Camp Can-Aqua is one of the greatest experiences you can give to your child. We are a camper focused world where kids are able to choose their programs every day. A traditional camp to our core, we're proud of the exceptional skill development we offer. In 2021, we're working hard to support Covid safety guidelines, making us a safe/fun overnight experience for kids of all ages
The 2020/21 Experience at Camp Can-Aqua
As a member of the Ontario Camps Association, Camp Can-Aqua is committed to facilitating safe and responsible programming for all campers.
As the summer approaches, Can-Aqua is looking at a number os safe practices from rapid testing to cohorting.
Regardless of how we open the summer, parents can feel confident that we are busy spending our winter working to make sure kids are supported with safe and fun experiences this summer.View recent COVID-19 updates from Camp Can-Aqua
We often tend to think first of activities at camp: what kids will do there. Camp Can-Aqua, like all great camp programs, is developed with the full range of activities, though leadership addresses itself less to the 'what' than to the 'why'—the activities are there to provide opportunities to grow independence and character, to expose kids to new things, new ideas, and to have fun while they do all of that. That’s the spirit in which Louis Gyori founded the camp more than 30 years ago, and one that continues at the camp today. The core activities are those we associate with traditional camping, and all are applied to allowing kids gain a greater understanding of who they are and what they are capable of. There are specialty programs, including leadership training, which are a draw for many. The camp also offers family camp sessions, which is a great in and of itself, though can also provide a nice entrée to the camp experience and the culture of Can-Aqua.
Andrew Martin, Camp Director
BA - Ryerson University
Summer Camp is one of the most important decisions you will make for you child. The experience children get for those few short weeks each summer is one, which is certain to shape them into a more confident, independent individuals. The opportunity for them to carve out their own social identity allows them to develop friendships that become long lasting and remarkable. Camp is one of the greatest growth opportunities available to kids.
I am proud to be a part of providing the framework for such an incredible experience here at Camp Can-Aqua.
If you were to ask me to tell you what makes this camp unique, I would tell you that there are a few factors...
1. Our Focus
Can-Aqua is a community camp. We have tons of activities and excitement to keep your kids engaged and active all day. While this is important, we believe that it is the way we interact with each other that is the real value in our camp. We focus on making certain that every camper feels safe, comfortable and a part of it all.
2. Our site.
What a treat it is to be a camp isolated in Ontario Wilderness with our very own lake. Our site is the foundation to which we build our remarkable experiences.
3. Our Values
Character, Skills and Social Growth are simply the tip of the iceberg. At Can-Aqua we carve out the importance of cooperation, compromise, consideration and caring. Camp is more then just about having fun...although we do have a lions share of that too!
More details about accommodations: Camp Can-Aqua is proud of our "5 Star Rustic" accommodations. Living is simple but very effective. Our cabin loops are basic, but comfortable and provide ample light to ensure kids feel safe and secure.
Are meals provided? Yes
Is Camp Can-Aqua technology free? Yes
Camp Can-Aqua strives to be technology free in camp. We ask that cell phones, computers and head phones be left at home as we feel they serve to remove campers from participating.
More details about property: Camp Can-Aqua is safe and comfortable, while remaining rustic and traditional.
Cost: $2,100 to $2,275 /2 weeks
|Deposit required with acceptance||Yes|
|Credit card payment||Yes|
|Maximum installments available||6|
|Discount if paid early||$100|
|Discount for 2nd child||$80|
|Discount for 3rd child||$120|
|Discount for 4th child||$200|
Scholarships & awards:
Total annual scholarship fund: $20,000 CAD
|Location||Address||Pick up||Drop off|
|Oakville Place Mall||232–298 Leighland Ave, Oakville, Ontario||Not provided||Not provided|
|Shops At Steels||2900 Steeles Ave E, Thornhill, ON L3T 4X1||Not provided||Not provided|
|Location||Address||Pick up||Drop off|
|Algonquin College - Parking Lot #9||1385 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa||Not provided||Not provided|
At Camp Can-Aqua we are excited to announce a new addition to our program pallett!
