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YMCA Wanakita
YMCA Wanakita
1883 Koshlong Lake Road
Haliburton, Ontario,
K0M 1S0

Contact name:
Mike Thaler

Phone number:
(800) 387-5081×


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YMCA Wanakita

YMCA Wanakita

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

Day camp, Overnight camp
Traditional (multi activity)
Special Needs:
Yes, Mild support (Not all campers have special needs)
$885 to $2,950/session
7 to 16
350 to 400

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About this camp


It’s not just the buildings, the land and the lake, but the people. Est. 1953 and located on a 1000 acre property with more than 1km of shoreline, YMCA Wanakita is the place to be. With a wide range of activities offered in Day Camp (5-13 y/o) and in 1,2 & 4 week Overnight Kids Camp programs (7-16 y/o), YMCA Wanakita has something for everyone. Come have the time of your life!

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

Camp Session Calendar (2017/18)

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Overnight Camp
Ages: 13 - 15
Traditional (multi activity) $1,640/2 weeks

Accommodation & Property Details

Property details

Sleeping Accommodations

  • Cabins


  • Electricity in Sleeping Area

Washrooms Facilities

  • Flush Toilets
  • Outhouses
  • Showers (indoor)

Sports facilities

  • Archery Range
  • Basketball Court
  • Climbing Wall
  • Rope Course


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

Director's Message


Mike Thaler & Jeff McConkey , Summer Kids Camp Director & Summer Kids Camp Assistant Director

Camp has had a huge impact on us through our lives. We both started as campers at different camps and through the positive experiences, the things we learned, the friends we made and the endless fun we had, we decided to choose careers in outdoor education/recreation. Camp is something that is very special to us and like those counsellors, directors and camping professionals who made our camp experiences positive ones, our goal is to make yours an experience of a lifetime. 


About the Directors

As our Assistant Director, Jeff McConkey brings a wealth of experience from his roles at a variety of Ontario camps and outdoor centres. Jeff has a Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies (Honours) from Brock University. Jeff started at YMCA Wanakita working first as a Winter Outdoor Centre Instructor and then moving into his current role with our Summer Kids Camp. Jeff has a great deal of expertise with leadership training programs and canoe trips. When his mind isn't on camp, he's interested in lightweight backpacking, volunteer firefighting, canoe tripping and loves a good sci-fi book. 

Mike Thaler is Wanakita's Summer Kids Camp Director and started camp at the early age of one and a half through YMCA Wanakita's Family Camp programs. Since then, Mike has spent at least one week at Wanakita each year since. Having held the roles of counsellor, kayaking specialist, outdoor centre instructor and most recently full time as the Outdoor Centre Program Coordinator, Mike has a great understanding of YMCA Wanakita's operation and how to make your experience a positive one. Mike graduated from Algonquin College's Outdoor Adventure program specializing in water based activities such as canoeing, whitewater kayaking and rafting. Mike has lead/run trips in Algonquin Provincial Park, Killarney Provincial Park, French River, Magnetawan River, Bon Echo, (canoeing) Desolation & Grey Canyons (Utah - whitewater kayaking) and has even taught whitewater kayaking for a Disney TV show. Mike has many hobbies including fat biking, whitewater kayaking, volunteer firefighting, canoeing and kick sledding with his dog Duke. 

Cost & Financial Aid


Cost: $885 to $2,950 /session

Payment Options:

Credit card payment Yes

Stories & Testimonials


The benefits of Family Camp

In addition to our long tradition of residential camping, we are also proud of over thirty years of Summer Family Camp at YMCA Wanakita. This past summer, one of our Family Campers shared a thoughtful and touching letter with our Director. "Thank you for a most wonderful week at Family Camp- truly the best one we have had in 4 years. Before camp, we were talking about directing our resources elsewhere for family vacations and making this our last year. By the second day of camp, Ken and I had both (independently) decided to review this choice! We will definitely be back - hopefully for many more years. We had forgotten the magic of camp. We particularly enjoyed watching our girls try out new skills - archery, kayaking, and swims to the island! We saw them grow in confidence and become more of their true selves. The week gave us, as adults, a break from the mundane things that so often consume our thoughts (what's for dinner, do we need to pack lunches for tomorrow, when was the last time the laundry got done...) and reminded us of who we were and what was important to us before life became more complicated! It was so reassuring to discover this part of us still exists and we are thinking of ways to bring our true selves back into our lives now even though we have lots of responsibilities. With gratitude for the week and the life lessons beyond..." Thanks to all who made Summer 2011 such a wonderful success, and we look forward to making more memories in 2012!

Facing your fears at camp

Wanakita is open year round and we want to share one of our stories from our Outdoor Center. Over the years the YMCA Wanakita Outdoor Centre has welcomed a number of schools, teams, and special interest groups. We love being able to share our winter wonderland with children, youth,and adults from across the province. One memorable even occurred a few weeks ago, when we welcomed a group of grade 11 students from an inner city Toronto school. This group spent one afternoon tobogganing, and the majority of the students had never experienced sliding down a hill before. Our staff were amazed to see that the seemingly toughest student in the group was noticeably afraid to go sliding. He hesitated at the top of the hill, and then screamed the whole way down. Despite his initial fear, he loved the ride and immediately ran up to the top of the hill to go sliding again! This young man learned to face his fears, overcome an unfamiliar situation, and experienced success because of it. We at Wanakita are fortunate to be a part of these incredible outcomes of play every day.


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