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We offer a wide variety of programs to help individuals and families grow and thrive. Find one that's right for you!

Aquatics

Swim Times

Lane Swim

YMCA member enjoying lane swim

Lane Swims at the YMCA HBB

Swimming is a great way to enhance and maintain cardiovascular health and an activity that can be enjoyed throughout your life.

Lane swims are reserved for members only. 

Open Swim

Public Open Swim at the YMCA HBB Open swim is an all-ages leisure swim reserved for members. It's a great way to be active and have fun together. Recreational Swimming - Aquatic Admission...

Parent and Tot Swim

Swim With Your Child at the YMCA HBB YMCA Parent and Tot swim times give you time to play, move, and splash in the pool with your infant, toddler, or preschooler up to age 3. A YMCA-certified...

Public Lane Swim

Open Swims at the YMCA HBB Swim lengths to improve or maintain your cardiovascular health. Public lane swims are open to members and non-members age 13+. Non-Member Public Swim Fees (Taxes Included)...

Public Open Swim

Members and non-members of all ages can enjoy these public leisure swims. Recreational Swimming - Aquatic Admission Criteria 0 - 6 years:Must be supervised by an adult or guardian (minimum 14 years...

Swim Lessons

Swim Lessons - Children & Youth

You're never too young to enjoy the water! For children between 6 months and 5 years old, the YMCA L'il Dippers swim lessons are developed with your child's natural growth and development...

Parented Swim Lessons

Join Your Child's Swim Lessons at the YMCA HBB Register for one of our parented swim lessons with your toddler aged 18 - 36 months old. Enjoy leader-guided water activity in a fun safe...

Swim Lessons - Adult

Learn to Swim at the YMCA HBB It's never too late to learn to swim or improve your stroke technique. The YMCA can help you achieve your goals and feel confident in the water. Registration is...

Swim Lessons - Private or Semi-private

Swim Lessons in Smaller Groups at the YMCA HBB It's never too late to learn to swim or improve your stroke technique in YMCA private or semi-private swim lessons. The YMCA can help you achieve...

Aquatics Progress Reports

Keep Informed on Your Child's Aquatics Progress Parents -- Get your child'sAquatics Progress Reports for continuous feedback on your child's progress and participation while registered in...

L'il Sharks - Special Needs Swim Lessons

L'il Sharks is for young swimmers age 3+ with special needs. The YMCA can provide one-on-one swim lessons to help your child develop and improve their swim skills. An assessment is required prior...

Masters Swim

Drop-In Swimming Class With Trained Coaches Work with a trained swim coach to strengthen and improve through stroke correction, technique tips, skills and drills. This drop-in class is suitable for...

Aquatic Fitness

Aquafit

Aquafit Classes at the YMCA HBB YMCA Aquafit is a great way to get fitness benefits and improve your circulation without stressing your joints. By pushing against the resistance of water, you can...

Aquatic Specialty

Youth Water Sports

Drop in to YMCA for Youth Water Sports for fun, fitness and skill development. Water sports may include water polo, team swims and synchronized swimming. Programs are drop-in unless otherwise...

H2O Leaders

Aquatic Leadership Classes at the YMCA HBB Want to improve your aquatic skills and learn the steps to becoming a lifequard? H2O Leaders is an aquatic leadership program with a variety of aquatic...

Aquatic Certifications

Bronze Medalllion

Bronze Medallion Classes at the YMCA HBB In Bronze Medallion we emphasize the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water-rescue education: judgement, knowledge, skill, and...

Bronze Cross

Bronze Cross Classes at the YMCA HBB We offer Bronze Cross classes for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training, including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic...

National Lifeguard (NL)

National Lifeguard Course at the YMCA HBB Learn how to fulfill your role as a professional facilitator of safe, enjoyable aquatics for everyone! The National Lifeguard (NL) course emphasizes...

