Our Programs


“The greatest friends of my life were made at summer camp right here at Camp Can-Aqua”. -Patrick (alumni)

At Camp Can-Aqua we have a wide variety of camp programs designed to match the needs of all kids!  Have a look at the descriptions below and find exactly what you are looking for. Be sure to connect with us if you have any questions.

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Traditional Summer Camp

Divided into cabins by age and section, our traditional camp programs (2 & 4-weeks) are the signature programs here at Can-Aqua. Each night, campers visit our famous program board to select their activities for the following day. At Can-Aqua we place special emphasis on individualized teaching, which allows each camper to move through programs at their own pace. Our awards system is intricate and ensures that growth and development is recognized and interlaced within a layer of crazy fun. Giving kids control of their days, kids are often told “you don’t have to do anything, but you must choose something”. Handing over the reins on their daily schedule results in kids who are eager, ready and on time for their programs. 

In addition to activity selections, campers take part programs divided by cabin, section, team, gender and the full camp on a daily basis. As the session progresses, campers will have the opportunity to take part in an overnight camping trip with their cabin mates. Towards the end of each session, our Can-Aqua Games is a highlight to their experience. Our multi day Colour Games take place every two weeks.

Tripping is an important part of the traditional camp programs at Can-Aqua and is also optional (but encouraged). Campers registered for 4 weeks have the opportunity to take part in a 3-night camping trip in Anstruther Park. All overnight trips are a terrific opportunity for kids to experience the great outdoors.

Campers registered for 4-weeks not only benefit from additional instruction and program time but are also eligible for advanced swim instruction (Bronze Med & Bronze Cross) and enjoy taking part in the popular mid month “changeover program”, run by the camp directors.


Girls of the wild
Just hangin' out


Half Sessions & 1-Week Programs

Half session take place throughout the summer and are divided between the existing sessions as A or B weeks. Open for kids 5-10, this program is meant to support first timers or younger campers who find two weeks still a bit much. During these weeks, this group of kids will reside in cabins with other single week kids, take part in all sorts of programming at camp and enjoy an overnight camping trip on the far side of our lake.

In August each summer, Can-Aqua runs single weeks sessions for kids of all ages (5-15). Focussing on a single week experience for all kids, during these 7 day adventures, our staff team will introduce young campers to activities on water and land through scheduled rotations each morning. In the afternoons, campers will have the opportunity to “choose their own adventures” as the go to the program board and select from dozens of options available.

Campers who thrive in this program are those with already busy summers who would prefer not to be away from home too long in the summertime.

For younger campers and parents, still a bit nervous to send their kids away, this one week opportunity is an excellent way to wade into the adventure.

Can-Aqua staff can ski!
Cheers to Camp!


Rugged Adventures in the Wild (RAW)

Divided into specific age groups per session, our RAW program offers the social dynamics and outdoor exploration of traditional camp programs, within a small trip based camp community. Each week program focusses on a specific age range welcoming 18 campers for a week of exploration, discovery and skill development within the lakes of Highlands East.  Each day offers a unique experience and throughout their week, campers will have the opportunity to take part in Archery, Canoe, Kayaking, Campcraft, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Arts & Crafts, Snorkle and Nature.  Divided into tent groups of 6, this weeklong program offers opportunities for kids to experience and explore the Can-Aqua culture in smaller, isolated group sizes.

Learning skills of the fire

Leadership Programs

Our Leadership programs focus on the development of key social and cooperative skills in young people.  Beginning at fifteen years of age, the 4 week programs encourage candidates to take on responsibilities or role modeling as they are challenged to support the campers that look up to them.

Leaders in our community, candidates will work towards achieving certified levels in First Air, CPR and NLS. Both leadership programs involve an extended outtrip as well and provide your  young leaders with ample opportunities to continue to learn and grow, while taking on more responsibilities to ensure our camp community remains exceptional.

Check out the Forerunner Program

Forerunner is a one-month program (a two week option is also available) for candidates who are 14-15 years of age as of January 1st. During this month long program, candidates will begin their leadership journey through team building and cooperative challenges. This is the beginning of more advance canoe trip training and leading up to their trip, candidates will spend time in the woodworking studio, as they craft their own paddles, which will be used throughout their leadership experiences. Participants will have the opportunity to maintain most elective program picks, while others, such as swim and “trip prep” are required. Participants will work towards earning their Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid in this program.The dedicated Forerunner staff team will support the kids throughout their month as they begin to build a vocabulary for leadership.

  • Canoe Trip A 5 day canoe camping trip is the first stage in advanced tripping experience. Supervised by Forerunner counsellors and tripping staff, it is a memorable first experience for many.
  • Paddle Construction Through regular use of the wood working studio at Can-Aqua, candidates will be taught and supervised in the custom construction of a canoe paddle. This paddle will not only be used in the three years of leadership at camp, but is a memento kids will be able to keep with them forever.

* Campers who opt for the two week option forgo certifications and will not be able to take part in the canoe trip component of the program.

Check out the Leader In Training (LIT) Program

Board of Education Course Credit
Outdoor Activities, Physical Education – PAD3O

The LIT is a one-month program for candidates who are 15 years of age as of January 1st. A second round of acceptance will take place for candidates who are 15 by June 30th (based on availability). Throughout the month, participants will be encouraged to begin thinking as a leader, while still enjoying the freedom of program selection each day. Participants work towards earning their Bronze Medallion or Bronze Cross during the program.

