For over 70 years...

For over 70 years, YMCA Wanakita has influenced young people to develop leadership skills and build independence and confidence through camping and outdoor education programs.

Generations of families have attended YMCA Wanakita. Many start as campers and eventually become staff and then family campers, bringing their own families. Programs encourage all participants to take on new challenges, develop leadership skills, make new friends, and appreciate the environment and outdoor life. What campers leave with are memories that last a lifetime, skills that influence their future, and an affinity for camp that is unparalleled to any other YMCA program.

The YMCA Wanakita Charter is a challenge that has been presented to campers of YMCA Wanakita's summer programs throughout it's history at the opening and closing campfire.

YMCA Wanakita Charter

We who have been before, challenge you who are the present, to make new friends, renew old friendships, experience new skills, discover and appreciate nature and outdoor life, to participate fully in all activities that are offered to you, and to create memories that last a lifetime. 

You are challenged to learn that YMCA Wanakita is not just the buildings, the land, and the lake, but the people. It is the people that become so much a part of us while we are here. 

Finally, we challenge you to keep your sense of fun and adventure, that no matter what your age, to be healthy in spirit, mind and body, and to make YMCA Wanakita what it really is… a place to have the time of your life. 

Our Site

  • A full kilometer of continuous shoreline and sandy beach along Koshlong Lake
  • 25 kilometers of secluded wooded trails for hiking, running, biking, snowshoeing and skiing
  • Over 3 kilometers of river for eco-education and exploration



  • Comfortable, rustic cabins with camper bunk beds and private quarters for leaders
  • Winterized cabins with interior toilet, sinks and shower
  • Centralized washroom and shower facilities

Meeting Facilities

We have small and large meeting spaces that can accommodate groups of all sizes.

  • Fenton Hall
  • Lakeview Lodge
  • The Drift Inn
  • The Core
  • Maple Leaf Foods Leadership Edge Hall

Charitable Mission

The YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington|Brantford is a charitable organization helping people achieve personal growth in spirit, mind and body.

As a branch of the YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington|Brantford, YMCA Wanakita shares the same Charitable Mission.


Creating a vibrant and healthy community where everyone belongs and has the opportunity to reach their full potential. 

Core Values

Belonging | Caring | Honesty | Respect | Responsibility

Contact Us

Mailing Address:

YMCA Wanakita
1883 Koshlong Lake Road
Haliburton, Ontario  K0M 1S0

Phone: 1-800-387-5081