Conferences and Retreats - YMCA of Three Rivers Waterloo Region

Conferences and Retreats

YMCA Outdoor Centre is the perfect location for your conference or meeting no matter what the agenda.

We offer a variety of meeting venues, all set against a picturesque, natural backdrop, ideal for inspired thinking and creativity. Your group is sure to enjoy and appreciate the comfort and convenience of our unique, environmentally friendly buildings and spectacular site which is only a short distance from Kitchener-Waterloo.

Day and Residential Bookings

Ideal for Corporate Groups, Church Groups, Community Organizations, Youth Groups, Special Interest Groups, Universities and Colleges

Program Types

The extent of our involvement in your schedule is up to you. Options include:

Complete Program - Facilitated by our staff. We will work with you to develop a program and schedule that best suits the needs of your group. Our qualified staff will facilitate a program with options that include: teambuilding, Corporate team development, environmental and/or recreational activities.

Shared Program - Our staff will supplement your agenda with teambuilding, environmental and/or recreational activities, according to a schedule arranged in advance by your group leader and our program director.

Independent Program - If you are simply looking for a meeting location, we can provide you with the room(s), food service and equipment.

Supplemental Activites

Our supplemental activities, with instruction included, are excellent if run independently, or as part of a program specifically designed according to your needs.

As well, your schedule can incorporate, or build on one of the following themes:

  • Teambuilding and Leadership
  • Outdoor Living Skills
  • Environmental Education
  • Canoe Tripping
  • Recreation Programs

Meeting and Break-out Spaces

Solarium - up to 70 people

The Great Room in the Solarium is excellent for meetings, and other indoor activities. Your group will enjoy the scenery - both outdoors and indoors - as you are right beside the lush greenery of the Living Machine.  view more information

Dining Hall - 150 people

The bright and spacious dining hall situated on the shore of Paradise Lake seats 150 for meals, meetings and other programming options. view more information

Program Pod - up to 40 people

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The Burrows - 20 plus people for meetings (sleeps 40)

This is a cozy and comfortable meeting space for a small group. You will enjoy the scenic view of a natural wetland through floor to ceiling windows.  view more information

Algonquin - 10 - 15 people

Situated next to the dining hall, this room in Algonquin is ideal for smaller break-out groups.

Equipment Available

  • TV Video Projection Unit
  • Podium
  • VCR
  • Slide Projector
  • Flip Chart
  • Stereo
  • Screen
  • Dry Erase Board
  • DVD Player
  • Microphone

Office Services

We are within range of most cell phone providers. If necessary, limited use of fax machine, photocopier, business telephone line and Internet access are available with assistance from our staff. Please discuss these requirements during your initial conversation with our staff to ensure that we are able to meet your office service needs.

Food Service

All meals and snacks are provided and prepared by our full time kitchen staff in our well-equipped, modern kitchen. Meals are served buffet style in the dining hall or Solarium. Vegetarian alternatives are available, and special requirements are easily accommodated with advance notice.

Coffee, teas, water and fruit juices are available and replenished throughout the day, and snacks are also provided while you work, or during predetermined break times. Snacks may include: morning - fruit plate, muffins, cinnamon buns, etc. afternoon - vegetable plate, cheese and crackers, cookies, etc.

Booking the Site

Many of our bookings are arranged well in advance, but we are often able to accommodate last minute requests, as well. Please call to discuss the time of year you wish to visit. We are also happy to arrange a tour so you may see the facilities in advance, and discuss your needs with our program director. Click here for more information

Supplemental Activites

Our supplemental activities, with instruction included, are excellent if run independently, or as part of a program specifically designed according to your needs.