Standard First Aid and CPR C

Standard First Aid + CPR C Standard First Aid incorporates all the emergency First Aid and is designed for those who require a more in-depth understanding including: legal implications of first aid...

Swim Instructors' Course

The Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor course prepares the instructor to teach and evaluate theswimming strokes and related skills found in the Lifesaving SocietySwim for Lifeprogram. Candidates...

Camps

Overnight Camps

Family Camp

Bring the whole family together and experience an unforgettable week of fun and adventure at YMCA Wanakita Family Camp.More than just a great family vacation, YMCA Wanakita Family Camp, located in...

Weekend Getaways

Join some friends or family and experience the beauty of YMCA Wanakita in Haliburton during the fall, winter or spring. Our Outdoor Centre provides a number of opportunities to choose from including:...

Summer Overnight Camp

YMCA Wanakita Overnight Camp is the place for young campers to enjoy a traditional camp experience, build skills, and develop lifelong friendships and memories. YMCA Wanakita, located in Haliburton,...

YMCA Wanakita

Everyone loves camp! That's whyour overnight camp,YMCA Wanakita,is open year-round to welcome people of all ages. YMCA Wanakita has beenwelcoming children, families, and groups on the shores of...

Day Camps

Canoe Camp

Canoe Camp is a specialty camp at Camp Chippewa for campers who want to specialize in developing canoeing skills as part of their camp experience. Instructors create fun activities that emphasize...

Camp Chippewa

Enjoy a traditional outdoor Day Camp experience at Camp Chippewa located at Christie Conservation Area. Our site includes spacious playing fields, a beautiful wooded area for supervised explorations,...

Camp Fundamentals

In Camp Fundamentals you will experience the magic of the outdoors and learn valuable camping skills in a fun environment at Camp Chippewa. Campers learn to set-up a campsite, build and start a...

Eco-Explorers

Learn about the environment and the world around you through fun activities and wilderness games. Activities focus on nature education, science and outdoor games that promote learning through fun....

Kayak Camp

Kayak Camp is for campers who want to specialize in developing kayaking skills as part of their camp experience at Camp Chippewa. Instructors create fun activities that emphasize safety and the...

KidVenture Camp

YMCA KidVenture Camp provides your camper the opportunity to explore their creativity in a fun and safe environment. Activities include: arts and crafts, drama and dance, swimming, co-operative...

Sports Camp

YMCA Sports Camp keeps kids focused on sportsmanship, participation, fair play, fitness and team spirit. Your camper will learn basic fundamental movement skills through fun and interactive...

Stepping Stones

YMCA Stepping Stones is a fun-filled indoor camp where your young camper will play, learn and discover in a safe and supervised setting. Your little ones will begin to learn basic movements such as...

Summer Specialty Sports and Skills Camp

Jointly operated by Wilfrid Laurier University and the YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington| Brantford, this fun-filled camp emphasizes skills, drills, fitness and development in a different sport every week!...

Helping Hands

Helping Hands offers 1:1 support for children with physical and/or developmental disabilities so they can enjoy a summer camp experience alongside their peers. All children deserve the opportunity to...

Leadership Camps

Leader in Training Level 1

In YMCA Leader in Training Level 1 you will develop camp-related skills such as canoeing, archery and large group leadership, while learning how to work as part of a team. You'll also learn to...

Leader in Training Level 2

Build on the skills you learned in Level 1 through fun, creative sessions and hands on experience. Guided by our skilled staff, Leaders in Training Level 2 will develop skills in: team building...

Leader in Training Level 3

In Leader in Training Level 3 you will improve your skills by volunteering at an indoor camp and preparing for Junior Counselor positions the following year. You'll continue to build skills in a...

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Centre Group Bookings

YMCA Wanakita, our overnight camp in the Haliburton Highlands provides outdoor education to hundreds of students and special interest groups each year. If you are interested in bringing a group to...

Child Care

Early Learning and Care

Preschool Child Care

Vital care and early learning opportunities for infants to age 5. With decades of experience in child care, we provide a safe, nurturing environment for children to learn to build healthy...

