YMCA of Eastern Ontario

Building healthy communities

Everything we do has a single purpose: to improve the health and well-being of our members in spirit, mind and body.

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.
 

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Schedules & Guides

See the Quick Links menu for up-to-date program schedules and guides. On mobile, scroll to the top of this page; on desktop, refer to the right-hand column.

See our rates here and our hours here.


Adult Fitness

Discover many healthy opportunities at your Y.

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.

For schedules, select your location from the Quick Links menu.

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.

Please note: that children must be at least 10 years old and be able to understand and follow Y rules including Covid protocols to participate in adult fitness. This includes adult group fitness classes. Rules include: no running, staying in their spot, being safe with weights, not yelling or interrupting a class and being able to participate for a full hour when in a class. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. 


Personal Training

Our Y experts can help your reach your health goals.

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.

1 x one hour session = $57
5  x one-hour sessions = $278
10 x one-hour sessions = $536

Group training rate per 1-hour session
One-hour session for a group of 2 =  $62
One-hour session for a group of 3 = $67
One-hour session for a group of 4 = $72

To meet our personal trainers, click here.


Total Life Care

Offered at Kingston YMCA, Total Life Care specialty programs (TLC) are designed to meet a variety of conditions and health issues in our well-equipped, air-conditioned studio – refurbished with generous support from the W.J Henderson Foundation. 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.

Participants are also welcome to take advantage of the rest of the facility - swimming pools, group fitness classes, aquafit classes, adult recreation programs and so on. 


Youth Recreation

The YMCA of Eastern Ontario offers a full range of recreational programs such as basketball, dance and karate (Brockville) 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.

Teen Night

Teen Night at Brockville YMCA is back by popular demand, offering local teens a safe and engaging space to connect with friends, enjoy Wi-Fi access, partake in various activities at their discretion, and grab a bite to eat. This event has quickly become a community favourite, held weekly for all to enjoy.

Ages: 13-18
Friday nights from 7pm-11pm
Pool: 7-10pm
Free wifi, snacks, gym access and more.

Teen Drop-in

Our Teen Drop-in Centre at Brockville Y is in full swing, offering youth between the ages of 13 and 18, a safe space to hang out, do crafts, play video games, access wifi, have snacks and more. No registration required.

Hours:
Mon-Thurs: 3 - 6:30 pm and Friday: 2:30 - 6 pm

Work Hard. Eat Well.

The YMCA offers the Work Hard, Eat Well program in Brockville and Kingston. It is operated three days per week for seven to 15 year olds, with a hybrid of registered and drop-in options. The program is free to participants.

A variety of activities are offered from crafts, gym games, cooking and team-building to encourage physical activity and just having fun! By providing mentorship, YMCA staff support each youth in their social and emotional growth through interactive games, skill development and opportunities to make new friends.

Young people have the opportunity to drop in and participate in structured activities and are provided with a healthy meal, which includes a recipe card showing how to re-create this meal at home with simple ingredients.

With our supportive YMCA staff and a healthy meal, WHEW has been a huge success, and youth often share the positive impact it has on their lives.


Mobile Y

Mobile Y brings YMCA fitness programs to rural areas. Seniors' cardio, strength and core programs run periodically throughout the year.

Upcoming Programs:

Prescott
February 9 - March 29

Tone and balance Fridays from 9 - 9:50am
Gentle Stretch Fridays from 10 - 10:50am

Prescott Town Hall
360 Dibble St. West

Registration required. Please call Brockville YMCA at 613-342-7961

Wilton
February 8 - March 22

Tone and balance Tuesdays from 9 - 9:50am

Wilton Hall
251 Simmons Rd. Odessa

Registration required. Please call Kingston YMCA at 613-546-2647

For more information, email or call Tracy Vallier at 613-546-2647 ext. 247


Specialized Programs

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.

In addition to regular programs, the Brockville YMCA offers karate classes through our River House Karate Club.


Camps

Summer and School Break Camps

YMCA summer camps are delivered in Brockville, Gananoque, Kingston and North Grenville. From sports to cooking, nature and theatre, there is sure to be a camp for your child.

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.

Additional helpful links can be found in Quick Links.

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P.A. Day Camps

Children will enjoy creative, activity-filled days during our P.A. day programs throughout the year. Extended hours are available from 7:30am – 9am and from 4pm – 5:30pm at no additional cost.

For information, please see our program guides or contact member services.

Kingston
613-546-2647
Brockville
613-342-7961

 

Extended Licensed School Age Care (ELSAC)

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 

Kingston
April Kirkpatrick RECE
613-546-2647 ext. 237
Email
Brockville
Karen Coates CYW
613-342-7961 ext. 22
Email


Aquatics

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.

Advanced Aquatics Courses

Aquatics Programs

Swimming Report Cards

Pool Rentals


Y Penguins

In 2001, a partnership between former marathon swimmer Vicki Keith and the YMCA of Kingston resulted in the development of the 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 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.

Read more about the Y Penguins


Squash

Squash courts are available at the YMCA in Kingston.

Book a court

 

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Instructions for new account registration


Childcare

Your Y's Commitment to Quality Childcare.

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.

Join the Kingston Childcare waitlist 

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You & the YMCA: Partners in home childcare

Are you ready for a rewarding career or to take your existing home childcare business to the next level?

Come and partner with Ontario’s largest childcare provider. YMCA childcare supports the healthy growth of children and has more than 150 years of experience in child and youth programming. As one of our licensed home childcare providers, you will receive ongoing training and support to nurture each child’s development. The benefits of being a YMCA-licensed home childcare provider include:

  • Eligibility for government wage-subsidy grant
  • Ability to stay at home with your family
  • Opportunity to set your own hours
  • Having compensation deposited directly into your bank account
  • Leaving parent fee collection to the YMCA of Eastern Ontario
  • Accessing the YMCA lending program for highchairs, strollers, playpens, etc.
  • Receiving support from, and consultation with a YMCA Home Visitor
  • Networking opportunities with other caregivers
  • Training
  • Receiving support with planning nutritious menus, routines and programming
  • Ongoing assistance with compliance to Ministry regulations

Interested in learning more?

Contact Victoria at: (613) 342-7961 ext. 35 or victoria.shepherd@eo.ymca.ca.

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Youth Gambling Awareness Program

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.

We offer:

  • Interactive sessions for youth ages 8-24
  • Interactive sessions for adults involved in youth people’s lives
  • Curriculum activities based on Ministry of Education requirements
  • Attendance at community fairs/events
  • Community awareness sessions
  • Presentations to schools and organizations that work with youth
  • Educational workshops for: parents, teachers, health professionals and other agencies/organizations working with youth
  • Referral to gambling treatment services

This program is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion.

Contact us for more details:

Evelyn Mason
613-530-7617
evelyn.mason@eo.ymca.ca