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Paddling Activities with Kids Camps

There’s a reason people say camp friends become lifelong friends – the memories forged together at camp are ones that last forever and create a special bond. Whether it’s an artsy camp feeling clay between your fingers, an adventure camp challenging you to reach a little higher, a sports camp improving your skills and teamwork, or one with a little bit of everything, the new experiences and moments of independence have a way of sticking with you.

As many people plan family cottage getaways for the summer and leave their home towns and cities behind, you may feel that your kids have to forego the summer camp experience, but this doesn’t have to be the case. If you’re renting a cottage or planning a trip to Ontario’s Highlands this year, check out one of the following day camps to get the best of both worlds – busy and exciting days for your kids, relaxing dock time for you, and evenings together recanting the stories and new experiences.

Perth Outfitters Summer Day Camp

Where: Perth, ON

Watch as pride beams from your child as they fill you in on how they mastered their own kayak, canoe, or SUP board with their daily time on the Tay River. Listen to them share their stories of discovering nature and the outdoors, or recount moments of laughter from their day at camp.

Monarch Bible Camp

Where: Throughout the Haliburton Highlands, ON (mobile)

As a mobile day camp, Monarch offers day camps at 7 different locations over the summer (and 1 week of overnight camp). Listen to your child regaling their days spent enjoying the beauty of the great outdoors and the diversity of their programming at this wholesome and exciting camp.

Almonte Potters Guild

Where: Almonte, ON

Send the kids to expel some creative energy and try their hand at pottery for every skill level with drop-in pottery classes every morning of July and August. Feel like letting your creativity flow as well? Adults are welcome to join in too!

Frontier Trails Camp

Where: Eganville, ON

With experiences spanning from horseback riding to whitewater rafting, and paintballing to zip lining, as well as more traditional camp activities, you can send your little adventurer off for new challenges and excitement each day.

Sir Sam’s Ski & Ride Pedal & Paddle

Where: Eagle Lake, ON

Let your kids burn their extra energy and work on some new skills during a day camp at Sir Sam’s Ski & Ride, like during their Beginner Mountain Bike Skills Camp or their Pedal & Paddle Camp. Spend your evenings being relayed stories of gliding through the water or down the trail and enjoy seeing the confidence in their skills develop a little more each day.

Maple Key Day Camp

Where: Perth, ON

Witness your child’s confidence blossom and imagination be blown out of the water, and let their excited energy as they share their experiences with the creative and immersive programming bring a smile to your face each evening.

Stories

Embrace the Dog Days of Winter

If you can’t beat winter, join it with an epic dog sledding excursion through some of the most beautiful forests in Ontario.

Shine at Giving this Holiday Season

Today’s craft markets are full of fresh, hip products made by creative and talented makers. This holiday season, go above and beyond by picking up handmade items with a story to tell at one of these Ontario holiday markets.

Discover Historic Accommodations in Ontario

Spend the night in historic accommodations to take yourself to way-back-when, and get into the spirit of the community you’re visiting. These inns have stories to tell of the people who lived and breathed inside their walls.

Expert Tips to Catching Fish

As an angler who is passionate about exploring new waters, I’m grateful to live in a region that has endless options! Whether you’re shore fishing, venturing out by boat, kayak, or canoe, there are bass fishing opportunities for everyone here in the Ontario’s Highlands region. I’ve put together a list of my five favourite bass […]

An Ode to Poutine

Discover these chip trucks and their classic dishes, located throughout Ontario’s Highlands.

The Great Pizza-Off

Chow down on artisan wood-fired pizza at any of these gems across Ontario’s Highlands.

Perfect Picnic Spots Near Ottawa

Discover these perfect picnic spots throughout the Ottawa Valley and Lanark County on your next road trip just outside of Ottawa.

The Perfect Scoop

Discover these top ice cream stops across Ontario’s Highlands to keep cool this summer on your road trip.

Buffalo Thrills

Discover good food and great memories at the Ontario Water Buffalo Company.

Summer Music Festivals

From rock to folk, these Ontario’s Highlands summer music festivals will keep you coming back year after year.

Art in the Summer

Celebrate creativity at art festivals across Ontario’s Highlands this summer.

Unique Festivals & Events

Embrace the incredible spirit and wonderfully ‘different’ themes at events across Ontario’s Highlands this summer.

3 Cheers for Mom

Discover ways to give a mom a Mother’s Day to remember, with gift ideas that go above and beyond.

An Escape into Nature

Find your connection with nature and each other during a cabin getaway at Deacon Escarpment in Renfrew County.

Pause for Pi Day

Celebrate PI Day with the best pie at these bakeries in Ontario’s Highlands.

A Winter’s Break

Sometimes what we need is a little technology detox to spend a little less time with the screens in our lives and a little more time with the people who matter most.

Valentine’s Day Treats

Treat that special someone this Valentine’s Day to a gift of sweets at one of these top places.

New Year, New You

Winter events across Ontario’s Highlands that will help you keep your New Year’s Resolutions.

Winter? Bring it!

Discover your love for the season with a classic Ottawa Valley winter.

The Best Baked Goods

Discover some of the best bakeries in Ontario’s Highlands and their tasty treats.

Where Am I?

Visit Winterdance in Ontario’s Highlands and discover a love of winter from some of its biggest fans.

Where Am I?

Discover Calabogie Peaks Resort, a well-known gem, through new eyes.

Concerts with a Community

In September each year, the spirit of community comes alive all across Ontario’s Highlands when the Festival of Small Halls rolls in.

Where Am I?

Stand tall and marvel at the views from the top of historical attraction, the Dorset Lookout Tower.

Where Am I?

Step back into nature at the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve to celebrate sustainability in this unique place.

The Memory Maker

I’m a Memory Maker. I wander to celebrate traditions with loved ones and create lasting memories. I enjoy visiting the same place, annual festival, or seasonal tradition year after year.

Where Am I

Explore the sweet moments and ageless beauty of Perth, Ontario.

Where Am I?

Mazinaw Rock, a hidden gem in Ontario that’s ironically, hard to miss.

Parks Worth the Admission

Visit these 8 Ontario Parks’ campgrounds in Ontario’s Highlands and discover why they are worth the admission.

Where Am I?

Make memories as you discover one of the Province’s most intimate hidden gems, The Haliburton Forest Festival.

Finding Imperfect Moments

Sometimes it is the imperfect moments that matter the most. Become inspired to roam without the burden of worrying about everything going according to plan.

A Different Kind of Detour

Take the road less traveled through Ontario’s Highlands to these unique festivals that are sure to leave a lasting impression.