What is LocalMOTION?

Celebrate Canada's 150th with us and experience the history of the YMCA and our great country through fun online challenges. Complete one or all of them for a chance to win monthly prizes and a grand prize of VIA Rail’s “The Canadian” trip for four.

How It Works

Step 1: Sign Up

We’ll send you updates so you won’t miss a challenge!

Step 2: Participate

Complete the challenges within the time limit.

Step 3: Share

Use our hashtags on Instagram or Twitter to show us your completed challenges and you’ll be entered to win a monthly prize.

Step 4: Win!

We’re giving away some awesome prizes, including a cross-country VIA Rail trip.
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Monthly Prizes

Every challenge you complete within the month equals one entry to our draw for one of two $1000 VIA Rail vouchers!

Two Grand Prizes

Complete as many challenges as you can by July 31. Each challenge you complete is an entry in our Grand Prize draw, valued at $13,500!

July’s Stop: British Columbia

From the Maritimes to the West Coast: Our journey ends in beautiful British Columbia, where Railway Ys grew out of the new connection points between the rail lines and the ships carrying goods and people to  and from international destinations.

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Did You Know?

In Revelstoke, B.C., not far from where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven in 1885, railway employees organized their own YMCA. The Revelstoke Railway YMCA greatly improved workers’ living conditions and leisure time activities, ultimately leading railway companies to create more Railway Ys across the country.

The YMCA Railway Story

The YMCA movement is older than Canada itself. The YMCA came to Canada in 1851, before Confederation created the country we know today in 1867. YMCAs were first established in Montreal and Toronto, where railways supported urbanization and industrialization. Railway YMCAs served workers and local communities for a century. The first opened its doors in the 1890s and the last one closed in the 1990s.

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