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Camp Kawartha

Camp Kawartha

1010 Birchview Road, Douro-Dummer, Ontario, K0L 2H0

Overnight Camp (Day & Overnight Camp, March Break, Off-Season Rentals, School Programs, Summer Camp)
4 to 17

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1010 Birchview Road, Douro-Dummer, Ontario, K0L 2H0
Other locations: Peterborough
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Camp Kawartha has provided summer camp for kids since 1921. We are an award-winning year-round facility with a focus on leadership, outdoor & environmental stewardship. With creative, adventure-based & traditional camp activities, along with a dedication to the highest standards of programming, we inspire children to be responsible stewards of their human & natural communities.

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upcoming events
  • December 31, 2014Early Bird Discount (overnight camps)
    Camp Kawartha, 1010 Birchview Road, Douro-Dummer, Ontario
    Register by Wednesday, December 31 from 12:00 am

    If you register by December 31st, and pay in full, you can qualify for an Early Bird discount of 5% on overnight camps.  Just enter the code EB2015 in the discount code box on the session selection screen when registering online. Offer expires December 31, 2014. Discount is not applicable if you will be paying in installments.

  • March 17, 2015March Break Day Camp
    Camp Kawartha Environment Centre, 2505 Pioneer Road, Peterborough, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, March 17 from 09:00 am - 04:30 pm

    During this three day camp (March 17 - 19, 2015), kids will participate in active and engaging outdoor experiences. Campers will use our Environment Centre as a cozy home base from which to explore the Trent Nature Area and participate in a variety of nature themed activities. Cost $140/child.

    For more information and to register, please visit our website at:


  • June 07, 2015Summer Camp Open House
    Camp Kawartha, 1010 Birchview Road, Douro-Dummer, Ontario
    Join us Sunday, June 07 from 01:00 pm - 04:00 pm

    Tour the camp, see our facility upgrades, meet some of our summer camp staff, and get your questions answered. This is a free event.

    Visit our website for more details:

  • June 20, 2015Surf 'n turf Dinner & Auction Fundraiser
    Camp Kawartha, 1010 Birchview Road, Douro-Dummer, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, June 20 from 04:30 pm - 09:00 pm

    Plan to attend Camp Kawartha's most anticipated annual event! You'll be treated to fresh lobster, steak, salads, and decadent desserts. Plus, bid on fantastic items in both our live and silent auctions. Tickets: $175 each.

    All proceeds from this event will help Camp Kawartha continue to deliver top quality programs for children of all ages.

    For more information and how to order tickets, please visit our website: 


  • June 27, 2015Mini Kawartha Day for Campers & Parents
    Camp Kawartha, 1010 Birchview Road, Douro-Dummer, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, June 27 from 09:00 am - 07:00 pm

    Here’s a chance to take a “quick dip,” in the Camp Kawartha waters with a day long program that both campers and parents can enjoy!

    For more information and to register, please visit our website:


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Adam Strasberg, Summer Camp Director

Is it time for 2015 already? Where has the time gone?? (A sentiment more for us parents than the campers). My sons will be 6 and 2 years old in 2015 and as the years pass, the more I realize they will pass too quickly.

So I’ve come to another realization, that it’s not about how fast or slow time passes, but how you make the MOST of that time. I know that spending those summers at Camp Kawartha among staff, campers and families is time well spent and if time is a finite resource, I’m fulfilled to have invested it here. I hope you feel the same as you have been (or thinking of) investing many of your own family’s resources to send your children to Camp Kawartha. Whether it’s a child for a week-long session,  multiple children, cousins for 2 and 3-week sessions, or the multitude of recommendations you have shared with other families, we are grateful for your partnership in shaping Camp Kawartha and making it worthy of time well invested for today and the future.

I am looking forward to the summer of 2015 and my second decade as Summer Camp Director. There has been great growth in terms of infrastructure, programming, menus, and scaffolding to ensure camper well-being over those years and we continue to strive to build upon our previous successes through a strong staff, leadership programs, camper and parent feedback, and partnerships within our community and beyond.

For 2015, we have added an extension to the PLC program in August for 13-14 year old campers seeking a longer camp experience enhanced by adventure-based activities including outdoor rock climbing, mountain biking and white water kayaking. In addition, we have also altered our Voyageur canoe program, run during Session C, and re-named the program Algonquin Canoe Adventure.  It still retains the experience of travelling in a 26ft Voyageur canoe on Clear Lake (our lake) as well as sharing the culture and history of the canoe by visiting the Canadian Canoe Museum, but then changes the focus with a trip to Algonquin Provincial Park in our typical expedition canoes. We hope these 2 new sessions will further enrich the programming we offer to our families as campers move up the chain.

