YMCA Northern Alberta Counsellor

You want to get more active; we can help. When we are active, all aspects of life are better - mental, emotional, social and physical.

Whatever your age or stage, there's a Y health and fitness program to help you and your family achieve your health and fitness goals and reach your full potential.

Our expert staff and volunteers are always available to support and guide you to positive outcomes, every step of the way. And when you choose the Y, you get the added benefit of being part of our community — because it’s important to feel safe and welcome while working to improve your health.

Explore our YMCA Health and Fitness programs and services to see which will meet your needs.


Food and Nutrition

Learn about Food and Nutrition

Group Fitness

Learn about Group Fitness

Sports and Recreation

Learn about Sports and Recreation

Find Health and Fitness Programs

  • A senior woman doing yoga.
    NEW Program - Yoga for Back Health!

    A yoga program for those who want to strengthen their back or those dealing with chronic back pain
    and other musculoskeletal conditions.

  • A group cycle fitness class.
    Group Fitness Classes

    Working out is more fun with friends! Whether it's a registered or a drop-in program, the YMCA offers everything from Aquafit to Zumba! Grab a friend and join a class - you'll be glad you did.

  • A YMCA personal trainer works with a client.
    Train With Us!

    Work with a certified fitness professional to help you meet your goals. 

Why Does a Charity Have Gyms?

Why would we invest so much time and effort securing donations to build our Health, Fitness & Aquatics centres and then finding and training the fully-qualified staff and volunteers needed for such a massive and ongoing endeavour from which we do not make any profit?

We do it because the YMCA was created to help everyone reach their full potential mentally, emotionally, and physically (the swim and gym part).  Our mandate to create life-enhancing opportunities for the growth and development of all people speaks to the mind's right to imagine, the body's right to move and the spirit's right to believe in itself.  We believe that fulfilling your potential is everyone's right, every person's advantage, and everybody's secret weapon.

We've been an entirely independent Northern Alberta registered charity since 1907, including our Health, Fitness & Aquatics Centres, Summer Camps and Day Camps, Child Cares (we are the largest provider of child care in Canada), Community Program Centres, Housing Centres, and Service and Programs Centres. 

No one is turned away for the inability to pay.  We believe in equality of opportunity for all members of the community.  Through YMCA Financial Assistance (formerly the Opportunity Fund), our membership and program experience is available to low-income individuals and families in need. 

Please do not hesitate to ask at YMCA Experience desk if you need financial assistance to access any of our facilities (including our Child Care programs or to send a child or youth to one of our Summer Camps or School Break Camps).  Drop in and ask how to get started!  If you know anyone who could benefit from this program, please let them know.

You can also donate directly here: northernalberta.ymca.ca/Donate