Rising out of the forest, Camp Tamakwa is a “children’s village” — where campers live and play in a safe, creative, nurturing habitat — and where they are encouraged to do what they do best….be themselves.
Founded in 1936 by naturalist Lou Handler and celebrated canoeist Omer Stringer, Tamakwa is summer home to 250-300 boys and girls — ages 7 to 16 — and over 130 staff. Tamakwa campers are mostly Canadian and American with some campers coming from Mexico, Israel, England, France, Belgium, Italy, and Spain. Canadian campers are mostly from the Toronto area and Americans are mostly from the suburbs of Detroit, but also many are from New York, California, Illinois, Florida, and everywhere in between.
Tamakwa is in Algonquin Provincial Park — the jewel of Canadian parks — where the call of a loon or a foraging moose are part of daily life. 3,000 square miles of pristine forest and 2,000 crystal clear lakes make Algonquin a world renown camping paradise and the perfect setting for Tamakwa’s program of canoe tripping, water sports, land sports, creative arts & many other activities.
Tamakwa is known for its spirit, tradition, intimate size, family feeling, and a strong bond. That bond, together with warm memories, is what children take home from summer camp and keep all the days of their lives. And that magical bond? That’s Tamakwa.
Activities and Features
Accommodating Special Needs Attention Deficit Disorder Asthma Behavior Disorder Diabetes
Religious Emphasis Non Denominational
Outdoor Activities General Outdoors Climb and Rappel Ropes Course Hiking Rock Climbing
Performing Arts General Performing Arts Dance Drama Music
Competitive Events Competitive Events Intra Camp Competition Inter Camp Competition
Individual Sports General Individual Sports Archery Tennis
Team Sports General Team Sports Baseball Basketball Football Roller Hockey Soccer Softball Volleyball
Water Sports General Water Sports Instructional Swimming Recreational Swimming Competitive Swimming Canoeing Fishing Kayaking Sailing
Arts and Crafts General Arts and Crafts Ceramics Fabric Design Jewelry Design Stain Design Woodworking
Miscellaneous General Miscellaneous Actvities Color War Mountain Biking Environmental Farming Leadership Skills Photography Radio Video/TV Go-Carting
Other Activities We are widely renowned for our Canoe Tripping program.
Location & Contact Information
Camp Address PO Box 10008
Huntsville ON, P1H 2H3 Canada
705.633.5561 (tel.) 416.924.5822 (fax.)
Winter Address 161 Eglinton Ave. East
Toronto, ON, M4P 1J5 Canada
416-924-7433 (tel.) 416-924-5822 (fax.)