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!

May’s Stop: Ontario

Welcome to Ontario, home to 21 of the 28 Railway YMCAs and Canada’s first permanent Railway Y - the Spadina Avenue Branch. It included a dormitory, baths, a restaurant, a gym and a space for outdoor recreation.

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Did You Know?

The remote Sioux Lookout Railway YMCA was known as “the place to be” for railway workers and community members alike, with two bowling alleys, tennis and horseshoe courts, and rooms for dances, movies and meetings. It even had an award-winning girls’ choir led by the Y’s secretary and his wife!

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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Get involved with Canada 150

YMCA Healthy Kids Day

YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Save the date! Celebrated by most YMCAs across the country on Sunday, April 30, YMCA Healthy Kids Day is a free event which gets kids and parents involved in fun, easy activities which promote a healthy, active lifestyle.

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Sharing Dance Canada 2017

Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary through dance! We’re proud to partner with Canada’s National Ballet School on events being held across the country. No experience needed. Find an event in your community.

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Celebrate Canada's 150th

Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary of Confederation. Participate in activities and projects across the country. Show your pride and Canadian spirit.

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