Valens is a nature lover’s paradise. This wonderful conservation area is tucked away near Flamborough, far from the noise and bustle of the city. With plenty of opportunities to hike, canoe or swim in the lake, campers have new experiences and build memories that last a lifetime. The unique man-made lake features a serene natural environment, with sandy beach, boardwalk trail system and surrounding forest.
*Free busing is available to and from Valens at 12 bus stops, camp care is available for an additional cost at St. Dominic, St. Mary, River Oaks and St Marguerite
Valens camp is perfect for your child if they:
• Want to spend time outdoors and learn about the natural environment
• Enjoy traditional camp experiences like: canoeing, swimming, and campfire cooking
• Are comfortable with bus rides
Outdoor Pursuits (6-10 yrs) $220/week Weeks 1-9
An excellent choice for inquisitive campers who love to explore outside! Build self-confidence and teamwork skills in a natural environment that provides opportunity to discover new activities including archery, canoeing, and recreational swimming in the lake. Plus, participate in traditional camp experiences like making s’mores on the campfire!
Outdoor Pursuits Sr. (11-14 yrs) $345/2 weeks Weeks 1-8 | Week 9: $220
Stream Selections: Canoeing/Kayaking, Archery, Camp Skills
Develop a love for the outdoors in a camp environment close to home! Outdoor Pursuits Senior will offer campers an opportunity to develop self-confidence, teamwork and communication skills. Each camper will spend 1.5 hours each day developing skills in their chosen stream. The remainder of the day will be spent enjoying all the great program options of Outdoor Pursuits, while introducing kayaking, mountain biking and fishing. Enjoy an overnight every second week!
Horseback Riding (8-12 yrs) $610/2 weeks Weeks 1-8
Discover the sport of horseback riding! Campers will spend half of each day at King’s Meadow Equestrian Centre, learning the fundamentals of horseback riding in a safe, experiential environment catered to the skills of each participant. The remainder of the day will be spent at Valens enjoying fun games, crafts and swimming in the lake.
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While we try our best to adhere to the scheduled activities, the YMCA may need to substitute activities based on weather conditions.
Water quality testing: The natural man-made lake at Valens is monitored and tested on a regular basis. As your child’s safety is paramount to us, there may be days when we are unable to swim due to poor water quality. In this case, we will substitute lake swimming with land-based water activities and games.