Discover the difference community makes.

The new John W. Lindsay YMCA is opening soon in downtown Halifax.

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Ready for a new view on health and Fitness?

Join HRM’s only all-inclusive model.

Introducing the John W. Lindsay YMCA (JWL), a best-in-class health, fitness and aquatics facility that’s a centre of community like no other.

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

View the facility renderings here.

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Healthy activity is just the beginning.

You belong here. In more ways than one.

YMCAs do so much more than give people a safe, clean and welcoming place to work out. We build healthy communities by creating connections - within families and between individuals of all ages, abilities, income levels, beliefs, and cultures.

Because when we don’t feel connected, we’re less healthy.

Through our many community programs, creating places to learn, grow and belong is a proud 166-year legacy of the Halifax YMCA.

The new JWL will help build kids up and give youth a safe place to belong. It will support people of all ages to gain new skills, build confidence and overcome challenges like social isolation and chronic disease. It will be a place where families get fit and have fun together, where empty nesters reconnect with the activities they love, and where our littlest members make their very first friends.

Want to join us?

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One Size Does not fit all.

Find out about the memberships we’ve designed to FIT YOU.

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 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.

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 plus only change room, towel service, steam room and sauna.


For Youth

The Y is the ultimate safe place for your kids to hang out and have fun. Youth memberships include ages 5 – 17 or 18+ with valid student ID. At 6 – 11, 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.

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, co-worker, life partner, or family member.


The YMCA never turns away an interested member based on financial ability. Subsidies are available to everyone with no maximums.

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Every body (or mind or spirit) has a Y story.

Just ask Jim and Marilyn.

Participate in our community storytelling project by sharing your story.

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This new YMCA is a key tool to address important issues affecting our community. It will be a truly inclusive space, accessible to all, regardless of economic circumstance. This centre of community will have a lasting impact on our city and will be a place where people come to belong.
— John Lindsay Jr.

Be part of Halifax’s new YMCA! Find out how you can become a donor.