New Canaan YMCA




Where the Community Comes Together

The New Canaan YMCA is a nonprofit organization designed to strengthen and support our community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.  When you belong to the Y, you’re a part of something special.  You belong to a community where all ages, abilities, and backgrounds come together and support each other.  Members of the New Canaan YMCA not only have access to high-quality facilities, classes, and programs, but also make lasting relationships and remain connected to others in our community.  

There are so many reasons to belong to the Y!

Where the Community Comes Together From preschoolers to seniors, the Y is where lasting friendships are made and where friends come together to connect, have fun, and support each other.
Building Healthy & Happy Kids Through a wide range of programs, classes, activities, and teams, the New Canaan YMCA is where our community’s kids come together to build confidence, make friends, develop healthy habits and strong character, and most importantly, have fun!
Supporting Your Physical & Mental Health The recently renovated New Canaan YMCA is home to state-of-the-art fitness and aquatics facilities, 75+ group exercise classes each week, plus fun programs for all ages, abilities, interests, and goals. Support your physical and mental health by staying active and belonging to one of the largest and most supportive communities in town!
Become a Part of Something Good The Y is one of New Canaan’s largest charity organizations. When you belong to the Y, you support an organization that awards over $250k in financial assistance each year, provides meaningful and life-changing programs for those with special needs, chronic disease, and cancer survivors, and is always here for our community.

Our Three Areas of Impact

Youth Development

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We are committed to nurturing the potential of every child and teen. We believe all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Each year, nearly 6,000 kids come to our Y to have some fun. While they’re here, they are also developing character-building values, discovering new skills, and forming relationships within our community.

Healthy Living

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Our goal is to improve our community’s health and well-being. Our Y supports physical and mental health, brings families closer together, and fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun, and shared interests. The Y promotes a supportive and inclusive environment, offering programs and activities for all ages, abilities, goals, and interests.

Social Responsibility

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Since 1954, the New Canaan YMCA has always been here for our community.  Through programs, facilities, and support, our community can always count on the Y.


  The Y also provides opportunities for our community members to give back and make a difference themselves.  Whether as a volunteer or donor, our members have the opportunity to join the Y’s cause of making our community stronger together.

The Y Membership Experience

Weekly Group Classes: 100+ group exercise classes offered each week free to members!  A breadth of classes are available including HIIT, yoga, pilates, Zumba, TRX, bootcamp, cycling, water classes, and much more!

Wellness Center: Our Wellness Center is a large and spacious area featuring a vast selection of cardio and weight equipment including a Spring 8 cardio zone.

Zone Training Center: Located on the lower level, the Zone is a fun space featuring various training equipment including medicine and stability balls, plyometric equipment, TRX, ropes, and much more!  No matter your ability, the Zone is a fun place for everyone to become stronger!

Aquatics Center: Our aquatics center features 3 separate pools for lap swim, therapy swim, free swim, water exercise classes, and swim lessons.

Gymnasium:  Our full gymnasium is home to Y programs along with a variety of drop-in activities including pickleball, basketball, volleyball, open gym, and family open gym.

Youth Programs: Members have access to a wide range of youth programs, which are all designed to build character, develop skills, make friends, and have fun!

Chronic Disease Programs: The Y is always here for you when you need us.  We proudly offer supportive programs for cancer survivors, those with Parkinson’s Disease, and a Diabetes Prevention Program.  

Special Needs Programs & Support: The New Canaan YMCA offers a welcoming and inclusive environment for all!  Each year we serve over 130 kids, teens, and adults with special needs through specialized and inclusive programs, special events, and employment opportunities.  

Physical Therapy & Wellness Nurse:  Through our partnership with Stamford Health, we have an on-site Wellness Nurse Coordinator who can assist with blood pressure screening, referalls, and general health advice.  There is also a convenient physical therapy center located on the lower level in partnership with Stamford Health and HSS Sports Rehab.  

ForeverWell Senior Programs: The Y offers a range of physical and social programming for adults age 65+ with the goal of providing opportunities to remain active and connected.

Kids Club On-Site Babysitting Drop-in babysitting available to our members while using the facility.  A fun and safe space for children ages 6 months and older.  Free for those with a family membership!

Come Visit Us!

We love showing people around our beautiful Y!  Come take a tour and explore all we have to offer and all you can achieve at the Y. Tours take about 20 minutes to complete with a knowledgeable staff member who can answer all of your questions. To schedule a tour, contact George Bennett at 203-920-1630 or by email.

Financial Assistance

Everybody is welcome at the Y!  Our financial assistance program provides a helping hand to those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford membership or program fees.  This support is made possible by donations to the New Canaan YMCA.


If you are concerned about affording a New Canaan YMCA membership and/or program fees, please contact Diana Riolo, Assistant Director of Development & Community Impact, who can discuss our financial assistance options.


The financial assistance process is confidential and based on need.


Please contact Diana Riolo at 203-920-1653 to learn more and to apply.

Membership Reciprocity

The Y is always there for you, even if you are away from home!  Being a member of the New Canaan YMCA enables you to visit any other participating Y in the United States. 


We also have a special partnership with Y’s in our surrounding communities, allowing you to benefit from multiple facilities and services throughout the area as a Y member.  We ask that you belong to the local Y that you visit the most often and limit your reciprocal visits to 8 or less a month.


Local Y’s in this agreement include: 

Central Connecticut Coast Regional YMCA

Darien YMCA

Greenwich YMCA

Riverbrook Regional Wilton-Norwalk YMCA

Stamford YMCA

Westport Weston Family YMCA


Before visiting another Y, we suggest you call them to confirm any reciprocity limits.

Membership Forms, Policies, & Resources

Click here to access New Canaan YMCA forms, policies, and resources.