Burrows - YMCA of Three Rivers Waterloo Region


This building is aptly named as it is literally built into the north side of a hill, surrounded by earth as it employs a natural form of climate control that keeps the building cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The Burrows has a large common area where visitors enjoy the view of a marsh rich with wildlife, while being warmed by the heat of a masonry fireplace.

This 40- 50 bed unit is powered entirely off of the electrical grid and uses power collected by photo voltaic cells and a wind generator.

The Burrows has overnight accommodation for up to 40 people in 8 rooms. The common area can be used as a meeting space or a programming alternative. The Burrows is one of three winterized accommodation areas.  Each of the rooms has the capacity for an extra bunk or two to increase the capacity to 50. The building is heated by one of North America's largest masonry heaters and uses composting toilets to naturally process human waste



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