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Wilvaken

241 chm. Willis
Magog, Quebec, J1X 3W2
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Wilvaken  

241 chm. Willis, Magog, Quebec, J1X 3W2

  • Type:
    Overnight camp
  • Focus:
    Traditional (multi activity)
  • Cost:
    $2,575/2 weeks
  • Ages:
    6 to 16
  • Gender:
    Coed
  • Main language:
    English, French
  • Capacity:
    100
  • Programs:
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  • Summary Profile

    About Wilvaken

    A third generation family-run camp est. 1958, Wilvaken offers a wide variety of free-choice activities in a bilingual setting. A daily balance between cabin group activities and individual choice allows each participant to create their own experience. Campers visit us from QC, ON, and internationally. We focus on building connection to our community and our natural surroundings. Be a part of Wilvaken this year - Where everyone knows your name!

    • Special needs: Not available
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community


    COVID-19 Response 

    For the 2022 season, we do not yet have all the government protocols. As we learn more about the government requirements, we will update this page and our registered families.

    What you can be certain of is:

    regular cleaning and disinfecting of communal areas and regular hand washing opportunities - mask wearing, as required

    We ask that all families have someone local (Quebec or Ontario) where their camper(s) can stay if there is a reason for them to leave camp for any medical purpose. This information will be requested on the registration platform.

    We highly recommend the vaccine for all those eligible, as it allows for better protected community-living. We also encourage our employees to be fully vaccinated.

    View recent COVID-19 updates from Wilvaken


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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Wilvaken currently has 3 programs available.

    Filter activities available:


    Name
    Type/Gender
    Specialty
    Location
    Date
    Bus
     Cost
    Email
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 6 - 8
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $1,100
    Magog, QC
    241 chm. Willis
    Jun 26-Jul 02Cost TBD
    Magog, QC
    241 chm. Willis
    Aug 07-13 $1,100
    Wilderness Skills|Guitar|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Papier-mache|Language Instruction|Nature/Environment|Archery|Badminton |Basketball|Soccer|Tennis|Volleyball|Disc Golf|Hiking|Ping Pong|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming|Waterskiing/Wakeboarding
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 8 - 16
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $2,575
    Magog, QC
    241 chm. Willis
    Jun 26-Jul 09Cost TBD
    Magog, QC
    241 chm. Willis
    Aug 07-20 $2,575
    Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Guitar|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Papier-mache|Language Instruction|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership Training|Nature/Environment|Bronze Cross|First-aid/lifesaving |Archery|Badminton |Basketball|Soccer|Tennis|Volleyball|Cycling|Disc Golf|Hiking|Ping Pong|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming|Waterskiing/Wakeboarding|Yoga
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 8 - 16
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $4,575
    Magog, QC
    241 chm. Willis
    Jun 26-Jul 23Cost TBD
    Magog, QC
    241 chm. Willis
    Jul 25-Aug 20$4,575
    Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Guitar|Theatre Arts|Arts & Crafts|Drawing|Painting|Papier-mache|Chess|Language Instruction|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership Training|Nature/Environment|Bronze Cross|First-aid/lifesaving |Archery|Badminton |Basketball|Soccer|Tennis|Volleyball|Cycling|Disc Golf|Hiking|Ping Pong|Board Sailing|Canoeing|Fishing|Kayaking/Sea Kayaking|Sailing/Marine Skills|Swimming|Waterskiing/Wakeboarding|Yoga



    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Deposit required with acceptance Yes

    Discounts

    Discount if paid early 5%
    Discount for 2nd child 5%
    Discount for 3rd child 10%
    Discount for 4th child 10%
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of Wilvaken

    our take

    Located in the Eastern Townships, Wilvaken offers a close-knit, traditional camp experience. Now directed by Lara Willis, the third generation of her family to head up the camp, it has had a long and very consistent leadership that remains true to the initial goals for the facility. When you arrive you feel that you’ve entered an ordered, welcoming, and safe environment, and indeed you have. Families are drawn to that, as well as the values that form the basis of the program. The camp maintains a bilingual environment, which is a draw as well, allowing campers to continue their language learning while experiencing different cultures. Days are active, and evenings quiet, calm, and centered around friendship, fellowship, and the core traditions of the camp, including a candle-lit walk on the second to final night of each session. It's fun, with all the skill-building and exercise that you should expect, though there's a bit of magic here, too.



