Family campers
YMCA Wanakita’s unique Family Camp program has set the standard for family camps throughout
the province. More than just a great family vacation, YMCA Wanakita Family Camp is where you can develop and strengthen relationships with family and friends while building meaningful memories together.

We offer nine weeks of Family Camp in the summer. Families arrive on Sunday at midday and depart midday the following Saturday.

We also offer year-round family camp getaways! (New Years, Family Day Weekend, March Break, Mother-Daughter Weekend and Spring Family Weekend) Click here for more information.


Designed with all members of the family in mind. Each day is filled with activities and opportunities for family members to play independently and together. Our staff are well trained in age-appropriate programming, ensuring that campers of all ages enjoy their time at YMCA Wanakita. All programs are optional, giving families the opportunity to choose whether they would like to
participate in programs or relax on the beach.


Family Camp operates on Wanakita East separate from the Kids Overnight and Day Camp. (Week 9, the final week of the summer, Family Camp takes over the entire camp!) Family Campers enjoy an outstanding sandy waterfront with docks for various waterfront activities, fields, courts, and wooded areas for all land based programs, buildings for indoor activities, and access to fire pits and various other communal outdoor spaces.

Each family occupies their own rustic wood cabin outfitted with single and bunk beds, shelving units, and electricity. Cabins are located moments away from centralized bathrooms with showers.

Family campers share meals together in our community dining hall, where YMCA Wanakita prides itself on healthy and delicious food. Our Food Services department is able to accommodate most dietary needs.


Family Camp activities include many of Wanakita's traditional camp activities, including:

  • Archery
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Boardsailing
  • Canoeing
  • Dance
  • Environmental and Wilderness Activities
  • High & Low Ropes
  • Kayaking
  • Kids' Corner (3-5 years)
  • Music
  • Overnight Canoe Trip on Koshlong Lake (as a family or just for the kids)
  • Performing Arts
  • Sailing
  • Sports
  • Swimming
  • Yoga


Returning families can secure their week during our pre-booking period until October 31. General registration opens on November 15. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. We encourage you to register early to avoid disappointment. 

Family Camp Dates 2020
If programs are full and you would like to be added to a wait list, please contact



Week 1 July 5 - 11, 2020
Week 2 July 12 - 18, 2020
Week 3 July 19 - 25, 2020
Week 4 July 26 - August 1, 2020
Week 5 August 2 - 8, 2020
Week 6 August 9 - 15, 2020
Week 7 August 16 - 22, 2020
Week 8 August 23 - 29, 2020 
Week 9 August 30  - September 5, 2020

Family Camp Rates


(Subject to 13% HST)
Adult (17+) $ 630
Youth (10-16) $ 460
Child (3-9) $ 430
Under 3 Years Free

In order to receive a full refund (less the 15% non-refundable deposit), Summer Family Campers must cancel by APRIL 30, 2020. Refunds will not be given after this time unless for exceptional reasons (medical, or emergency family situation). All refund requests must be made in writing.

At YMCA Wanakita we are limited by our program and our site, making it difficult to accommodate additional people. If you are hoping to have family members or friends join you for a portion of your time at camp, it is necessary that you communicate this to the camp office prior to your arrival. To ensure the safety of all participants, YMCA Wanakita must know who is on site at all times. Also note that when visitors or guests arrive at YMCA Wanakita they must check in at the main longhouse office at the main entrance of camp, as well as at the Family Camp Office. Please note: Guest fees are charged at full price, regardless of the time spent at camp, unless your guest is staying for 48 hours or less. Contact the Family Camp Director for day rates.
Multiple Weeks
In an effort to ensure the opportunity for as many families as possible to enjoy YMCA Wanakita's Summer Family Camp program, registration in only one week of Family Camp per family will be allowed prior to January 1st of each year. After January 1, registration in a second week of Family Camp will be welcomed, pending availability. Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate families on Wanakita property during changeover periods between consecutive weeks of Family Camp.

To register with a paper form, click here