Thank you for participating, Canada!

Thank you for joining us on our virtual cross-country rail journey. Over the past six months, we’ve celebrated our country’s sesquicentennial through healthy, active online challenges and live events. We also learned about the shared history of Canada’s railways and the YMCA. Click here to learn more about how Railway YMCAs grew to meet the needs of railway workers and later, the communities surrounding our national railways.

Grand Prize Winners

Congratulations to each of our winners of a trip of a lifetime (for four people!) on VIA Rail’s The Canadian, valued at $13,500!

Kelly D.


Sharon D.


Monthly Draw Winners

Congratulations to each winner of a $1,000 VIA Rail voucher, for train travel anywhere in Canada!

Alison M.Elaine B.Nathalie G.Stéphanie G.
Isabelle B.Rathi S.Wendy B.Pierrette B.
Ada Y.Thomas M.


LocalMOTION Community


One of my favourite places to visit, Banff National Park. #YMCALocalMOTION #YLM19


The sunrise from the glass top car on our VIA trip to Halifax was breathtaking. The food was pretty good, too! #YMCALocalMOTION #YLM13


J'aime bien le Parc La Fontaine à Montréal. #YMCALocalMOTIVE #YLM19



Il fait fait chaud..La journée parfaite pour profiter de notre carte d'entré découverte gratuite et aller marcher au Parc national du Lac-Temiscouata. Une belle journée devant nous #YMCALocalMOTIVE #YLM19@ymcalocalmotion_localmotive


Grandpa and grand-dog today 🐶❤ #ymcalocalmotion #YLM16 #fathersday lunch or brunch or walk or...


#YMCALocalMOTION #YLM12 Nanaimo River awesomeness



#YLM11 #YMCALocalMOTION Tea time for our stuffies! And our dog Scraps joined in too!


#YMCALocalMOTIVE et #YLM18 Ma fille participe aux activités que le musée du Bas-St-Laurent propose gratuitement aux enfant de 5-12 ans.


Favourite skill learned at summer camp? Mountain biking through nature's wonderland! #ymcalocalmotion #ylm10


Want to see what all the challenges were?

Past Challenges

Did You Know?

The YMCA movement came to Canada in 1851, before Confederation created the country we know today, in 1867. Railway YMCAs provided a “home away from home” for the railway workers whose efforts supported the industrialization and settlement of our nation. The first Railway Y opened its doors in the 1890s and the last one closed in the 1990s.

The YMCA Railway Story

Spend five minutes with Canada’s own Lloyd Robertson as he guides us through the fascinating YMCA Railway story (or read the full story here).

Read Full Story


Steam locomotive photograph

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