YMCA Wanakita Family Camps

1883 Koshlong Lake Road Haliburton, Ontario, K0M 1S0 (view map)

1 to 99 (Coed )
Overnight camp, Family programs
Traditional (multi activity)
$430 to $630
Special Needs:
Yes, Mild support (Not all campers have special needs)


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  Jennifer Woodward
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About this camp

YMCA Wanakita Family Camps

Looking for a family getaway? YMCA Wanakita Family Camp is the place to be. Running 9 weeks of the summer, YMCA Wanakita attracts families from around the world. Relax at the beach or participate in one of YMCA Wanakita’s many activities. Your week-long experience includes a cabin for your family, programming and delicious meals cooked for you. Come experience the magic of Family Camp!

The Our Kids review of YMCA Wanakita Family Camps


Wanakita is one of the camps in Canada that others look to when growing or innovating their programs. It has a very traditional feel, one that is rightly celebrated, with all the traditional activities on offer. The addition of a summer-long family camp was conspicuous when it was begun well over a decade ago, though has become the model for many others throughout North America. The family camp and kids' camp programs are separated, and there are benefits to that, not the least being separate dining halls. Wanakita has an impressive tradition of leadership, with many of its alumni having moved on to prominent roles, both locally and nationally. As ever, Wanakita remains a vibrant camp environment, one in which values are as important as activities. As far as family camping goes, this in many ways is the original, a program that continues to set the standard for what family camping can be. 

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Overnight Camp
All Girls
Ages: 19
Traditional (multi activity) $266 to $266
Rope courses|Wilderness Skills|Cooking|Arts & Crafts|Archery|Basketball|Canoeing|Gaga|Hiking|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Swimming|Volleyball

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

YMCA Wanakita Family Camps
YMCA Wanakita Family Camps
1883 Koshlong Lake Road Haliburton, Ontario, K0M 1S0
Contact name:
Jennifer Woodward

Phone number:
(800) 387-5081×
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Accommodation & Property Details

Property details

Sleeping Accommodations

  • Cabins


  • Electricity in Sleeping Area

Washrooms Facilities

  • Flush Toilets
  • Showers (indoor)

Sports facilities

  • Archery Range
  • Baseball Diamond
  • Basketball Court
  • Rope Course
  • Soccer Field


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

Upcoming Events

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  • October 25, 2019Fall Work Weekend
    YMCA Wanakita Family Camps, 1883 Koshlong Lake Road, Haliburton, Ontario
    Join us Friday, October 25 from 05:00 pm

    If YMCA Wanakita has positively impacted you or your family, consider giving back to your camp community by volunteering for one of our work weekends. We improve the site, clean up camp, and get ready for the next season. Work details may include painting, wood gathering and equipment storage. All must be ready and able to work, eat lots of food, and have a wheelbarrow full of fun. Help keep your camp the best it can be. A great way to get to know the camp community as well as some volunteer hours!

Director's Message


Jen Woodward, Family Camp Director

Family Camp: Multi-generational groups of people coming together to play, learn and explore outdoors! That's what YMCA Wanakita's Family Camping is all about! We define a family as "two generations." That's it! We see families at camp that consist of single-parent makeups, grandparents & grandkids, same-gender parents, aunts & uncles, cousins, neighbours and friends. 

In the summer the programs we offer are your typical summer camp activities, including canoeing, swimming, hiking, high ropes, arts & crafts, dance, theatre, music, yoga, out tripping etc., but the way in which we design and deliver the programs is unique! At Family Camp you will have the opportunity to meet new people in your own age group (be it 3 years old to adults!), or in our family-friendly programs designed for all ages. Programs are intended to  strengthen family relationships, cooperation, leadership, outdoor and arts skills, challenge you, as well as foster an appreciation and connection to the natural world! There's so much to do here, with a schedule full of fun instructor-led activities day and night, a well as the freedom to just lounge on the beach or go for a hike in the woods as a family. 

Families come back year after year for so many reasons: outdoor fun, great food, amazing people, beautiful location; but most of all, it's a place to create "memories that last a lifetime", as our traditional Charter states!

We also offer incredible opportunities year-round to bond as a family:

New Year's Family Camp
Family Day Weekend
March Break Family Camp
Mother-Daughter Weekend
Spring Family Weekend

I hope to see you at one of our Family Camp programs soon! 
From our family to yours, 

Jen Woodward at YMCA Wanakita Family Camp

Cost & Financial Aid


Cost: $430 to $630 /week

Payment Options:

Deposit required with acceptance Yes
Credit card payment Yes



Another Great Year at Wanakita!expand

A message from a returning camper after arriving home from Family Camp: 

"Thanks again for:
- Your work in setting up, staffing, planning, and leading a program that my kids plan to come back to before they leave each year.
- A wet week filled with sunny people.
- Super-awesome staff of all ages & backgrounds who manage to make each of us feel special in our own ways.
- A menu that I can't stop talking about whenever I describe my camp experience
- A place to watch my kids & other campers' kids grow, challenge themselves, and build friendships. 
- The amazing Student Counsellors who worked so hard to put on another great Carnival in spite of the thermostat."


Love the Staff!expand

"The staff are outstanding!  They were such lovely role models for our boys and girls.  The whole staff should be proud of their work and efforts!  I love bringing the kids to Family Camp because of the kind, hard-working, fun and enthusiastic crew."


Great time at March Break Family Campexpand

I would like to thank you for the wonderful March Break week we had. It was very stress free, the meals were excellent and the staff was wonderful. I could not believe all the activities you had planned and the organization that goes into an event like this.  The other families were great and the kids a blast.  You are lucky to have such great staff, their attentiveness to the needs of the campers was excellent. Our kids had a blast and they are asking if we can go back next year, maybe with the grandkids! 

A BIG THANKS to you and your staff for a week of great memories!


Community and Environmentexpand

When I think about what Family Camp has meant to me, I consider the larger context of the space and the surroundings.  When I go to family camp with my children, it allows me to connect with both of my sisters and their children in a way that is removed from the interruptions of a common life.  By choice, I can focus on the simple enjoyment of the moments without great consideration of time (oh, except for the setter's bell!).  My children and my niece and nephews get to simply engage in the natural world around them.  It gives me great joy to watch this happen, and to partake in it myself.

But for more than my own family, Family Camp extends the presence of community.  There is a sense at Family Camp that all of the kids are "our kids".  They sit with other families at dinner, approach a new adult at the campfire, learn a new song with Matt & Diane, hold the belay rope for a new friend and celebrate their ascent.  There is no greater gift we can give the planet than a sense of responsibility and kindness to our human and natural community.  At Family Camp, that is what we are there to do and we revel in the opportunity.  We are present.  We are giving.  We are enriched. 


A Great Family Reunion!expand

"We use Wanakita Family Camp as a great family reunion and a chance to reconnect with old friends. We've used it to replace our old cottage time. No dramatic stories [to tell], but lots of family fun-- and the kids keep making sure we come back!" 



In the News


November 2, 2018 - YMCA Wanakita is now accepting applications!

Join our team in summer 2019! Gain work experience while enjoying summer along the shores of beautiful Koshlong lake. ...

November 2, 2018 - Registration Opens November 15th 2018!

Registration for Family Camp 2019, including summer and year round programs, opens November 15th. Register early to secure your spot! ...


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