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Exercise is essential to good health and long life. YMCA members enjoy the use of the Ches Penney Family Y at 35 Ridge Road in St. John’s.

Y membership provides opportunities for personal growth in spirit, mind and body.

Ches Penney Family Y - Membership Details

No locked-in contracts and no unwanted pressure. Y memberships are designed to help you live well throughout your life. There are memberships for adults, children/youth, families and students. Take a look and find a membership that is right for you.

Membership Child / Youth
(0-12 yrs)
(13-21 yrs with ID)
(19 yrs & up)
Adult Only
(19 yrs & up)
(children up to 21 yrs)
Financial Assistance
(monthly fee)
*$32 *$38 *$52 *$62 Discounts apply Custom
Building Fund Fee
(new member)
None None $75 $75/adult $75/adult Subsidized
Couple Rate
(19 yrs & up)

*$88.40 *$105.40

Month to Month Payment Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hold No No No No No No
Child Minding No No No No Yes Yes
Drop in Classes + Programs Included Included Included Included Included Included
Course Discount Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Towel Service


Change Room Family General General Adult only General /
Whirlpool N/A Pool Deck Pool Deck Pool Deck Pool Deck Pool Deck
Sauna N/A No No Yes Yes No
Visitor Day Pass (General Change Room Access)
Students / Adults $11
Child / Youth $7
Family $15
No access to child minding services. All members and guests need to be 12 years of age or older to use the facility unless in a staff supervised program. Mandatory conditioning centre orientation for ages 12-15 years. Please book at the membership service desk.

* Membership fees as of January 1, 2014.
Additional HST where applicable. To participate in our Financial Assistance program please pick up a copy of the application at our memberships sales and service desk.

** Family Savings
We offer special savings for families. When the second person joins the membership there is a 15% discount. Each additional person added the membership receives a rolling discount of 5%. E.g. a family of four would receive a 25% discount. Please call 709-726-YMCA (9622) for more information for specific discounted rates depend upon family size.

Your membership commitment is not locked in and may be cancelled at any time. To cancel we require that you notify the Y in writing and return your membership card(s) a minimum of 5 days before your payment date. No cancellations will be taken over the phone or via email/fax. A cancellation administration fee of $25 per membership (not per person) will apply. Assisted members are not subject to the cancellation fee. Pre-authorized payment members will have remaining payments cancelled. We do not offer partial month refunds. Access to the facility will be available until the last day of your payment period (1st or 15th).

Become a Member

If you aren't a member yet - you should be! If you want a pre-view of the new facility please click on the Facility Pictures link below. Interested in joining, call one of our Y staff at 709-726-YMCA (9622). Don't wait!

Building Fund Fee

This is a non-refundable fee for individual adults & adults in Family Memberships (General and Adult Only) which they will be required to pay upon joining.

  • It is a fee charged to adults upon registration, it is 100% subsidized for assisted members
  • $75/adult taxes included
  • If you cancel and rejoin within 6 months it does not need to be paid again (from cancellation date/payment)
  • If transferring membership (YMCA Canada reciprocal membership policy) or moving from one Y to another Y for whatever reason you will not to have to pay the fee again
  • If a current member ages out of membership category that does not have the BFF, prior to monthly membership renewal you will notified of the change and the BFF to make a choice to cancel or rollover to new category. E.g. Student to Adult

Click here for more information on the features and benefits of becoming a Y member

No Contract

That’s right – no locked-in contract! Enough said.

Month-to-Month Payment

Month-to-month payments make it easy to join, stress-free. Don’t know where you’ll be in six months? Don’t worry about it. Join us!

Family Membership

Family is one or two adults (General or Adult Only) and any dependent children youth or students 21 or under. Family discounts start at 15%. Please contact us for details.

Anywhere in Canada

Travel for work? Your Y membership may be used at any Y in Canada. Find your Y by visiting the YMCA Canada website at www.ymca.ca. Your membership card will be accepted at any YMCA in North America. The amount or frequency of your visits may be restricted based on each association’s policies surrounding out-of-town members.

Membership Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your membership, we require minimum 5 days written notice prior to your next payment and surrender of membership card(s). Cancellation fee will apply (except financially assisted members).

How do I register to be a member?

  • bring a void cheque or credit card with you to set up continuous monthly membership payments
  • your first payment will be pro-rated based on the number of days left in the month plus any building fund fees where applicable
  • your first payment can be made with debit, cheque, credit or cash. Future payments PAP or PAC only on the 1st OR 15th of the month.
  • if you are under 19 years of age a parent will need to sign your membership registration form
  • a Membership Sales and Service staff will assist you in filling out the membership registration form

Visitor Day Pass

A visitor day pass is available for students and adults for $11, for child/youth for $7, and for family for $15. Day pass is for general change room access.

YMCA Visitor Policy
Any member visiting from another Y for less than seven consecutive days will receive a Y of NEA visitor card for one week. Visitor privileges will be granted up to a four week consecutive period to a maximum of four months total in the calendar year. Home Y association membership card is required. If one is not available another piece of Photo ID is required. Home association membership must be in good standing.

If visitor has permanently relocated to the area – they will be asked to cancel at their home Y and join with Y of NEA.  If paid in full (yearly membership) then membership will be transferred and recognized until anniversary date – at which point you will be asked to pay Y of NEA membership fees. Building fund fees are not required on new/transferred membership if already paid at home association (receipt required).


Access to group fitness classes, pools, gymnasium, courts, and conditioning center is included in membership. Unlimited fitness orientations led by certified YMCA Fitness Leaders. Swim lessons included in memberships, subject to availability.

Course Discount

Being a member also gives you a discounted rate for our other programs: YMCA fitness leadership courses, life saving courses, special interest clinics and more.

Change Rooms

We have five change rooms to suit unique needs:

  • Family and Special Needs
  • Male All Ages General
  • Female All Ages General
  • Men Adult Only (19 years & up)
  • Women Adult Only (19 years & up)

Membership Adult Only rooms offer extra amenities like card access to adult-only change rooms, towel service, body care products and sauna. Boys and girls over 6 years of age must use the family change room or the same sex change room with their parent/guardian.

Child Minding

We look after the ones you love so you can have time to look after yourself. We will care for children ages 0-8 years old. Additional fees may apply. You can book up to two days in advance for a 1.5 hour time slot. Maximum of 16 children per time slot. To book call 726-9622 x 221, 222 or 281. See page 6 of the Member Handbook for guidelines.

Bike Parking

We offer bike parking at the back & front entrances of the building.

Hours of Operation

Ches Penney Family Y Hours of Operation (Effective February 1, 2012)

Days Hours
Monday – Thursday 5:00am – 11:00pm
Friday 5:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 7:00am – 9:00pm
Statutory Holidays 7:00am – 6:00pm
Closed Christmas Day


Give the Gift of Health!

At the Ches Penney Family Y, we offer everyone an opportunity to build a healthier life in spirit, mind and body. Giving a loved one a Y gift card gives them an experience beyond a fitness program, swim lesson or gym, it invites them to become part of community that connects and transforms lives. Our gift cards are available in any amount (HST included) and include a gift card for you to give. Pick one up today! All gift certificates are non-refundable and cannot be redeemed for cash.

Ches Penney Family Y - Facility Information

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The Y is proud to be a community partner with the Wellness Coalition Avalon East and the Canadian Tire Jump Start Program.

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