Experience some of the premier wilderness destinations in Ontario. Our 1 and 2-week camping trips are a great opportunity for youth to experience the great outdoors as they develop camping skills, environmental stewardship, and leadership skills.
All our trips are mixed-gender, and routes are designed to meet the specific needs of each group. Participants will spend the first and last night at camp, and the rest of their session camping in tents.
One Week Massasauga
This trip in Massasauga Provincial Park is perfect for first-time trippers. Campers learn paddling, packing, cooking, and navigation skills. The Park, comprised of small lakes and islands on the coast of Georgian Bay, is located just south of Parry Sound. Windswept pines and rocky shores make this trip an ideal experience for any camper interested in exploring.
One Week Killarney
Killarney is often considered to be the hidden gem of the Ontario Parks system. It is home to the La Cloche Mountain Range which once taller than the Rocky Mountains, has worn into smooth white quartzite rock over millions of years. Our route travels through the unspoiled wilderness and its mix of lakes, rivers, and coastal waters. The park is located just south of Sudbury, along the northern shore of Georgian Bay (3 hours north of CQE).
Two Week Algonquin
Algonquin Provincial Park is one of the largest and most popular parks in Ontario. Campers will travel 11 nights through the park, known for its beautiful lakes, rocky ridges, and densely forested areas.
Leadership Outtrip: Killarney
This 12-day canoe trip in Killarney Provincial Park is aimed at young leaders looking to build close friendships, develop camping skills, and further their leadership abilities. The group consists of 7 participants and 2 leadership trainers. LEARN MORE
Leadership Outtrip: Introduction to Whitewater
The Introduction to Whitewater program is aimed at young leaders looking to develop foundational whitewater paddling skills and develop leadership skills. The group consists of 7 participants and 2 leadership trainers. LEARN MORE
Providing a safe experience on our trips is our number one priority at YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth. We take a pro-active approach to managing risks on trip through several avenues:
We hire experienced and qualified leaders for our trips through a competitive hiring process. In addition to the CPR C, Standard First Aid, and Lifeguard qualifications, trip leaders have additional Wilderness First Aid training and extensive experience as leaders on a wide variety of camping trips. Leaders also obtain training in ORCKA (Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association) from expert canoeists. Trip leaders are carefully selected for their experience working with youth. Each year, trip leaders undergo an intensive risk-management training session on how to manage risks properly while on trip.
Our routes are custom designed for each group. This enables us to take into account the age and experience of the participants for a challenging, yet accessible wilderness experience.
Every group takes some form of communication device with them: a satellite phone, a satellite messenger, or a cellular phone. These devices allow the trip leaders to communicate with the Camp or emergency services if needed.
Outtrip campers arrive at YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth with all other campers. They spend their first day packing, planning, and practicing in boats. The first night is spent on Beausoleil Island before the group is driven to its drop-off point.
The majority of time is spent on the water, paddling to campsites. The distance paddled each day depends on the trip and the experience of the group. On 2-week trips the group will have at least one rest day. The group is picked up on the last Friday of the session, arriving back at CQE in time for our banquet and closing campfire.