Retreats & Conferences
OverviewWe believe that deepening community connections is important. That’s why IAWAH extends its grounds to host retreats for a variety of groups from churches to sports teams or large conferences to small youth groups — so that they too can gather and enjoy the welcoming and scenic atmosphere at Wolfe Lake. From September through June, your team, organization or group can enjoy:
- Warm comfortable lodges
- Customized meeting spaces
- Home-cooked, family style meals
- 2.5 km of shoreline to explore along beautiful Wolfe Lake.
- 220 acres with marked hiking trails, ready for an adventure.
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AdultsWhether you are planning a men’s weekend, a crafting retreat or staff event, IAWAH has something to offer your group. With versatile meeting spaces and menu options, IAWAH can cater to your specific needs.
YouthFrom September through June, IAWAH has the privilege of hosting youth groups large and small. Groups can plan their entire experience by themselves or incorporate activities offered by IAWAH staff. Whether you are looking for a relaxed un-plugged weekend, or an action-packed camp experience, the staff at IAWAH will help you design a weekend sure to please. Contact our office for available dates and rates.
FamilyIAWAH hosts family reunions, and church family weekends. We offer a variety of healthy food options to cater to both the young and the young at heart. Weekends fill up fast — to plan one of these events reach out to our Registrar for available dates and rates.
At IAWAH, we take care of all the details so you can connect, relax and be refreshed.
Request a Quote
Request a customised quote for your next retreat or conference at IAWAH. Contact our Guest Services team today 613-273-5621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or simply fill out the Request a Quote form below and an IAWAH staff member will contact you.
IAWAH-staffed activities require an additional hourly fee of $25.00 per instructor.
Groups may select a maximum of three hours of a one activity per day. It is strongly recommended that all IAWAH-staffed activities are booked at the time of contract. See the Retreat Activities & Services page for further details.
Derbyshire Lodge: 12 guests minimum - Floor Plan
Bush Lodge: 16 guests minimum - Floor Plan
IAWAH Lodge: 24 guests minimum - Floor Plan
Townhouse: 8 guests minimum - Floor Plan coming soon Additional Accommodation: C.W. Leach Complex (up to 14 beds) - Floorplan
The minimum number for requesting the exclusive use of our facilities is 90 guests. Lodges can be booked for fewer guests, however the group will be billed for the minimum guest number.
Rental Request Options
**Contact us for a quote
Activities & Services
IAWAH offers a variety of seasonal activities. There is something for everyone--from a self guided nature hike or canoe ride to a team challenge experience.
Available at no extra fee:
- Soccer balls, basketballs, footballs
- Beach Volleyball*
- Sliding and Tubing*
* Indicates seasonal activity.
To ensure a great stay at IAWAH remember to bring the following:
- Shorts & pants
- T-shirts & long sleeve shirt
- Sweater, fleece
- Socks & underwear
- Indoor shoes
- Hat & sun screen
- Rain coat
- Toiletries, including toothbrush, paste, soap, shampoo, towel
- Insect repellent (DEET recommended)
- Sleepwear, sleeping bag & pillow
- Boots, mittens, toque, skates, sleds
I have an anaphylactic allergy; can I visit Camp IAWAH?
Camp IAWAH does not serve peanut or tree nut products. We endeavor to find nut-free ingredients, however some are labelled by the manufacturer as “May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts and sesame seeds” or “May contain traces of nuts, tree nuts and other seeds.” IAWAH's head cook will coordinate safe food preparation and alternate menu items will be provided to the best of our ability. Those with severe allergies are strongly advised to communicate their needs to the camp through their Group Contact. Guests are encouraged to bring their own peanut-free baked goods for snacks and desserts. All guests with severe allergies are encouraged to speak with the kitchen staff should they have any questions or concerns regarding the ingredients of a particular food.
What are your accommodations like?
Camp 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 have either centrally located washrooms (Derbyshire & IAWAH Lodges) or an ensuite washroom (Bush Lodge). All washrooms have showers, toilets and sinks. Both cabins and lodges have electricity. Learn more about our buildings here.
What kinds of retreat groups do you typically host?
Camp IAWAH hosts many retreat groups from churches and para-church organizations around Eastern and Central Ontario; a smaller number of groups come to IAWAH to work on projects like scrapbooking, quilting and rug-hooking. IAWAH's purpose is to plant seeds of faith, nurture disciples and cultivate leadership. To find out more about what we believe, please read more about us.
Why does IAWAH ask that our group carry Off-Property Liability Insurance?
