This state of the art facility is located on the west side of Lethbridge and is proudly named the Cor Van Raay YMCA at the Cavendish Farms Centre, built by the City of Lethbridge.

Your Community Recreation Facility

Aquatics Centre
  • 50,000 square feet
  • Surf rider, lazy river and beach entry disturbed wave pool
  • 40 person hot tub, 25m pool with 6 lanes, teaching pool
  • 2 water slides, on deck steam room and large viewing area
  • Swim lessons, fitness classes and leadership courses
  • YMCA aquatics clubs, lane swim and family swim
Fitness Centre
  • State of the art cardio, strength, and sport conditioning equipment
  • 240m indoor running track
  • Yoga, spin and TRX studios
  • Personal Training and drop-in fitness classes
  • 3 Full sized gymnasiums
  • 1 Large fieldhouse (can divide into an additional 3 gymnasiums)
  • A variety of open gym and leisure drop-in times
  • Children, youth and adult sport programming
  • Fitness classes and drop-in sport opportunities
Indoor Play Structure
  • Two story indoor play structure for children up to 12 years old
  • Equipped with a climbable tornado, slide, rock climbing structures
    and Coulee tunnel
Licensed Childcare Centre
  • Open to ages 12 months to kindergarten aged children
  • Options for full time or part time care
Youth & Preschool Programming
  • Child minding services
  • Youth centre
  • Preschool programs and day camps
  • Child and youth sports programming
  • Summer and holiday day camps
  • Birthday parties and leisure family drop-in opportunities
Rental Opportunities
  • Meeting rooms
  • 6 multi-purpose rooms all varying in size
  • Equipped with a variety of amenities
  • Can be utilized for a variety of activities, meetings or events
  • Birthday/group party packages
Changeroom Spaces
  • Male and Female Plus, All Gender Universal, and Male and
    Female General changeroom spaces
  • Accessibility friendly with spacious change stalls
  • Tons of locker storage (day use only)
  • Easy access to the aquatic centre and main facility

Take the tour!

Join the folks at Tourism Lethbridge as they show off the amenities of the recreation centre.

Accessibility Features

Parking Lot
  • Designated barrier free parking stalls in north and south parking lots
  • Curb ramp accessible sidewalks 
  • Drop off area on south side of building at the front door location to allow for barrier free drop off and pick up
  • Automatic electronic sliding doors for barrier free access
  • 2 elevators allow full access to all public areas of the building
Reception/Admission Desk
  • Designed with multiple lower areas on the counter to accommodate those in a wheelchair or needing to sit
Water Fountains
  • All water fountains have both a higher and lower height fountains to accommodate all users
Public Washrooms
  • 2 barrier free all gender public washrooms on the first and second floors with electronic entrance/exit buttons
  • 1 male and 1 female barrier free public washroom on both the first and second floors with doorless, walkaround entry
Wayfinding Signage
  • Wayfinding signage has character pictograms and braille for those requiring other forms of communication
Fitness Centre
  • Cardio and weight equipment available to accommodate those in a wheelchair
  • Wheelchair height reception desk
  • Doorless walkaround entry for male/female washrooms
  • Barrier free toilets in each washroom
Child Care, Child Minding and Child Play Centre
  • The toilets and sinks are mounted at the heights appropriate for those using these areas
Gymnasiums/Field House
  • The sport activity floor and the floor around the perimeter are a level surface with no lip/trip hazards
  • Entry from the outside hallway has electronic buttons, allowing for barrier free access and exiting
  • 3 barrier free All Gender washrooms
Change Rooms
  • Electronic buttons to allow easy access and exiting the change areas
  • Oversized cubicles designed for private changing
  • Barrier free toilet stalls
  • Barrier free shower stalls
  • All Gender public change room
  • Fully equipped barrier free room that has an overhead lift (600 pound lifting capacity), wall mounted change table (330 pound capacity), toilet, sink and two flexible hose shower heads
Aquatics Area
  • Zero depth entry wave pool for ease of access
  • Wheelchair lift with a weight capacity of 600 pounds, with direct access to teaching pool and the lazy river
  • Wheelchair lift with a weight capacity of 550 pounds, with direct access to lap pool
  • Mobile lift with a weight capacity of 300 pounds for hot tub entry/exit
  • Public steam room located right off the pool deck with electronic buttons to allow easy access and exiting
  • Stairs leading into the lap pool, hot tub, teaching pool and lazy river
  • Aquatic wheelchairs available, which have a weight capacity of 220 pounds
  • Fully accessible spectator viewing area
Photo by Tijana Martin, Lethbridge Herald

Cor Van Raay

While Cor Van Raay is well known in Southern Alberta for his decades of innovation in agriculture, it is incredibly difficult to speak about the YMCA of Lethbridge without mentioning Mr. Cor Van Raay.  

YMCA staff, volunteers and members came to know Cor as a true champion for overall community health, and someone who demonstrated his passion for community through his participation in YMCA programs and his generous giving to our organization.  In his time as a YMCA member, Cor made large gifts to our annual charitable campaign, which allows families and individuals who cannot pay full fees the opportunity to participate in YMCA activities and programs. 

Cor’s generosity was not only life changing for the individuals who came to realize improved social, mental and physical wellness as a result of his generosity – as a result of a major philanthropic gift of $3,750,000 in 2017, he transformed the whole community of Lethbridge and area.  

With this donation, the YMCA of Lethbridge was able to purchase the fitness and recreation equipment for our new facility in West Lethbridge, the third largest YMCA in North America. We very proudly refer to this centre of community as the Cor Van Raay YMCA. 

Additionally, throughout his life, Cor gave large gifts to other local community organizations including the Lethbridge College, the University of Lethbridge, the Interfaith Foodbank, Picture Butte Aquatics Centre, Helen Schuler Nature Centre and Agnes Davidson school, to name just a few. This is always done in a spirit of humility and in a way that inspired others to consider how they can strengthen the community.

In 2021, just a few weeks before his passing, Cor learned that he was to be officially recognized as a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence, the highest honour the Province of Alberta can bestow on a citizen, an accolade well deserved.