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Residents urged to get active during Community Better Challenge

YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka offering free day passes on Saturdays in June
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The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka is participating in the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge this June.

The challenge encourages Canadians to get active in search of the most active community across the country.

For the month of June, the Y will offer free day passes on Saturdays to encourage residents to be active and promote health and wellness. A variety of activities are available at the Y, including open gym, family swim, lane swim, a fitness centre, and more. The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka offers a wide variety of programs. For more information, visit

The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka will track the average movement minutes of its members and visitors in Collingwood, Gravenhurst, Innisfil, Midland, and Wasaga Beach in June, and add the numbers together to find out the total for each community. Participants and members will be encouraged to record their own activities outside of YMCA facilities as well. In the event that the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka wins the challenge, more members of the community will have access to financial aid and be able to overcome access barriers.

YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka vice-president of health, wellness, and community impact Karen Pulla said, “We’re really excited about providing free access to the health, fitness, and aquatics facilities every Saturday in June thanks to ParticipACTION, a project that has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.”

The YMCA is a great place to have fun, improve your well-being, and make connections with friends and family.

Pulla says, “We know exercise can help us improve both our mental and physical health. We hope these free passes will welcome new members to the community and inspire them to join the challenge.”

A $100,000 top prize is at stake for the winning community of the Community Better Challenge, which allows anyone, from individuals to organizations, to track their minutes of active participation in their communities.

Residents can get their free Saturday day pass by visiting their local YMCA in Collingwood, Gravenhurst, Innisfil, Midland, or Wasaga Beach, or by going to and entering the code ACTION2023.

To try out the Y beyond the free Saturdays, you can get one week free until June 16. Check your local Y for details. For more information about the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka, visit