Kids at Camp
Dec 26 - All YMCA Health Fitness & Aquatics Centres are temporarily closed due to the Provincial lockdown. All active memberships have been placed on hold for the duration of the lockdown. For complete info please read our Updates to Members.

Camp isn't just something to do when school's out — it's a life-changing experience! Flags are captured, friendships are forged, and somewhere in between, children discover themselves and adults rediscover fun!

Discover why there's no place like camp!

Overnight Camps

YMCA Wanakita in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands is YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington|Brantford's very popular four season Overnight Camp for children, youth, families, school groups and more. In addition to Overnight Camp, YMCA Wanakita offers Day Camp, Family Camp, Getaway Weekends and an Outdoor Centre. Find new friends, discover new experiences, and create new memories that last a lifetime. 

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Learn about Overnight Camps

Day Camps

May 22, 2020
Dear YMCA Day Campers...
With this week’s announcements that schools would remain closed for the balance of the school year, we know families need clarity on what our approach will be to YMCA Day Camps this summer.

Our number one priority in delivering camp programs has always been the health, safety and protection of our campers, staff and volunteers. Last week, we shared that we would need to adjust our original plan.

Based on the safety guidelines that will be required to deliver a safe day camp program, we have decided that we will be cancelling our planned YMCA Day Camp program this summer. Registered families will be refunded for the full balance of their YMCA Day Camp fees over the next four weeks.

We know that as our communities and local economies continue to re-open this summer, families will need our help.

We are examining opportunities to deliver an alternate summer program that can effectively incorporate public health measures to reduce the risk of virus spread, including physical distancing, smaller group sizes, daily health assessments with enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures.

Registration and more details about this alternate YMCA summer program will be announced once the Province is able to safely remove restrictions on day camps, and the YMCA is adequately prepared for opening. Preparations will include identifying locations, readying facilities, examining possible timing of program, hiring and training of staff, and implementing any site-specific modifications. Registration for any alternate YMCA summer programs will be shared via our YMCA website and our social media channels later next month.

We know how much children look forward to their summer camp experience and how important this support is to families. We appreciate your understanding as we make these changes and we will share information about revised summer program plans with families as soon as they are finalized.


Nicki Glowacki
Chief Operating Officer

Tons of Summer Fun for Kids Aged 4 - 13

Keep your kids active and happy this summer while helping them grow and learn!
YMCA Summer Day Camps offer kids age 4-13 fun-filled days of activities like swimming, arts and crafts, sports, and games.
Watch their confidence grow as they make new friends, have fun and develop lifelong skills.

2019 Tax Receipts will not be issued to families; however, you can sign into your CampBrain account and print off your invoice. If you received Regional Subsidy, YMCA Strong Kids Financial Assistance or your child was registered in Helping Hands for camp 2019, please contact the Hamilton Downtown Family YMCA by phone at 905-317-4929 or by email at to receive your invoice.
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Leadership Camps

Leadership Development gives young people a solid foundation for delivering all types of camp programming while learning how to support others. Many campers grow up to be part of the YMCA staff team, and our Leadership Development program is designed to help them reach this goal.

Learn about Leadership Camps

Outdoor Education

YMCA Wanakita works with schools and special interest groups to provide Outdoor Education programs.  Whether you would like to join us for one, two, or even five days, we have opportunities for your group to connect with each other and the natural environment around them. Learn more at

Learn about Outdoor Education

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Summer 2020 Guide

Find full program details in the YMCA Day Camps Summer 2020 guide.