We are offering an Essential Services Child Care Program in Penticton. To indicate your need for care, complete this survey

Our charity is responding to COVID-19 including temporarily closing all YMCA recreation facilities during this time. Child care, virtual early years community services and career development services will continue to run. The most recent information can be found at ymcaokanagan.ca/COVID19

Updated April 2, 2020, 12:55 PM

Essential Services Child Care

The YMCA of Okanagan plans to provide child care for essential service workers in our community with children ages 0–12. If you are an essential service worker in Penticton, please fill out this survey to indicate that you require care.

We are also providing child care for essential workers in Kelowna and are reaching out to our current families and those on the waiting list.

Virtual Services

We're continuing to respond to our community's most urgent needs by adapting some of our programs and services to operate online.

Program Registration

Due to the closing of our three YMCA operated Health, Fitness and Aquatic Centres, our program and summer camp registration dates have been postponed until further notice. We will keep you informed on new program registration dates once we know more.

Facility Maintenance

For your convenience, we are taking advantage of this time that our centres are closed by completing necessary annual facility maintenance now, instead during our usual shut down period in August and September. This way we are ready to welcome you back to well-maintained facilities that sparkle like new once we are able to re-open our doors.

Updated March 20, 2020, 6:55 PM

Thank you for the overwhelming support we’ve received this week. It’s truly inspiring how dedicated our community has been in helping our vulnerable populations during this uncertain time.

To help you better understand how the YMCA is responding to this situation, we are encouraging everyone to review our detailed FAQ pages:

You can navigate these FAQs through the sidebar (desktop) or twirl-down menu (mobile).

The following YMCA programs will continue to run:

We want to extend our sincerest thank you to all our members and supporters. The outpour of love, gratefulness and positive responses we have received has been humbling.

Many members have said that they want the YMCA to continue taking their fees––rather than put memberships on hold––because we are a valued charity dedicated to strengthening communities. We will put all memberships on hold and instead, we invite those interested in giving back to make a donation so the Y can continue its important work. (Your gift is eligible for a tax receipt.)

Thank you to everyone for doing their part in keeping our community healthy and remaining positive.

Updated March 16, 2020, 5:30 PM

YMCA of Okanagan Announces Temporary Closures

As of today, Monday, March 16, in compliance with BC Health Official mandate to limit group sizes to 50 people and aggressively manage physical distancing in public places to prevent community spread of the COVID–19 virus, the YMCA of Okanagan is taking the necessary step to temporarily close the following centres:

  • Kelowna Family YMCA
  • Kelowna Downtown YMCA
  • H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre

All memberships will be placed on hold immediately and no further payments will be taken until YMCA of Okanagan resumes services. For any children registered in a paid program that has been cancelled, a credit will be placed on account for program fees affected by the closure. Refunds will be issued on request.

This decision is not made lightly, as it directly affects over 17,000 members, program, and camp participants, plus several hundred staff and volunteers. As a ‘people first’ organization, we will be doing our best to support our teams through this transition period.

Unless otherwise directed by the Ministry of Health, we plan to continue essential services, including licensed and un-licensed child care, to ensure those who need to work are provided safe, quality care for their children. Locations include:

  • Kelowna Family YMCA - Spring Break Camp
  • Little Scholars
  • Kelowna Secondary School
  • Queens Park – Penticton
  • Mission Creek Alliance Church – Spring Break Camp

We will be using our website, ymcaokanagan.ca/COVID19 and social media channels for updates and, when the time comes, to deliver a reopening timeline.

Questions? Please review information posted here first; if you are unable to find the answer you need, contact hello@ymcaokanagan.ca.

Updated March 13, 2020, 4:00 PM 

All YMCA of Okanagan recreation facilities remain open.

All YMCA of Okanagan recreation facilities remain open. However, as of March 14 saunas and steam rooms at H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre and Kelowna Family YMCA will be closed and access to the pools will be limited to under 250 people to comply with BC's Provincial Health Officer direction as a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. We don’t expect these limits to significantly affect access.

Over the next week, group fitness classes will be reducing in size to allow for recommended social distancing – ensuring arms reach between class participants.

We care deeply about the health and well-being of our Y Community members. We know the YMCA is an integral part of life for many in our community, and with the necessary precautions and collective vigilance, our intent is to continue to provide important services. We also know you will act to protect yourself and our communities, and we trust you to use your best judgment, especially if you are a part of a high-risk population. 

The provincial and federal response to the global COVID-19 (Coronavirus) issue changes daily, even hourly. Please check back for updates on YMCA closures and cancellations.

March 6, 2020, 3:30 PM

Help prevent the spread of respiratory illness.

At the YMCA, we care deeply about the health and wellbeing of our community members. In light of growing concerns about spreading incidents of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to assure you that we are closely monitoring information from the BC Centre for Disease Control related to this respiratory illness and will follow their guidelines to help keep our facilities clean and our communities safe.

Here are a few things we can all do to reduce the risk of illness (general flu prevention measures recommended by BC CDC and local health officials):

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.
  • If a sink is not available, 60-90% alcohol-based hand rubs (hand sanitizer) can be used to clean hands if they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, you can use an alcohol-based disposable hand wipe to remove the dirt and then use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with unwashed hands.
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow, and then wash your hands.
  • Stay home when you are ill.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. We recommend all Y members wipe down equipment BEFORE and AFTER use.

If you are concerned about respiratory symptoms, you should stay home and call your health-care provider or 8-1-1 to discuss any need for testing and follow up.

For more information please visit bccdc.ca.

As always, our highest priority is the health and safety of you and your families. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide any necessary updates.