Youth & Family Experiences
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. IAWAH offers long weekend retreats that help families connect, renew relationships, and simply relax. Each experience includes lively worship, challenging Christian teaching, and children’s programming. In the afternoon, enjoy recreational activities and free time to do as much, or as little as you like.
Family Experiences are available during the Thanksgiving, Canada Day, and February Family Day long weekends.Unique Youth Experiences
Toque Youth Group Retreats are fun and engaging winter weekends designed for church leaders to bring their junior or senior high youth groups. We provide a resource team and fully coordinated experience—that allows youth and their leaders to focus on building relationships. Enjoy engaging worship, relevant teaching, and crazy wide games and activities.
Winter Family RetreatFebruary 15-18, 2019
Come break up the cold season with a winter family retreat that’s sure to warm the heart. Continue with us as we learn to “Thrive” this year: as individuals, couples, families, friends, and disciples of Christ.
Escape into a winter wonderland with us here at IAWAH for some Bell Hill tobogganing, broomball or hockey at the lake. Could it be that indoor climbing and archery, cozy nooks near the crackling woodstove with knitting, reading, board games, crafts and good conversation are just what you need?
We are excited to whip up some high-end warm beverages and top-of-the-line nibbles accompanied by live entertainment in our Wolfe Lake Café this year as well as offering an early morning ice-fishing venture.
This retreat has it all and more. Monday morning, with some help from our fabulous kitchen staff you’ll be all fed, rested and ready to face the world another day.Register Online Today! Download .pdf Registration Form
Toque: Sr. high youth group retreatFeb 1-3, 2019
With winter in full swing, “Toque” is a get-away for senior high youth groups to connect on a more personal level and grow together! Toque provides the fresh teaching and supportive community to better equip senior high students to weather life’s changes.
Youth: Please contact your youth leader if you are interested in attending.Reserve Spaces
Toque: Jr. high youth group retreatMarch 1-3, 2019
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: Please contact your youth leader if you are interested in attending.Reserve Spaces
Open House (10:30am - 4pm) Free Beach BBQ (12:30pm - 1:30pm)May 18, 2019
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 Family RetreatJune 28 - July 1, 2019
IAWAH’s long-standing tradition of summer family experiences has resulted in our most well-attended retreat of the year. As we change gears into the summer months we will continue to look at how to truly “Thrive”
Come join us on the lake to bask in the sun, splash in the water and enjoy a classic IAWAH experience. Enjoy the beach, play some beach volleyball or take a leap of faith out onto “The Blob”. Take a spin on a kneeboard, waterskis, or a wakeskate at our watersports area. Or try indoor climbing, archery and mountain biking all set up for our summer programming.
We look forward to celebrating Canada and the freedom that we have here with you as we provide an afternoon and evening of Canada games and activities culminating in a field trip into Westport for the fireworks and festivities.Register Online Today Download .pdf Registration Form
Thanksgiving RetreatOctober 11-14, 2019
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 learning how to "Thrive".Register Online Today! Download .pdf Registration Form
Homecoming DayMonday October 8th, 2018
An IAWAH Tradition. Designed for IAWAH Alumni. Reception at 10am - Thanksgiving Feast at 12:30pm. No charge but reservations required.CONTACT US
Friday, November 29 - Sunday, December 1, 2019
For those who were in this year's RISE, CREW, ROOTs or REACH: come back for an amazing weekend of catching up with friends, reliving some of our greatest times from the summer, awesome worship and some inspiring messages that will help you stay connected with Jesus throughout the year. Learn about what's coming up for the following year and how to apply. And of course... the FOOD.
Arrival: November 29, 7:00 PM
Departure: December 1, 2:00 PM
Cost: $80.00 incl. HST
Contact Jessica Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.Registration opens Oct. 1st
Summer Staff Reunion
January 1-2, 2019
For those who were on our Staff team this summer to come back for an amazing couple of days of catching up with friends, reliving some of our greatest times from the summer, awesome worship and amazing messages from Andy that will help you stay connected with Jesus throughout the year. And of course... the FOOD.
Arrival: Tuesday January 1, 2019 11:00am
Departure: Wednesday January 2, 2019 2:00pm
Cost: $22.12 plus 13% HST
Contact Jessica Walker at email@example.com with any questions you may have.Register Online
“We were able to get away from the stress of life and really felt at peace.” Retreat guest
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.
- 2019 fees are charged per person, up to a family maximum of four paying guests.
- All fees are subject to 13% HST.
- Guests ages 13 and up: $180.00/person
- Children ages 7-12: $120.00/person
- Children age 6 and under: No charge
- 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.
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, books, Bible, notebook, pen, 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.
How can I get more involved?
If you are looking to become a more involved participant in our Family Experiences here are a few available opportunities: Preaching, Worship, Kid’s Ministry and MC’ing. Please contact our Camping Coordinator camping[at]iawah.com for more details about these roles and for what retreats we may still be in need.
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.