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Camp Kandalore

Overnight camp is all about making memories, trying new things, finding fabulous friends and getting to spend so much time outside.

Traditional overnight camps usually feature a lot of time in nature, with land-based activities like archery, hikes and camp games, complemented with tons of water fun. That might mean canoe tripping or bouncing on a water trampoline. And campfires. Lots and lots of campfires!

Regular prices are included here; most camps also offer early-bird discounts.

Camp Eden Woods

HALIBURTON HIGHLANDS

Camp Eden Woods embraces an appreciation for nature and ecology, and this approach spreads throughout the activities. There’s also a strong focus on the arts to round out the other fun land and water-based activities. Kiddos will adore the tubing and fishing and might dry out a bit with pottery, golf, and basketball.

Ages: 7–16
Cost: from $1745 for 2 weeks (First-Time Camper rate)

Arrowhead Camp

LAKE OF BAYS (NORTHEAST MUSKOKA)

Arrowhead Camp is a lovely intimate camp with only 115 campers, so kiddos quickly get to know everyone. The staff to camper ration is 1:3 or better, so there’s lots of attention, care and sharing going around. Horseback riding and musicals are just two of the activities that keep campers entertained and embracing camp life.

Ages: 6–16
Cost: $1040/week

Camp Kandalore

HALIBURTON

Amongst beautiful cottage country near Haliburton and neighbouring Algonquin Park, Camp Kandalore has a few unique activities on offer, like snorkelling and log rolling. Yes, log rolling—how very Canadian! There’s also indoor and outdoor rock climbing and high ropes courses for the kids who just love to scramble, scale and stick to just about any surface.

Ages: 6–16
Cost: from $2715 for 2 weeks

Camp Arowhon

ALGONQUIN PARK

Oh, to spend a summer, month, or a week at a camp inside Algonquin Park—that’s the stuff that Canadian dreams are made of. Camp Arowhon has so many activities that our offspring will go ape over, but we’re putting little tick marks next to working in the camp’s vegetable garden, sailing, and zip-lining.

Ages: 7–11
Cost: from $3450 for 2 weeks (Junior Camp)

Camp White Pine

HALIBURTON

The values of Camp White Pine are down-to-earth, with a focus on anti-bullying and inclusion, setting the stage for happy, relieved campers ready for some serious fun. They’ll adore the mountain biking, aquatic playground, and tennis on eight courts with tennis pros.

Ages: 6–16
Cost: from $3200 for 2 weeks

YMCA Camp Pine Crest

GRAVENHURST (SOUTHERN MUSKOKA)

Camp Pine Crest is a fabulous YMCA camp that is serious about canoe tripping. It’s a great price point to have kids try out the whole overnight deal, and it’s fun, fun, fun. YMCA camps sell out and this one is on its way—there’s better availability for the end of summer.

Ages: 5–16
Cost: from $1023/week 

Camp Mansfield

DUFFERIN COUNTY

Camp Mansfield at the Mansfield Outdoor Centre near Orangeville has a rustic charm and is blessedly close to home. Connecting with nature is the main focus of the program through playing and learning on the hundreds of acres of woods, fields, pond and the Pine River. Kids will come home raving about the connection made with wildlife, from salamanders to deer.

Age: 4–16
Cost: $620/week

Glen Bernard Camp

SUNDRIDGE (ALMAGUIN HIGHLANDS)

Glen Bernard Camp is a super fabulous all-girls camp about 30 minutes north of Huntsville, on the shores of lovely Bernard Lake. The kids will love taking out the big voyageur canoes, and the option to develop their golf game is a neat add-on. The camp also specializes in environmental education, with solar-powered buildings and a solar boat to use in teaching.

Ages: 6–16
Cost: from $1260/week 

Kilcoo Camp

MINDEN (HALIBURTON COUNTY)

The all-boys Kilcoo Camp aims to help build self-confidence, social responsibility, and appreciation of others. There are loads of options on offer too, with an eye to progressing each camper’s abilities—one might start out with flat-water kayaking and move up to white-water kayaking when appropriate to do so. Campers have the option to master the climbing tower and next find themselves facing real rock faces. The challenge and camaraderie are ever-present!

Ages: 7–16
Cost: $2975 for 2 weeks

YMCA Wanakita

HALIBURTON

Camp Wanakita has a very happy and loyal following: kids return year after year and family camp fills up with adults happy to pretend to be campers again. Is it the fried granola, polar bear dips, or epic campfires that make it so special? Probably all of the above. Book early: weeks sell out beginning in January or earlier.

Ages: 7–16
Cost: from $968/week (Junior and Intermediate)

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