All posts by Oscar Cruz

Stampede Breakfasts 2017

Stampede Breakfasts

Swap your gym wear for Stampede wear and come say howdy!


Join us for a tasty Stampede breakfast at one of five locations from July 11 – 14.

Stampede Breakfast Schedule:

Shawnessy YMCA  | 400 – 333 Shawville Blvd. SE  |  Tuesday, July 11 | 7-10 am

Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA  | 101 3 Street SW |  Wednesday, July 12 | 7-9 am

Remington YMCA  | 108 Quarry Park Rd SE  | Thursday, July 13 | 7-9 am

Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot  |  8100 John Laurie Blvd NW  |  Friday, July 14 | 7-9 am

Saddletowne YMCA  |  80-7555 Falconridge Blvd NE  | Friday, July 14 | 9-11 am









Bring the whole family and enjoy pancakes and healthy treats.
See you there!




LocalMotion Blog Header 1

YMCA Celebrates Canada’s 150!

YMCA Canada is celebrating Canada’s 150 through our LocalMOTION program.  Help us celebrate Canada through our fun online challenges and learn more about Canada’s railroad history and YMCA’s involvement.


How to Participate

Complete one or all of the challenges (and share!) for a chance to win monthly prizes and a grand prize of VIA Rail’s “The Canadian” trip for four.  Each challenge you complete counts for an entry.

Contest runs until July 31, 2017! 

For more information visit and to get started visit:


prizes 1

prizes 2













Celebrate the opening of the new Sport Court at South Health Campus YMCA!

sport pad


Scotiabank gives $250,000 to build a much needed sport court at the South Health Campus YMCA and 

Scotiabank has partnered with YMCA Calgary, AHS and Calgary Health Trust to build a much-needed sport court at the YMCA’s Alberta Health Services South Health Campus. The sport court will provide an outdoor space for young people to stay healthy, develop physical literacy skills, enjoy the comradery of sport and learn essential life skill of teamwork. This donation will go to the Scotiabank Youth Leadership and Recreation Fund, which the YMCA will use to expand and develop child and youth programming and fund program participation through YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.

Used for hockey, badminton, soccer, basketball and more, the sports court will be shared by the South Health Campus YMCA, Alberta Health Services and Calgary Health Trust. All three organizations, and the work they do in the community, will benefit from the addition of the sports court to the health facility.

A big step in building a healthy youth culture and positive generation of leaders.

Celebrate Healthy Kids Day

Healthy Kids Day 2017 at the South Health Campus YMCA has been dedicated to celebrating the health of children, youth and families through the opening of the Outdoor Sport Court. Thanks to the generosity of our partners at Scotiabank, the YMCA, AHS and Calgary Health Trust are excited to bring new opportunities for sport and recreation to Calgary’s SE through this court, and through creation of the Scotiabank Youth Leadership and Recreation Fund. The Sport Court is a place for everyone to keep active and enjoy the benefits of being outdoors.


Sunday, April 30, 2017 | South Health Campus YMCA | 12 pm – 3 pm

12:00 – 12:15 pm:   Official Sport Court Opening Speeches; Ball Hockey Puck Drop
12:15 – 1:00 pm:      Ball Hockey Game; BBQ Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 pm:         Ball Hockey Skill Challenge (all ages)
2:00 – 3:00 pm:         Basketball Skill Challenge (all ages)
2:15 – 3:00 pm:         Futsol Skill Challenge (all ages)

*Our sport court opening is happening during YMCA’s Healthy Kids

Come earlier (11:00 am) and stay later (3:00 pm) for free
YMCA access, face painting, cooking demos, food and fun for all!






Why Your Kids Will Love Our New Childcare Centres


Are you looking for a safe and affordable place your kids will love to go? Or are you looking for childcare near Quarry Park in Calgary?

We’re excited to announce the grand opening of both the Quarry Park Child Development Centre and the Remington YMCA Child Development Centre!

“Everything that they do at the centre is really fun, ” said Caryl Broen, General Manager, Early Years.


Childcare that Provides a Solid Foundation for Learning

The YMCA takes a 3-pronged approach to childcare. Remington YMCA and Quarry Park’s programs offers kids learning benefits, health benefits, and social benefits.

You probably already know about our pools and fitness facilities. We offer recreation time for children 19 months – 6 years of age at the YMCA pool, as well as indoor and outdoor play areas. But our commitment to your child’s health also includes nutrition.

