The Lake Simcoe Training Centre is situated on the northwestern shores of Lake Simcoe. Located 60 minutes north of Toronto, we are full-service outdoor education and leadership training centre; able to host up to 320 people at one time in the spring and fall seasons!
Vulture Hall - Dining Hall
Our dining area is called Vulture Hall. It is a large open-concept facility that can hold upwards of 320 people. We typically serve all of our meals family-style to encourage community and conversation among our guests.
Our kitchen staff are exceptional! Lead by our amazingly talented Head Chef, Borden, our Food Services team is dedicated to serving healthy meals that comply with Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating. We are able to accommodate special dietary needs, as long as we are notified in advance. These include, but are not limited to: food allergies, religious circumstances, veganism and vegetarianism.
After a full day of being active outside, we can promise that no one will go to bed hungry – because we always serve an evening snack before bedtime!
Our Rec Hall is one of the oldest buildings at camp, and one of the most charming! It is one of the buildings that we use most often for indoor programming – as the stage, large open floor space, and character of the building create the perfect atmosphere for talent shows, indoor games, evening activities and skit nights!
Grand Central Station
Named after the incredibly busy train station in New York City, our bathroom facilities are much the same way! Our washroom complex was recently repainted and renovated with stainless steel sinks, heat and tiled showers – making it a modern facility that all clients, campers and staff are comfortable using!
Camper Cabins (#1-16)
Our main cabin line consists of 16 cabins, extending in a horseshoe shape around the perimeter of camp. Each of our cabins sleep a maximum of 16 people. Our cabins provide the rustic charm that is so often associated with camp – a wonderful, community-style living arrangements for groups to get to know each other and bond during a retreat. Our cabins are also heated for late fall and early spring retreats, as the weather tends to still be a little bit chilly.
While there are no bathrooms in the individual buildings, all of the cabins are in very close promixity to our main washroom facility, Grand Central Station.
The Chapel, nestled in the woods, is one of the most peaceful buildings at camp. This very old building was extensively renovated in the summer of 2005, which included the addition of the beautifully crafted stained glass windows, sky lights and refinished hard wood floors that make this a building that every camper and client cherishes.
This non-denominational chapel is perfect for small group meetings, weddings with up to 110 guests, meditation, reflection, as well as indoor leadership workshops and programs.
The Mansion - Teacher Cabin
The Mansion consists of 6 individual rooms, each with a bunk bed, side table and closet. There are also two bathrooms and a lounge area with a coffee maker, kettle, an unlimited supply of tea, coffee and fresh fruit, as well as a small fridge. The Mansion can sleep a maximum of 12 people.
High Ropes Courses
At our Lake Simcoe facility, we have two separate high ropes courses. One is nestled in the woods and the other is located on our upper field. We have over ten different challenge course elements that can be used to teach teamwork, highlight effective communication, build trust, encourage problem solving, demonstrate the importance of goal setting and so much more!
We are so lucky to have over 900-feet of beautiful beach on the shores of Lake Simcoe. It tends to be a busy place around camp in the late spring and early fall seasons while it is nice and warm out, as we offer canoeing and kayaking during our leadership retreats!
Indoor Program Areas
In addition to the already listed buildings, we have a few other buildings that can serve as indoor program areas for cold weather, rainy days, or indoor workshops. The Frontier House, Longhouse and Craft Barn are all indoor program spaces that can be used for your group.
The Tuck Shop
Our Tuck Shop is located in the back of Vulture Hall, and is open for groups each day after lunch and dinner. We sell an assortment of tasty treats as well as camp souvenirs – such as t-shirts, water bottles, sweatshirts, sweatpants and stickers! We unfortunately do not accept debit or credit cards at the Tuck Shop, however cash and Canadian Tire money (yes, it’s true!) are perfectly acceptable.
The fire bowl is a large space with bench seating around a large campfire pit! It is a fan-favourite spot at camp where students can admire the stars, share memories with friends and sing typical camp songs and cheers with the YLCC staff. Most overnight retreats include a traditional campfire on the first night.