Join us this Fall at Big Cove YMCA Camp for our Fall Family Weekend September 15th to 17th, 2017! Family weekend promises to offer a range of fun activities for all ages.

Fees: Adults $140 | 6-16Y $85 | 3-5Y $65 | 0-2Y Free     

Included in your Family Weekend registration:

A range of fun activities: canoeing, high ropes, archery, crafts and more!
Meals – Friday snack, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch
Accommodations in bunk beds and fun times with your family and new friends!




Guided Hike – ages 6 and up (or closely supervised by an adult)

The whole family will enjoy this activity. There will be a choice of easy routes exploring our amazing site and adjacent land. Learn about our landscape, flora and fauna and maybe even play a game en-route.

Canoeing – ages 6 and up (or closely supervised by an adult) 

Participants will enjoy paddling on Big Cove and surrounding area in tandem canoes. All levels welcome.
NOTES:   PFD’s or life jackets are mandatory at the waterfront area and will be provided.
Shoes/sandals with a heel strap are recommended.

Higher Ropes – ages 10Y and up

Our High Ropes course is a series of poles and wires which form an aerial obstacle course providing a wide range of exhilarating challenges.
NOTES:   Climbing harnesses and helmets will be provided.
Closed-toe shoes are required at Higher Ground.
There are weight restrictions at this activity.

Archery – ages 6 and up (or closely supervised by an adult)

At our archery range we teach the basic skills needed to learn some new skills while having fun and play some games too!

Crafts – Fun for all!

Our craft activities are nature based, tailored to the appropriate age of each family member and will let your creative juices flow.  Some examples include dreamcatchers, canvas painting, pillow pals, or leather crafts.

Evening Drop-in Activities
Family activities will be offered on Saturday from 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. before campfire.

Night Patrol

On Saturday night, our staff will be running night patrol. This means parents can put their kids to bed, and then leave them in the care of our staff. The staff will be in each building to ensure kids are safe and sleeping well. Night patrol will begin at 9:00 p.m., however, it would be appreciated if the kids were settled and in bed before parents leave. Night patrol will end at 10:45 p.m. so parents should make sure they return to the sleeping areas by that time.

Adult Time

On Saturday evening, adults will have the opportunity to mingle and relax with all the other adults attending the weekend. This relaxing time will take place in The Pavillion (Dining Hall).


Big Cove offers two tiers of overnight accommodation to choose from:

Standard Accommodation Options *Standard accommodation options (available on first come, first serve basis at additional cost of $10 per person per night) *

  • Traditional Cabins
    The 13 summer camper Cabins are rustic indoor spaces which sleep 10 (5 bunks per cabin).
  •  Tipis are located a bit further from the main camp area. Tipis have a central fire pit for light and warmth.

New insulated & modern cabin 

Big Cove’s newest cabin, which was built in June of this year (2016), sleeps 12.  Wheelchair accessible.

  • Room(s) in our 3 season building
    Our three season building offers 12 rooms with a bunk bed per room.  This modern cabin also features hot showers, a common area with couches and space for enjoying the wood stove.  Wheelchair accessible.
  • Health Centre
    The Big Cove YMCA Camp Health Center offers two rooms which each sleep three.  There are also washrooms and a common area for relaxing.  Wheelchair accessible.



Time Activity 
7:00 p.m. Arrival/Moving in
8:00 p.m. Welcome meeting in the Pavilliion – ParentsOutside games – Children and Youth

Obtain activity schedule for your family – Pavillion – Parents

8:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Snack and family camp fire – Board Games will be available in the Pavillion



Time  Activity 
8:15 a.m. Morning Circle
9:45 a.m.  –  12 p.m Activities
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:45 p.m.  – 4:15 p.m. More fun activities!
4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Tea time in the Pavillion / field games
5:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m.  – 7:45 p.m. Family drop-in activities
8:00 p.m. Campfire and Snack – Outdoor Campfire Pit
9:00 p.m. Bedtime for 10 Years of age and younger/Night Patrol begins (Night Patrol ends at 11 p.m.)Adult Time –Pavillion

Youth Time – Craft Hall – supervised crafts and games. YMCA staff will walk these participants to their accommodations for bedtime at 10:30pm


Time Activity 
8:15 a.m. Morning Circle
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Activities
12:30 p.m. Lunch


Packing List

Soap, Shampoo, Toothbrush, etc.Warm Sweater
T-shirtsLong pants
Long-sleeved shirtSocks
GlovesRubber boots
Rain gear (waterproof) - Jacket and PantsWind breaker
Day Pack
Water bottle
Headlamp/FlashlightSlippers/Indoor shoes
Insect repellentSunscreen and sunglasses
Musical InstrumentsYoga clothes (stretchy pants and tops will ensure unrestricted movement)
Yoga mat, block and strap (we will have some blocks and straps available)Bolster and/or foam roller (if you have)
Blanket for Savasana and yoga posesBeverages (wine/beer) for Saturday evening, if you wish
Sleeping Bag/Single bed-bedding Pillow

Other Information

Weather – The weather at the Big Cove YMCA Camp can change dramatically, with short notice. Please be prepared for everything from chilly weather, snow/rain to hot sunny weather.

Shoes – activities require closed toed shoes such as runners or hiking boots. Please make sure all members of you family have these types of shoes so they are able to participate in all activities.

Water Bottles – While at camp you will be very active and outside most of the day, so it’s very important to drink a great deal of water. You will also most likely want something to drink while at activities so…water bottles for all members of your family are a must!