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.
Thanksgiving RetreatOctober 8-11, 2021
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".Registration Opens in July
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.
- 2021 fees are charged per person, up to a family maximum of the four oldest 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 $50.00 is required at the time of registration.
- Payment can be made by VISA or MasterCard online, by phone or postal mail. If you wish to pay by cheque or money order, please submit a paper registration by postal mail.
“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 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, hockey sticks and helmets, 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 hot 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details about these roles and for what retreats we may still be in need.
We were able to get away from the stress of life – and really felt at peace.
This is one of the very few places where folks with very different faith traditions come together.
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.
Thank God for IAWAH – Our lives will be changed forever. We will always consider ourselves a part of the family at IAWAH.