Kids at Camp
At YMCA Wanakita, the health and safety of our campers, families, staff and volunteers is our top priority. We are responding to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) situation and have temporarily closed YMCA Wanakita and cancelled Spring programs. Read our Letter to Camp Families.

Monday, March 23rd - Like many others, our phone lines are currently experiencing connection issues. Our provider is aware of the issue. If you are trying to reach us and cannot connect, please keep trying.

At the YMCA, the health and safety of our participants, staff and families is our number one priority. We are responding to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) situation including the closures of YMCA Health, Fitness & Aquatics centres and YMCA Child Care Centres until April 5, 2020.  For the latest updates about cancellations and closures, please visit: Covid-19

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

Hello Camp Families,

We want to acknowledge that these are unusual times. We hope that you and your family are staying safe and taking the necessary precautions as recnded by public health. Although we have made adjustments to our current programming and facility closures, we remain hopeful and are continuing to prepare for our summer camp programs.

The health of our staff, volunteers, participants, and broader community members is our priority, therefore all summer camp registrations will only be available to be completed online via the camp registration portal starting March 23, 8:30am.

Families in receipt of Regional Subsidy are still able to register online and find the instructions for this process here.

For families registering with Helping Hands, Christina Wood will be following up with families about registration if you have not yet heard from her this week.

Please email any questions to We are not staffing the camp office as we regularly would, but are committed to responding to all emails and messages as soon as we can.

Admittedly, it feels strange to open camp registration during these unknown times, however we have made a commitment to our families to open next week and want to push forward with positivity as we plan to be here for you and your family in the future.


Jordan Bowker
Day Camp Manager

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.


PLEASE NOTE: Due to YMCA facility closures, Day Camp registrations will only be accepted online until we reopen our doors to the community. Learn about Day Camps

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

Find Camps Programs

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Summer 2020 Guide

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