Joining the Y is more than joining a gym. At the YMCA, you're part of a community that helps each other grow, lead and give back so we can all shine brighter, together.

We offer flexible membership options to fit your health and wellness journey! Get started with our YMCA Essential or YMCA Enhanced membership.

Membership Options



YMCA Essential

This flexible, lower-cost option includes access to the fitness centre, gymnasium and racquet courts, all with included childminding.


YMCA Enhanced

Our all-inclusive YMCA membership includes full facility access, group fitness classes, swim lessons, childminding and discounts on registered programs as well as early registration access.


Membership Benefits

Your Y membership gets you to access a variety of in-person and online group fitness, swimming pools, fitness centre (free weights and cardio machines), indoor track, racquet courts, gymnasium and more.

  YMCA Essential YMCA Enhanced
Swimming pool and hot tub  
Swimming lessons  
Lane swim and family swim  
Group fitness classes  
Discounted personal training  
Youth leadership programs  
Member exclusive discounts and priority program registration*  
Fitness centre and indoor track
Free childminding
Gymnasium, open gym and drop-in recreational sports (including pickleball & badminton)
Racquet courts (squash & racquetball)
*not available at Don Wheaton Family YMCA
Family Fun Zone
*available at select locations
Access to 4 locations across Edmonton, 14 across Alberta and over 100 across Canada
No contracts or cancellation fees
Ability to put membership on hold
Members 13yrs+ can sign in 10 guests per year for free


*Programs include but are not limited to: sports and recreation programs, martial arts, Parent & Tot programs, specialty fitness programs, Swim Club, Junior Lifeguard Club.


Membership Fees

  YMCA Essential YMCA Enhanced
  Biweekly Annual Biweekly Annual
(25–64 years)
$31.25  $731.25 $36.50 $854
(65+ years)
$27.00 $631.75 $31.25 $731.25
Young Adult
(18–24 years)
$25.00 $585 $29 $678.50
(2–17 years)
$15.50 $362.75 $20.75 $485.50
Children under 2 years Free membership for
children under two years
Adult Plus (18 years+) Add an additional $26 (biweekly) or $608.50 (annually) to your YMCA Essential or YMCA Enhanced membership for Plus access! Access an Adult-only change room that includes towel service, hot tub, steam room, social lounge, assigned locker and convenience items (razors, hair products, health & beauty products).


Additional Upgrades:

  • $2.75 (biweekly) Towel service
  • $7.25 (biweekly) Workout Clothes Laundry service *available to Don Wheaton Family YMCA Plus members

Adult memberships require a $25 new member joining fee. No joining fee for ages 0–17.

GST is not included in rates listed above. There is no GST for Child/Youth membership ages 14 or below.


Other Options

Financial Assistance

The Y is a charity dedicated to strengthening our community. That means no one is turned away for the inability to pay! Apply online for financial assistance or ask about it at the YMCA Experience desk.

Accessing Financial Assistance

Families or individuals unable to pay the full fee for a YMCA membership, summer day camp (2 camps per year), and school break camps (Winter/Spring break) are encouraged to apply for financial assistance. Applicants are pre-approved if they are a verified recipient of:

  • Income support (IS)
  • Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH)
  • Alberta Child Health Benefits (ACHB) - letter with expiry date required
  • Alberta Adult Health Benefits (AAHB) - letter with expiry date required

*Some exceptions may apply.

How it Works

Families or individuals pay what they can afford based on their total household income. This amount, the intended use, as well as the duration assistance is required, are determined in the application process. Applicants may re-apply to renew their financial assistance at the end of their term.

Learn more about how to apply for financial assistance by viewing our how-to guide.


Workplace Wellness

Employees of registered companies receive 10% off continuous biweekly rates and a waived building fee! The employee must have an active membership for the benefit to extend to other family members. Ask your employer if they're part of our workplace wellness program today!


Join today

Ready to join? Start your YMCA membership online at by creating your online account and starting a new membership, or visit us in person at a YMCA Health, Fitness and Aquatics Centre today!

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