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YMCA Wanakita
YMCA Wanakita
1883 Koshlong Lake Road Haliburton, Ontario, K0M 1S0
Contact name:
Rankin Middlebrook

Phone number:
(800) 387-5081×

YMCA Wanakita

1883 Koshlong Lake Road, Haliburton, Ontario, K0M 1S0

Type: Day & Overnight Camp

Family Camp • March Break • PA Day & Holiday • Programs for school groups • Summer Camp • Transportation Available

Categories: Traditional

Cost: $700 to $840/week

Age: 7 to 17

Gender: Coed

Capacity: 385 to 425

Since 1953, 1,000 acres on beautiful Koshlong Lake in the Haliburton Highlands. Co-ed, 1, 2 and 4-week overnight sessions and weekly day camp sessions. We focus on leadership development, team building, personal challenge, adventure, friendship and fun! We offer programming for Fall, Winter and Spring. Family Camp is also offered all summer and through the year.

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Camp Session Calendar (2016/17)


Accommodation & Property Details)

Property details

Sleeping Accommodations

  • Cabins


  • Electricity in Sleeping Area
  • Shower in Sleeping Area
  • Toilet in Sleeping Area

Washrooms Facilities

  • Flush Toilets
  • Outhouses
  • Showers (indoor)

Sports facilities

  • Archery Range
  • Baseball Diamond
  • Basketball Court
  • Climbing Wall
  • Rope Course


  • Beach
  • Forested Area
  • Lake/Pond/River
  • Nature Trails
  • Open Field

Director's Message


Rankin Middlebrook, Summer Camp Director

To all our Friends and Families; (Past, Present, and Future)

YMCA Wanakita is something special. When I say special, I am not just talking about our great location, unique programs, or standing within the camping community. When I say Wanakita is special I mean that from the first moment you set foot on our site you know there is something extraordinary. I have spent my time here trying to figure out what it is that makes Wanakita stand out from all the camps I have ever been to, and the answer was staring me in the face. It’s the people. YMCA Wanakita has many strong traditions originally started by the best minds in camping, these minds created the YMCA Wanakita Charter to instill within the campers and staff a sense of purpose and fun. A part of the Charter goes like this: “You are challenged to learn that YMCA Wanakita is not just the buildings, the land, and the lake, but the people.  It is the people that become so much a part of us while we are here.” There are many camps out there, but I think that anyone looking for a place for their child to learn, grow, and have fun, YMCA Wanakita is the place.

Rankin Middlebrook
Summer Camp Director


Cost & Financial Aid


Cost: $700 to $840 /week

Payment Options:

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Stories & Testimonials


The benefits of Family Campexpand

In addition to our long tradition of residential camping, we are also proud of over thirty years of Summer Family Camp at YMCA Wanakita. This past summer, one of our Family Campers shared a thoughtful and touching letter with our Director. "Thank you for a most wonderful week at Family Camp- truly the best one we have had in 4 years. Before camp, we were talking about directing our resources elsewhere for family vacations and making this our last year. By the second day of camp, Ken and I had both (independently) decided to review this choice! We will definitely be back - hopefully for many more years. We had forgotten the magic of camp. We particularly enjoyed watching our girls try out new skills - archery, kayaking, and swims to the island! We saw them grow in confidence and become more of their true selves. The week gave us, as adults, a break from the mundane things that so often consume our thoughts (what's for dinner, do we need to pack lunches for tomorrow, when was the last time the laundry got done...) and reminded us of who we were and what was important to us before life became more complicated! It was so reassuring to discover this part of us still exists and we are thinking of ways to bring our true selves back into our lives now even though we have lots of responsibilities. With gratitude for the week and the life lessons beyond..." Thanks to all who made Summer 2011 such a wonderful success, and we look forward to making more memories in 2012!


Facing your fears at campexpand

Wanakita is open year round and we want to share one of our stories from our Outdoor Center. Over the years the YMCA Wanakita Outdoor Centre has welcomed a number of schools, teams, and special interest groups. We love being able to share our winter wonderland with children, youth,and adults from across the province. One memorable even occurred a few weeks ago, when we welcomed a group of grade 11 students from an inner city Toronto school. This group spent one afternoon tobogganing, and the majority of the students had never experienced sliding down a hill before. Our staff were amazed to see that the seemingly toughest student in the group was noticeably afraid to go sliding. He hesitated at the top of the hill, and then screamed the whole way down. Despite his initial fear, he loved the ride and immediately ran up to the top of the hill to go sliding again! This young man learned to face his fears, overcome an unfamiliar situation, and experienced success because of it. We at Wanakita are fortunate to be a part of these incredible outcomes of play every day.


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1883 Koshlong Lake Road, Haliburton, Ontario, K0M 1S0
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