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Camp Tamakwa
Camp Tamakwa
P.O. Box 10008
Huntsville, Ontario,
P1H 2H3

Contact name:
Margot Perlmutter

Phone number:
(416) 924-7433×


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Camp Tamakwa

Camp Tamakwa

P.O. Box 10008, Huntsville, Ontario, P1H 2H3

Overnight camp, Family programs
Traditional (multi activity)
Special Needs:
Yes, Mild support (Not all campers have special needs)
$1,100 to $1,300/week
7 to 16

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Contact Name:
Margot Perlmutter

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About this camp


Experience Camp Tamakwa's rich traditions, family atmosphere & unique Algonquin Park setting. We offer a diversified program with over 20 activities and an extensive canoe tripping program. Tamakwa has many modern features, but prides itself on traditional values, camp spirit, safety and skill development. Learn more about our 1 day Teaser, Mini Weekend, & 2 week intro session.

The Our Kids review of Camp Tamakwa

our take

Tamakwa is a camp that has become part of the national culture in ways that others can only envy. As a camper Michael Budman discovered a culture and an aesthetic that would later become central to the Roots Canada brand, a company he co-founded. When Roots ultimately outfitted the Canadian Olympic teams from 1998 to 2004, there was a little bit of Tamakwa in the image that Canada was projecting to the world. It wasn’t just the aesthetic that impressed Budman, of course, but also the values that were represented there: confidence, communication, leadership development, environmental stewardship, and self-expression. David Stringer has been at the camp for more than 60 years. He’s the son of Omer Stringer, the legendary canoeist and outdoorsman, and director at Tamakwa, as was his father before him. While the camp has grown and changed over the years, that continuity is one of the draws, and the program remains centred on the values that were there from the earliest days.  David says of his father, “If he could see this third generation of kids tipped over on the side of their canoe, paddling, he’d be thrilled.” It’s that experience—of participating in something bigger than ourselves—that remains a hallmark of what Tamakwa has to offer.

Camp Address
P.O. Box 10008, Huntsville, Ontario, P1H 2H3, Canada

Session Calendar

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Overnight Camp
Ages: 16
Traditional (multi activity) $7,975
Algonquin Park,ON
P.O. Box 10008
Jun 27, 2017-Aug 18, 2018 $7,975
First-aid/lifesaving |Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Fishing|Hiking|Hockey|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Rollerblading|Soccer|Swimming|Tennis|Volleyball|Fencing|Track and Field|Yoga|Cheer|Rock Climbing|Ping Pong|Gaga|Zip Line|Football|Arts & Crafts|Music Recording|Theatre Arts|Photo/Video|Painting|Woodworking|Vocal training / singing|Drawing|Pottery/ceramics |Guitar|Piano|Wilderness Out-tripping|Rope courses|Wilderness Skills|Zipline
Overnight Camp
Ages: 7 - 15
Traditional (multi activity) $7,975 to $8,975
Algonquin Park,ON
P.O. Box 10008
Jun 27-Aug 18 $7,975 - $8,975
First-aid/lifesaving |Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Fishing|Hiking|Hockey|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Rollerblading|Soccer|Swimming|Tennis|Volleyball|Fencing|Track and Field|Yoga|Cheer|Rock Climbing|Ping Pong|Gaga|Zip Line|Football|Arts & Crafts|Music Recording|Theatre Arts|Photo/Video|Painting|Woodworking|Vocal training / singing|Drawing|Pottery/ceramics |Guitar|Piano|Wilderness Out-tripping|Rope courses|Wilderness Skills|Zipline
Overnight Camp
Ages: 7 - 15
Traditional (multi activity) $4,875 to $5,475
Algonquin Park,ON
P.O. Box 10008
Jul 24-Aug 18 $4,875 - $5,475
First-aid/lifesaving |Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Fishing|Hiking|Hockey|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Rollerblading|Soccer|Swimming|Tennis|Volleyball|Fencing|Track and Field|Yoga|Cheer|Rock Climbing|Ping Pong|Gaga|Zip Line|Football|Arts & Crafts|Music Recording|Theatre Arts|Photo/Video|Painting|Woodworking|Vocal training / singing|Drawing|Pottery/ceramics |Guitar|Piano|Wilderness Out-tripping|Rope courses|Wilderness Skills|Zipline

Director's Message


Victor Norris, Craig & Margot Perlmutter, Camp Directors

Thank you for your interest in Camp Tamakwa.

