Northway, Canada's oldest summer camp for girls, founded in 1906, is located on a beautiful peninsula inside Algonquin Park. We offer a traditional program based on our wilderness setting of swimming, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, arts & crafts, nature, dramatics and canoe trips. Northway has developed an unmatched style, spirit and skill in canoe-tripping. Wendigo is a small canoe-tripping outpost offering canoe trips for older boys (12-16) throughout Algonquin. Campers are involved in every facet of the trip. They learn the value of efficiency and ingenuity in setting up camp and living outdoors. Boys learn teamwork and leadership. We offer 13-day, 3 ½-week and 7-week sessions, and 1 week sessions for girls 7-9.
The Our Kids review of Camp Northway/ Wendigo
Northway is the oldest girls camp in Canada, having been founded in 1906, and so much of the camp’s charm comes from the long-standing traditions and the approach. It’s hard to imagine a more traditional camp than this: paper and envelopes are listed in what to bring, and campers really do write real letters home. iPods, jewelry, cell phones, and valuables aren’t allowed. When campers arrive, they are really here, immersed in all the priorities of the camp: spending time together, singing together, and experiencing something different. It’s not a time capsule, but rather a place that has stayed absolutely true to the ideals that it was formed around. And it’s as charming, and charmingly beautiful, as any summer camp you could ever hope to find. The programming is strong and varied, though the experience of place is the focus. The campers stay in canvas, cabin-style tents, and they spend their time doing the most traditional activities: canoeing, sailing, tripping, reading, making crafts. The current director, Brookes Prewitt, came as a child in 1951 because his mother was camp director, and he’s been at Northway literally every summer since. That’s a run of 66 years. His mother was director for 26 years prior to him. Wilson, Brookes’ son, first came to camp when he was three months old, and he’s been there every summer since, taking various leadership roles along the way. That’s pretty great too. Girls who have attended Northway know that they’ve participated in something quietly unique, which is an experience which unites them, even much later in life.