We are excited to announce that Big Cove YMCA Camp is opening as a Campground and Day Use facility for the 2020 summer season! 

Day Programs will run from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and overnights will run until 9:30 am the day of departure. Participants must bring their own meals and cooking devices. Dogs are permitted as long as they are on leash and picked up after. 
  • Day or Overnight options (book one or more days/nights)
  • Cabin or Campsite rentals 
  • Enjoy Big Cove programs (staff lead and self directed): canoeing, archery, low ropes, hiking, scavenger hunts
  • Enjoy local sights and tourist attractions (even a day trip to PEI) 
  • Fresh water tap and washrooms central to cabins 

Dates of Availability: *you do not have to book full blocks

July August
8 – 10 1 – 3
14 – 18 5 – 7
21 – 24 11 – 15
28 – 31 18 – 21
25 – 27


Please register here https://bigcove.campbrainregistration.com

Note: Registration begins Saturday, July 4th at 12:00 pm for all overnight bookings only. Day program registration will begin Sunday, July 5th at 12:00 pm.
Please reach out to scott.thomas@halifax.ymca.ca if you have any questions or concerns about refunds or this most recent update.


Here at Big Cove YMCA Camp, we believe that the overnight camping experience is an important part of each child’s development. With our rich history as Canada’s oldest overnight camp and 130 years of tradition and growth, Big Cove YMCA Camp has a proud commitment of serving camper-families in Nova Scotia. Our exciting programs truly are the pinnacle of the Big Cove YMCA Camp experience.

At Camp, we ensure each camper receives the supervision, support and attention they need. In addition to offering low camper to counsellor ratios, we also ensure all staff are:

  • Strong in leadership skills
  • Ready to be friends, teachers, and role-models for all
  • Trained and certified in First Aid,  CPR, and Lifesaving practices

Our Big Cove YMCA Camp programs are designed to help youth grow as individuals while promoting cooperation and teamwork with others in a safe, supportive community. The YMCA’s philosophy of spirit, mind and body helps to guide our programs in enhancing self-awareness, confidence, trust and responsibility.

We provide a wide variety of exciting, interactive programs and ensure that there is a little something for everyone. Campers and senior staff work together with our counsellors to design weekly schedules with a balance of cabin group activities and all camp programs.

Little Big Cove 3 days 6 to 12 3:1
Junior Program 6 or 13 days 7 to 11 4:1
Senior Program 6 or 13 days 12 to 15 4:1
Leadership I 27 days 15 to 16 4:1
Leadership II 27 days 16 to 17 4:1