Before and After School Programs

School Age Child Care (SACC)

Start & End Every School Day on a Healthy Note! YMCA School Age Child Care (SACC), a licensed* child care program for children 3.8 to 12 years, provides children with a seamless day in one...

PA Days and School Break Programs

Join us for a fun-filled day on your next PA Day or School Break! The YMCA offers full day care on Professional Development (PA) days and school break programs at select locations in Hamilton,...

Community Initiatives

Immigrant Services

English Language Assessments

Learn or Improve Your English If you're interested in learning or improving upon your understanding of the English language to prepare for citizenship, education or employment, you will need a...

Newcomer Information & Orientation Services

Helping You Start Your New Life in Canada Newcomer Information & Orientation Services is a program designed to help you make informed decisions about your new life in Canada, helping you better...

Newcomer Settlement Program

The YMCA Newcomer Settlement Program is here to support your successful settlement and integration in Canada and here in our local community. Here is a list of some of the areas you can receive...

Newcomer Youth Centres (NYC)

Settlement Help for Newcomer Youth If you are a newcomer youth between the ages of 12 and 25, you can register as an NYC member! The NYC a fun place to integrate, socialize and get information and...

Youth Fusion - Now Newcomer Youth Centre

Youth Fusion started as a newcomer youth mentorship group. Now with its own space, it has grown into a youth centre and joins our Hamilton locations as our third Newcomer Youth Centre. Although the...

Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS)

Helping Newcomers Settle in School YMCA Settlement Workers are qualified to facilitate your integration into the local education system and community. The SWIS program: Offers settlement support and...

English Conversation Circles

Improve Your Spoken English in a Group English conversation circles are a helpful resource for newcomers wanting to improve their spoken English. They also provide newcomers with an opportunity to...

Youth Services

Youth in Transition Worker Program (YITW)

If you are or have been involved with Family and Children Services and are between the ages of 16 and 24, the Youth In Transition Worker (YITW) program is available to help you transition to a more...

Youth In Transition - Human Trafficking Initiative

YMCA Youth in Transition Workers provide support to youth 24 years and younger that are or have been involved in a human trafficking situation. Services include one-on-one support from a case worker,...

Y on Wheels

Y on Wheels

Because your health shouldn't be defined by your neighbourhood Y on Wheels brings YMCA programs and services directly to Hamilton neighbourhoods. It's on the road more than 300 days per year...

YMCA Beyond the Bell®

YMCA Beyond the Bell®

Closing the achievement gap for school children YMCA Beyond the Bell program is a highly successful after-school and summer program, featuring literacy, numeracy, nutrition and recreation. It focuses...

Education and Training

Academic Supports

Literacy & Basic Skills

Improve Your Reading, Writing & Math Skills If you are 18 years of age and over, you can participate in the free Literacy & Basic Skills upgrading program. Once your literacy level has been...

Pre-Apprenticeship Training

Get Your Start in the Trades Looking for a great way to get into the trades? Consider a pre-apprenticeship in the thriving sector of Truck & Coach Technician. No experience is necessary....

Second Career

New Job Training & Financial Support If you have been laid off, Second Career is an Ontario Government program that offers training for a new job, including financial support. Get help with short...

Employment Services

Employee Supports for Job Seekers

Employment Services for the Job Seeker

Your job is out there and we'll help you find it. There is a YMCA program or service designed to support your individual needs. Unemployed/laid off? Need education or training? New to Ontario?...

Youth Job Connection

Are you​between 15 to 29 years old ​and ​having trouble finding a job? Your job is out there. We'll help you find it. We can help by providing more intensive supports beyond traditional job...

Youth Job Connection Summer

Are you having trouble finding a summer job? The Youth Job Connection Summer program provides summer job opportunities and part-time job placements during the school. We're here to help high...

