7.27.2007

mississauga continues to amaze me

I belong to the YMCA of Mississauga, a beautiful facility right next to the Square One mall and the central branch of the Mississauga Library. I joined for swimming. They have a great pool, I'm a 5-minute drive away, and it's only $50 a month for a basic membership.

In New York, because we didn't live in an upscale neighbourhood, I either walked - not a pleasant walk, but a congested, annoying walk - to a low-budget, low-service gym, or schlepped on the subway to swim in an overpriced basement - and paid well for the privilege. The Mississauga Y is nicer than any health club I could afford in New York City, and half the cost.

Of course, that means you're living in Mississauga, not New York City, which for most of my life was not a tradeoff I would have chosen. When co-workers would come back from vacation extolling the low rents or housing prices in Houston, or Atlanta, or Cleveland, I'd think, Yes, rents are low, but you have to live in Cleveland. I didn't move here for the inexpensive health clubs. It's just a nice bonus.

So anyway. (Notice I didn't say "But I digress"? I'm waiting impatiently for that one to die out.) Now it might get even better.

We live right near the Mississauga Valley Community Centre, one of many community centres out here. This one houses a branch library, teen and senior programs, and all kinds of sports and recreation. Walking and driving past it, I've seen a sign for the Terry Fox Aquatic Centre, and kept meaning to check it out.

I finally did, and I'm amazed.

It's free.

You don't even have to register. You just show up.

It's in walking distance, and it's free. Wow.

Hours are limited, as length swimming has to share time with swim lessons, but I should be able to work with it.

Naturally I'll check it out before I end my Y membership. But if it works, it will be completely amazing.

7 comments:

Scott M. said...

I know you can walk in without paying (they're not very good at policing), but don't you still have to pay the $3.55 or whathaveyou as described on page 23 (3 of 6) here?

Scott M. said...

Speaking of swimming, this would be a WONDERFUL weekend to check out the world's longest freshwater beach (no kidding!), Wasaga Beach. There's even an area where you can hang out with your dogs (Eastmost end)!

And, while you're up there, why not make it an all-day trip with a swing by Collingwood for the amazing Elvis festival. Tons of free venues, a parade, hundreds of people looking like goofy Elvii, it's a blast!

L-girl said...

but don't you still have to pay the $3.55 or whathaveyou as described on page 23 (3 of 6) here?

When I called for info, I was told it was free. Perhaps I was given wrong information? Or perhaps the fees have been waived for the summer? I don't know. I'll find out soon.

L-girl said...

Speaking of swimming, this would be a WONDERFUL weekend to check out the world's longest freshwater beach (no kidding!), Wasaga Beach.

This is the wonderful weekend where I start earning money again. :)

Thanks for the tips. I think we're done with our travels for a while, although we're sure to have some day hikes if it's not too hot and humid, maybe in September. There's always the possibility of an overnight with the pups in the fall.

L-girl said...

I will add that if these fees are correct, the reduced availability wouldn't be worth it. Right now I can swim whenever I want, and with my erratic schedule, that's a big plus. I'll post again if I learn more.

ajsuhail said...

I used to frequent the YMCA when I lived in Mississauga for a few years and found it a great place for the entire family.Apart from swimming, I suggest that you use their gym and the indoor walking walking track.

L-girl said...

Yes, the Y is excellent. They do have a nice gym, but I don't lift anymore, and I prefer walking outdoors.