There’s a special feeling at Kandalore that makes it easy to leave your regular life behind. Before long, your cabin feels like a second home and your new friends like members of the family!
After life in the city, Kandalore is a simpler, more peaceful place. Away from electronic gadgets, you see the world around you more clearly. Get to know yourself again.
You’ll leave Kandalore a different person than you arrived. More confident. More independent. With a bunch of new friends. And it’ll all happen while you’re having the time of your life.
At Kandalore nature surrounds you. If you listen carefully, you can hear the trees murmuring to one another and the birds sharing the day’s news.
Go ahead, try something you never thought you could do. There are dozens of activities at Kandalore. It’s a great feeling to realize you can do more than you ever dreamed. . .
At Kandalore, you’ll learn and practice new skills. It’s not always easy. Sometimes even a little scary. But it feels great when you do something that seemed impossible at first.
A dining hall lined with paddles and rocking with chants and songs. Regatta. Chapter. Just some of the traditions that Kandalore campers have been honouring for decades. It’s a great feeling knowing that people have been here before you, and will be here after you.
Guess what? You don’t have to be great at all of the activities at Kandalore. Our aim is to have all campers get involved, have a great time and to learn some new skills!
Kandalore camp counsellors are special people. They’ve been campers themselves, so they know how you want to be treated. They’ll support and teach you. Keep you safe. Help you be your best.
It’s amazing what you can achieve when you’ve got friends you can count on. At Kandalore you’ll learn to trust and support one another. The friends you make here will last a lifetime.
Centre Camp is the heart of Kandalore. It is the place where we start each morning and afternoon and the place we meet before setting off on many adventures!
A ceremony known as Chapter marks the end of each month-long session at Kandalore. Songs, stories, poems and more remind us of the time we have spent together. The flicker and roar of the giant bonfire on Fire Island creates a magical atmosphere.
Once the home and original site of the Canadian Canoe Museum – this building now makes up a great indoor program area for activities like Arts & Crafts, Leathercraft, Woodworking, Pottery, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking and Yoga. Our High Ropes course launches off of the second floor of the Museum. Designed as a hub of camper excitement and activity, the Museum is a cherished space at Kandalore. We have maintained the Museum feel and character of this building with a tribute to Kandalore’s rich history.
The camp meets at the beginning of every 2 week session for a Campfire which includes staff and campers performing songs, skits, poems, magic tricks, jokes and many other talents. Our opening campfires are a great way to get our campers into the camp spirit early in the session.
Ghost Island is just a short paddle away from camp, yet a whole new adventure! Our younger campers visit Ghost Island for their first overnight camping experience. The island is also a great place to play Capture the Flag and other games and activities.
One of the most popular free-time activities at Kandalore, we offer campers tips and tricks on how to best catch fish on Lake Kabakwa! Campers can bring their own fishing rods if they would like to, but we also have rods of all size to help campers explore the lake through fishing.
Kandalore offers three outdoor natural rock climbing sites on the south end of our beautiful property. We utilize these only for special events due to access however, they do provide amazing challenges for our campers on the natural landscape of Kandalore.
Kandalore has both flush toilets and compostable toilets. We have 6 washroom facilities dispersed around camp. Don’t be fooled by their wacky names like Arcade and Drop Zone. We also have a boys’ shower house (The Shaq) and a girls’ shower house (Veranda). All of our showers have individual stalls and changing rooms.
Our Senior Girls’ Cabins (ages 14-16) are located along the waterfront. They are 8-10 person cabins. The 10 person cabins have 2 staff which live in the cabin, whereas the 8 person cabins are camper only cabins where their staff live in a nearby accommodation.
The Trip Centre is located at the centre of Kandalore and it is always bustling with campers coming and going from canoe trip. Before departing on trip, campers visit the Trip Centre for preparation sessions and to get geared up for their adventure.
