Past Challenges

Wondering where we’ve been and what we’ve been up to? Take a look at the regions we’ve visited and the challenges completed.

April's Stop: Quebec

This month we stop in La Belle Province, Quebec, the birthplace of the YMCA movement in North America. The Montreal YMCA was one of the first to develop programs to meet the needs of Canada’s railway workers.

Join the Fun at LocalMOTION Live! - APR 27

Join the Fun at LocalMOTION Live! #YLM9

LocalMOTION goes on the road this Sunday, April 30 at YMCA Healthy Kids Day, a national day dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Canada’s kids.

Your challenge: Find a LocalMOTION Live! event at a YMCA Healthy Kids Day near you by visiting ymca.ca/healthykids and take the LocalMOTION Live! Challenge.

This challenge ends April 30, 2017.

Thank a Volunteer Today - APR 20

Thank a Volunteer Today #YLM8

Canada’s Railway YMCAs were established thanks to the dedicated efforts of a number of groups. One of the most important: volunteers, who remain as vital to the YMCA today as they were in those early years.

In honour of National Volunteer Week, we encourage you to thank a volunteer who has made a difference in your life.

This challenge ends April 30, 2017.

What’s in Your First Aid Kit? - APR 13

What’s in Your First Aid Kit? #YLM7

Building Canada’s railways was tough, remote and often dangerous work. Many Railway YMCAs offered first aid training to help workers better care for themselves and each other.

This week we want to know: What are your first-aid must-haves when you’re venturing away from home?

This challenge ends April 30, 2017.

Share Your Community Pride! - APR 06

Share Your Community Pride! #YLM6

Montreal was the birthplace of the YMCA movement in North America, and the Montreal YMCA became a key player in creating the first Railway YMCAs.

This week we invite you to share your community’s claim to fame. Did your town nurture a great athlete? Set a world record? Incubate a tech innovation?

This challenge ends April 30, 2017.

This Month’s Winners

Check back soon for this month’s winners!


Check back soon for this month’s winners!

March's Stop: Atlantic Canada

In this first region of our cross-Canada journey you’ll find an original Railway Y: the YMCA of Greater Moncton, originally established in 1870.

Get outside! - MAR 23

Get outside! #YLM5

Railway Ys offered a place for recreation and fun both indoor and out. Now that spring has officially arrived, what’s your favourite “coming out of hibernation” activity? Is it visiting a maple syrup farm? Tuning up your bike? Planting seeds? Making chalk drawings on the ice-free sidewalk?

For this week’s challenge, inspire us with your favourite spring activity.

This challenge ends March 31, 2017.

Put a spring in your step! - MAR 16

Put a spring in your step! #YLM4

A popular activity at the Railway YMCAs was the community dance which provided a fun, welcoming atmosphere not only for railway workers, but for all members of the community. 
For this week’s challenge, kick up your heels solo or with a friend. If you need some inspiration, visit our friends at Canada’s National Ballet School to learn their choreography for their Sharing Dance DayOpen in new window event in June, also in celebration of Canada’s 150th. 

This challenge ends March 31, 2017.

Reading Room Challenge - MAR 09

Reading Room Challenge #YLM3

The only thing better than reading a good book is sharing one. A number of railway Ys had reading rooms to encourage literacy and social connection. Today’s YMCAs continue to nurture literacy through everything from newcomer language programs to child care curriculums to after-school homework clubs. 

For this week’s challenge, we want to know about a book by a Canadian author that you’d recommend, and why you love it! 

This challenge ends March 31, 2017.

Healthy Picnic Challenge - MAR 02

Healthy Picnic Challenge #YLM2

Providing and sharing meals at YMCAs helped to build healthier communities for Canada’s railway workers.

For this week's Challenge gather some friends, ask each person to prepare a healthy dish, and have a picnic - indoor or outdoor! 

This challenge ends March 31, 2017.

Challenge Celebration - FEB 20

Challenge Celebration #YLM1

Language classes were one of the services provided by the YMCA in railway communities to help railway workers build a sense of belonging. Learn how to introduce yourself by saying “Hello, welcome to [community name] in three languages. Ask your family and friends to join you!

This challenge ends February 27, 2017.

This Month’s Winners


  • Alison Mackellar

  • Elaine Baptie


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