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Outdoor Ed at HurontarioSpring/Fall

• School Groups
• Team building programs
• Planning retreats
• Naturalist groups
• Weddings
• Family occasions
• Art groups

Background

Spectactularly located on the islands of Georgian Bay since 1947, Camp Hurontario’s unique small group philosophy and non-competitive atmosphere has long built self confidence, strong team skills and lasting friendships. Hurontario’s outdoor program can be customized to suit all age groups and curriculum needs. Week long or weekend programs start in May and continue until mid June and also run from late Augsust until Thanksgiving. The spring and fall program can accommodate up to 100 students. Over 300 acres of islands and mainland properties provide a uniques and extensive natural setting for outdoor activities. The camp’s location is just a two hour drive north of Toronto.

Water Sports

With many kilometers of private shoreline and access to the Thirty Thousand Islands of Georgian Bay, Camp Hurontario is an ideal location for developing canoeing, kayaking and sea kayaking skills. With shallow water beaches and sheltered bays, it is fun and easy to teach basic canoeing and kayaking skills. Once students feel comfortable with the fundamentals, they can head out for cook outs and overnights on one of the camp’s private islands.

Nature Study

Hurontario’s emphasis is on appreciation of the natural environment. Examples of our nature study activities include turtle tracking and underwater biology with masks and snorkels. The camp has even banded birds and butterflies and is equipped with a parabolic microphone to listen closely to the sounds of the wilderness. The camp has many inland lakes, beaver dams, and swamps. A large Great Blue Heron rookery is nearby. Many graduate students have come to Hurontario to research rare species that can be found in the area.

Art Program

Hurontario has a long history of landscape artists at the camp. Many including A.Y. Jackson, have come to the camp for the classic Ontario scenery that made the Group of Seven famous. Students have the choice of charcoal sketching, watercolours, oils, and acrylics. Aspiring artists can search by canoe for the perfect vista and then ser up for the afternoon following a shoreline lunch.

Additional Activities

Camp Hurontario’s dining hall not only serves up great food, but provides the ideal setting for ice breaking games and theme meals. Our newly renovated recreation hall can comfortably accommodate leadership and group development programs. A piano, guitars, and other musical instruments in combination with ping pong, shuffleboard and fussball are sure to provide relaxed opportunities to mix socially.

High Adventure Challenge Program

Other exciting aspects of our outdoor education program include our rockclimbing wall, free climbing, ropes course, high element and 250′ zip line. These challenges are perfect for working on both team building skills and individual accomplishments.

Archery Range

The camp is well equipped with traditional and compound bows. The range can be adjusted for the experienced archer as well as those new to the sport to insure that everyone gets a bullseye!

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