Site and Facilities - YMCA of Three Rivers Waterloo Region

Site and Facilities

The YMCA Outdoor Centre is a dynamic learning and recreation centre for all ages - children, youth and adults - located at Paradise Lake in St. Clements, just 10 minutes from Waterloo. The site comprises 77 sprawling acres of land - a wonderful natural setting for education, exploration and adventure. Among the natural features of the site are grassy meadows for sports and land games, hiking trails throughout the forest, wetland ponds, a pine plantation and an amphitheatre for campfires.

The planning and construction of our newer accommodations employed may innovative methods that saved both energy and materials. The basic premise of sustainable development is that the facility must function within the ecosystem and its constraints, rather than separately. Many preliminary studies and environmental assessments identified key resources and potentially sensitive features on our site, long before the construction process even began.

Our fascinating, educational and completely functional buildings are fully winterized, clean and comfortable.



  Straw Bale Cabin Black Walnut Ridge 
The Burrows Straw Bale Cabins   Black Walnut Ridge


Solarium Day Centre

Photo Gallery: Outdoor Centre Solarium will appear here on the public site.

This state-of-the-art building features its own waste management system.  The "Living Machine" is a natural ecosystem that uses living organisms to clean the wastewater from the washrooms.

The spectacular greenhouse walls reach toward the sky to fill the building with passive solar heat in winter and an innovative ventilator design draws cooler air from the earth to cool the building in summer.

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.

Dining Hall 

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Our comfortable and spacious dining hall seats up to 150 people for meals, meetings and programming options. Tasty and nutritious meals are prepared in our modern kitchen facilities, and special dietary requirements can be easily accommodated with advance notice. Meals are served either country style or buffet.

Program Pod 

Photo Gallery: Ki-Wa-Y Program Pod will appear here on the public site.