Camp Tamakwa provides a unique life experience for children. In operation since 1936, we take great pride in our never-ending progress to meet the needs of our campers… and fulfill the expectations of our parents.

Founded in Ontario’s pristine Algonquin Park, Tamakwa offers a well-rounded outdoor program. Physically, our camp facility has been totally restored and refurbished throughout the years, yet Tamakwa’s magic has always been the intangible quality of warmth and camaraderie of an Algonquin camp family. Tamakwa is an intimate camp where everyone knows each other. Cabin groups are purposely small, particularly in our youngest age groups and one on one attention is provided to campers throughout the day and night.

Above all, Tamakwa is known for its spirit. Singing, cheering, campfires and traditional camping values are the mainstays of our Algonquin camp life. These values provide an important balance to the highly technological lifestyles of modern day urban children.

Please keep in mind that no matter how thorough our camp materials are, they are inherently limited in what they can convey about the Tamakwa experience. While we offer one of the most diversified outdoor recreational programs available, we stress the development and growth of our campers both individually and collectively in a close-knit cabin group.  We travel throughout the year to cities across North America to meet with families face to face and work together to ensure the best possible summer for each individual camper.  Open house events, home visits or even an extended phone conversation with a Director are always a great way to begin your camp journey and get answers to many of your important questions. 

We look forward to you joining our Tamakwa family. We believe we will surpass your expectations in providing your children with a unique Algonquin camp experience and of course have loads of fun experiencing youthful exhilaration on the most beautiful Algonquin summer camp site in the world.

Accommodation & Property Details

Property details

Sleeping Accommodations

  • Cabins


  • Electricity in Sleeping Area
  • Shower in Sleeping Area
  • Toilet in Sleeping Area

Washrooms Facilities

  • Flush Toilets
  • Showers (indoor)

Sports facilities

  • Archery Range
  • Baseball Diamond
  • Basketball Court
  • Climbing Wall
  • Rope Course
  • Soccer Field
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Weight Room


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


Cost & Financial Aid


Cost: $1,100 to $1,300 /week

Payment Options:

Deposit required with acceptance Yes
Credit card payment Yes


Discount for 3rd child 5%
Discount for 4th child 5%


  •   Michigan Bus$
    Location Address Pick up Drop off
    Westbloomfield MI West Bloomfield Township, MI, United States Not provided Not provided
  •   Tamakwa Teaser Day! $
    Location Address Pick up Drop off
    Toronto Toronto, ON, Canada Not provided Not provided
  •   Toronto Bus$95
    Location Address Pick up Drop off
  •   Airport Bus$95
    Location Address Pick up Drop off
    Pearson Airport Pearson Int Airport Terminal 1 Ground Level, Mississauga, ON, Canada 9:55 am 9:55 pm

Stories & Testimonials


Tamakwa Teaser Day is 100 Days Away!

We are very excited to announce THE TAMAKWA TEASER, a one day session for campers between the ages of 6-10 taking place on FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2015... that is just 100 days from today!

During this one day session campers will have an opportunity to try many of our exciting activities, view live demonstrations from our campers and staff, and get a feel for Tamakwa’s spirit, energy and 79 year history.

This incredible, jam-packed day is the perfect way to give your first-time campers a small taste of what residential summer camp life in majestic Algonquin Park, Ontario is all about.  (Click Here to see videos and slideshows from recent Teaser Days)

THE TAMAKWA TEASER will once again be led by Tamakwa alum Nancy Steinhauer.  Nancy attended Tamakwa for 14 summers and is currently principal at George Webster Elementary School in Toronto.  At Tamakwa, Nancy was a camper, Drama Director, and Junior Tamakwan Director (in charge of our 7-9 year old campers).  Her passion for children and commitment to providing a safe and nurturing environment for kids makes her the ideal person to spearhead this exciting day.  Nancy’s 12-year-old son Sammy will be a fifth-year Tamakwa camper this coming summer.