Employer Supports

Canada-Ontario Job Grant

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant is an opportunity for you to invest in your workforce. Available to small, medium and large businesses, you'll need a plan to deliver short-term training to exisiting...

Employment Services for the Employer

Looking to invest in your workforce? Looking to find and hire skilled employees? YMCA Employment Services for Employers can help. We offer the following services designed to help you with your hiring...

Global Initiatives

Farah Family Youth Peace Scholarship 2019

Youth group standing on hill top

Health & Fitness

Group Fitness

Ab Attack

The aim of this workout is to train all the muscles of the core, alternating between upper and lower abdominals and back to produce strong core muscles!

 

YMCA Personal Trainer Certification

Body Fit

Gently stretch and tone your whole body in this well-rounded class. Work at your own pace and maintain your strength while improving your flexibility. Build stronger muscles, bones, and joints with...

Boot Camp

Boot Camp is your full body workout -- cardioand strength conditioningall wrapped in one! Class variations include drills, strength and conditioning movements, work with a partner, and a variety of...

Calisthenics

Calisthenics use your body weight to develop your cardiovascular and muscular condition and improve your balance, agility and flexibility. You get a great work out using little or no equipment beyond...

Cardio Fit

Cardio Fit offers you variety in one workout including sport conditioning, step, high/low moves and kickboxing. Prepare to sweat! Tone your muscles and build your cardio capacity in thischoreographed...

Circuit Class

Circuit Training is a form of cardio orresistance exercises involving high intensity training. It targets strength building or muscular endurance. An exercise "circuit" is one completion of...

Core

Build strength and muscular endurance in the muscles supporting your torso and spine. Core Strength will have you working with your own body weight and/or a variety of equipment to focus on muscles...

Cycle & Strength

A full body workout that combines CycleFit drills with BodyFit conditioning. Work your heart and lungs to capacity on the indoor bikes, then work your muscles with a selection of equipment including...

Cycle Fit

Cycle Fit gets your legs pumping with a high-powered indoor bike class set to energetic music. Working those major muscles in your legs also strengthens your most important muscle: your heart....

HIIT

When you're short on time but want an effective, full body workout that will leave you breathless, High Intensity Interval Training is your answer. HIIT workouts have been proven to improve your...

Line Dancing

This class gives you the fun of line dancing combined with the aerobic benefits of a fitness class. These fitness-inspired dance movements will get your heart pumping while you workout with your...

Rock Bottom

people doing lunges

Rock bottom is a great workout that puts the entire body to work but has more of an emphasis on the glutes, thighs, hamstrings and core muscles to develop a fully strengthened lower body.

Sculpt & Sweat

A classic circuit-style class that will put your strength and muscular endurance to the test. This head to toe work out will teach participants of all fitness levels how to maximize their workout and...

Tabata

Tabata is a high intensity workout that uses a formula to deliver a highly effective workout. This class focuses on eight moves, repeated eight times in 20 second intervals with 10 second recovery...

Yoga

Rediscover and improve your strength, balance, and flexibility through traditional yoga postures. YMCA Yoga class will help you relax your mind while gently challenging, stretching, and relaxing your...

Zumba®

Zumba® is your ultimate workout dance party featuring easy-to-follow moves coupled with amazing, motivating rhythms. It gives you an interval style workout; fast rhythms to get your heart...

20-20-20

People holding up barbells

This great class involves 20 minutes of cardio, 20 minutes of strength training and 20 minutes of core work. A great way to get a full body workout in!

 

Health Management

Balance+ - LiveWell

This free, 12-week community exercise program consists of two group exercise sessions each week to help build strength, balance, flexibility and endurance and reduce the risk of falls. The YMCA has...

CanWell - LiveWell

This 12-week supervised exercise and education program is for people with an type of cancer at any stage. Whether you've been recently diagnosed, are in the middle of treatment or in remission,...

Fit For Function - LiveWell

If you've had a stroke, this 12-week program can help you in your recovery with exercises aimed at improving your mobility, strength, balance, gait and coordination. There are also educational...

