Canoe Tripping Cancelled for 2020

As many of you have heard, Ontario’s overnight camps will not be permitted to open for 2020. We are disappointed, however we understand the decision made by the Provincial Government. We have always intended to operate, provided it was deemed safe to do so. The health of our staff and campers has always been a priority and this is a time to reinforce this value.

I want to tell you how sorry I am that we will not be able to offer canoe trips this summer. We are not fully surprised by the Province's announcement, but we are certainly regretful.


Kettleby Valley Summer Camp has been successfully offering the Explorer's Canoe Tripping program for the past 19 years. This trip is open to those who have completed grades 7 & 8. Experienced trip leaders will ensure that our trips runs smoothly from start to finish. If your child is one of the fortunate few campers who are registered for our Explorers Program, they are in for an exciting experience. 

This program represents an opportunity for individuals to combine the ‘hard’ skills of paddling, portaging and camping with the ‘soft’ skills of group interaction and teamwork.

A week prior to their session you will receive an email with the time you should arrive at camp on Saturday. During the weekend, participants will develop the canoeing, camping and portaging skills necessary for the trip. They will also repack their belongings into canoe packs provided by the camp, to minimize the number of bags that are taken on trip.

On Monday, the group departs Kettleby Valley by 9:00am, arriving at base camp by noon. After loading the canoes and looking at the map, the group is off! On Friday, the group arrives back at base camp for lunch and by the end of the day, the group is back at Camp. Pick up for the Explorers is anywhere from 4:30pm to 5:30pm on the Friday.

The camp will be in touch with you on the Friday to confirm what time the Explorers can be picked up.

For a complete list of what campers will need, click here. In addition to a well stocked first aid kit, trip leaders also carry bear spray and a satellite phone in case of emergency. 



Day 1: Put in at Round Lake at 1:00 pm and portage to North Tea Lake. Camp on North Tea Lake

Day 2: Travel towards east arm of North Tea Lake and portage to Manitou Lake. Portage from Manitou to Three Mile Lake and camp.

Day 3: Portage from Three Mile Lake to Upper Kawa, Kawa, Sinclar and Biggar Lake. Camp on Biggar Lake.

Day 4: Travel west on Biggar Lake and take three short portages to North Tea Lake. Camp at the west end of North Tea Lake.

Day 5: Continue west on North Tea Lake and portage to Round Lake. Pick up at 12:00 noon.

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Summer Camp Update for 2020

As difficult as it has been, we've decided that we will not open camp in 2020. We know that this is disappointing and we'll miss our campers and staff so much. But we hope to see you all back at camp in 2021!