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The Benefits of Exercising With Family

In today's fast-paced world, finding time to spend with family can be challenging. Between work commitments, school schedules, and extracurricular activities, quality family time often takes a backseat. However, one activity that can bring families together while promoting health and well-being is exercising together. Whether it's a brisk walk in the park, a friendly game of soccer, or a yoga session in the living room, exercising as a family offers numerous benefits for both physical and emotional health.

For ten years, Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre has been offering family-oriented programming. From Family Gym to Leisure Swim and Family Memberships, the Centre is an inclusive family-orientated facility.

Here are some of the benefits of exercising as a family:

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Promotes Healthy Habits

Exercising together instills healthy habits from a young age. Children learn by example, and when they see their parents prioritize physical activity, they are more likely to adopt an active lifestyle themselves. Instead of viewing exercise as a chore, they perceive it as a fun and enjoyable activity to share with their loved ones.

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Strengthens Family Bonds

Exercising together provides an opportunity for families to bond and create lasting memories. Whether it's cheering each other on during a friendly competition or sharing words of encouragement during a challenging workout, the shared experience fosters a sense of camaraderie and togetherness. These moments strengthen the emotional bonds within the family unit and create a supportive environment for personal growth.

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Improves Communication

Exercising together provides a natural setting for open communication. As family members engage in physical activity, they can talk and connect without the distractions of screens or other external stimuli. Whether it's discussing the day's events, sharing stories, or simply enjoying each other's company, exercise can facilitate meaningful conversations and strengthen family communication skills.

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Reduces Stress

Regular exercise is known to reduce stress and improve mood. When families exercise together, they not only reap the individual benefits of physical activity but also enjoy the bonus of stress relief through shared experiences. Whether it's going for a family hike in nature or practicing yoga together, exercising as a family provides a healthy outlet for releasing tension and promoting relaxation.

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Fosters Healthy Competition

Friendly competition can be a fun and motivating aspect of exercising as a family. Whether it's playing a game of basketball, running a relay race, or completing a fitness challenge, the spirit of competition adds excitement and motivation to the workout. Family members can push each other to reach new goals and celebrate each other's accomplishments, fostering a sense of achievement and teamwork.

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Teaches Valuable Life Skills

Exercising together teaches valuable life skills such as teamwork, discipline, and perseverance. As family members work together to achieve fitness goals, they learn the importance of cooperation and support. They also develop resilience and determination as they push through obstacles and setbacks together. These skills are transferable to other areas of life and contribute to overall personal development.

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Creates Healthy Traditions

Exercising together can become a cherished family tradition that is passed down through generations. Whether it's a weekly bike ride, a monthly family hike, or an annual fun run, these shared activities create lasting memories and strengthen family bonds. As children grow older, they are likely to continue these traditions with their own families, promoting a legacy of health and togetherness.

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Increases Accountability

Exercising as a family increases accountability and motivation. When family members commit to exercising together, they are more likely to stick to their fitness routines and support each other in achieving their goals. Whether it's waking up early for a morning jog or scheduling regular workout sessions, the collective commitment ensures that everyone stays on track and motivated to succeed.

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Strengthens Parent-Child Relationships

Exercising together provides an opportunity for parents to connect with their children on a deeper level. Whether it's teaching them new skills, providing encouragement and support, or simply spending quality time together, exercising as a family strengthens the parent-child relationship and fosters mutual respect and understanding.

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Exercising together allows family members to improve their physical fitness levels while having fun. Whether it's improving cardiovascular health, building strength and endurance, or increasing flexibility and balance, regular physical activity offers a wide range of health benefits for people of all ages. By incorporating exercise into their family routine, individuals can improve their overall health and well-being.

Exercising with family offers a multitude of benefits for both physical and emotional health. From promoting healthy habits and strengthening family bonds to reducing stress and fostering communication, the benefits of exercising together are undeniable. By making exercise a priority and incorporating it into their family routine, individuals can enjoy improved health and well-being while creating lasting memories with their loved ones. So, grab your sneakers, round up the family, and embark on a journey to better health and stronger relationships through the power of exercise.

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We appreciate your patience and we are working on improving parking at the Centre. [Read More]

We know the closure of the South Lot and the move to the temporary East Lot has had some challenges. We appreciate your patience and we are working on improving parking at the Centre.

East Lot

  • Security at the East Lot during event weekends to assist with drivers. 

