Glenn Carpenter Centre

An Outdoor Oasis in the Middle of the City

The YMCA Glenn Carpenter Centre is a hidden gem: a forested hideaway with a sparkling private lake just minutes from Saint John’s city centre. The site includes a rustic lakefront Lodge, a Picnic Shelter and beautiful Ashburn Lake – all within 220 acres of the Acadian forest.

Summer Day Camp

During the summer months, the Glenn Carpenter Centre is buzzing with activity from our popular day camps. Here, youth escape to connect with nature in the great outdoors and enjoy canoeing, paddleboarding, water trampoline, swimming, hiking, recreational sports, and so much more.

Rental Opportunities

Are you looking for a breath-taking venue for your event? The Glenn Carpenter Centre is available for rent from May 2 to October 31. Make your next gathering memorable by escaping into nature — just 10 minutes from Uptown! Evening, weekday, and 24-hour rentals are available.

Due to the construction that is currently underway, we will not be accepting rentals in 2023. We will review next year on our ability to offer rentals in 2024.

Click the button below to learn more about booking our beautiful venue.

A Day in the Life of YMCA Leadership Camp

Devin Manning, Glenn Carpenter Centre Alumni / 2018-2019 Assistant Director, YMCA Camp Glenburn

Biking, Hiking, Canoeing and Kayaking – these are just a few of the many outdoor activities campers at the Glenn Carpenter Centre get to experience. This extraordinary site is located on the pristine Ashburn Lake and it’s home to a unique leadership development camp where participants aged 12+ experience workshops and adventures geared toward honing their skills.

By shadowing various camp staff, leadership campers get a taste of all the possibilities camp offers and a glimpse into the opportunities awaiting them down the road. Shadowing experiences include assisting in camp-wide games, mentoring younger campers through multiple activities and helping to plan large camp programs. The Glenn Carpenter Centre Leadership group is challenged to work together and solve problem-based games while tackling important discussions about real-world scenarios -all the while having fun!

During leadership camp, you’ll make long-lasting friendships while being role models for the younger campers. Leadership campers become a close group who end the summer knowing the Carpenter ropes and improving their own skills.

Glenn Carpenter Map

The site includes a rustic lakefront Lodge, a Picnic Shelter and beautiful Ashburn Lake – all within 220 acres of Acadian forest.

Site History

Glenn Carpenter was a community builder and an early adopter of social entrepreneurship. Learn more about him and this beautiful site.

YMCA Glenn Carpenter Centre


730 Foster Thurston Drive
Saint John, NB E2K 5J2
Phone: +1-506-646-2104