Chek out our new Summer programs for kids and adults at the same time!

Are you going for vacation but still want to keep in shape this summer? No problem.

We have classes which run 4, 6 or 8 week sessions.

Pay for 6 classes and use it any time during the 8 week summer session so you can take two weeks off for vacation any time.

Check out our new programs:

Outdoor Bootcamp and Youth Sports Conditioning ! Gain strength, stamina and have fun at the same time with programs run simultaneously for kids and adults. Bring your kids for a summer fun program which will keep them fit too.


summer schedule


Aquatics Info and Job Fair

Aquatics hiring Event Display

Come and discover the path to a rewarding aquatics career and learn how to develop your aquatics leadership skills. With many different career and volunteer opportunities to chose from, there’s something for everybody!

Develop new skills  |  Find a job  |  Meet new friends!

Friday May 23  |  2:00-7:00 PM


At the following YMCA locations:

Crowfoot YMCA –  8100 John Laurie Blvd NW

Eau Claire YMCA- 101 3 Street SW

Saddletowne YMCA-  180, 7555 Falconridge Blvd NE

Shawnessy YMCA-  400, 333 Shawville Blvd. SE





Healthy Kids Day

YMCA Healthy Kids Day is a free annual community event hosted by YMCAs across Canada in June. An action-packed event for the entire family, YMCA Healthy Kids Day places special emphasis on how healthy living can be fun and providing families with simple tips and resources to live healthy every day.

The YMCA believes healthy kids are the foundation and future of healthy communities. That’s why we offer programming and advocate year round for the healthy growth of children and youth in spirit, mind and body.

Raising healthy children is a community effort, and the YMCA is your community partner in nurturing the potential of kids.

Join us from 10am to 1pm on Sunday, June 1 for an engaging day of fun and exciting activities for holistic health!


Camp Riveredge – Nature in the City

Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with Fan Wu, Program Manager at Eau Claire YMCA, to chat about Camp Riveredge. Located in a gated area of Sandy Beach Park, YMCA Camp Riveredge is an outdoor camp inside the city.

Fan helps coordinate Riveredge Day Camps and says it’s one of Calgary’s best kept secrets. It’s completely different from any other day camp in the city and is a completely unique experience for kids.

“It’s the stepping stone between YMCA branch day camps and YMCA Camp Chief Hector overnight camp,” Fan said.

Campers at Camp Riveredge day camps participate in a lot of the same activities as normal summer camps. Low ropes challenge courses, bouldering walls for low climbing, archery, field games, orienteering, crafts, campfire, canoeing and even tubing on the river. They have tipis for shelter and spend nearly all of their time outside.

“It’s a lot of fun for the kids,” Fan said. “It’s outdoors, away from video games and technology. It’s a great time of play.”


Parent Kirsten Silcox has already signed her kids up for Camp Riveredge this summer after the fantastic experience they had last year.

“My two children attended Camp Riveredge for the first time last year. I had originally signed them up for a week in July and a week in August, they loved it so much I had to switch them from the YMCA swim camp so they could go for two more weeks.

They loved being outdoors, the crafts and especially the games! They came home every night singing songs they learned at campfire. I have signed them up again for several weeks this summer and they can’t wait to go. I would recommend this camp to all parents whose children have a love of the outdoors.”

“Getting kids to experience nature is really important,” Fan said. “This is an easy way to do that.”

YMCA Camp Riveredge day camps run for one or two week sessions throughout the summer. Children are divided into age groups from 6-15 years old. Camp runs from 8:30am-4:30pm and busing is available from YMCA Calgary locations from 7:30am with pick-up by 5:30pm.

Spaces are Still Available for Camp Riveredge Campers. Register your child today!
Call any YMCA Calgary location to register children for Camp Riveredge Day Camps.

Questions about Camp Riveredge can be directed to Jessica or Christine at (403) 781-1667 or


Earth Week at YMCA Calgary

Written by Deborah Wong, International Committee Volunteer

April 22 was Earth Day and the International Committee of YMCA put on an event for a week to celebrate our members. Earth Day is not just a day where people try to care more about their environment, but also raise awareness in our community to make a change on our daily bases to make our world greener.

earth week green team

This year, International committee wanted to focus on a global environmental issue – Food waste. Every year, Canadians waste approximately 27.7 billions worth of food. One third of the food is wasted at a retail level and the other third is wasted in our homes. Overall, two thirds of the food that is produced are wasted. Food waste doesn’t just harm us financially, but it also harms our environment. The rotten food at landfills produces methane, which is a greenhouse gas that is 25 times more harmful than carbon dioxide. Therefore, we had planned this event to encourage our members to donate food to Food Bank and contribute to our community.