“We provide nutritious snacks for the children. And those at Quarry Park also get lunch that’s prepared, on site,” said Broen. This is important as more parents want nutrition to be a priority in childcare. Quarry Park also has a learning kitchen. And of course, all dietary restrictions and allergies are considered.



Learning the ABCs and 123s in a Play-based Environment

We also offer lots of outdoor recreational areas for kids to run, jump and learn. In fact, we call the green space at our Quarry Park facility our “Big Backyard.”

Our commitment to your child’s development means we help them learn in the most effective way possible: encouraging them to play.

“We offer a national childcare curriculum called YMCA Playing to Learn™. And that curriculum is based on research on how children develop and how they learn best. Research indicates that children learn best through play,” said Broen.

YMCA childcare also helps your children develop socially as well. Through the YMCA’s core values (respect, responsibility, caring, honesty, and leadership), we help prepare children to become better future citizens with real interactions and socialization.

“They get lots of opportunity to practice social skills and social behavior. And again they’re doing that alongside their educators and caregivers so that means that they can experience success and they can be guided to learn how to conduct themselves in various situations. So as they develop more and more independence, they have a really good and solid foundation,” said Broen.


Free Membership for all Kids in our Childcare Centres

All children registered in YMCA Child Development Centres receive a complimentary YMCA Calgary Child Membership. This membership provides access to YMCA facilities and registered program discounts.

The Quarry Park Child Development Centre is located at 10702 – 18 Street S.E. Transportation for kindergarten children is available from this centre to Douglasdale School.

The Remington YMCA Child Development Centre is located at 108 Quarry Park Road S.E. Transportation for kindergarten children is available from this centre to Douglasdale School.

Both childcare centres in Calgary are now open and we hope to see you soon! Secure a space for your child now.


Fall Programs at Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA

Written by: Sydney Taylor, Fitness Director, Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA


“It takes 4 weeks for you to notice a change.

It takes 8 weeks for your friends to notice.

It takes 12 weeks for the rest of the world to notice a change.

It takes 1 day to decide that you are good enough.”

-Unknown Author

Leading an active lifestyle is easy, but what no one tells you is that it’s hard to get there. From personal experience, it is easy to fall off the fitness bandwagon and feel so much further behind then your peers, regardless of the studio or class you go to. One of my favourite quotes is above; it reminds me daily that improvements are happening, even if I am the only one to notice. Don’t give up, keep pushing yourself and always remember that all of your hard work will pay off, it just might take a bit of time to be recognized. Find people who support you and help you towards your goals. Join a class with like-minded people, all on their own fitness journey, who will help keep you motivated. Enjoy your workouts or at the very least, the feeling when you are done. Take pride in finishing a class, of lifting more weight than last time, of running longer or faster than previous. The little things you do on a day-to-day basis are what get you to your end goal.


At the Gray Family YMCA, we are here to provide you with encouragement, with classes to help you reach whatever fitness goal you have, and with the knowledge to do it safely. Whether you are an avid yogi or a triathlete, we have classes catered to helping you improve.

Here are some of the exiting classes we’re offering this fall:

  • Level 2 Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Fusion
  • Bollywood
  • Boxer’s Workout
  • Aqua Bootcamp
  • Thai Chi
  • Indoor Bootcamp
  • TRX/Kettlebell
  • Active Older Adults classes


You can find a full list of all fall programs we’re offering at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA and at all our five other locations across town by checking out our fall program guides.

These classes can easily be signed up for, regardless of whether you are a member of the YMCA. With summer coming to an end and the chilly fall days fast approaching, the YMCA is kicking up our registered programs to bring your training indoors! Classes start September 12th!

Looking forward to seeing you at the Eau Claire YMCA!

YMCA Strong Kids Campaign in the Community


If you have ever been to the Gray Family YMCA you know it’s more than just a place to work out.  You will see running groups meeting in the lobby before a run by the river, camp kids playing in the halls and members catching up over coffee in the cafe.

The YMCA is more than just a gym; it is a partner in the community.  The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign aims to provide every child in the community with access to YMCA facilities and programs regardless of their financial situation.  Together we can provide kids with the opportunity to reach their full potential and live healthier, happier lives.


