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.

The Glenn Carpenter Centre is the perfect outdoor oasis in the middle of the city. Campers will enjoy specialty outdoor activities, such as hiking and biking, as well as water activities, such as swimming, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and a water trampoline on the beautiful Ashburn Lake.

After School Program: NEW 6000 square foot outdoor Education Centre.

Children will spend most of their days outdoor enjoying a fun and educational outdoor environment.

Bussing will be available from M. Gerald Teed School and Millidgeville North School once complete.

Please note: The new building will not be ready for operations until Fall/Winter of 2024. A temporary location will start in September to serve families attending Millidgeville North School needing care. We will also begin accepting names for children attending M. Gerald Teed School for when our new permanent location opens.

For more information or to register, please contact Jeff Gibbons at

*Pending License Approval

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 2024. We will review next year on our ability to offer rentals in 2025.

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