A summer camp that prides itself on the instructional opportunities and creative challenges offered, 2015 will see the introduction of a lego program. With over 125,000 pieces of lego, this summer not only will kids be able to take advantage of all the water sports, creative arts and land activities, but the builders in the crowd will get to dive right in to a mountain of lego!
Let the creating begin!!!
Just a quick note to thank you for the amazing time my son, Shawn, had at your camp over the last couple of weeks. As he explained to me it was even more fun than he ever imagined that it would be. Although he has only been home for a few days, I have already noticed a marked improvement in his self-esteem and I know I have your program to thank for that. Thanks again for your commitment to making sure kids thrive and grow at your wonderful, fulfilling camp. I will see you next summer. Best Regards, Rachelle
Dear Can-Aqua Staff, I really enjoyed my stay at Camp. I tried so many new things that I never thought I would ever get to do. I really enjoyed my cabin mates. I am really glad I had those campers in my cabin, they were super awesome! The activities that I enjoyed most were water skiing, snorkel, gletch, and board surfing, but mostly knee boarding. The food was so awesome! I am very picky...I only like certain foods. But the food was so good and I ate every meal without disliking one piece of food! My parents really liked my gletch projects, and I am going to try to find the supplies so I can make my own gletch projects whenever I want. The evening program that I enjoyed the most was capture the flag, it was super fun. It wasnt like at home where you play the game with like 7 people. At camp its fun playing it with tons of people, plus you have then entire camp to run around while playing the game. When my cabin the Swallows went to cookout with the Robins we enjoyed eating hotdogs, and roasting marshmallows. Thanks for a fun week at Camp Can-Aqua! I hope to come next year! =] Hailey
I hope you know how grateful I am for Camp Can-Aqua! Each year I make new best friends and great memories. I come home with new knowledge in multiple activities and a huge smile on my face! Lacey
Good Afternoon, I wanted to drop a quick not to say THANK YOU for an amazing weekend. William and I had a great time and even as we pulled out of the parking lot he talked about how he wants to come back next year. During dinner on Sunday night he made me catch him with his elbows on the table and before bed we sang âLet Me See Your Boogalooâ. However my wife really didnât understand why he was standing on the chair at dinner saying sorry. It was the perfect weekend for a 5 year old. He was able to experience what life as a camper would be like including the best activity, campfire. You have an fantastic staff, full of energy, caring, committed and wanting to have fun, if who we met this weekend are any indication of what the rest of the summer staff are like, summer of 2011 will be great! Again thank you for a great weekend, have an amazing summer and I hope to see all of you again next June for Family Weekend. Sincerely, Neil
Hi Guys, I just wanted to tell you how much fun we had at Family Camp. A new family tradition was born this past weekend. We had fun and saw our kids in a new light. Thank you to you for taking on a huge challenge in running the camp and thank you to your amazing counselors that made us all feel welcome and even a little young again like camp days were just yesterday. I've known for a long time that camp is a must for our kids. See you in third session and next year at family camp again. Bianca
Dear Can-Aqua, On behalf of my niece and nephew Emma and Jack, I would like to thank you and your staff for an amazing introduction to the wonderful world of Camp Can-Aqua. We all had a great time. Special thanks to Al who stayed longer than scheduled at woodworking, and let us squeeze in a quick project at the last minute. The second and third helpings of taffy on snow were also a hit! Our counsellor Emily was a great host and made us feel right at home. When I asked the kids what they liked the best, they said âArchery and canoeingâ. When I asked what they liked the least, they said âleaving at the end of the weekendâ. All in all a great success! Thanks, Keith