Gentle Fit - LiveWell

A gentle exercise class that incorporates both standing balance movements and chair exercises that may require resistance bands and small hand weights. Appropriate for those with chronic conditions...

Healthy Hearts - LiveWell

This cardiac care program offers patients three streams of supervised exercise and education based on their stage of rehabilitation. Stream 1: Supervised walking program for individuals waiting to...

Hydrotherapy - LiveWell

Rehabilitative exercises at your own pace, using a variety of equipment like water weights or floatation belts. Ideal for those with hip, knee, bone & joint issues or other medical conditions....

InMotion - LiveWell

This program is designed for people with chronic bone and joint health problems such as osteoporosis and arthritis. It is also appropriate for those wanting to improve their health before and after...

LiveWell with Diabetes

This program is designed for individuals with Type 2 Diabetes, as well as those at risk for developing diabetes. Learn strategies to help manage nutrition, blood sugar, weight and medicationsin this...

Live Well with Diabetes - LiveWell

Delivered in partnership with Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University, Joseph Brant Hospital and Halton Healthcare. This program is designed for individuals with Type 2 Diabetes, as well as...

Mobility+ - LiveWell

Specially-designed for individuals with a spinal cord injury or mobility impairment, this program improves fitness levels and meet the specific needs of each individual. This program is appropriate...

Pilates - LiveWell

Build your strength, flexibility, and develop control through the use of stabilization, alignment and breathing techniques. May include the use of equipment to accelerate the development of core...

Walk Fit

A gentle, low-impact workout that uses Activator walking poles. Working with walking poles reduces impact on your joints and can improve the strength and coordination of your upper body. A...

Y Fit 4 U

Y Fit 4 U offers Children's Developmental Rehabilitation Program (CDRP) clients over the age of 10 the opportunity to work on fitness goals alongside a CDRP physiotherapist, YMCA staff and...

YMCA Fitness Coaching

Need some advice on where to start? YMCA Fitness Coaching will give you three complimentary visits with a YMCA Fitness Coach. Your Coach will walk (or run) you through some basic fitness activities...

YMCA Right Track

Ready to get your health and fitness goals on track? YMCA Right Track is a 6-week nutrition and fitness program included with your YMCA membership, that will hlep you succeed in achieving your health...

Fitness Centre

Personal Training

Looking for greater results, a new challenge or need some motivation? We have the skills and expertise to help you succeed. YMCA Personal Trainers are certified knowledgeable and motivated to help...

Small Group Training

Looking for greater results, a new challenge or need some motivation? Small Group Training gives individuals the opportunity to workout with a small group, while using the knowledge and program...

Sports & Recreation

Adult Sports

Drop in and participate in a pick-up game of basketball, volleyball, soccer or badminton. Watch for"Adult Sports" on the Sports and Recreation schedule. The featured sport for that time...

Babies and Me

This postnatal fitness class will get you and your baby active, moving and in shape. Always consult with your doctor prior to starting a workout routine. It's recommended moms wait at least 6...

Birthday Parties

Enjoy your birthday or team event with fun, energetic staff at the YMCA. The kids will have a great time and you'll enjoy a fuss-free birthday celebration with no messy clean-up. Choose from:...

Family Open Gym

Enjoy some open gym time with your family. The space is open and equipment is available for you to use. Borrow our equipment for a mini-soccer game, shoot some hoops, or play a simple game of tag....

Karate - Adult

Learn self-confidence, self-defense and respect for yourself and others in YMCA Karate. As a result of learning this moving art form, you will also build discipline, core stability, agility, balance,...

Open Gym

Boy shooting basketball at net

Enjoy the use of the YMCA gym and equipment during these open periods when facilitated programs are not running. We have great gym facilities and members are welcome to use them. 

Child Minding

Infant - 10 years. The childing minding program gives infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children the chance to play together in supervised play while parents/guardians are in the...

