Facility Update: The Y will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27

New Canaan YMCA

Facility Overview

Facility Overview

New Canaan YMCA Facility


The Y features a variety of areas for all ages to stay active and connect. From it’s three-pool Aquatics Center to the Kid Zone, Dante’s Café to the Gymnasium, the Wellness Center, Zone, Group Exercise Center, and more, the Y offers so many ways for the community to come together.

Along with our beautiful facility and variety of high-quality programs, our biggest resource is our caring and experienced staff. Our Y hires qualified and compassionate wellness professionals who enjoy helping others. Each of our staff is trained and hold certifications in their respective areas of expertise.

Aquatics Center

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The New Canaan YMCA’s Aquatics Center includes three beautiful pools.  The Valles Pool (competition pool) is our coolest pool designed for lap swimming, competitive swimming, and includes a diving well.  The Forese Family Pool features two warmer pools including a lap pool and the Scooter Pool.  These pools are perfect for those who prefer warmer water for lap swimming and therapy swimming.  The Forese Family Lap & Scooter Pools are also home to our water group exercise classes, swim lessons, and free swim.

The New Canaan YMCA is proud to offer three competitive aquatics teams including the Caimans Competitive Swimming team, Whirlwind Diving team, and Aquianas Artistic Swimming team.

Water is a wonderful, supportive environment to exercise in. Athletes have been using water exercise for years to rehab injuries or to cross-train for their sport. The great thing about water exercise is the ability to use the properties of water to vary the intensity of a workout thereby making it a wonderful form of exercise for all ages and abilities.

To let you experience this for yourself, we offer water exercise classes taught in our Forese Family Scooter Pool. If you have any questions about Water Exercise Classes or you need help getting started, please contact Kristin Schnitzler, Group Wellness Director at 203-920-1636.

Cycling Center

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Our 1,400 square foot indoor cycling center features a variety of cycling classes throughout the week, including cycling & strength and more.

Located on the lower level is our 1400 square foot Cycling Center.

We have 31 Stages Cycle Bikes. Bikes are available on a first come, first served basis. Please come early to set up your bike, and bring a water bottle and towel to all Cycling classes. Comfortable workout clothing along with padded bike shorts or pants are the recommended attire for a class. It is important that you choose the proper footwear for Cycling. Shoes with stiff soles, such as cross-trainers, court shoes, light hiking shoes, or cycling shoes (with or without SPD clips) are best. If you have any questions about Cycling or you need help getting started please contact Kristin Schnitzler, Group Wellness Director, at 203-920-1636.

Dante’s Café & Wagner Room

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We have two community areas open to members, including Dante’s Café and the Wagner Room, each available for socializing, working, dining, and community use.  Dante’s Café proudly hosts EB222 Catering, LLC serving a variety of delicious sandwiches, paninis, soups, salads, smoothies, snacks, and much more, including weekly lunch specials and weekend breakfast specials.

Dante’s Café EB222 Service Hours:

Monday-Friday: 8:30 AM-4:30 PM

Saturday: Seasonal

Sunday: Seasonal

Group Exercise Center

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The New Canaan YMCA’s 2,600 square foot Group Exercise Center is home to many of our drop-in cardio and strength training classes included with a Y membership. Members can also enjoy this space to stretch or exercise when classes are not running.  Examples of classes in the Group Exercise Center include Zumba, kickboxing, strength training, dance, total body conditioning, and more!

Located on second level next to our Wellness Center, this 2,600 square foot space houses most of our Cardiovascular, Strength Training, Zumba, and MOSSA classes.

You will find mostly high energy classes in the Group Exercise Center. If you have any questions about the Group Exercise Center classes or you need help getting started, please contact Kristin Schnitzler, Group Wellness Director, at 203-920-1636.


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Our large gymnasium is home to a variety of youth sports as well as open recreation time including adult pick-up basketball, pickleball, volleyball, open gym, and family open gym.

Kids Club

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Kids Club is our Y’s drop-in babysitting program available to our members while they use our facility. Our caring staff provides a safe environment for play, games, and arts and crafts. Kids Club is available for children 6 months and older (children must be able to sit up independently).

Kid Zone

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The Kid Zone is home to our popular Bouncing Bears youth movement programs. This bright and exciting children’s gym environment features classes for ages 12 months and older focused on movement, motor skills, confidence, and so much fun!  We often hear life-long friendships are made in the Bouncing Bears gym and we love watching this happen every day!

Locker Rooms

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Completely rebuilt in 2017, the New Canaan YMCA features five locker rooms including the Men’s, Women’s, Girls’, Boys’, and Dionne Family Locker Room.

Locker rooms feature showers, lockers, and changing stalls, plus steam and sauna in the Men’s and Women’s locker rooms.

Mind Body Center

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Support your physical and mental health in our inviting Mind Body Center.  The Mind Body Center is a quiet oasis located on the lower floor of our Y.  The  Mind Body Center is home to drop-in classes such as yoga, barre, pilates, and more.  Drop-in Mind Body Center classes are also included in your Y membership.

Located on the lower level, the Mind Body Center is a quiet oasis from the hustle and bustle of the rest of our Y.

The Center houses all of our mind body based programs like yoga, mat pilates, NIA, and Tai Chi in its main room. Also in the Mind Body Center is our Pilates Apparatus Room, where we offer fee-based Pilates apparatus classes. The Center has a soothing water feature, beautiful bamboo floors, and relaxing colors to help you calm and rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit. If you have any questions about the Mind Body Center classes or you need help getting started please contact Kristin Schnitzler, Group Wellness Director, 203-920-1636.

Please note, that in order to encourage a clean and safe environment within our mind body classes, we encourage each participant to bring their own Yoga Mat for classes in the Mind Body Center. We have some mats available in the center for first time participants and in case of emergencies. If you use one of our mats, we ask that you kindly spray and wipe the mat off before you leave class.

Wellness Center

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Our 4,000 square foot Wellness Center features a variety of personal fitness equipment to support all ages, abilities, and interests.  The Wellness Center includes treadmills, ellipticals, stair climbers, rowers, free weights, squat racks, and selectorized strength training equipment. The Center also features a Sprint 8 cardio zone on a variety of Matrix machines.  Wellness Associates are always on-site to answer any questions and demonstrate equipment.

Our Wellness Center is open to ages 14+.  Kids ages 12-13 may use the Wellness Center after completing our three-week FIT Pass Training course, which teaches principles of strength training, aerobic endurance, muscle conditioning, and Wellness Center safety.  Kids who complete the course receive their FIT (Families In Training) pass, which grants them access to the Wellness Center between 2:00-4:00 PM independently and at any time with a parent.


Please note:

With the end of the school year approaching and leading up to the start of summer, our Wellness Center experiences busy times between 2:30-4:30 PM throughout the week.

The Zone

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Unique to the New Canaan YMCA, our 2,000 square foot Zone is the perfect space for anyone to find their inner athlete, train toward a personal best, or simply take on a new challenge. Featuring equipment such as TRX, training ropes, medicine balls, kettlebells, plyometric boxes, resistance bands, weights, and much more, the Zone is a fun and supportive space for functional training, stretching, plyometrics, sports performance, and rehabilitation activities.