Commuting to Your Local Y During the Games

We are very excited that Toronto is hosting the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games this summer. As our community prepares to welcome the Pan Am Games from July 10 to 26 and the Parapan Am Games from August 7 to 15, the Y is eager to cheer on our nation – go Canada go!

As you already know, thousands of athletes and spectators are expected to visit our city this summer. Our YMCA programs will not be affected, but families may need to consider altering their travel routes to their local Y.

You may have noticed already that HOV lanes have been built and will be operational from June 29 to August 18. The lanes will be in use between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m., but there are a few passenger requirements for different dates that you should note:

  • June 29 – July 27: 3+ occupants
  • July 28 – August 18: 2+ occupants

If you’re looking to avoid driving, you should take advantage of all the other available travel options:

  • Public transit: The TTC and GO transit will be increasing service and operating hours in some areas. (Plus, if you have a ticket to the Games you can access same-day travel free in the Games region! Review the schedule here.)
  • Carpooling: Consider riding with a friend to reduce traffic. If you’re looking for someone to carpool with, try checking Smart Commute.
  • Walking and cycling: It’s summer and the weather is beautiful! What a wonderful opportunity for you to get some fresh air and exercise. Plan to walk or cycle to your local Y or a local transit stop. Have a look at for the Toronto Cycling Map to plan your route.
  • Try using the Pan Am Games Trip Planner or check out the City of Toronto’s website for more commuting tips.

As for our YMCA Summer Day Camp families, parents whose children take a bus to their YMCA summer day camp program can opt into the Y’s bus notification service to receive text messages about busing updates. For details, visit daycamp.ymcagta.org or email summer.camp@ymcagta.org.

For more information about the Pan Am and Parapan Games, visit toronto2015.org.

For more information about the YMCA of Greater Toronto, please visit ymcagta.org