Ryde Lake Camp

1124 CGIT Camp Road Gravenhurst, Ontario, P1P 1R3 (view map)

9 to 16 (All Girls )
Overnight camp
0 available; 1 TBD
Traditional (multi activity)


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About this Camp

Ryde Lake Camp

One-week sessions for girls 9 to 16 yrs. Since 1952, Ryde has provided a unique opportunity for girls to grow in mind, body and spirit. Making new friends, learning new skills, exploring nature, campers experience living in a community based on respect and acceptance. Caring, committed staff and our small camper enrollment contribute to a feeling of belonging for all campers.

The Our Kids review of Ryde Lake Camp


Ryde Lake was formed in 1952 to provide all the benefits of a traditional camp setting, and it’s been happily doing that ever since. The sunsets are as important as the leadership training—the environment has been developed as one in which girls can step away from the stresses and demands of their daily lives and, for a period of time, live within a different set of priorities. That's something perhaps even more beneficial to girls today than it was all those years ago when the camp program was first created. It’s a place where they can be present to nature, and present to one another, and relax into a slower, more deliberate pace of life. The staff-to-camper ratio is low, and the staff return rate is very high, both things that suggest the quality of the experience and the environment.

Programs and Sessions Calendar

Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; currently 0 program available; 1 TBD.

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Overnight Camp
All Girls
Ages: 9 - 16
Traditional (multi activity)
Wilderness Skills|Cooking|Hip hop|Guitar|Vocal training / singing|Arts & Crafts|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership training|Nature/Environment|Writing / journalism|Mindfulness Training|Archery|Badminton |Canoeing|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Ping Pong|Swimming|Volleyball|Yoga

Camp Address
1124 CGIT Camp Road, Gravenhurst, Ontario, P1P 1R3


Ryde Lake Camp
Ryde Lake Camp
1124 CGIT Camp Road Gravenhurst, Ontario, P1P 1R3
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Accommodation & Property Details

Sleeping Accommodations

  • Cabins


  • Electricity in Sleeping Area

Washrooms Facilities

  • Flush Toilets
  • Showers (indoor)

Sports facilities

  • Archery Range


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

Cost & Financial Aid

Cost: $650 /week

Payment Options:

Deposit required with acceptance Yes
Maximum installments available 5


The Things I Love About Ryde

Misty morning jumps into freezing cold water,
Boisterious sing-a-longs led by Otter,
Scrumptious food that warms you inside,
There are the things I love about Ryde.

Morning Watch in our cozy sweats,
Sitting on the dock making friendship bracelets,
Haunting loon calls on a deep starry night,
These are the things I love about Ryde.

Connecting with nature and those we hold dear,
Rekindling friendships year after year,
Each girl walks with God by her side,
These are the things I love about Ryde.

Sunrise on baldy, the docks by candlelight,
All of the memories I hold onto tight,
Community, acceptance, laughter, light,
These are the things I love about Ryde.


Reflections of a 4th year camper

This is my 4th and final year as a camper. Ryde has been a big part of my life ever since I first stepped into the dining hall. Even when school started, I kept singing the peanut butter sandwich song and wondered when I was going to come back and how long until I could drive into that oh so familiar gravel road and see so many friendly and familiar faces. I have so many good memories: like when I first met Twilight and November, watching everybody swim at waterfront time while knitting on the docks, and of course, all my memories of the craft cabin(oh what a wonderful place!). And finally we got an archery range! Yes! Did you know that out of all the camps I've been to, this is the only camp I've returned to? After all these years, Ryde Lake Camp has been a place for me to unwind and relax with old friends and new and I can be myself (my hyer, happy self) and nobody would care (which is fantastic). I hope that all of you campers here today (old and new) will come back next year and feel the same warm, fuzzy feeling I do every time I return. ...

Camper Speech from the last night banquet

I have been a camper at Ryde Lake Camp for seven years. My story begins when I was almost eight and I asked my parents if I could go to an overnight camp. Coincidentally, a good friend wanted to come here but only if I came with her. As you could have guessed, I said "yes'. I arrived and went through the entire week without speaking and being extremely shy. When my parents picked me up on Saturday I did not stop talking and singing the entire drive home. Meanwhile people were probably left thinking that I had had a horrible time and that I would not return the following year. I think it's evident that I came back . . . again and again and again. Ryde Lake Camp has changed who I am as a person. It has made me more confident in myself and more conscious of the people around me. Every year I have learned something new about myself and have had a new adventure. Ryde has become a part of me and probably anyone who has come to this camp. The Ryde family spirit must be the reason that people keep coming back. Or maybe it's the amazing food. Whatever your reason, you know that you can come, have a week away from your troubles and have a blast! I can't wait to come back next year as a CIT, have more adventures and make more friends. I hope that Ryde Lake Camp will be around for many more years and impact lots of people just as it has impacted me. ...


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