    Editor's Review

    Three Things: Wilvaken

    Hear the three things that Our Kids’ editors see when they look at Wilvaken



    User reviews of Wilvaken  — Read all 6 reviews


    A truly inclusive experience
    Sophie (Parent)

    The kids are absolutely delighted with their experience, it’s amazing to see them with shining eyes like that! Thank you so much for everything and to your family whom make this possible for the kids. And thank you once again for being open minded and welcoming for Auguste. I couldn’t be happier for him to be able to live the same kind of experience as his siblings and other children. We feel very privileged that all of this was possible for him. We are very grateful! ... Read More

    Thank you from Spain
    Marta & Ignasi (Parent)

    Dear Lara, We wanted to write to you to thank you sincerely for all you have done for Marc and Jana throughout the past 4 weeks they were at Wilvaken. They came back home very very happy, with many great memories, having learned a lot and having made great friends. Thank you for all the hard work you all do at the camp. We are grateful to have the opportunity to send our kids with you for this great experience. Thank you and have a fantastic year ... Read More

    Thank you!
    Annie I. (Parent)

    We just want to thank you for another great camp experience at Wilvaken. Jake said it was his best time ever, and he even made a couple of new friends. Ryan came over yesterday to hang out! He's looking forward to next year. In any case, you continue to provide a warm and welcoming and fun experience for Jake and we are very grateful to you. All the best, hope the rest of your summer is great. Thank you so much, ... Read More

    Can I stay longer?
    Elin (Parent)

    Thanks so much! Sarah had a fabulous time and will be signing up for next year. I also wanted to thank you for running such an amazing camp! Sarah had never been to a camp longer than 4 nights before and so it was a big step to stay for 2 weeks. She came back with such amazing memories and what every parent wants to see - confidence and camaraderie with new and old friends. She really bonded with her roommates and counsellor and she loved the no cellphone policy! I wish she would stay for a month ... Read More

    Camp, beyond Covid
    Stefanie (Parent)

    We had to reach out. Addison has been home for less than 12 hours and has cried about a hundred times because of how “camp-sick” she is. In particular, she told us how much she loved her bunk mates and how she doesn't think she can sleep without Maya singing to her with her guitar. We just wanted to thank you for the warm environment and special experience you gave our daughter. She loved her time there and we are so grateful especially in the wake of Covid and the social restrictions that has imposed on children. ... Read More

    First time parent
    Sarah (Parent)

    Thank you for running such an amazing camp! My son, Matt (session J2), had the most amazing experience. He’s tried new activities, made some wonderful friends and improved his french. He seems a lot more independent too. A pity we only discovered the camp this year - Matt is 15 so he can’t attend again - he would have loved it in earlier years. You have a wonderful camp and Matt will treasure the memories ... Read More

  • Location & Site Details

    Address

    241 chm. Willis, Magog, Quebec, J1X 3W2, Canada



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    Accommodations

    Sleeping Accommodations

    • Cabins

    Amenities

    • Electricity in Sleeping Area

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Flush Toilets
    • Showers (indoor)

    More details about accommodations: Simple accommodations - 8 to 10 campers with a counsellor in every cabin - Bunk beds and storage drawers for each camper.

    Are meals provided? Yes

    Is Wilvaken technology free? Yes We live in an "unplugged" natural environment that helps our children reconnect with nature. Take advantage of the beauty and life experiences that surround you.



    Property Details

    Sports facilities

    • Archery Range
    • Basketball Court
    • Soccer Field
    • Tennis Court(s)

    Landscape

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

    More details about property: 100 acres of woodland and waterfront property! Wilvaken has maintained its natural environment so that campers feel, hear and live in the surrounding nature.



