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Wanakita is the place to have the time of your life.

Located on 1,000 pine-scented acres on Koshlong Lake in Haliburton, Ontario, YMCA Wanakita is a year-round camping and outdoor education destination to discover at any age. For nearly seventy years, YMCA Wanakita has been delivering a traditional camp experience to children, youth and families.

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Year-Round Programs...

...for year-round adventures, learning and more.

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Explore Wanakita Programs

Summer Overnight Camp

YMCA Wanakita offers a variety of excellent summer overnight camp programs for children ages 7 - 16, with a balance of age-appropriate individual and group camp activities so every camper can participate to their full potential.

Summer Family Camp

We offer nine weeks of Family Camp in the summer. It's more than just a great family vacation - it's an opportunity to strengthen relationships and build meaningful memories.


Interested in getting away from the city? We offer year-round programs such as New Year's Family Camp, Women's Wellness Weekends, Mother-Daughter Weekends, and Volunteer Work Weekends. Bring your family and friends for a getaway at camp.

Retreats & Site Rentals

Whether you are looking for an environmentally-focused escape, a fun outdoor experience for your group, or a more structured leadership retreat, we will help customize your experience. 

Outdoor Education

YMCA Wanakita is an approved vendor, partnering with many school boards and post-secondary institutions to deliver curriculum-linked programming that meets OPHEA guidelines.

Land Acknowledgement

We wish to acknowledge that we are situated upon the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas. This land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, which was an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe to share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.

We further acknowledge that this land is also covered by the Between the Lakes Purchase, 1792, between the Crown and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

We also recognize the contributions of Metis, Inuit, and other Indigenous peoples have made, both in shaping and strengthening our communities, provinces and country as a whole.

This continues to be the home to many Indigenous Peoples from across Turtle Island, and we are grateful for the opportunity to work in this community on their territory.

As settlers we thank all the generations of people who have taken care of this land for thousands of years. We recognize that we must do more to learn about the rich history of this land so that we can better understand our roles as residents, neighbours, partners and caretakers.