Camp IAWAH encourages event organizers to acquire Off-Property Liability Insurance to provide coverage to a group having a function on a site other than their own (i.e. school or church building). While IAWAH does carry its own insurance, in the case of a claim, the organizers of the event would be the first party to be sued in any legal action. If there is no insurance, then the organizer places his or her own personal wealth on the line. It is strongly recommended that organizers speak with their group's insurance broker.
How do I book IAWAH-led activities for my group's retreat?
The best way to book activities like indoor climbing or archery for your group is to do so at the time of booking. If requesting IAWAH-led activities after this time, please do so at least one month prior to the start of your event.
Does Camp IAWAH allow alcohol on site?
Can our group use the Camp IAWAH kitchen?
Camp IAWAH staff strive to provide the best possible food service for our guests. Access to the kitchen for group cooking is not provided.
Does Camp IAWAH host weddings?
Due to the unique nature of each wedding ceremony, please contact the office to discuss the possibilities. Please note that the site is unavailable for use from mid-June through mid-September each year.
Accommodations and Facilities
With four winterized lodges available for guests, IAWAH can host groups of 10-150. In late spring and early fall, the capacity increases to 200 with the use of seasonal rustic cabins and tabins (tent cabins).
Derbyshire and IAWAH Lodges are set up dormitory-style with bunk beds, common washrooms and a meeting room. In Bush Lodge, guests have a small three-piece washroom in each room. All overnight guests are required to bring bedding, pillows, towels, and toiletries.
IAWAH Gym (Multi Purpose Building)
This building can be used as either a large gathering area, conference hall or as a gymnasium. It houses a 1,300 square-foot climbing wall which features overhangs, an arête, and a variety of other climbs.
We are pleased to offer a large, sunny dining room in IAWAH Lodge which seats 160 people. Larger groups can be served in two sittings. All foodservice is provided by IAWAH.
Meals are served family- or buffet-style. Tea, coffee, water and fruit are available throughout the day in the dining hall. Guests should inform the office of any special dietary considerations (e.g. vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) at least one week prior to arrival.
With the possibility that more than one group may be on property at any given time, it is important that mealtimes are coordinated. Unless otherwise arranged through the Registrar, the IAWAH mealtimes are as follows:
- 8:00am breakfast
- 12:30pm lunch
- 5:30pm dinner
- 9:00pm snack
IAWAH Tuck Shop
The tuck shop will be open upon request. Please arrange this prior to your arrival. The shop stocks a variety of chocolate bars, candy and pop as well as a selection of IAWAH clothing and souvenirs.
RETREAT & CONFERENCE ORGANIZER RESOURCES
Thank you for choosing IAWAH for your upcoming group event. We are looking forward to hosting you and are committed to facilitating at great experience. You will find below resources that will be helpful as you plan your event with us.
A. Download the Guest Group Organizers’ Check-list
Track your progress in preparing for your event with this helpful list
B. Guest Guidelines [Coming Soon!]
It is your group’s responsibility to ensure that all participants and group’s leaders are aware of the guest guidelines as they apply to your group.
C. Download the Guest Group Member Agreement
Each guest and leader in a guest group must provide a signed copy of the Guest Group Agreement; guests under 18 years must also include the signature of their parent/guardian.
D. About IAWAH – For Guests [Coming Soon!]
This file includes a map showing IAWAH’s location and some basic details about IAWAH; please distribute freely to your group.
E. Floor Plans & Maps
Derbyshire Lodge: Floor Plan
Bush Lodge: Floor Plan
IAWAH Lodge: Floor Plan
Townhouse: Floor Plan coming soon
C.W. Leach Complex: Floorplan
View the Grounds Map
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Your staff is all gracious, helpful and joyful. It’s a winning combination.
Best retreat we ever did!
The natural setting is spectacular; staff are warm, welcoming and accommodating. The food is exceptional. Is it always like this?
You achieve a high standard of efficiency and friendliness...People at IAWAH make you feel at home – and like honored guests at the same time
You invested a lot of time finding out what our needs were and then doing everything you could to meet them. I felt cared for!
The meals were out of this world, so nice to be catered to – and the service was wonderful. Thank you for such a peaceful, calm and rejuvenating experience.
Guest group coordinator
It was a pleasure working with all of you. You helped us provide an event that ran smoothly and was very positively received. I was really grateful that you were prepared for our arrival ahead of schedule, and for the smooth running of meal times and break outs.
I have organized and attended quite a few retreats in my years and those hosted by Christian camps have always been the best. This weekend was one of the most significant times in my walk with Christ…
From the moment of arrival we were made to feel most welcome.