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InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Manitoba

PMB#321 30-360 Main Street, Unitl 13B
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 3Z8
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InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Manitoba  

PMB#321 30-360 Main Street, Unitl 13B, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 3Z8

  • Type:
    Overnight camp
  • Focus:
    Traditional (multi activity)
  • Cost:
    $200 to $1,710/session
  • Ages:
    6 to 17
  • Gender:
    Coed, All Girls, All Boys
  • Main language:
  • Capacity:
  • Programs:
    0 available; 23 TBD
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  • Summary

    InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Manitoba answered our questions

    Who are you as an organization?

    Located just two hours east of Winnipeg, we welcome campers aged 6-17 to explore our island site as they enjoy a vast range of programs including watersports, out trips and other instructional and recreational based activities. With safety and health at the forefront, we look forward to creating spaces for campers to explore their faith, grow as young leaders and make memories.

    • Special needs: Not available
    • Religious affiliation: Christian

    What do you do differently or uniquely well?

    This information is not available.

    Who are your staff and counsellors?

    This information is not available.

    What do families need to know about registration?

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  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Manitoba

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    Pioneer Camp Manitoba is one of nine InterVarsity camps located across the country. The camping program was begun 1929, an expression of InterVarsity, an association of campus ministries intended to bring Christian values and awareness to young people, and support their spiritual and social growth. The camps were part of the initial vision, designed to create a unique opportunity to bring young people together around the unique challenges that a camp setting can provide. That remains perhaps more true today than ever. At camp they unplug, and turn their attention to the community they find there. The activities facilitate a greater understanding of campers’ talents and abilities, as well as the Christian values that inform the programming. The camp has grown over the years, adding new activities, facilities, and sessions, all of it furthering the initial goals.

  • Location & Site Details


    PMB#321 30-360 Main Street, Unitl 13B, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


    • Beaver Bus Lines (Bus fee: $50)
      Location Address Pick up Drop off
      Winnipeg Evangelical Free Church 500 Lagimodière Boulevard, Winnipeg, MB, Canada Not provided Not provided


    Sleeping Accommodations

    • Cabins
    • Tents

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Composting Toilets
    • Flush Toilets
    • Outhouses
    • Showers (indoor)

    Are meals provided? Yes

    Rentals & Services

    Offers outdoor education program for schools or corporate groups: Yes
    Schools visit in spring and September, often to go on 1-2 night canoe trips, as well as to stay on the beautiful MacKinnon Island.


    Christian Camping International Associations
    Canadian Camping Association/ Association des camps du Canada Associations

  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Pete Dearborn & Neil Steward, Executive Director

    Since 1942, Pioneer Camp has been building community and encouraging young people to know Jesus in a real and transformative way. As part of the InterVarsity ministry, we are engaged in meaningful partnerships with college and university students and campus ministers who are part of our summer staff team. This group of Christian leaders is further building our witness to the next generation who attend as campers.


    Through the wilderness experiences, community living and deep relationships formed at Pioneer Camp, young people are being transformed for a lifetime in positive ways. They are being challenged to grow in their understanding of what it means to follow God through the role models and experiences they have at camp. They are also engaging in social and emotional character development by learning to live with one another with compassion and a desire to serve each other well.


    • Ophelia

      Manitoba Pioneer Camp has been an incredibly formative place in my life. Its impact goes back a few generations, as my grandfather (Gordon “Scottie” Stewart) was the camp director for nearly twenty years, which meant that my mother and her siblings grew up on the shores of Shoal Lake. Besides that 3-generation family history (which I hope will become 4, when my kids are old enough to go!), I made some of my closest friends in the years I spent at camp – and met my husband. The sheer physical beauty of the place is one thing, but MPC itself inhabits that place in a spirit of humility and simplicity that I think is rare and precious. MPC invites those who spend time there and in its surrounding wilderness to enter into that created beauty in wonder and gratitude. It is this posture toward the natural world that makes it such a special place, and it means that being there is about more than just the skills or the activities on offer – more even than outdoor adventure as such, although I have always loved that too.


      I always came back from camp somehow changed – grounded, empowered, more deeply at peace, more fully myself. There was one canoe trip I led that I will never forget. We had set out to paddle the “long circuit” (the longest canoe trip typically done in a 4 night trip, in the Classic camp setting) with a group of young but keen Senior girls. After a long and hard day paddling against a tough wind, we were looking forward to finding our site in Canoe Lake, which is known for its beauty and clear, deep water. It was about late when we got to where we thought should be the portage. We must have been in the wrong bay, but we didn’t have the time to keep searching as it was falling dark. We ended up camping on the lawn of someone’s cabin nearby, we made a soup that turned out horribly, and ate all the M&Ms out of the trail mix. And we laughed like crazy. We decided, the next day, not to continue the circuit as planned – not wanting to waste further time without being certain to find our spot. It didn’t save us many kilometres of paddling but we knew where we were going! To this day, I have not seen Canoe Lake, but I still remember both the challenge and the sense of strength I gained from that experience. More importantly, I remember how amazing it was to see the girls gain a sense of their own strength too and to come together as a group.


      It’s very difficult to try to capture something of what MPC has meant to me in a few paragraphs. It has shaped me beyond measure.


    • Pinky

      More than ever, we yearn to be connected. How can I describe my connection to Manitoba Pioneer Camp? How can I describe the lifelong friends, the love for wilderness and adventure, the awakening of the Spirit? We are drawn together, like the tightening of a taught-line hitch; like a chain knot, each person a loop holding the mighty PIII to dock. As we learn the looping rhythm of the canoe stroke, we lock into the groove of the path of the paddle. It’s a praise song that we can only sing together. We learn to ride out the waves, wait out the storms, and plunge out of the heat. Together is better. Away from the dimming city, we make out the brilliant constellations of the immense sky, the same sky our ancestors laid eyes on. Away from the busy city, we take in the purple flowers of wild onions and, pungent with beauty, we trace the parallel lines of needles of the balsam fir. As we learn to set up tents, we make a tent within ourselves, a quiet place, a home for the Spirit.

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