The dedicated LIT staff team will guide these candidates throughout their month experience as they learn and grow, while still engaging in personal recreational pursuits. The Can-Aqua LIT program has two distinct program focuses:

  • Canoe Trip An 8 day trip gives participants the opportunity to learn more about the preparation, organization and leadership of a canoe trip. The canoe trip takes place in Algonquin Park. An LIT counsellor supervises each trip group with the support of an alumni support staff.
  • Leadership Skill Development The Can-Aqua LIT program offers a unique approach to skill development. Half of each day is devoted to program requirements, which involve swimming, leadership and trip skills preparation. From there, LIT’s take to the Can-Aqua Programming Board each day to select the other programs which they wish to participate in. Not only do LIT’s have full access to all elective program choices but they will also benefit from team programs throughout the month.

Check out the Junior Counsellor (JRC) Program

Board of Education Course Credit
Leadership and Peer Support – GPP3O

The Can-Aqua JRC represents a big step in a transition from a camper to a counsellor. This program is one month in duration and is available during July or August Camp each year. JRC’s reside in their own cabins and are assigned to specific camper cabins based on age preferences and availability. Candidates will divide their day between personal development and as a support to their assigned cabin where they will eat meals, socialize at rest hour and support during unstructured times at camp.

The focus of the JRC program is to develop and enhance the soft skills of exceptional leadership. In addition, candidates will train to complete their Standard First Aid, Level “C” CPR and their National Lifeguarding Level (NLS).

Throughout their month at camp, JRC’s must balance skill development, with program implementation, advanced trip skills and cabin based leadership. In addition to their own skill development, they will also represent Can-Aqua as Leadership Ambassadors, as they tour partner Ontario Summer Camps.

Throughout the month, the JRC group will participate in Kindred Sessions on the following:

  • Leadership Skills
  • Working within a team
  • Ages and Stages
  • Role Modeling
  • Risk Management
  • Developing a community with campers
  • Sensitive Issues o Leadership Style/Sigma Leadership
  • Health and Safety When Leading a Team
  • Active Listening & Communication Skills
  • Acceptability and Integration

Can-Aqua JRC Trip

This six day trip challenges each participant providing them with an opportunity to organize and implement one day of their journey. The JRC outtrip location changes each year. A JRC Director supervises each trip group with the support of an alumni staff member.

A highlight of the program is the opportunity to plan and implement full camp programs from section based to camp wide games, including the renowned “Can-Aqua Games” at the end of the month.

Tripping Rocks!


Family Camp

Family Camp is a terrific opportunity for parents and kids to experience our summer programs together. Ideal for kids and adults of all ages, Camp Can-Aqua’s family camp weekends provide you with an opportunity to play as a family, or divide into the age specific programming options that offered throughout the day.

Our divided programming focus offers activities for toddlers, kids, teens and yes… adults!!! Throughout the weekend, our staff will engage and inspire you with program opportunities that are age appropriate, safe and fun. For parents wanting to spend some quality family time use the weekend as your resort time and take advantage of the many sign out options that allows you choose between structured programming or doing your own thing.

This is a not to miss opportunity that takes place three times each year and is a terrific chance to introduce your little campers to Can-Aqua. Click the Family Camp 2021 Registration Form to register.

Hangin' at the beach

Specialty Camps

Specialty Camps at Can-Aqua are targeted towards kids who are looking for a traditional camp experience, while seeking to excel in specific unique areas. Click each heading for more information.

Our 3 Specialty Camps in 2020 are:

#1. Wake/Water Ski CampsSee Rates and dates page for program availability    
Can-Aqua takes an exceptional focus on instruction and blends a skill based program focus into the traditional camp environment. Our ski/wakeboard program provides kids with daily instruction in their chosen water sport. Can-Aqua is proud to instruct technique based waterskiing and beginner/intermediate Wake Boarding.

#2. NOFA ~ Film Camp at Can-Aqua – Aug 1-13 
Our Film Camps expose future filmmakers to the magic of movie making through specialized sessions in acting, production, direction, film editing, lighting and photography.  

#3. Equestrian CampTBD
In partnership with D&A Riding Stable just south of the camp, we are excited to offer this single week program where kids are able to spend their morning at the stables riding, grooming and tending to the horses, followed by an afternoon of program back at camp. Instruction is geared towards new riders and beginner/intermediate experienced riders. 

In addition to these 3 specialized weeks we also welcome kids to take part in our 6-Day Canoe Trip. A great option for tripping enthusiasts,  candidates will take turns navigating their group throughout the wilds of Algonquin Park.

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Day Camp

In 2020, Camp Can-Aqua is moving forward with day camp programs in support of government guidelines for safe operation. We will be facilitating small groups of 6-8 campers each day ranging from the age of 7-14. It will be a remarkable year as our small day camp program will have full access to our 160 acre property, with so many program options to experience.

The Day Camp experience will allow children to benefit from much of what Can-Aqua has to offer, without sleeping over. During this season, we will have restricted programs to help ensure a safe space. Our Day Camp program fosters friendship, and awakens children to the exciting world around them. Campers will benefit from the wonders of the great outdoors, in a safe and nurturing environment. Most of all, they will have FUN while participating in a variety of age-appropriate activities, which include:

Read What Camp Can-Aqua is doing in support of COVID-19 through our operational policies and procedures

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Archery
  • Ball Hockey
  • Swimming
  • Kneeboarding
  • Soccer
  • Cooperative Games

The day camp program in 2020 will operate from 9am – 4pm each day. Campers will be required to bring their own lunch. As per guidelines, a daily screening will be facilitated for every camper and cohorts of staff and campers will never exceed 10.

New wildlife daily

Come join us and EXPERIENCE CAN-AQUA!