YMCA opens door to evacuees

There are 12 YMCA locations across the province accepting evacuees.

YMCAs across the province are opening their doors to those affected by the B.C. wildfires.

There are 12 locations evacuees can go to in Prince George, Kamloops, Victoria, Kelowna and the Lower Mainland.

Amanda Alexander, CEO of the YMCA of Northern B.C. says evacuees are invited to visit the YMCAs to shower and clean up.

“They can rest in a safe space or take part in a drop-in program like basketball, fitness classes or swimming,” she explains. “We know that the province and many of BC’s children and families are in a state of emergency right now and we welcome all people impacted by the wildfires to find refuge at the Y.”

Evacuees will need identification that includes their photo and home address to participate.

List of YMCAs:

  • KAMLOOPS – Downtown YMCA

400 Battle Street


– John Tod Centre Y

150 Wood Street


  • PRINCE GEORGE -YMCA of Northern B.C.

2020 Massey Drive


  • KELOWNA– Kelowna Downtown YMCA

1011-505 Doyle Avenue


– Kelowna Family YMCA

375 Hartman Road


– H20 Adventure & Fitness Centre

4075 Gordon Drive


  • VANCOUVER ISLAND – Victoria Downtown Y

851 Broughton Street


– Langford Westhills Y

1319 Westhills Drive


– View Royal Eagle Creek Y

110-25 Helmcken Road


  • VANCOUVER – Robert Lee YMCA

955 Burrard Street


– Langara Family YMCA

282 West 49th Avenue


  • SURREY – Tong Louie Family YMCA

14988 57th Avenue


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