The year I got my Wholly Rollers III, I was a senior camper. It was my best summer at camp as a child and was the year I realized that camp would hold an important connection with me for the rest of my life. That summer, I earned a coveted award for being able to roll a kayak three times in a row on both sides of the boat. I also navigated my first big outtrip and after weeks of swimming lengths in the lake, I failed my Bronze Medallion. While the highlights of my time make it easy to explain that particular summer, it wasn't the things I did that made such a mark. Now, almost 20 years later, I remember the summer I was 13 like it was yesterday. It was the year that my counsellor Boyd, taught me about the person I wanted to be. This single lesson summarized in my mind, the true value of the camp experience. Never before in my life had I felt as secure and confident as those two weeks I lived with seven other boys and the coolest counsellor at camp. Our cabin was proud to boast that we were Boyds Kids only hours after we first arrived. He managed to earn our trust and loyalty by the end of the first day. We were ready to do anything for him, and somehow we knew he'd do no less for us in return. There were so many things I admired about him; characteristics I never forgot as I grew up. Boyd listened to us. I remember thinking then as I still do now, that often adults donÂ't listen! Perhaps it's because the issues of youth seem simple to grownups who have experiencedÂ those same emotions hundreds of times since they were kids themselves. Perhaps that repetition makes the topics now seem boring. Boyd never dismissed us. Not only did he listen, but he took the time to get to know us as a cabin. Our likes and dislikes, fears and interests. He also never missed a chance to introduce us to other staff and campers as we travelled throughout camp. I always felt important when I was with him and always felt part of whatever was going on. In watching over me while I was at camp, Boyd taught me the value of inclusion. Just as it did with me, being inclusive makes everyone feel important and part of the group. Even though it was my best summer, the session wasn't all easy for me. In the senior cabin beside me, there was a kid that I didn't get along with. He was loud and obnoxious, your typical bully. He would often try to single me out or embarrass me, which became a real obstacle in my time. A week into camp, I told Boyd about my problem. By then I was certain I could trust him, exposing my insecurity and frustration, I believed he would have an answer. After listening to my problem, he thought for a moment, then offered simply three points: don't ignore it, don't be embarrassed by it and don't worry about it. That simple advice made me feel better and in the end, to my surprise, he was right. Later that night he put us together in an activity where we had to work together. In helping me through my problem Boyd taught me that when you are up front and honest about how you feel, anything is easy to overcome when you have the support of someone you trust and believe in. I have endless tales to tell of my 13th summer of life. As time moves forward and my experiences become more vast, never do those memories fade, not even a little. They reside in me with such strength. While I know that those memories have changed slightly over time, and my counsellor, whom I remember to be perfect, is probably not so perfect in reality, the lessons he taught me about the person he was have stayed with me. They have shaped me into the person that I am today. While I never profess to be perfect, I'm proud of the person I am. Not a day goes by that I am not grateful for those opportunities I had as a child; to be at camp, to learn outside and to grow. Those short summer weeks when I was encouraged to take risks, to challenge myself, to overcome fear and to learn how to trust. How fortunate I am that now, as an adult, my job gives me the opportunity to provide meaningful memories, like the ones I had, to hundreds of campers each summer.
Dear Can-Aqua Staff, I have been thinking of writing to you many times since Alana has been home from your camp. I called you once and left a message so I hope this letter will be able to express to you in words how I feel. For starters, as a mom, I am forever grateful for your camp. When my daughter came home, she was like a reborn person. She expressed to me her desire to change and become a better, kinder, nicer daughter. I was shocked at first with this newfound positive side. She stated such things as "I'm going to be more responsible with respect to school, helping out around here and how I relate to others." I cried happy tears when she shared this with me. I truly believe she had an amazing transformation because of the magic at your camp. She has talked on and on about how fantastic everyone and everything is at Can-Aqua. She's stated camp is where she wants to be more than any other place in the world. She has made very close friendships that are continuing as we speak. When I asked what happened to her over the 4 weeks to help her change in such a positive manner she pointed to many things such as: time to reflect on self, becoming one with nature, relating to others in such close groups, being responsible for self and others and the list goes on. I could go on and on too but I think you get the picture am painting. Words will never be able to express the gratitude I feel for what you and everyone else at Can-Aqua did for my wonderful daughter. I thank you for including her, giving her a chance to belong and become confident and responsible, helping her with character development and showing her that there is a wonderful side of life full of love for self and others. Truly, Mary Lou - Mary Lou
