We are NOW OPEN!

The YMCA is committed to ensuring a safe and welcoming environment at all times. The safety of our members, participants, staff and volunteers is paramount and we will take all measures necessary to ensure that we are abiding by Public Health regulations. We wanted to take the time to describe what you can expect upon visiting your YMCA this fall. Please read our Covid Operational Practices

 

Facility Information

Bright, Modern Spaces to keep you active & safe. We’re built for it.

Facing out toward the vista of Citadel Hill, at the corner of South Park and Sackville Streets, the JWL is 70,000 square feet of potential - for healthy activity, for belonging, and for community building - including:

  • Three pools and a state-of-the-art gym
  • Two levels of strength and cardio equipment
  • Indoor walking/running/wheeling track
  • Four studios for classes and programming
  • Childminding centre to support parents and caregivers while they work out
  • Child and Family Development Centre with community rooms
  • Public great hall and welcome desk

A brand new, modern facility allows us to open with state-of-the-art safety features and procedures right from day one. With so much space to work with, we can welcome a lot of members and participants at the same time, while still keeping everyone safe, distanced and well. Read more about our smart measures to keep you and your family safe.

 

John W. Lindsay YMCA

5640 Sackville Street,
Halifax, NS B3J 1L2

Phone: 902-423-9622

Hours of Operation

Monday: 6am to 8pm
Tuesday: 6am to 8pm
Wednesday: 6am to 8pm
Thursday: 6am to 8pm
Friday: 6am to 8pm
Saturday: 8am to 7pm
Sunday: 8am to 7pm

Jessica Casey,
Director of Memberships and Retention

Jessica.casey@halifax.ymca.ca

Sarah Elliot,
Aquatics Manager

sarah.elliot@halifax.ymca.ca

Lindsay McFarlane,
Health, Fitness & Recreation Manager

lindsay.mcfarlane@halifax.ymca.ca

One size does not fit all

All memberships include unlimited, all-inclusive access to swim lessons, fitness classes, pools, cardio, recreational programming, and ultimate flexibility - no cancellation fee, and membership holds for up to three months in a calendar year. AND, we offer special member rates for personal training, small group training, day camps, and specialty programs.

For Individuals

Focus on your fitness, not on your membership details. And, bring your littles with you to the YMCA and their programs are FREE. Yes, now it’s even easier to fit in your fitness because memberships for kids 0-4 are included with an adult membership. Plus memberships also available, including adult only change room, towel service, steam room and sauna.
$28.00 biweekly (Plus is additional $16.80 biweekly)


For Families

You might not be able to choose who you sit with at the dinner table, but with our family memberships, you choose who’s in your family. Family memberships include up to two adults and all dependents under the age of 18 or in school. With swim lessons included and special rates for day camps, it’s the perfect place to bring the entire family. Especially when it’s 20 below.
$60.00 biweekly (Plus is additional $16.80 biweekly)


For Partners

You have that special person you lean on for everything - your friend or neighbour, or maybe a grandparent, aunt or uncle. Why not work out together too? Your workout partner is your business. Making it affordable is ours. Our partner memberships are available to anyone 18+ and your definition of partner - friend, coworker, life partner, or family member.
$48.00 biweekly (Plus is additional $16.80 biweekly)


For Youth/Students

The Y is the ultimate safe place for young people to hang out and have fun. Youth memberships include youth under 17 or 18+ with valid student ID. 11 and under, swim lessons and supervised group recreation programs are included, as well as open gym and swim with a parent or guardian. At 12+, it’s open swim and gym along with the cardio and conditioning floor, swim lessons and supervised group recreation programs.
$18.50 biweekly (Plus is additional $16.80 biweekly)


John W. Lindsay YMCA

5640 Sackville Street,
Halifax, NS B3J 1L2

Phone: 902-423-9622

Hours of Operation

Monday: 6am to 8pm
Tuesday: 6am to 8pm
Wednesday: 6am to 8pm
Thursday: 6am to 8pm
Friday: 6am to 8pm
Saturday: 8am to 7pm
Sunday: 8am to 7pm

Jessica Casey,
Director of Memberships and Retention

Jessica.casey@halifax.ymca.ca

Sarah Elliot,
Aquatics Manager

sarah.elliot@halifax.ymca.ca

Lindsay McFarlane,
Health, Fitness & Recreation Manager

lindsay.mcfarlane@halifax.ymca.ca

A healthier YOU starts here

We offer group fitness classes designed to keep you healthy, energized and active! Get the ultimate workout with HIIT interval training, reach your fitness goals quicker with our multi-level Bootcamp or try something more relaxing with our gentle yoga classes. Our exciting programs are there to suite any schedule and any level Monday to Sunday.

Program Descriptions

Group Fitness Programs

HIIT - Get the ultimate workout with Interval Training! Challenge and improve your cardiovascular fitness, balance, core strength and muscular endurance in this dynamic, high-energy workout. You will participate in a variety of non-choreographed cardio and resistance intervals throughout the class.

Bootcamp - Meet your fitness goals with this multi-level bootcamp. Challenge your strength, endurance, balance, agility, coordination and speed with drills that include multiple options suited to your fitness level.

Core Strength - Don’t ignore your core! Challenge this important set of muscles in this dedicated core class. You will gain strength through a variety of exercises that work your abdominals, back muscles, glutes and more!

Gentle Fitness - Be gentle on your body while boosting your level of fitness! Improve your endurance, mobility and stability without the stress on your joints. This total body, low-impact workout combines resistance and balance exercises. Suitable for beginners and anyone requiring a modified program.

Full Body Strength - Boost your level of fitness and gain full body strength! Improve you muscle endurance, mobility and stability without the stress on your joints. This total body strengthening workout combines resistance and power. Suitable for all levels.

Hi/Lo - This class is high cardio but low impact. This means you are getting a great choreographed aerobic workout, but you get to control the intensity based on your fitness level. Hi/Lo gives participants the opportunity to perform manageable, low-impact movements between periods of high intensity.

Cycle - Up your cycling skills! Come prepared for a cardiovascular workout that emphasizes proper form, technique and safety. Challenge your endurance and stamina with hills, climbs, sprints and more on an indoor cycling bike.

Yoga - Find your inner strength and balance as you de-stress in this calming class. You will improve your flexibility, strength, balance and body awareness through a series of breathing exercises and poses. You will finish the class feeling centered and rejuvenated.

Gentle Yoga - Find your inner strength and balance as you de-stress in this gentle calming class. You will improve your flexibility, strength, balance and body awareness through a series of breathing exercises and simple poses. You will finish the class feeling centered and rejuvenated.

Stretch & Relaxation - Lengthen your muscles and calm your mind in this serene class. You will work on stretching, relaxation and mindfulness, incorporating a variety of lengthening movements and calming techniques. This class is for all levels. *A minimum of 3 participants is required to run classes.*

Yogafit - YogaFit® is modern fitness yoga that intertwines fitness moves with basic yoga postures in a heat building and flowing sequence leading to relaxing stretches and a 10 minute rest.

Early Bird Fitness – Calling all the early birds out there! This 7am fitness class is a Halifax YMCA tradition dating back 30 years! Join this group for 2 days of strength training and 2 days of Cardio then stretch and relax on Friday’s with Yoga. This early morning fitness class is made for all levels and focuses on full body workouts.

Circuit Training - Circuit training is a form of body conditioning that involves endurance training, resistance training, high-intensity aerobics, and exercises performed in a circuit, similar to High-intensity interval training. It targets strength building and muscular endurance.

Zumba – Listen to latin music while learning fast paced dance routines. All levels welcome! Make sure to arrive 5 minutes before the class begins.

Aquatics Centre Programs

Adult Open Swim: A lane-free swim for adults in the Lane Pool, allowing swimmers to move freer in the water while they exercise.

Lane Swim: Increase your endurance and cardiovascular fitness at your own pace. Lane swimming is open to all participants who wish to swim lengths.

AquaFit: The high resistance of water and available equipment offers an excellent workout while minimizing impact on joints. All fitness levels are welcome.

AquaFree: Enjoy the AquaFit music and use of equipment without following along with an instructor.  Allowing users to move at their own pace and using their own workout.

John W. Lindsay YMCA

5640 Sackville Street,
Halifax, NS B3J 1L2

Phone: 902-423-9622

Hours of Operation

Monday: 6am to 8pm
Tuesday: 6am to 8pm
Wednesday: 6am to 8pm
Thursday: 6am to 8pm
Friday: 6am to 8pm
Saturday: 8am to 7pm
Sunday: 8am to 7pm

Jessica Casey,
Director of Memberships and Retention

Jessica.casey@halifax.ymca.ca

Sarah Elliot,
Aquatics Manager

sarah.elliot@halifax.ymca.ca

Lindsay McFarlane,
Health, Fitness & Recreation Manager

lindsay.mcfarlane@halifax.ymca.ca

What’s included in a membership?

All memberships include unlimited, all-inclusive access to swim lessons, fitness classes, pools, cardio, recreational programming, and ultimate flexibility – no cancellation fee, and membership holds for up to three months in a calendar year. We will also offer special member rates for personal training, small group training, day camps, and specialty programs.

How has the YMCA prepared for physical distancing?

A brand new, modern facility allows us to open with state-of-the-art safety features and procedures right from day one. With 70,000 square feet to work with and plenty of bright open spaces, we can welcome a lot of members and participants at the same time, while still keeping everyone safe, distanced and well. Our smart measures to keep you safe include:

  1. A new ventilation system designed specifically for the centre’s activities with hospital-grade air filtration.
  2. An equipment flow that provides a wide selection of equipment and plenty of it, ensuring that social distancing is possible even during busy times. With a full-size gymnasium and spacious fitness studios, a variety of Group Exercise classes can be offered at the same time, so there’s always space for everyone!
  3. A Health, Safety and Compliance Officer to consistently ensure our operations meet all public health regulations and go beyond the expected standards. This includes developing policies, inspecting facilities, auditing and ongoing recommendations.
  4. Rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocols to ensure a standard of cleanliness excellence for members, volunteers and staff, using products that are Health Canada approved, as well as speciality equipment for disinfecting all high touch areas in the facility.

What are some of the main facility features?

With 70,000 square feet of space, we’ve got something for everyone, including: three pools and a state-of-the-art gym, two levels of strength and cardio equipment, an indoor walking/running/wheeling track, four wellness studios for classes and programming, a childminding centre to support parents and caregivers while they work out, a Child and Family Development Centre with community rooms, and the public Great Hall for everyday gathering, special events and community celebrations.

Will the facility be open to everyone, including non-members?

YES! Our YMCA prides itself on being the most inclusive place around. You do not need a membership to use the Y. Day passes will be available at reasonable rates so that everyone in the HRM can enjoy this centre of community. There will also be access to community spaces like our centre of reflection and Great Hall at no charge. You can try out the Y by purchasing a day pass or a punch card Day Pass: $10 (Adult); $8 (Student & Youth) Day passes are valid at the time of purchase until closing same day.

I am not ready to purchase a membership. Do you offer trial memberships to try out the YMCA?

You can try out the Y by purchasing a day pass or a punch card Day Pass: $10 (Adult); $8 (Student & Youth) Day passes are valid at the time of purchase until closing same day.

Why is there not a senior membership option?

The John W. Lindsay YMCA is pleased to offer four different memberships types, including our innovative partner membership option. The YMCA always aims to offer inclusive spaces for everyone, of all ages. As a charity committed to building a healthy and inclusive community, the YMCA also offers financial assistance. We never turn away an interested member because of a lack of financial means.

What Group fitness programs are available at the John W. Lindsay YMCA?

Our all-in-one programming is tailored to your fitness goals and schedules. Check out our list of programs and schedules. You can also view the group schedule on the My Y App by selecting the Group Fitness Classes icon or the Schedules icon on the home screen.

To start using the App:
  1. Download My Y App from Google Play or the App Store into your phone
  2. Open the app and enter your email associated with your YMCA membership account. A Pin will be sent to this email
  3. Create your password and start using the app!
If you are experiencing difficulty with the My Y App or booking a class, please reach out to our Welcome Desk Staff at (902) 423-9622 (Press 0). We are happy to help!

How do I book my spot in a Group Fitness class?

We encourage you to download and start to use the My Y App for ease of booking. You can also give us a call at  (902) 423-9622 (press 0) however, due to high volume of activity at the Welcome Desk, you may not always get through to our staff. How to start using the App:

  1. Download My Y App from Google Play or the App Store into your phone
  2. Open the app and enter your email associated with your YMCA membership account. A Pin will be sent to this email
  3. Create your password and start using the app!
If you are experiencing difficulty with the My Y App or booking a class, please reach out to our Welcome Desk Staff at (902) 423-9622 (press 0). We are happy to help!

How do I login into My Y App?

To start using the My Y App, you are required to have a YMCA membership with the John W Lindsay YMCA. This means your bi-weekly payment plan is set up and you have received your membership card. To start using the App:
  1. Download My Y App from Google Play or the App Store into your phone
  2. Open the app and enter your email associated with your YMCA membership account. A Pin will be sent to this email
  3. Create your password and start using the app!
If you are experiencing difficulty with the My Y App or booking a class, please reach out to our Welcome Desk Staff at (902) 423-9622 (Press 0). We are happy to help!

Can I register for fitness classes without a membership?

If you purchased a day pass or a 10-day punch card you will need to book your spot in-person at the JWL YMCA. Our day pass rates are $10 for adults and $8 for Students and Youth.

Will you be offering personal training?

Yes, we will be offering Personal Training very soon!
If you are interested in Personal Training, please call at (902) 423-9622 (press 0) to leave your information, and we can update you on our personal training program.
We expect to have Personal Training packages available by the end of November.

When will be childminding program be available?

We will provide an update on our Social Media channels (links below) and our website once our childminding program gets started.

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

YouTube

How do I book the sauna and steam room?

The Steam Room and Sauna are only available for our Plus members. They can be booked through our My Y app under “Plan My Bookings” on the home screen.

How do you determine membership models and rates?

We’ve structured our memberships models and rates to help ensure maximum value and affordability for as many individuals and families as possible. As a charity committed to building a healthy and inclusive community, the YMCA also offers financial assistance. We never turn away an interested member because of a lack of financial means.

Will the pool be open when the facility opens?

The pool is scheduled to open after the facility opens. We expect that the pool will be open and operational by mid-November, and that we’ll be offering lane swimming at that time.

When will you offer swimming lessons?

Swimming lessons will start in January 2021. The teaching pool is also scheduled to open after the facility opening, due to a technical issue that is beyond our control. We are doing everything we can to help ensure a timely opening for the teaching pool because we know your children can’t wait to dive in!

Is there parking nearby?

Yes, there will be public paid parking available in the parking garage below the YMCA, paid parking at the park lane mall garage, outdoor paid parking just north of the facility on Sackville street, and street parking close by.

John W. Lindsay YMCA

5640 Sackville Street,
Halifax, NS B3J 1L2

Phone: 902-423-9622

Hours of Operation

Monday: 6am to 8pm
Tuesday: 6am to 8pm
Wednesday: 6am to 8pm
Thursday: 6am to 8pm
Friday: 6am to 8pm
Saturday: 8am to 7pm
Sunday: 8am to 7pm

Jessica Casey,
Director of Memberships and Retention

Jessica.casey@halifax.ymca.ca

Sarah Elliot,
Aquatics Manager

sarah.elliot@halifax.ymca.ca

Lindsay McFarlane,
Health, Fitness & Recreation Manager

lindsay.mcfarlane@halifax.ymca.ca

 

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John W. Lindsay YMCA

5640 Sackville Street,
Halifax, NS B3J 1L2

Phone: 902-423-9622

Hours of Operation

Monday: 6am to 8pm
Tuesday: 6am to 8pm
Wednesday: 6am to 8pm
Thursday: 6am to 8pm
Friday: 6am to 8pm
Saturday: 8am to 7pm
Sunday: 8am to 7pm

Jessica Casey,
Director of Memberships and Retention

Jessica.casey@halifax.ymca.ca

Sarah Elliot,
Aquatics Manager

sarah.elliot@halifax.ymca.ca

Lindsay McFarlane,
Health, Fitness & Recreation Manager

lindsay.mcfarlane@halifax.ymca.ca