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Take a dip, pump those muscles: The YMCA is now open in Coquitlam

The new YMCA in Burquitlam opened last week with nearly 3,000 members.

Tri-City residents now have a new place to swim, workout and socialize.

The YMCA opened the doors to its Bettie Allard facility in Burquitlam last week — with nearly 3,000 members who signed up for the early-bird rates.

Located close to the Burquitlam SkyTrain station, the 55,000 sq. ft. venue is a partnership between the City of Coquitlam and Concert Properties, an area developer.

Among its features are:

  • an indoor pool
  • a gym with pickleball lines
  • fitness studios
  • a walking track
  • strength and conditioning zones

As well, there’s a family centre, childminding and gathering spaces at a café, plazas and a rooftop terrace.

The centre is open from Monday to Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on the weekends and holidays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

A variety of memberships are available; however, for Coquitlam residents, the YMCA has a special Coquitlam Resident Access Rate, which guarantees 30 hours per week in the pool plus 13 hours per week of fitness.

Heidi Worthington, president and CEO of the YMCA BC, said the Burquitlam “Y” wouldn’t have gone up without the help of the city, Concert Properties, donors and volunteers.

“Creating a welcoming, safe and inclusive centre of community is just as important to the YMCA as our high-quality programs and services,” she said in a release.  

“Now that we are open, we look forward to welcoming people of all ages, stages, backgrounds and abilities to the Bettie Allard YMCA, supporting their journey to live healthier, happier lives, and providing them with the quality experience they deserve and we expect to deliver at the YMCA.” 


Meanwhile, construction is currently underway on the “Heart of Burquitlam” at and around the Burquitlam Plaza strip mall, which is owned by Morguard Investments and will also be re-developed.

Once complete, the “Heart of Burquitlam” will include:

  • a 3,700 sq. ft. community police station
  • a 222-stall underground parkade (including spots for park and ride)
  • 2.55 acres of new parkland, the expansion of Cottonwood Park and a redesigned Burquitlam Park
  • two residential towers
    • 55One, a rental tower with 308 homes, including 100 non-market rental suites run by 43 Housing Society (move-ins start April 1)
    • Myriad, a 50-storey tower with 468 condos

Visit for more details about the recreation complex.