We recommend this community center primarily for its 25-meter lap pool, but travelers may also want to utilize the facility's high quality cardio and strength equipment.
Unlike some Y's that offer bargain admission tariffs, access to the Downtown Montreal Y for non-members is pricey at $18 CAD/day or $70 for a 5-day pass. Still, if you can get your own lap lane, we think a swim here is worth the price of admission.
Y's high quality swim box offers 5 lanes of salt water, ozone filtered, agua. Bottom stripes and floating lane lines mark the course and plenty of toys are available for use. Backstroke flags hang from the white ceiling and a pace clock decorates the wall. Be sure to call and confirm the lap swim schedule because water aerobics and other group classes are held throughout the day and can tie up a few lanes. There is also a unisex whirlpool and sauna.
Typically weekday lap swim is offered 6:30a until 8p and on weekends from 7:30a to 4:30p.
The second story fitness center has all of the cardio and strength equipment organized and arranged in the middle of a 1/14-mile, rubber-coated, indoor jogging/walking track (see pics). All of the machines are recently purchased and should satisfy even the most finicky workout fiends. Some athletic-minded travelers may not be as familiar with the Technogym brand, but trust us, it is very good stuff. Dumbbells range up to 85 pounds, and plenty of free weights are available for bench press, squats, etc.
Classes (140 are offered) are also available and included in the admission fee. Spin, karate, circuit training, TRX, bootcamp, yoga, kickboxing, sculpt and Pilates are examples of the classes offered. Racket courts are available here and there is a cafe.
Note: Swimmers MUST use a swim cap and bring a lock if you plan to store items in the dressing rooms.
Metro stop is Peel. Exit Stanley Street.