In 1889, the first camping program in Canada was hosted on the very site that is home to Big Cove YMCA Camp today. We have had a strong history of providing positive camp experiences to youth from Nova Scotia and beyond.

For over a century, Big Cove YMCA Camp has been inspiring young people to discover their best selves, to seek balance in mental, physical, social and spiritual living, and to make a positive difference in their communities and the wider world.

Today, camp alumni can be found around the world recounting their Big Cove YMCA Camp memories with fellow campers and staff. While the camp has evolved over the years, the benefits and opportunities campers receive have remained consistent with the founding traditions.

As the oldest overnight camp in Canada, Big Cove YMCA Camp is steeped in history and tradition. Many families have been attending Big Cove YMCA Camp for generations and many will attend for generations to come.

At Big Cove YMCA Camp we truly do provide an experience that lasts a lifetime.