Bullseye! Campers at Kandalore over the age of 11 are able to sign up and learn how to shoot a bolt at crossbow. With state of the art bows, campers love working on their skills at this unique activity.
Our Prep Junior Girls’ Cabins (ages 6-11) are situated closest to centre camp and the dinning hall. They are ten person cabins with the counsellor accommodations attached right to the cabin.
Our Inter Girls’ Cabins (ages 12-13) are 10 person cabins with their counsellors’ accommodations right in the cabin. We organize our cabins based on campers’ age, requests and balance between first time and returning campers.
The office is one of the first buildings you will see as you come into Kandalore. Anyone who is entering or departing camp must check in and out with the office. Our camp office is a busy place and is the hub of communication at Kandalore.
Every couple of days, campers are able to purchase… and have some snacks. Parents set limits on campers’ purchasing ability and campers do not need to bring money to camp as items are charged to their account.
At Kandalore we believe that swimming skill development is a core activity for Canadian camps. With daily lessons taught by certified instructors and lifeguards, we encourage all campers to work……..for older campers to work on while they are at camp.
Chapter Island is a picturesque Island off of our waterfront that is bridged to the main land. Every tree on the Island was planted by our former director (Kirk Wipper). Campers who are interested in snorkeling, fishing and drama can often be found on Chapter Island and our beautiful Chapter Fire is held off of this Island at the end of every month session.
The Inter Boys’ Section (ages 12-13) is comprised of a mix between 8 person and 4 person cabins. The Inter Boys’ Section is always bustling and many of the boys can be found by the tether-ball court in the middle of the section.
The Prep Junior Boys’ Cabins (ages 6-11) are amongst our newest cabins at camp. The PJ section is a grouping of 6 cabins that form a little village. The cabins accommodate eight campers and the PJ Boy staff live in the cabins as well, with a boot room separating the two sleeping areas.
With unlimited imagination and a cleared field amongst the trees, the opportunity for sports of all kinds is endless at Kandalore. Campers enjoy classic sports like soccer, football, kick the boot and ultimate Frisbee but with different twists, challenges and fun adaptations. Our field is also a great space for large all-camp games and sectional activities
Kandalore roots and foundations are based in nature appreciation and we strive to teach our campers the skills they need to appreciate and be amongst nature. At Nature, we often hike into the woods and discover all the wonders that the Kandalore site has to offer – everything from frog catching, animal tracking to fire building.
Our Senior Boy campers (14-16) live on South Shore in four person cabins. They are given more independence at this age as their counsellors live in a separate cabin just across the path.
Basketball at Kandalore has long been a favourite activity of both our campers and staff. Our ¾ size court is placed in the woods by the Museum offering lots of shade and a natural courtside atmosphere that is hard to find anywhere else. Whether you are new to the sport or a seasoned ball player, Kandalore’s instructors will help you hone your skills and engage in the sport.
Just a short paddle away from camp, yet a place apart. Young campers visit Ghost Island for their first overnight camping experience. The Island is also a great place to play Capture the Flag and other games and activities.
For many years, canoeing has been the cornerstone of the Kandalore and Canadian camping experience. We pride ourselves on daily canoe lessons that not only prepare campers for their canoe trip, but help them fall in love with a long-standing tradition of paddling. We offer a graduated program guided by the ORCKA (Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association) where campers can work towards their provincial levels.
Kayaking offers a wide variety of skills that campers love to work on. Our fleet includes over 15 whitewater playboats equipped with paddles, skirts and nose plugs for campers working on their roll. Our kayak instructors have their ORCKA (Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association) certifications and can help campers work towards their provincially recognized levels. We offer in-house activity levels for campers working on their bracing and rolls as well.
Lake Kabakwa is a perfect place to learn, develop and advance your sailing skills. Our fleet consists of user friendly Pico Lasers and Laser boats that are ideal of learning. Our sailing staff are trained by professional sailors and have a passion for sharing knowledge with our campers.