    Rentals & Services

    Offers outdoor education program for schools or corporate groups: Yes
    Spring time outdoor education programs include trail walks, archery, fire building, survival skills, canoeing and ecology. Explore the outdoors with your students in our camp setting! Wilvaken staff members run activities that are educational, with an emphasis on appreciating the great outdoors.


    Available for private rentals: Yes
    Wilvaken has hosted weddings, scout groups, university weekends away. When you rent, we guarantee that the site is reserved entirely for you. Fall and Spring rentals available.


    Associations

    Ontario Camps Association Associations
    Canadian Camping Association/ Association des camps du Canada Associations
    The Association des camps du Québec Associations


  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Lara Willis, Directors
    B.A social sciences, B. Ed

    Post-2021 update!

    After being closed in 2020, we were thrilled to see Wilvaken's woods and waterfront bursting with energy and excitement. Living simply, in the great outdoors was just what this pandemic called for. The summer was a success: from creating close-knit connections as campers bubbled-up with their bunk-mates, to discovering more activities than previous years, thanks to the activity rotation.

    Although this was a very different summer for us, the restrictions didn't limit the feeling of the Wilvy Spirit. In fact, it seemed that a year with limited interactions made for a whole new passion for being at camp. Not only did our returning campers say that they gained knowledge, skills, and connection, but our new campers felt right at home. Thank you to all who participated and believed in the ability and necessity of camp!

    Wilvaken is in its third generation as a family-owned camp. Started in 1958 by Dave's parents, the camp philosophy from the very beginning was to embrace the natural environment, while living in a small community. The opportunity to develop independence and nurture lifelong skills and friendships has always been a common theme in Wilvaken's approach to camp life.

    For 2022, we look forward to meeting new campers and hopefully welcoming our international community back to Wilvaken. We learned a lot in 2021, and can't wait to apply our new ideas and programs in 2022!

    We'll see you this summer!

    Lara



    In the News

    September 24, 2018
    Celebrating 60 years at Wilvaken!

    Now in its 3rd generation as a family run camp, Wilvaken celebrated its 60th anniversary this past September!... Read More

    May 2, 2016
    Exciting News!!

    Canadian Camping Association Award of Excellence... Read More

    December 1, 2015
    Lara Willis New Co-Director

    The new year will see a change in our administration - we are happy to announce that Lara Willis will be joining us as co-director... Read More



    Stories

    • Hear it from our staff

      I spent 11 summers on the shores of Lake Lovering. Three as a camper and eight as a counsellor. The days before the beginning of camp were always very exciting and never diminished during the many years I was at camp. Even today, 8 years, 10 months, 4 days and 13 hours after my official departure from the camp, each June I cannot stop thinking that another summer is beginning at Wilvaken. Even today 8 years later (and more), I reminisce with the same friends with whom I carried a garbage bag and a spatula for Talent Night!..(translated from French) - Marc, camper and staff

      It is a wonderful feeling to know that you are all sitting around the campfire this evening, to start off another Wilvaken summer. Wilvaken is such a magical place, a place where people from all over the world come together to enjoy the summer. Wilvaken is truly a home away from home. It is a friendly, comfortable, secure place with so many friendly smiling faces. Although I never had the opportunity to be a camper at Wilvaken, I was fortunate to be a staff member for a few summers. I have to admit that when I first arrived, I had no intention of staying for many summers. I remember telling Dave that I liked to experience new things and that I never stayed in one place for a long time. Well, 6 summers later, I reluctantly said goodbye to summers at Wilvaken. The magical, warm feeling of Wilvaken kept me coming back year after year. - Michele, staff

      “Being Italy's counsellor this past month has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I remember being a camper in Italy in 2012 and how much that summer meant to me and I never ever thought I could have another Italy experience that would compare to that summer. Yet here I am now, nearly 20 years old, and the girls I had the pleasure of spending the last weeks with have made me relive my most precious memories in this cabin.... Wilvaken has a habit of bringing the most incredible, kind, genuine people together and I'm thankful everyday I have this place to call home.” -Alicia, camper, CIT, staff