  • Repairing potholes and other areas of the surface as required. This has proved especially difficult with the mild winter, but we are working to keep it in good repair. 

North Lot - Permit Only Test 

  • On February 11th, we will be testing a possible change to our lots. During the swim meet the North lot will be limited to Monthly Permit Holders and Staff. Event visitors and users without a permit will be directed towards the East Lot and UTSC lots. There will be additional signage to help direct drivers. 

East Entrance Drop Off

  • Parking enforcement in the fire route and 15-minute parking at the East Entrance drop off area. Cars parked longer than 15 minutes will be ticketed. 

How can you help?

  • Although there are no lines in the East Parking Lot, parking in the middle of the bollards will allow the maximum number of vehicles in the lot. Do not park in fire routes or non-parking spots. You will be ticketed/towed

Paying or validating for parking before leaving the facility will avoid lineups at the exit gate


On March 12024Monday to Friday from 4:00 pm to 12:00 am, and the Saturday/Sunday all day parking rate will increase to $6.05. The first two hours of your stay will continue to be complimentary.


Road Closure Map

To prepare for the development of the new SAMIH building and the UTSC Retail and Parking Commons, several changes will be taking place on the UTSC North campus, which may impact the day-to-day activities, operations and facility use for users of the Centre.


Part of Pan Am drive will be closed off as of February 23, 2024 for the development of the UTSC Retail and Parking Commons. The Pan Am drive road closure will begin at the southeast corner of TPASC and end at parking lot G.

What does this mean when visiting TPASC?

The traffic along Pan Am Drive will be less as all parking traffic for the UTSC campus will need to us Military Trail to access UTSC parking lots. 

What does this mean for events?

Access to the UTSC parking lots will only be via Military Trail. When the TPASC lots are full, this will require users to exit to Morningside Ave and go to Military Trail to access the UTSC overflow lots. 


The current Military Trail bus stop will remain where it is, no relocation will be required.

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Celebrating the first 10 years of our journey!

Celebrating the first 10 years of our journey!

The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) has become a prominent symbol of athletic excellence and community engagement in Scarborough. A striking landmark in the region visible from Highway 401, TPASC’s iconic architecture transforms the landscape, creating a distinct presence in Scarborough. [learn more]

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Starting Monday, January 22 there will be an updated track schedule.

UPDATED SCHEDULE (as of January 21, 2024) 

  Drop-In Walking Track (All Access) Open Track (Members & UTSC only)
Monday 7:00 am - 11:00 am
3:30 pm - 5:45 pm
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:45 pm
9:15 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday  7:00 am - 11:00 am
3:30 pm - 6:45 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday  7:00 am -11:00 am
8:00 pm -11:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 12:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday  7:00 am - 11:00 am
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 11:00 am 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sunday 7:00 am - 11:00 am 11:30 am - 10:30 pm

From 11:00 am to close on weekends, there will be a modified "Banana Loop" course available as opposed to the full track. 

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For updated track hours please visit

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Click here to learn more.

Get a 7-day FREE PASS  for the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.  

No billing information is required to use the trial. Simply try out our facility, for free, without commitment! 

After a week, there are multiple options to become a member, buy a flex pass, or participate in one of our many programs.

And if I want to become a member afterward? 

TPASC Membership includes access to:

✅ Fitness Centre (Strength & Conditioning and Cardio Studios)
✅ TPASC Group Fitness Classes
✅ TPASC Field House Open Times
✅ TPASC Aquatic Lane Swim and Open Times
✅ TPASC Aquatic Classes
✅ Indoor Track Open Times
✅ Special Member-Only Workshops
✅ Two (2) hours of complimentary parking with each visit
✅ TPASC Fitness Mobile App
✅ On-Demand Fitness Classes.

Membership Rates

We look forward to meeting you and showing you why we are the best-rated sports facility in the GTA.

There are two ways to start your free trial. 

1) Simply visit the Customer Service Desk and speak with the staff to set up your free trial. 

2) Click the link below to submit your contact information and a member of our Customer Service team will contact you about booking a tour and setting up your free trial.   

Request a Free Trial/Tour

Government issued photo ID required to register. Trial users are subject to the same rules and regulations as Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre members. A maximum of 1 weekly trial pass can be redeemed per individual who has not previously been a Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre member or flex pass holder.

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Click here for the schedule of available times.