Pickle Ball

Pickle-ball is a paddle sport which combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. The sport is played on a court with the same dimensions as a double's badminton court with a similar...

Creative Club

This program offers an environment that is creative and fun, allowing young artists the freedom to explore their own potential. Activities will include arts, crafts, drama and wellness programs. No...

Explorers

A fun, active play program that includes circle time, theme-related craft time and an aquatic activity. YMCA staff supervise the transition from land program to the pool. Pool options are as follows:...

Recreational Sport Clubs

The YMCA offers a unique opportunity for members. Recreational Sport Clubs allow Laurier Brantford Members organize and manage their own clubs to enhance their recreational experience in sports and...

Indoor Playground

Spend some fun family time with your toddler or pre-schooler in this parented program. Various equipment is set up each week to encourage social interaction and stimulate gross motor skills. No...

Karate Advanced - Youth

Your child can learn self-confidence, self-defense and respect for themself and others in YMCA Karate. As a result of learning this moving art form they will also build discipline, core stability,...

Triathlon

Swim, pedal and run your way to better health! Learn the basics of triathlon training, including swim techniques & stroke correction, cycling skills and running technique & endurance, brick...

Karate Fundamentals - Youth

Your child can learn self-confidence, self-defense and respect for themself and others in YMCA Karate. As a result of learning this moving art form they will alsobuild discipline, core stability,...

Kinder Gym

YMCA Kinder Gym programs are structured fun-filled playful movement sessions designed for your toddler or preschooler. Kinder Gym sessions are also a great way for young participants to build...

Kinder Gym and Swim

YMCA Kinder Gym and Swim combines all the great benefits of the land-based Kinder Gym program plus a half-hour structured pool-based program. Like regular Kinder Gym, the swim portion allows your...

KinderSoccer

This 8-week program is designed for 3-5 year olds to learn the FUNdamentals of Soccer! The program is taught by trained Child & Youth staff and volunteer coaches. Space is limited to 18...

Leader Corps

YMCA Leaders Corps is a values based leadership program that helps you begin to develop skills that you will use your entire life. Training sessions, games, activities and initiatives get you ready...

Movin' & Groovin'

Movin' & Groovin' gives your little one an active and structured environment to practice gross motor skills, balance and movement through active play (with soft equipment, mats,...

Rock Wall Climbing

Challenge yourself to reach the top of the rock climbing wall. Walls have varying levels of difficulty. Supervised by qualified staff.

Y Kids

Our popular Y Kids program has a variety of activities on rotation for your child age 3 - 12 years.This drop-in program fosters social development and allows your child to experience a variety of...

YBA - Youth Basketball Association

Basketball was invented at the YMCA, and it's still going strong here! Come and work on your basketball skills in a team environment and learn new techniques on shooting, passing and dribbling....

Youth Action

Youth Action is an exciting cross training program that provides supervised access to the fitness centre including instruction on how to use equipmentfor youth age 10+. Youth Action includes circuit...

Youth Night

Calling all teens, including non-members. This is your open access time at the YMCA. Come out and enjoy some sports, work out in the Fitness Centre, hang out in the Youth Centre, swim in the pool....

Y Sports

Drop in to YMCA Youth Sports. It's all about participating, regardless of your ability level. Develop skills along the way in the sport of your choice.Sports may include basketball, volleyball,...

Youth Engagement

Youth Activities

Flamborough Youth Centre

The Flamborough Youth Centre is utilized in part of the Tuesday and Thursday Y-Kids program in the evening (ages 6-12). The Youth Centre is also used for a leadership development program Friday night...

Underground Youth Centre

The Underground Youth Centre is a free drop-in program for youth between 13 and 19 years of age. It's a safe place to congregate and join others for social and recreational opportunities. The...

Youth Gambling Awareness Program (YGAP)

The YMCA Youth Gambling Awareness Program is a free service offering educational prevention programs designed to raise youth awareness with regards to gambling, healthy/active living and making...