Thanks to all our members support, we had successfully raised 165 pounds of food from Saddletowne and Shawnessy YMCA’s. Thank you for supporting us to continue caring about our environment and thank you for making our planet greener for our next generation.

LINC Volunteer Wins Volunteer of the Year

Blog post by Kelly Colson, LINC Director

We are happy to announce that one of our LINC Volunteers, Zobia Asif, won Community YMCA Adult Volunteer of the Year!  Zobia was honored at the YMCA Annual General Meeting on April 30th, along with the other amazing Volunteer of the Year recipients.

Zobia - Volunteer of the Year

Zobia’s YMCA experience began with a membership at the Saddletowne YMCA about three years ago. She started helping out with translation in a fitness class, which sparked her interest in community involvement and volunteering. After learning about the LINC program and Community YMCA, Zobia knew that her personal experience as a newcomer could help others.  Zobia became dedicated LINC volunteer, and we’ve been incredibly lucky to have her as part of our team since September 2012.

Zobia’s experience as an immigrant woman in Canada has made her a fantastic role model for the LINC participants.  She is always willing to help out a newcomer who may be struggling to adapt to life in Canada, and to share her story in order to inspire and motivate others.

Congratulations, Zobia! We are so proud of you!

To see Zobia’s Volunteer of the Year video, check out our Youtube page. You can also check out the interactive Annual Report on our website for more amazing YMCA stories. Look for Zobia’s cartoon above the Y logo … Happy reading!

There Is Still Space Available at Camp Chief Hector!

Grow, make friends, and have fun during the 84th summer at our award-winning[1] camp!

Space is still available in the following Camp Chief Hector summer camps:

6-day Mistaya | 10-11Y | Males
Aug. 17 – 22
Aug. 24 – 29

13-day Mistaya | 10Y | Males
Jul. 6 – 18
Jul. 20 – Aug. 1
Aug. 3 – 15

Sr. Shotungwa | 15Y | Females
Jul. 6-18

Leadership 1 | 16Y | Males
Jul. 6 – Aug. 1
Aug. 3 – 29

6-day Family Camp
Aug. 17 – 22
Aug. 24 – 29

*Limited space may be available for children and youth 12 – 16 years

Contact 403-269-6156 to learn more and to register for camp this summer.
Program descriptions and packing lists are available at our website.

If you’d like to speak with a family that currently attends Camp Chief Hector YMCA, please let us know and we can set up a telephone or in-person meeting with you.

“The counsellors both had really good leadership styles with the campers. I kept thinking to myself how fortunate these campers were to be exposed to this kind of experience.” – Program Reviewer from Banff National Park

“I felt trusted by my supervisors and confident in my abilities to lead. I adored all the campers in my care and always felt that I took away something special from each of them.” – Staff Member, 2013

“Both of my children had terrific counsellors. It was their first overnight experience and I love listening to all their stories, songs, adventures and successes.” – Camper Parent

“My time at camp has been one of the best times of my life. You will make lots of friends and have a great time.” – Teenage Camper


[1] Calgary’s Child, 1st Place, Best Residential Child & Youth Summer Camp
Calgary Herald Readers Choice, 1st Place, Best Residential Child & Youth Summer Camp

Beginner Bootcamp

Are you a new exerciser?

Do you want to be a healthier you?

Do you want to have fun on your journey in that direction?

Join our new Beginner Bootcamp class.

Beginner Bootcamp Poster

Designed for the new exerciser, Beginner Bootcamp will take you through small steps on your way to being a healthier you.

Class starts Friday May 16 | 12:05-12:50pm | for 6 Weeks | at Eau Claire YMCA

Register at Member Services (403-269-6701) with course code 88715.



UNOFFICIAL RESULTS YMCA Strong Kids 10k & Family Fun Run

family running

CONGRATULATIONS to all the YMCA Strong Kids 10k & Family Fun Run participants on a successful run today!


Here are the unofficial results:




The 10 km Race starts at 9:00am. The 1.5 km Family Fun Run starts at 10:30am

Support the YMCA and enjoy a fun and healthy event along the banks of the Bow River. All proceeds helps children and youth reach their potential.

Adults                       $35
Youth (8-17Y)         $20
Kids (7Y & under)  $10 (includes t-shirt & medal)

Registration fees will be refunded for those who raise more than $100 in sponsorship for YMCA Strong Kids.

Register online today!



Summer Student and Youth Passes

School’s OUT! YMCA Summer Passes are IN!

Summer Passes for Students (18-25Y) & Youth (12-17Y) are Back!

Choose From:

City-wide Summer Pass (5 months)

  • Students $245 | Youth $155
  • April 1 – August 31
  • Join anytime (fees are pro-rated)

Go Monthly

  • Students $50 | Youth $45
  • No contract, joining fee or withdrawal fees.
  • Join today!

Visit any YMCA Calgary location for more information and to sign-up.