Reopening YMCA Facilities

Re-opening info

We're getting ready

The YMCA of Northern Alberta has been preparing to welcome you back to YMCA health, fitness and aquatics centres and YMCA community centres since the moment we closed. We’ve missed you! 

Read details on our reopening plans for each region: 

For information on YMCA Child Care, click here.

Reopening: Red Deer Reopening: Edmonton Region
Reopening: Grande Prairie Reopening: Wood Buffalo Region

The YMCA of Northern Alberta will be meeting or exceeding all Government of Alberta and Alberta Health guidelines and recommendations for the safe and healthy operation of health and fitness centres and community centres.
Also, your YMCA team has learned a lot from our experience opening YMCA Child Care and from YMCAs in other provinces that have already reopened health, fitness and aquatics centres and community centres. We know that a cautious and measured approach is best and we will be applying this knowledge to ensure YMCA spaces are ready, and that everyone has the information and time they need to become comfortable with the new environment.

The YMCA environment will look and operate differently than it did when we closed. For example, there will be a requirement to book your time in advance, check in as you enter the facility, enhanced cleaning procedures, smaller class sizes and extra space between equipment and participants in our fitness centres. All changes are to increase the safety and health of the YMCA environment for you, our employees and dedicated volunteers.
While we know there will be changes to YMCA spaces, one thing that has not changed is the fact that our YMCA community is made up of kind and caring individuals who know how important it is for kids, families and individuals to have a safe place to connect, belong and thrive. We know that the need for these opportunities has increased through this period of isolation, while at the same time, the financial situation of many in our community has worsened. As we look to reopening our facilities, we know that the need for financial assistance for members and participants is imminent and the generosity of our members is needed and appreciated more than ever. 

And remember — if your centre isn’t open yet, or you don’t feel comfortable returning in person, the YMCA is just a click away with a variety of resources and services to keep you feeling your best at

COVID-19 - Temporary restrictions Nov 13

Temporary Restrictions on Group Fitness and Other Programs

The Government of Alberta announced new restrictions to help control the spread and risk of COVID-19 in our province.

Please note that no YMCA facilities are closing.

As the health and safety of our Y community is our highest priority, we are committed to following all Alberta Health Services guidelines.

Effective November 13, 2020, the following programs will be suspended until November 28, 2020:

  • All group fitness classes
  • Group open gym (except pickleball and badminton — see below)
  • Squash and racquetball
  • Swimming lessons
  • Swim Club and Junior Lifeguard Club
  • Children's registered recreational sport programs

As we continue to work with Alberta Health Services to understand the restrictions and the safest way to provide important physical activity and recreation opportunities to our community, we will keep you updated of any changes.

If you are registered in any of these programs, and you pay a fee above membership, we will provide you with a credit on your account for you to use in the future. We will apply this credit after November 27, when we can confirm that there will be no further public health restrictions that impact these programs. Please note that the only exception will be our $10 members-only children’s sports and recreation programs — no credits or refunds will be provided.

We know that this temporary cancellation is disappointing to you, and we appreciate your understanding. It’s our goal to keep as many activities and service areas open to you as we are safely allowed, so that you can remain physically active and connected to your community.

We’re happy to serve you with the following programs and services that will remain unaffected by these restrictions:

  • Fitness centre use
  • Booked pickleball and badminton court use (singles only)
  • Booked member family swim
  • Booked lane swim and aqua jog
  • Registered certification courses (under 15 participants)
  • Registered children's Science Explorers — Northside Community Centre only
  • Children and youth after school drop-in programs with reduced capacity (no sports activities) — Northside Community Centre only

Thank you again for your understanding. As we continue to work with Alberta Health Services to understand the restrictions and the safest way to provide important physical activity and recreation opportunities to our community, we will keep you updated of any changes.

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As of August 1, face coverings are mandatory inside all YMCA spaces in Red Deer, Edmonton, Grande Prairie and Wood Buffalo. Please note that anyone participating in water or physical activities are exempt. However, common areas in YMCA health, fitness and aquatics centres and community centres such as lobbies, hallways and change rooms do require face coverings to be worn.

Also, if relevant to you, Melcor YMCA Village residents, YMCA Child Care facilities and YMCA summer day camp programs are exempt from this policy as these facilities and programs have separate guidelines and extensive health and safety protocols in place that are specific to those spaces.

A face covering includes a mask, balaclava, bandana, scarf, cloth or other similar items that cover the nose, mouth and chin without gapping. Exceptions include children under two years of age, persons with an underlying medical condition or disability which inhibits their ability to wear a face covering, or while participating in physical activity.

Thank you for helping keep YMCA spaces healthy and safe for everyone to enjoy.