EC Superheroes

The Gray Family YMCA Strong Kids Volunteer Committee has been reaching out to surrounding Community Associations, service groups and schools to spread the word about the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign and how it can help kids in their community.  Thank you to the Eau Claire Community Association who jumped at the chance to get involved and their recognition of the Gray Family YMCA as a key partner in their community.  We welcome you to join the Eau Claire Community Association and the YMCA as we continue to work together to make every community a great place for kids to be active and grow into productive adults.
To learn more about the Gray Family YMCA Strong Kids Volunteer Committee please contact:

Randy Greene, Strong Kid Committee Chair
For more information on the Eau Claire Community Association please visit:


Pool Closure

Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA Pool Closure

The 25 Meter pool at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA is closed until further notice due to mechanical issues.
Saturday lessons on August 20th will be taking place in the training pool and there will be no public swim during these lessons from 9:00am-11:00am.
We will reopen for open swim at 11:00am in the training pool with reduced capacity in our training pool only.
We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible and we apologize for any inconvenience
Thank you

24th Annual Members’ Dinner

24th Annual Members’ Dinner


DSC_0814 DSC_0821 DSC_0908 DSC_0874


Over 130 members and friends of the YMCA joined us at the Calgary Golf & Country Club on May 18th, 2016 for the 24th annual Members’ Dinner.

We would like to congratulate our new 25-year inductees:
Aldo Argento
Gordon Sawchuk
Geri McLean
Bruce Beynon
Dawn Jones
Carol Sauer
Dave Lewis
Kavan Melton
Donald Woolley
Drew Taylor
Edward Wilson
Elizabeth Natola
Frances Bagley
Jani Long
Gary Lobb
Gary Courtney
Frances Scrimshaw
Thomas Forsyth
Gary Gill
Robert Hallett
Jacqueline Hawkins
Jim Bagshaw
Julie Tooth
John Hecht
Holly Clark
John Poetker
Kurt Kennedy
Karla Castro
Kenneth Peach
Lori Hunt
Landis Jackson
Louisa Jacobson
Sabina MacKenzie
William Brebber
Micheal Medwid
My My Tran
Nancy Jarman-Harries
Peggi McDougall
Peter Roginski
Ramon E. Fosado
Richard MacKnight
Alice Roest
Scott Sarjeant
Stephen Weber
Tim Hudema
Jim Baker
Victor Urban
Wade Melnychyn
Kathy Waterman
William J. Irvine
Aldo Kirk
Gordon Hawkins
Geri Biggar
Bruce Conti
Dawn Klassen
Carol Rodman
Donald Thompson
Dave Yaremko
Kavan Pysmeny
Donald Matsuoka
Drew Nerland
Edward Warner
Elizabeth Kinsella
Frances Van Der Lee
Jani Horton
Gary Mackenzie
Gary Turnbull
Frances Szata
Thomas Brydon
Donald McLean
Gary Murphy
Sylvie Boivin


Congratulations on 25 years of membership!

Thank you to all members and friends who attended the event, it was a wonderful evening of friendship, story telling and catching up for all who attended.

We would also like to thank 48-year member George Fink for being the event patron.


Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA Healthy Kids Day


Come one, come all! Join us for a family fun filled afternoon of activities at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA! We are offering FREE YMCA access from 12-3pm and an afternoon of family fun activities. The Wibit will be in the pool from 1-5pm, there will be games in our studio spaces such as giant Jenga and bean bag tosses, and mini basketball from 12-3pm. And don’t miss out on the face painting in the lobby! We look forward to seeing you there!

Mobile App

New App blog header


We’re Mobile For a Better You!

Wonder if there is a Yoga class this evening? Looking for open swim or gym time? Wanting to find program information?  Our new YMCA Calgary app will give you everything you need in the palm of your hand!



Search class times by day, class name or instructor. Conveniently add classes or open swim and gym time right from the app to your personal calendar.

Facility Status

Be alerted to facility closings by center due to weather, maintenance or holiday closings.


Discover upcoming events and add them to your personal calendar or share on social media!


Learn about and register for programs.

Getting Started

When you open the app for the first time it will ask you to choose your preferred location. This will be your default YMCA branch.

















View upcoming drop-in, gym and pool schedules for up to 4 weeks in advance. View class descriptions, set reminders, add classes to your calendar and share class information on social media.

app 3

app 1