The bus will depart from Toronto at 7am and will return at 9pm.

Registration fee is $50 (includes transportation, three meals, snacks and taxes).

For further information and to register for THE TAMAKWA TEASER, please contact us at 416-924-7433 or email [email protected].

Register your camper now, spread the word, and help give your child an experience they will never forget.

Please Click Here for the Tamakwa Teaser Application Form.

80th Anniversary Special

To celebrate our 80th summer we are offering a special new family discount! All new families who register for our August session will recieve 500$ off! For more information, be sure to check out our website.

Singer Songwriter Amy Sky - Camp Tamakwa Alumni

http://www.ourkids.net/camp/the-essentials-article.php?id=161 Amy Sky, best known for her songs I Will Take Care of You and Love, Pain and the Whole Damn Thing. had never sung in public until she was 15 years old at Camp Tamakwa. She'd been studying classical cello, but when the staff and campers put on an evening of Gershwin, Sky had to step out of her comfort zone and step into the American songbook. Now having written songs for Anne Murray, Olivia Newton-John and Sheena Easton, Amy Sky reflects back on the "warm and supportive environment of camp", saying that "it increases your confidence, since you get positive feedback just for trying something new." During the seven years that her own daughter attended Tamakwa, Sky held annual songwriting sessions with campers. Working with cabin groups, she'd help the campers rewrite the lyrics to popular songs to reflect their own experience. Read Amy Sky's reflection on attending Camp Tamakwa (as a camper, and later, a parent)

Camp Tamakwa Teams up with Adventure Valley Day Camp

Beginning in the summer of 2010, Camp Tamakwa began hosting a group of eager young campers from Toronto's Adventure Valley Day Camp for an exciting new overnight experience. For 4 very special days in August, a limited number of Adventure Valley Day Camp campers are treated to a taste of Camp Tamakwa's hospitality and introduced to our campers, staff, activities, and traditions. This is great for our campers enabling them to show off Tamakwa's energy and spirit, not to mention beautiful Algonquin Park. During their time at Tamakwa, the Adventure Valley campers are accompanied by some of their own staff and also have a few dedicated Tamakwa staff, as well as cabins dedicated only for their use. The Adventure Valley family has well over 20 years of day camp experience and they share Tamakwa's core values of family, spirit, compassion, and traditional camp fun, all in a safe and nurturing environment. We are excited to continue to help provide new Toronto area campers a few days at Tamakwa combining the best of both day and residential camp life for them this summer and for many summers to come.

Roots Clothing Company Founder at Camp Tamakwa

"It's safe to say," says Roots clothing company co-founder Michael Budman, "that there might not be a Roots if there hadn't been Camp Tamakwa." Growing up in Detroit, Michigan, Budman had attended some local camps, but at age 10 he was ready for the big-time- Camp Tamakwa, the 75-year-old Canadian-American camp set on the shores of Algonquin Park's South Tea Lake in northern Ontario. "It's one of the most beautiful campsites in the world - a magical place," says Budman. It's also where he and fellow camper Don Green became buddies and hatched their plan to open a shoe store in Toronto that eventually grew into an international clothing empire. Read Michael Budman's reflection on attending Camp Tamakwa.

Camp Tamakwa Videos

Wonder what a session at Camp Tamakwa would be like? There are lots of short video clips on the Camp Tamakwa website. Watch them in any order! CLICK HERE TO PLAY - TAMAKWA VIDEOS What you'll find: Watersports and Landsports Arts & Drama Canoe Trips Amy Sky Nights Meet the Camp Directors ... and many more!

In the News


October 16, 2017 - Tamakwa Open House!

Come learn all about what makes Tamakwa great! ...

January 14, 2015 - Tamakwa Winterfest 2015

It's almost time for Tamakwa Winterfest! ...

January 6, 2015 - Camp Tamakwa Blog

Have you read our blog? Be sure to check it out! We post new stories every Wednesday. A great window into the Tamakwa Family ...


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