    • Hear it from our parents

      "I just wanted to say a big thank you from all of us. The boys had a phenomenal time at camp. The drive from Magog to Toronto was an almost non-stop recounting of camp activities, events and people. Both boys have been camping for several years but Paul and I don't remember this level of enthusiasm before. Our congratulations to you and your staff on an excellent job. When we asked the boys what the biggest difference was between Wilvaken and previous camp experiences, they said that it was the people connection. They loved the programmes and the riding especially but it was the sense that they got to know everyone and made good friends in a very short period of time. They are both eagerly talking about next summer." - First year parents of two campers (11 and 13)

      "We think very highly of Wilvaken. [My daughter] has enjoyed every moment at the Camp and has made some close friends that she remains in touch with and meets with when visiting Canada.

      Access to sailing, canoeing, water skiing and camping are all activities that I had a chance to do as a kid. As a proud Canadian living abroad, I was keen for [my daughter] to experience those same activities on a lake in Canada. Wilvaken came highly recommended and fit the bill." - Parent of a 15 year old camper

      "She enjoyed the children in her cabin as well as other children that she met through the various activities. [My daughter] really appreciated having the freedom to choose her activities. She enjoyed the size of the grounds as well as the number of campers. [My daughter] thrives in smaller communities and looks forward to returning next year. She enjoyed everything at camp. We are very likely to recommend Wilvaken."  - First year camp parent

      "My kids are thrilled with their camp experience. A 10 from both - they loved their time at Wilvaken and are already building the case to spend 1 month there next year!" - Parent of two campers (ages 10 and 13)

      "I was very impressed by the camp, the staff and the activities.  It is definitely a camp with a lot of spirit and camaraderie. My son went very unwilling at the beginning and left wanting to go back for 4 weeks and as he said, 'I had the time of my life.' " - Parent of first time camper (age 13)

    • Hear it from our campers

      “When I came here in 2010, I had no idea the kind of impact this place would have on my life. I truly have met my best friends here. Not only people who inspire and amuse me, but people who I'm 100% sure have changed me for the better. I know that I am a different person because of this place.... I've watched my [twin] sister come out of her shell in 2 weeks more than I ever have in her entire life. Wilvaken has also given me the confidence to leave and go out into the world with a different perspective. I don't know how Wilvaken managed to gather the most funny, kind, genuine and best people in the world, but I can definitely say that this place has changed me for the better and made me who I am today.” -Margaret, camper 2010-2016

      “I don't know how to capture what has happened to me over the course of five years at Wilvaken, but I know for sure that it is more than the sailing or the theme days, or anything else; it cannot be summed up by the word fun. I don't know just where I'm going, and I'm scared, but this place takes me away like no person or song ever will be able to, and I thank it for that.” - Henri, camper 2006-2010

      "HEY EVERYBODY! I had the best time at camp this year and I'm going to keep on coming back every year because I love Wilvy so much. It's fun being there with my best friends. When I first heard about Wilvaken from my friends, I was a little scared then I got there and it was like my second home. I can't wait till next year!" -Leigh, camper

      “My experience at this camp was amazing. It gave me the opportunity to make new friends from other countries and I'm still in contact with some. It also gave me the chance to experience new things and develop new skills. Being part of the India [cabin] boys is an honour and each member has taught me different aspects that might even change my life, some may apply outside of camp. In the cabin India, a bond was created between each camper. It's called brotherhood. From now on, I consider them as brothers, which I will never forget.” - Vandad, camper 2013-2016



    Frequently Asked Questions

    Does Wilvaken have good reviews?
    We've collected reviews from past attendees. Read 6 reviews of Wilvaken here.

    What types of programs does Wilvaken offer?
    Wilvaken runs: Traditional (multi activity) overnight camps. Browse the program calendar for rates and dates.

    What age does Wilvaken start?
    Wilvaken has programs for children aged 6 to 16.

    How much does is cost to attend Wilvaken?
    Fees to attend Wilvaken range from $2,575/2 weeks.

    Does Wilvaken offer support for children with special needs?
    Wilvaken does not offer support for children with special needs.

    Does Wilvaken offer busing?
    No, Wilvaken does not offer transportation.



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