The YMCA invites residents to get active with the ParticipACTION challenge


YMCA is “delighted to provide residents with free access to our health, fitness and aquatic facilities every Saturday in June,” says YMCA official

In June, the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka participates in the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge, a national physical activity challenge to encourage Canadians to get active in search of the most active community in Canada.

The Community Better Challenge allows anyone, including organizations, to track the number of minutes they spend being active in their community in hopes of earning the title of “Canada’s Most Active” and a top prize of $100,000 $.

Throughout June, the Y is offering free day passes on Saturdays to encourage residents to be active and promote health and wellness in the community. At the Y, you’ll find a wide variety of activities for all ages, including an open gymnasium, family swimming, lane swimming, a fitness center and more. There are different program options available at each YMCA, and residents can find their local YMCA’s schedule at

In June, the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka Health, Fitness and Aquatic Centers in Collingwood, Gravenhurst, Innisfil, Midland and Wasaga Beach will track the average minutes of movement of all members and visitors, and these numbers will be added together to determine the total for each community. Members and participants will also be encouraged to register their own activities outside of YMCA facilities. If the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka wins the challenge, it will be able to help more community members overcome barriers to access and provide financial assistance to those in need.

YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka Vice President of Health, Fitness and Aquatics Karen Pulla said, “We are thrilled to provide residents with complimentary access to our health, fitness and aquatics every Saturday in June thanks to the generous support of ParticipACTION.

Pulla added: “We know that exercise can help improve our mental and physical health, so now is the perfect time to give ourselves a boost. The YMCA is a great place for people of all ages to have fun, improve their well-being, and bond with friends and family. Thanks to these free passes, we can welcome new members of the community and hope that they will join the challenge.

Residents can get their free Saturday pass by visiting their local YMCA Health, Fitness and Aquatic Center in Collingwood, Gravenhurst, Innisfil, Midland and Wasaga Beach, or by visiting and using the code ACTION2022.

Residents trying out the Y this month and wanting to purchase a membership can take advantage of $0 membership fees through June 30. For more information, visit



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