At Cedar Ridge Camp, girls and boys get outside and active through participation in canoeing, high ropes, horseback riding, rock climbing, tubing, swimming and sports. We emphasize personal development and living together comfortably in an outdoor environment. Cedar Ridge campers develop self-confidence and independence while creating relationships that last a lifetime. Our spectacular site, facilities, and staff combine to create an exceptional camping experience.
The 2020/21 Experience at Cedar Ridge Camp
I hope everyone is keeping well. Most of the leaves have now fallen, the docks and boats are now packed away as we close camp for the season. It was definitely a different year, but this season allowed time to upgrade the site, relax and enjoy some amazing time with our Cedar Ridge family. Since the beginning of COVID we have taken the approach of finding a silver lining in everyday to come out of this stronger and better than ever. Although we certainly enjoyed the quiet and peacefulness of camp this year, we definitely missed the excitement and electricity from all of our summer campers. It is our hope that we will see you all back at camp soon.
We just wanted to send out a quick update on our current status here at camp. This time has allowed us the opportunity to make significant updates to the Cedar Ridge site, which we know you and the campers will enjoy. This season we were able to: install a new bouldering wall at climbing, remodel all of our Lakeview cabins, renovate the Shady Lane shower house and build an extensive network of biking /hiking trails. Most importantly we have also instituted improvements to our health protocols, expand our hand washing and sanitation.
The OCA (Ontario Camping Association) has assembled a task force that is currently working with health officials to create a plan to resume the operations of summer camps. As soon as Cedar Ridge along with government authorities deem it is safe, we will be ready to re-open to accommodate our campers.View recent COVID-19 updates from Cedar Ridge Camp
Cedar Ridge is unique in that it’s a relatively young camp—its inagural summer was in 2007—yet designed to offer a wholly traditional, time-worn camp experience. The founders gained a love for what camp can do, as well as the traditions, while campers and staff at Camp Mazinaw and Kilcoo Camp. The creation of Cedar Ridge was, in truth, a labour of love, and that labour has been rewarded. The days are active, covering all of the basics from canoeing and swimming, to horseback riding. If it’s a bit of a time capsule, it’s nevertheless one in all the right ways—in emulating the traditional camp experience, founders Peter Ruys de Perez and Grayson Burke wanted to create a space where young people can work together in order to stretch themselves, discover their talents, and build resiliency. Rightly, it's about environment and culture as much as it is activities and learning, and that’s why families turn to Cedar Ridge. It's also why the camp has gained an impressive reputation in a relatively short space of time.
Grayson Burke, Camp Director
Hello Campers and Parents, My name is Grayson Burke and I am proud to be the Director of Cedar Ridge Camp. In 2005, Cedar Ridge was founded by Peter Ruys de Perez, who wanted to create a camp where children could develop both life and outdoor skills, while making new friendships and memories. Having grown up as a camper at Camp Mazinaw in Bon Echo Park, Peter understands the value and impact that camp can have on a child’s life and is committed to making this this experience possible for others. Cedar Ridge truly has a family feel, as almost all of our staff has grown up here as campers and Leaders in Training. I have always felt that camp is a great place to get away from the city and connect with the natural environment, all while learning a variety of new outdoor skills. At Cedar Ridge we focus on skill development in areas such as canoeing, swimming, horseback riding and climbing. Since 2005, it’s been a pleasure to watch the Cedar Ridge community grow and I look forward to another amazing summer in 2020. If you have any questions about the camp, please don’t hesitate to contact us anytime.
Are meals provided? Yes
Is Cedar Ridge Camp technology free? Yes
We strongly believe that camp is a great place for a digital detox.
Cost: $900 to $1,100 /week
|Deposit required with acceptance||Yes|
|Credit card payment||Yes|
|Maximum installments available||6|
|Discount if paid early||$100|
|Discount for 2nd child||10%|
|Discount for 3rd child||15%|
|Discount for 4th child||20%|
|Location||Address||Pick up||Drop off|
|Toronto||148 Wilson Ave, Toronto||9:00 am||1:00 pm|
|Location||Address||Pick up||Drop off|
|Ottawa||1000 Palladium Dr. Ottawa||9:00 am||2:30 pm|
|Location||Address||Pick up||Drop off|
|Pearson Airport (Toronto)||6301 Silver Dart Dr, Toronto||Not provided||Not provided|
International Campers – You’re Always Welcome in Canada
Imagine you’re 12-years-old, you just finished school for the summer, and you’re about to go on an adventure: you’re headed to summer camp. Now imagine you live outside of Canada. So, you pack your bags, say “au revoir,” “adios,” or “Zài jiàn” to your parents, and you hop on a flight. Waiting at the arrivals gate, an enthusiastic – sometimes too enthusiastic – counsellor holds up a sign with your name on it and you embark on a summer full of fun, friendship, and lifelong memories.
For a growing number of international campers, this is a familiar story – a routine they excitedly anticipate every year. Thousands travel here from all over the world, speaking an array of languages, practicing a range of religions, and coming from a variety of cultures. And regardless of these differences, whether they’re from Lebanon, China, or just down the road, summer camp unites them all.
While certain countries talk about closing borders, Canadian summer camps await international campers with open arms. As they settle into their cabins, find their bunks, and meet friends old and new, they all find a shared home right here. These are places where kids are free to be kids, whatever their backgrounds.
International parents see how valuable this experience can be for their children, giving them a way to connect with the incredible Canadian wilderness, a chance to forge different relationships, and an opportunity to develop their English. In fact, some kids that arrive not knowing a word of English end the summer carrying out all manner of conversations. Similarly, local parents often request that their child bunk with international kids to expose them to new cultures and foster learning opportunities.
Of course, in canoes, on swim docks, atop rock walls, and across soccer fields, everyone speaks the same language: camp. They communicate through laughter, smiles, and in-jokes. They’re all in it together.
So, why does this work at camp? Camp is – and always has been – a safe-haven for children. It’s a place designed to bring people together and bring out the best in all of them. Here, they can learn and grow, free from judgement in an environment where diversity is celebrated and individuality is encouraged.
A camp’s culture may start with its staff and its traditions, but every year it is bolstered, enhanced, and redefined by the people that call it “home” – even if only for a couple of weeks. No matter where children come from, the languages they speak, or the customs they keep, they’re all in this together – they’re all summer campers.
Cedar Ridge campers participate in a full range of activities including canoeing, rock climbing, horseback riding, kayaking, archery, sailing, arts and crafts, woodcraft, swimming, and a wide variety of sports. Campers are encouraged to try every activity on a rotational basis, and lessons are catered to interest and skill level. Our location also offers excellent opportunities for more adventurous forms of recreation such as mountain biking, white water canoeing, and climbing/hiking expeditions. Each camper gets to experience an overnight camping trip guided by experienced and qualified staff members. Trips range from 1 to 6 nights depending on age. In addition, there are many special events such as camp games, regattas, and talent nights.
Cedar Ridge Camp is located 28 km east of Bancroft, Ontario, close to the Little Mississippi, York and Madawaska rivers, while only 30 minutes from Algonquin Park. The site is a secluded bay with 3400 feet of beautiful beach shoreline on 150 acres of private terrain bordered by a 900-acre parcel of crown land. The private setting is an ideal environment for Canadian camp living and activities. Our site's diverse landscape offers opportunities for canoeing, climbing,swimming, biking and hiking. Cedar Ridge opened in 2007 as a traditional summer camp for boys and girls ages 6 -16 emphasizing personal development and team building skills. Our professional staff communicate these values through active participation in various outdoor activities.