Just wanted to thank you and everyone for making the past two weeks the best two weeks for my boys, Mackenzie and Madison. Michael and I heard story after story yesterday on the way home and all afternoon until bed last night (which came very early). As I tucked Mackenzie into bed he said “I miss camp already” and that was only hours after leaving. It was also very reassuring to find out that as I was counting the “sleeps” until the coming home day… the boys were not!!! The opportunities you have provided for my children are soooo wonderful. I can’t talk about Can-Aqua enough to friends and others that I meet in my day to day activities. Mackenzie and Madison are definitely returning next year. Madison has a goal to be a counsellor for Can-Aqua and I imagine Mackenzie will follow in his footsteps. Thank You Thank You Patti & Michael
Just a quick note to thank you for the amazing time my son, Shawn, had at your camp over the last couple of weeks. As he explained to me it was even more fun than he ever imagined that it would be. Although he has only been home for a few days, I have already noticed a marked improvement in his self-esteem and I know I have your program to thank for that. Thanks again for your commitment to making sure kids thrive and grow at your wonderful, fulfilling camp. Iâll see you next summer. Best Regards, Rachelle
After two months of having been at the camp for summer, I wanted to thank you for the great experience that I lived at Can-Aqua. Today here in Mexico we are celebrating and we are having fun… but not so much fun as I had it at the camp. With Love, Luis
Six years ago, I got home from my very first 2 weeks at camp and I was already sure I would want to come back. I did of course come back the next year and I had even more fun than the year before. The same thing happened the year after that. I had so much fun in fact, that I decided those 2 weeks were just too short, so I returned for a month and went on my first canoe trip. That year changed my mind about camp completely. Not only was camp a fun place to be, it was the best place in the world to spend a summer. After that month I didn’t want to leave. So the next year, I came for 8 weeks too and had an amazing summer! That school year passed so slowly, just waiting for camp to finally start. Finally, summer arrived and time seemed to fly by. The fun of activities, swim team and evening programs distracted from the fact that the time we had left wasn’t going to last forever. August brought change however, because I was finally an LIT. I learned a lot about teamwork, perseverance and achieving goals. The LIT program was a lot of fun but it taught us all about the responsibility that comes with working at camp, and I think all of our perspectives have changed. From now on my role at camp has shifted from having fun for myself, to making camp fun for others. Instead I will now sign up to teach lesson plans, earn instructor awards, and make friends with all my cabins. I already miss camp ridiculously. I can’t wait for the first mailing, and I have already started a countdown (306 days) Sabrina
My name is “Ally”. I attended Camp Can-Aqua from 1997-2002. I wanted to get in contact to inform you about the impact your camp has had on me. Every summer I wish I was a kid again and I could go back! I have so many great memories, and I would give anything to relive those times. I remember my first canoe trip - I never knew I could have so much fun with ten thousand mosquitoes in my tent . . . and I still sing the Can-Aqua song while passing the sign on highway 28 (although my family thinks I’m nuts). I learned so much at camp. I remember the first year of photography, with Ali …believe it or not, since then I’ve attained such an interest in photography that I’m actually starting a career in that area! Theme days were great. I remember Colour Wars, Olympics, and Club Med. Evening programs were always looked forward to and of course MAPLE SYRUP TAFFY!!! Can-Aqua maple syrup is actually one of the main food groups in my house! You are making such a difference in children’s lives everyday. There is not a summer that goes by I don’t wish I were at camp. O-O-O-OJIBWAY!! Thanks a million, I’ll be back when I have kids! Allyson
December 25, 2018
New in 2019!!! ~ Can-Aqua's woodworking studio has expanded.
We are so excited to be expanding upon our woodworking studio at Can-Aqua. Known for our dynamic program, we are so proud of what's in store... Read More
March 7, 2018
Camp Can-Aqua has big plans for 2018
Here at Can-Aqua we are thrilled to announce we have started construction on a new washroom house in main camp and two new shower houses!... Read More