There’s no such thing as a typical day
at Camp Big Canoe!

… BUT, we want to give you an idea of what to expect, if there ever was one! Along with our general structure listed below, we have Camp Wide Activities that complete the essence of our awesome programming.


A friendly, creative wake-up provided by members of the staff to get everyone ready for the day ahead.

Polar Bear Swim/Voyageur/Morning Activity

Everyone heads down to the waterfront to enjoy a dip in the water, a quick paddle on the lake or a game on the beach.

Morning Watch

Gathering as a camp, the Rediscovery leader sets the day’s theme through activities, song, or stories. The Prayer of Four Directions is recited.


Daily Rotations

In their units, campers participate in the four periods of regular daily programs such as canoeing, kayaking, swimming, crafts, sports & games, music & drama, arts and low ropes. Three of these rotations are right after breakfast, the last one is after rest hour.

Individual Interest Commercials

Just prior to lunch, campers are given a glimpse into the various I.I. (Individual Interest) activities on offer that day. Campers can sign up at lunch for their favourite activity.


Rest Hour

Campers return to their tentlines to clean-up, rest, and relax.

Individual Interest

A Camp Big Canoe specialty! Staff get together to create unique programs each day and campers get to pick which one they want to do. Often a highlight of the day, and very hard to describe some of the activities that arise in this time – you just have to be there!


Campers are given the opportunity to sign up for a Stream at different times throughout the session. Streams last three or four consecutive days and allow campers to work on larger projects or earn certifications.

Free Time

Campers can take a dip, go for a canoe ride, work on their kayaking skills, head into the craft cabin to work on a craft of their choosing or join in the game taking place on the beach. This hour is theirs to choose – just make sure you tell your counsellor!


Community Duties

In their units, campers do their part to keep camp clean and safe for all. We take great pride in our site!


A closing to the day’s theme through activities, songs, and skits; an opportunity for reflection on the day that passed and the days ahead.

Evening Program

A camp wide game, a campfire, or Cheese House – the entire camp gets together for a great evening of fun.


Bed Time/Senior Program

For our younger campers it is off to bed; for our older units, Skills, and LITs, it’s an opportunity to participate in planned programs designed specifically for them.

Bed Time

Sleep well friends, tomorrow is going to be awesome. Again.