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John Island Camp Outdoor Centre

Where Students grow outside the classroom.

About Us!

Our unique 278 acre site boasts numerous trails, tree lines and program areas for exploration and use. Our 600m beach, along with numerous inlets, waterfronts and the infamous Lost Lake allow for shoreline and waterlogged habitat to be discovered. With a focus on delivering high quality programing within a naturally gorgeous setting, John Island Camp truly is where students grow outside the traditional classroom.

The YMCA John Island Camp Outdoor Centre provides unique opportunities to explore new ideas and new environments with new people! Schools and groups have been travelling from across Northeastern Ontario for 35 years to participate in experiences at our Outdoor Centre. Our philosophy guides people towards sound environmental ethics and positive personal relationships, all in an atmosphere of fun and fellowship. We will strive to create an experience for your students, teachers, and supervisors that will compliment your work at school.

Our Programs

Our outdoor centre runs 1-3 day trips with students from grade 5-12 in attendance. Our variety of program options allows us to create a customized schedule that best meets your groups needs.

Program Options:

  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Low Ropes
  • Archery
  • High ropes (vertical playpen/climbing wall/bowsum chairs/team traverse)
  • Initiatives and team building
  • Outdoor living skills (shelter and fire building)
  • Field and net games
  • Nature programs (frog catching, bog walk, ant lion hunt)
  • Beach activities
  • Hike
  • Out lunch (packed lunch of hotdogs at a hiked to location recommended as a whole group activity to be done after fire/shelter building)

Evening Program Options:

  • Skit night (students are responsible for creating and presenting their own skits)
  • Capture the Flag
  • Bomb the bridges
  • Action auction (students bid on items in groups that are then used to complete a task)
  • Running pictionary

Our Outdoor Education Slideshow provides a visual of our accommodations/facilities, sample program schedules, sample menu options and program photos.

Forms & Teachers Information

Booking Dates

*Available Weekdays and Weekend

Spring Program Dates:

May 9, 2021 – June 24, 2022

3 Day, 2 Night Programs *Mon-Wed, Wed-Fri
Student Fee $225 (plus HST), 1 Chaperone: 10 Students FREE, Each Addition $99/Chaperone (plus HST)

2 Day, 1 Night Programs
Student Fee $135 (plus HST), 1 Chaperone: 10 Students FREE, Each Addition $59/Chaperone (plus HST)

Day Programs
Student Fee $57, Chaperone FREE

French programming request:
We are unable to offer full French language program. Groups can request French programming and if requested, we will do our best to provide it. However, we cannot guarantee it will be available based on our available staff. If you require full French language, please have chaperones that are able to assist.

Fees include t-shirts! Customized programs and bookings also available!

For more information on customized bookings, please contact or by phone at 705-929-0923

To check current availability, please contact the Camping Services Office at 705-674-6171

Booking Your School

To book your school, please fill out and return the 2021 Booking Form to:


Please Note: We ask that you select 2 options for dates in case your first choice is unavailable. To check availability on your preferred date, please contact the Camping Services Office at 705-674-6171 or 800-465-9622.

What should I expect after I send in my booking form?
You will receive confirmation via email from our office indicating that we have received your booking form. In order to be accepted, your booking form MUST be fully completed. If you have not heard from our office confirming your booking/date, please contact us to ensure that we have received your form. If available, your preferred dates will be held until the date your contact and deposit is due. Your signed contract and deposit are required to secure your space and will be due 14 days from receiving your contract from our office.

What other forms will I need for my trip?
In order for us to provide the best programming, we need to hear from you! Please take a look at the following items, along with when they need to be submitted.

Contract/Deposit: Due 14 days following receipt of your contract.
T-shirt & Health Form Summary Sheet: Due by April 1st, 2022 (the earlier, the better!)
Final Numbers: Due May 1, 2022

For more planning information please check out our teacher trip planning guide.

Still have questions? We are here to help!
Please contact the Camping Services Office at 705-674-6171 or
800-465-9622 (toll free in Canada)

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