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.
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.
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 – one-hour session = $55
5 – one-hour sessions = $270
10 – one-hour sessions = $529
Group training rate per 1-hour session
Group of 2 = $60
Group of 3 = $65
Group of 4 = $70
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.
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.
After a two-year hiatus, Teen Night is back at Brockville YMCA! Area teens asked for a safe space to hang with friends, use wi-fi, have a choice whether to participate in available activities, and to access food. The YMCA answered with Teen Night, which has become a very popular weekly event.
Ages: 13-18 years
Friday night from 7pm-midnight
Free wifi, snacks, gym access and more.
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. COVID protocols are in place.
Mon-Thurs: 3 - 6:30 pm and Friday: 2:30 - 6 pm
Work Hard. Eat Well.
This two-hour weekly program is offered at no charge to kids between the ages of nine and 13 at the Rideau Heights Community Centre in Kingston and in Brockville.
During the first hour, children participate in various physical activities designed for exercise and fun; in the second hour, they have a delicious and nutritious meal. Work Hard Eat Well (WHEW) has become one of the YMCA’s most popular youth recreation programs. It provides nutritional and physical literacy in a safe, positive and inclusive environment to youth in Kingston’s north end and in Brockvile. But WHEW is so much more than that.
This barrier-free program is offered at no-cost to participants. It provides a wholesome environment where children make new friends, gain new skills and information, and learn positive behaviours from counsellors who become their role models.
Children from Kingston and Brockville’s diverse communities are given an opportunity to expand their horizons. Principals and educators at the schools with which we partner, are fully supportive of this program, promoting it among school families and provide recommendations for children who might benefit from the program. The City of Kingston also recognizes the value that WHEW brings to our community and provides the location to operate the Kingston program. WHEW has expanded to include summer and school-year programs. It has assisted more than 12,000 children in the Rideau Heights Community and is now available in Brockville.
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 YMCA (Wright Cres. Facility)
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
Please note: This is not a free service, contact member services for pricing details.
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
April Kirkpatrick RECE
613-546-2647 ext. 237
Karen Coates CYW
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.
Brockville and Prescott Swimming Report Cards
Kingston swimming report card
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.
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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.
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:
Contact Victoria at: (613) 342-7961 ext. 35 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
This program is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion.