esteem.
Since the inception of the Y Penguins, participants have proven again and again that nothing is impossible. When faced with a roadblock or hurdle, they know that they can overcome it. They learn to strive and set goals. They explore their own limits, push beyond past expectations and take on new challenges.
At this time, you are able to register online for recreation camps, and some youth recreation and adult fitness programs.
Squash courts are available at the YMCA in Kingston. To set up an account, contact member services.
The YMCA of Eastern Ontario has been providing quality childcare to families in Kingston and Brockville for more than 37 years. Children have the right to a secure, safe and age-appropriate program that fosters social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth. Your Y offers licensed childcare for children ages infant to six years as well as before-and-after school care.
Our programs provide the opportunity for each child to grow and develop in an enjoyable, welcoming, positive environment. A variety of activities are available, including arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor games, science, music, school readiness, and much more.
Our program sites are staffed by professionally trained, carefully-chosen personnel who possess an Early Childhood Education Diploma or equivalent. All staff hold current CPR and First Aid certificates, and have been cleared a thorough criminal police check. Our childcare staff are imaginative, creative, and enthusiastic, and offer programs that foster healthy child development.
We believe that prevention programs are essential to improving individual health and personal development and creating a healthier community. The Y implements educational prevention programs designed to raise youth awareness with regards to gambling, healthy/active living and making informed decisions.
For information or to book a presentation with our youth gambling outreach worker, please contact: Edward Itliong at 613-634-7008 x 3246 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This program is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion.