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YMCA of Saskatoon

History

The YMCA story is about enriching communities and lives by helping people grow in spirit, mind and body. From fitness and health, to swimming and camping, child care, employment training and international development, the list of YMCA service achievements goes on and on.

The Y in Canada

The first YMCA opened in North America in Montreal on November 25, 1851. Originally a place for young men interested in putting religious teachings into practice, the YMCA expanded to offer public debates and lectures, language and music classes, exercise and social activities.

Coming to Saskatoon

By the year 1908, the YMCA reached Saskatoon, operating out of church basements and public spaces. Funds were raised to build a facility on the corner of 20th Street and Spadina Crescent, featuring a 60 x 20 foot swimming pool where many Saskatoon youngsters learned to swim. The building opened in early 1913 and was a busy centre of activity for more than five decades.

A Greater Reach

The present Downtown Loaction of the Y officially opened on September 6, 1969. The Saskatoon YMCA serves over 6000 individuals through membership and program participation. Services range from on-site and in-school childcare to summer day camps to health, fitness and recreation programs.

Across a Thriving City

Today, the Y is spread across multiple locations in both Saskatoon and Martensville. Operating multiple childcare centers, running Before and After School cares in local schools, and running family and youth initiatives outside of our original downtown location, the Y is always working to achieve our mission to foster life-enhancing opportunities and to strengthen the foundations of our community.