At the same time, we continue to strive to instill the values of respect, honesty and an appreciation for nature that we feel trains us all to be active and responsible citizens.

I look forward to the Summer of 2015. I also look forward to answering questions and receiving feedback along the way and I’m always available for both at adam@campkawartha.ca  I wish everyone a wonderful year as the countdown begins towards another incredible summer!

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Cost: Varies /session

Payment Options:

Deposit required with acceptance Yes


Discount if paid early 5%

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I was a Camp Kawartha camper for seven years as a child and now over 20 years later my own children are having the same experiences that I had at camp. My heart swells every time we drive into camp and I am so proud that my children get to have Camp Kawartha as part of their childhood. Camp is such a special place that it cannot be explained in words, but is a feeling of happiness and belonging that resides in your heart and soul year round and stays with you even into adulthood.



We the Bluestein family, have been sending our 3 boys to camp Kawartha since they were day campers (10 years). Their camp experiences have broadened their life experiences by learning to share, be independent, learn new skills, to appreciate the environment by going on canoe trips and living of the land, and learning respect for others.


Testimonial (2014)expand

Camp Kawartha has been a big part of my boys` summers for seven years. We return each year due to the exceptional staff and programming. My boys are turning into wonderful young men, in part because of the mentoring they have received at Camp Kawartha, and the new experiences they have each year. My eldest was on staff this year, and I like to think he is providing the same mentorship to new campers that he was so lucky to receive. I would recommend Camp Kawartha without hesitation.


Day Camp Testimonial (2014)expand

My boys had a great time at the daycamp. I thought it would be a great way to introduce the camp before they did a sleep over camp. At the end of the first day, they asked to go to sleepover camp!! The staff were energetic, organized and fun! My kids had lots of new experiences and came home everyday, tired, dirty and happy!! A perfect way for young kids to spend a few weeks. We will be back next summer, for sure.


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My daughter went to Camp Kawartha not knowing anyone there. This was a huge step for her as she really enjoys just being at home. She was a very shy girl with low self-esteem and very little confidence in herself. What two weeks did for us!! She has so much self-confidence and her self-esteem is incredible. She learned a new sport (Archery) that she continues to do! She tried new foods, which she continues to eat! She met new friends which she continues to talk to! She has changed so much! And for the better! What an amazing kid! What an amazing camp! Thank-You Camp Kawartha!


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This was our first experience in sending our daughter to an overnight camp. We were very nervous about doing this, but knew that it was time for our daughter to start spreading her wings. We are originally from the Peterborough area, so I had always heard about Camp Kawartha. So when it came to booking a camp for her to go to, this was a fairly easy decision. The price was within our budget amount and the activities appeared to be really awesome. So we booked our daughter with her friend (the camp was very accommodating in keeping the girls in the same cabin) We picked our daughter up on Saturday and have not stopped hearing about how awesome of an experience she had! As parents, this is what you hope for!! She definitely wants to go back next year…so what more can we say? This truly was an amazing experience for our daughter and our family! We have all spread our wings! Thanks Camp Kawartha!! See you in 2015!…oh and we will be sending our younger son next year too!


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My son and daughter have both attended Camp Kawartha over the past 7 years. They have always had a wonderful experience, the staff is the biggest reason for this. My kids also attend the camp during the winter with their school, they really feel comfortable at the camp and my daughter would like to become a councilor in the future.


Testimonial - "Family Tradition"expand

Our 10 year old daughter had a fantastic time at Camp Kawartha again this year - following in a fine family tradition. It is wonderful to see how she grows and develops as a person at camp. I'm envious of her canoeing, archery and sailing skills - as well as the daily swims! Thank you to all the great staff at CK - we couldn't be happier with our choice of camp. ...

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July 14, 2014 - Fun in the Sun at Camp Kawartha

Check out this great article with photos on the Peterborough Examiner website: ...

Activities & Programs expand

Curriculum & Programs


  • Fall Season
  • Spring Season
  • Winter Season

    Program Types & Services

  • Day & Overnight Camp
  • March Break
  • Off-Season Rentals
  • School Programs
  • Summer Camp


  • CIT/LIT Program
  • Environment
  • Leadership

    Sports & Activities

  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking/Sea Kayaking
  • Rockwall/Rock Climbing
  • Rope courses
  • Sailing/Marine Skills
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball


  • Arts & Crafts
  • Dance Class
  • Performing/Theatre Arts

    Adventure & Leadership

  • Outdoor Living/Survival
  • Team Building
  • Wilderness Out Tripping


  • Lake
  • Nature Trails

    Additional Services

  • Financial Aid Available
  • Siblings Discounts

Associations expand

  • The Ontario Camps Association Associations
  • Canadian Camping Association/ Association des camps du Canada Associations

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