Imagine a welcoming atmosphere, delicious food, fun recreational activities, helpful staff, all while enjoying the great outdoors. No meals to cook (we have those covered), no pressure from work or digital distractions — just time to invest in yourself, family fun and relationships by the lake. IAWAH offers weekend retreats that help families connect, renew relationships and simply relax.
Each experience includes lively worship, challenging Christian teaching and children’s programs that help kindle each person’s growth and in God. In the afternoon, enjoy recreational activities and free time to do as much, or as little as you like.
New Year's Family Retreat (NEW this year)
December 30th to January 2, 2017
What better way to ring in the New Year than to celebrate with fireworks at IAWAH. Enjoy winter activities (weather permitting), climbing, archery, hikes, and making new friends. As always, IAWAH offers excellent food, inspiring worship and challenging teaching.
Check-in: 4:00 PM-7:00 PM (supper is served at 5:30 PM)
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Winter Family RetreatFebruary 17-20, 2017
There’s no better way to enjoy the winter long weekend than by making peace with winter through skating, tubing, broomball, ice fishing, indoor climbing and archery. Families share hearty meals with new friends, relax with a good book by the woodstove or play board games.
Break up the cold season with a winter family retreat that’s sure to warm the heart.REGISTER NOW DOWNLOAD .pdf FORM
Toque: Jr. high youth group retreatFebruary 24-26, 2017
With winter in full swing, “Toque” is a get-away for junior high youth groups to connect on a more personal level and grow together! Toque provides the fresh teaching and supportive community to better equip junior high students to weather life’s changes.
Youth Leaders: Please contact the office prior to registering to request a booking code for the youth attending with your group.
Youth: Please contact your youth leader to receive the booking code you will need to complete your registration.REGISTER NOW
Open House (10:30am - 4pm) Free Beach BBQ (12:30pm - 1:30pm)May 20, 2017
All welcome. Especially designed for families new to IAWAH; tours provided, archery, climbing, and BBQ lunch. Bring along a family to introduce them to IAWAH. No reservation required.CONTACT US
Canada Day RetreatJune 30 - July 3, 2017
IAWAH has a long-standing tradition of offering summer experiences for families. Summer is the perfect time to camp with your family and enjoy seasonal IAWAH activities such as swimming, waterskiing/kneeboarding, archery, canoeing, and more. Come to bask in the sun, splash in the water, and enjoy a classic IAWAH experience.REGISTER NOW DOWNLOAD .pdf FORM
Labour Day RetreatSeptember 1-4, 2017
As we prepare to usher in a new season, IAWAH's end-of-summer retreat gives families a final chance to rally together before fall routines begin. Summer activities are open to enjoy from crafts, canoeing to campfires by the lake. Families will enjoy a special musical concert and a BBQ on the beach.
Soak up the last of the warm summer rays right on Wolfe Lake.REGISTER NOW DOWNLOAD .pdf FORM
Thanksgiving RetreatOctober 6-9, 2017
The beauty of Canada’s four seasons is the changing landscapes season to season and none is as spectacular as autumn in Ontario. The Thanksgiving family retreat is a long-standing tradition at IAWAH and a beautiful time to be by the lake. The retreat ends on Monday after breakfast.
The retreat is designed to provide a balance of organized activities and free time. Some of the activities you can anticipate include: swimming, climbing, canoeing, archery and hiking. Families may choose to stay in one of our winterized lodge rooms or bring their own trailer. Washrooms for winterized lodge rooms are either centrally located within the same building or ensuite (varies by lodge).
We have so much to be thankful for. Come join us at our thanksgiving family retreat as we give thanks for family, friends, health and new growth opportunities, this fall.REGISTER NOW DOWNLOAD .pdf FORM
Homecoming DayMonday October 9th, 2017
An IAWAH Tradition. Designed for IAWAH Alumni. Reception at 10am - Thanksgiving Feast at 12:30pm. No charge but reservations required.CONTACT US
We would love to have you and your family join us at IAWAH for a refreshing family retreat. We offer multiple family experience options throughout the year so that you can select the one that works best for your family, schedule and lifestyle.
- Fees are charged per person, up to a family maximum of four paying guests.
- All fees are subject to 13% HST.
- Guests ages 7 and up: $155.00/person
- Children age 6 and under: no charge
- Please see a copy of the current Adult & Family Retreat registration which is also available on our home page.
- A non-refundable deposit of $100.00 is required at the time of registration.
- Payment can be made by VISA or MasterCard by phone or postal mail. If you wish to pay by cheque or money order, please submit registration by postal mail.
Financial assistance is available through the CampKIDS Bursary Fund for children's (ages 18 and under) registrations for Family Retreats; funding is awarded based on financial need for up to half of the cost of the child's fees.
“We were able to get away from the stress of life and really felt at peace.” Retreat guest
Where will our family stay?
Families have a choice of the use of the rooms in our winterized lodges, bringing their own trailer for some retreats, or staying in cabins. Some of the winterized lodge accommodations have centrally located washrooms (Derbyshire & IAWAH Lodges) while others are ensuite (Bush Lodge & C.W. Leach Complex).
What do families need to bring?
Bedding, pillows and towels, board games, indoor shoes, toiletries, small first aid kit, flashlight. Winter: warm outdoor clothing, extra mitts, skates, sleds Summer/Fall: outdoor clothing, lawn chairs and beach toys.
Can IAWAH accommodate dietary restrictions?
If you have a dietary restriction or food allergies, be sure to inform the Registrar at the time of registration. IAWAH accommodates the following on a regular basis: vegetarian (please indicate type), vegan, lactose or gluten intolerance, and food allergies.
What are you accommodations like?
IAWAH is a very clean and well-maintained camp - but it is a camp. Most rooms have two to three bunk-beds with vinyl-covered, cot-sized, 4-6-inch foam mattresses. Beds marked as doubles are two of these mattresses side-by-side. Cabins—used in the warm seasons only—have washrooms located in another building a short walk away. Washrooms in our winterized lodges are either centrally located (Derbyshire & IAWAH Lodges) or ensuite (Bush Lodge). All washrooms have showers, toilets and sinks. Both cabins and lodges have electricity.
The young people who staff this place are wonderful. They are gracious and serious in their service of campers – and also, quite the riot when the occasion calls for it.
This is one of the very few places where folks with very different faith traditions come together.
We were able to get away from the stress of life – and really felt at peace.
Thank God for IAWAH – Our lives will be changed forever. We will always consider ourselves a part of the family at IAWAH.