CQE Outdoor Centre

In May, June, and September YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth operates as an outdoor centre offering programs and rental facilities to groups including schools, corporate groups, and private bookings.

Need a place to host a yoga or spiritual retreat? Our beautiful, wooden main hall is perfect for finding inspiration in the solitude of the natural world. 

Looking for a high-impact team-building experience? Let our staff challenge your group to learn more about each other as they play and laugh their way to a deeper understanding of their unique strengths and abilities as a team.

Whether you are looking for an end of the year trip, a team-building experience, a wilderness canoe trip, or a location for a family reunion, CQE is the perfect place for your group. Our dedicated and skilled staff are available to deliver custom-designed programs for your group’s needs. With our superb new facilities and unique location in Georgian Bay Islands National Park, your group is guaranteed to have a meaningful and memorable outdoor experience.

School Groups

The Camp Queen Elizabeth Outdoor Centre provides a unique experience for students to explore the natural world that cannot be recreated in the classroom setting. We believe that working through exciting challenges in a small group will help students develop skills in teamwork and communication.

Living as part of the camp community will teach them to promote an inclusive and respectful atmosphere with their peers at home. Our program options allow teachers, administrators, and student leaders to choose the activities that best suit their students and empower them to make the most of the outdoor educational experience. 

All our activities are linked to the school board’s curriculum and our staff work hard to promote an experience that will be fun, interactive, and educational. 

Download our Program Planning Guide to learn more about our school programs.


Teambuilding

We offer custom team-building retreats for groups looking to learn in a new and challenging environment while having the time of their lives! Our staff will meet with you to determine the needs and goals of your group and develop an intensive, high impact program. 

Incorporating expert facilitation of team initiatives, outdoor activities, and fun social events, groups come away relaxed, inspired, and ready to perform when they return to the “real world”. Groups often bring along a current project and benefit from working in our stunning natural setting that promotes creativity and innovation.


Outtrips

Whether your group is looking for a two-night canoe trip or an extended wilderness leadership trip, we have a program to suit your needs. The unique environment allows participants to develop leadership, problem-solving, communication, decision making, and wilderness skills. Participants gain a sense of accomplishment when learning how to properly paddle and portage a canoe, read a map, help cook a meal, and so much more. 

CQE staff members are stewards of the environment and participants learn to appreciate the natural world while leaving as little impact as possible. By being placed in challenging situations together, the group learns about interpersonal dynamics and the value of teamwork.


Facility Rentals

For groups looking for space to host their own event, part or all of our site is available to rent. The facilities at Camp Queen Elizabeth provide a rustic and relaxing environment perfect for retreats and special events. We host corporate groups, spiritual groups, family reunions/parties, and more – we love the opportunity to share our site with diverse members from our community. 

We have 25 cabins that sleep up to 10 people overnight accommodation. Our main hall has space for over 200 people to dine and can also be used for yoga classes, meetings, and more. We also offer three smaller breakout spaces for small group work. 

If you want to get outside and play, our location on beautiful Beausoleil Island is perfect for hiking and paddling activities. We have a number of hiking trails ranging in length and level of difficulty that are accessible from our site, and our bay provides an ideal learning environment for paddling and short canoe trips.


Outdoor Education and School Group Pricing

2 days/1 night – $110.00 plus 13% tax per person
3 days/2 nights – $220.00 plus 13% tax per person
4 days/3 nights – $330.00 plus 13% tax per person
5 days/4 nights – $440.00 plus 13% tax per person
(Teachers and Chaperones are half price + 13% tax)

For more information on our Outdoor Centre program opportunities please contact 519.453.8858 (October to April), 705.756.8300 (May to September), or by email.