Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Kinark Outdoor Centre located?

The Kinark Outdoor Centre is located 14 km north of Minden, ON., and approximately 65km east of Hwy 11 and Bracebridge, ON. The KOC is 3km from a major highway along a well maintained back road.

Where do participants eat?

Participants eat in our dining hall.  Our dining hall can accommodate up to140 people in one seating.  We have two separate eating areas one for larger groups and one for groups of 40 or less. We commonly serve two seatings during busier summer months.

What types of food are offered?

Kinark Outdoor Center is a recognized member of the Eat Smart Ontario Recreation Center Program. This means that we offer healthy food at every meal (we have a great and fresh salad bar that includes green salad, quinoa salad, and fresh colourful veggies). Second, we meet all food safety standards. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated including Halal, gluten and dairy allergies, GFCF, celiac, and vegan diets. Please let us know in advance so we can immediately serve your need upon arrival.

Can you accommodate special dietary needs?

We can accommodate special dietary needs, and do so with most groups who attend.  We will need to know in advance so that we can have the proper food on hand.  Please contact us if you have any special dietary needs or restrictions. Common alternatives are offered for GFCF diets, vegetarianism, Halal groups, and wheat allergies.

Are there medical facilities near by?

Yes.  The Kinark Outdoor Centre is located 14km from the Minden Hospital.  By car you can reach the hospital in 15 to 20 minutes.

Where do the participants sleep?

All participants sleep in our cabins.  Most cabins sleep up to 5 people per room. All facilities are climate controlled and have 2 or 3-piece washrooms. Sleeping bags and pillows are not provided but if requested can be available. 


Can my child bring a cell phone?

We ask that parents NOT pack cell phones and other electronic devices. Cell phones distract from the group setting and natural environment. Electronic devices can also get lost in a communal setting because of the close proximity of quarters. We cannot be responsible for these devices, nor should your child’s peers be responsible for them. Please leave electronics at home. If there is an anticipated need to be in touch with home there are phones available: let us know and we will make arrangements.

If the event that an electronic device is used as a developmental support (ie. Speech application or other) please communicate this with our coordinator and what we should expect as typical use.

Is there a camp store?

We do have t-shirts, hats, bags, and key chains available for re-sale in the office. As per our Eat Smart Ontario recognition we do not support a tuck shop with candy or pop. Nor do we sell personal hygiene products. In the event of a particular need there is a convenient store a short distance away and we can help obtain whatever you might have forgotten. 

Can I make a cabin request?

Yes, please let us know which cabins would best suit the needs of your group. This is a part of the planning process with our coordinator.  You should expect to share a room with one to four of your own group peers. Family groups always have the private use of a cabin section to themselves.

When there are other groups on site and in your cabin area, you will know this in advance. You will NOT share individual cabins with other groups! This is a typical occurrence during busy periods (summer).

What if I need to cancel my trip?

Please be familiar with our cancellation policy. This will be provided during the booking process. We reserve the right to cancel a session date if participation numbers are too low (we anticipate at least 12 participants per group). You may select an alternate date or you may request a full refund of tuition paid should this occur.

Who delivers your camp programs?

We pride ourselves in our instructors, outdoor educators, and recreational respite workers at the Kinark Outdoor Centre.  Our staff are professionals in their field and participate in a lengthy training process in which they earn certifications in high ropes facilitation and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention. Staff are experienced in the delivery of all outdoor activities for recreational purposes and skill development. Staff also participate in extensive training related to working with special populations and specifically in autism services, including IBI training.

Our Instructors are all certified in CPR-C and Emergency First Aid, and must present a satisfactory Criminal Background Check before working with campers.

What do I need to bring?

Please see the following