Frequently Asked Questions

Q.What is the camp phone number?
A.Summer: 705.645.4963    Winter: 416.722.3625


Q.Where is Camp Big Canoe?
A.Summer – 1012 Sherwood Forest Road, Bracebridge, ON, P1L 1X3
Winter – PO Box 518, Port Perry, ON, L9L 1A5

Q.How do I get there?
A.Here are the directions to camp:

From the Toronto and west side of Toronto:

  1. Highway 400 north from Toronto to Barrie
  2. Highway 11 from Barrie towards Orillia, Gravenhurst and Bracebridge
  3. Take the 2nd exit to Bracebridge, which is Exit #37 Cedar Lane
  4. Turn right onto Cedar Lane towards Bracebridge
  5. Follow Cedar Lane for approximately 2 minutes, then turn right onto Fraserburg Road (County Road 14)
  6. Follow Fraserburg Road for 14.5 km
  7. Turn right onto Sherwood Forest Road
  8. Turn right into the Camp lane at 1012 Sherwood Forest Road

From the east side of Toronto:

  1. Highway 12 north from Whitby about 75 minutes to just north of Brechin
  2. Just north of Brechin turn right on County Road 169 to Washago, Gravenhurst
  3. After Washago, turn left onto Highway 11 north towards Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and Huntsville
  4. Take the 2nd exit to Bracebridge, which is Exit #37 Cedar Lane
  5. Turn right onto Cedar Lane towards Bracebridge
  6. Follow Cedar Lane for approximately 2 minutes, then turn right onto Fraserburg Road (County Road 14)
  7. Follow Fraserburg Road for 14.5 km
  8. Turn right onto Sherwood Forest Road
  9. Turn right into the Camp lane at 1012 Sherwood Forest Road

From North of Bracebridge:

  1. Coming south on Highway 11 take Taylor Road – turn right to Bracebridge
  2. At the round-about, follow it to Cedar Lane south
  3. Continue on Cedar Lane for about 2.3 km
  4. Turn left onto Fraserburg Road (County Road 14) – just seconds past the OPP station
  5. Follow Fraserburg Road for 14.5 km
  6. Turn right onto Sherwood Forest Rd
  7. Turn right into the Camp lane at 1012 Sherwood Forest Road

Q.When I am driving my child to and from camp, when can I drop off/pick up my child at camp?
A.  
See Below. Note that Outdoor Skills and LIT campers attend two sessions with a break in between.
Arrival day at camp:
Session 1
12:00-12:30 pm
Session 2 12:00-12:30 pm
Session 3a 4:00-4:30 pm
Session 3b 3:30-4:00 pm
Session 4 12:00-12:30 pm
PeeWee 3:30-4:00 pm
July Skills/LIT Same as Sessions 1+2
August Skills/LIT Same as Sessions 3a+4
Jaugust LIT Same as Sessions 2+3a
Departure day at camp:
Campers in ALL sessions are to be picked up between 9:30-10:00 am on departure day, if not travelling by camp bus (note: bus from camp is not available for Session 3a or PeeWee Camp).

Q.When my child is traveling by bus, where and when do I drop off/pick up my camper?
A.See below. Note that Outdoor Skills and LIT campers attend two sessions with a break in between.

New Hope United Church Vaughn Mills Mall – directions

1st day depart for camp from New Hope United
Session 1 10:00 am
Session 2 10:00 am
Session 3a 1:30 pm
Session 3b No bus to camp for Session 3b
Session 4 10:00 am
PeeWee No bus to camp for PeeWee Camp
July Skills/LIT Same as Sessions 1+2
August Skills/LIT Same as Sessions 3a+4
Jaugust LIT Same as Sessions 2+3a
Last day arrive back at New Hope United
Buses for ALL sessions will arrive at New Hope United Church in Vaughan between 12:00-12:30 pm (excluding Session 3a and PeeWee camp, for which there are no buses from camp)


Q.When is the health form due?
A.May 15 at the latest. If it’s late, we still need it.

Q.Why is the health form needed before my camper arrives?
A.The information you provide on the health form helps us plan meals, program and staff training… and helps us provide the full camp experience parents expect from us.

Q.Can I send a cell phone to camp with my child?
A.No! Camp Big Canoe offers your child an experience different from what they do at home. At home they do things that they ordinarily do…talking on their cell phones, texting, playing on their computers & tablets, playing video games, etc. At camp, they experience the extraordinary…wide open spaces, the natural beauty, campfires, swimming, canoeing, play, the list goes on.

Q.Can I call camp and talk to my child?
A.Please call camp and talk with one of the directing team about any of your concerns. If there is a need for your child to speak with you we will call you.

Q.Can I make requests that my child be in the same tent as another child?
A.Yes…talk with our registrar when registering your child.

Q.How many of the staff are former campers?
A.More than 75% of our staff members have been campers at Big Canoe and most of them have participated in our Outdoor Skills and Leaders-In-Training programs?

Q.What is the staff-to-camper ratio?
A.Our campers are assigned to a unit of up to 7 campers. Each unit has at least 2 staff assigned to it, so there is 1 staff member for every 3 campers. In addition to this we have a full staff of 37+ for up to 90 campers.

Q.What is the camp’s fee policy?
A.The registration form must be accompanied by a deposit of $250 per session and a postdated cheque for the balance dated no later than May 15. Prior to May 15, there is a $60 cancellation fee. After May 15, the $250.00 deposit is not returnable. In the case of withdrawal during camp on a physician’s order, two-thirds of the fee for the unexpired term will be refunded. No refund will be made for dismissals due to disciplinary action, late arrivals or early departures.

Q.Does the camp have an Early Bird savings?
A.Yes. A $100.00 discount applies if fully paid registration fee is received by November 15. For one week camps the Early Bird discount is $60.00. However, there is no Early Bird discount for Pee Wee camp. The early bird savings does not apply when registration includes a deposit cheque along with a postdated cheque.

Q.Does the camp have family discounts?
A.Yes. Your 1st child is full fee, a 2nd child receives a $200.00 discount; and a 3rd child receives a $400.00 discount. Additional children are full fee.

Q.Are there any applicable taxes charged?
A.13% HST is applicable on all fees including the camper fee and the bus fee.

Q.What health and safety regulations and standards must the camp meet?
A.Camp Big Canoe has annual inspections by the Ministry of Health and the Fire Marshall. Our pure water comes from a 690’ well, is filtered, goes through a UV lamp purification system and is tested daily. Water samples are tested off-site as required and our water distribution system meets the requirements of the Ministry of Environment.

Q.What affiliations or associations does the camp belong too? What standards does the camp meet?
A.We meet the United Church Camp Standards and the Ontario Camps Association Standards. We are also a member of the Ontario Recreational Canoeing & Kayaking Association.