Camp Manitou opens 11-acre expansion

July 8, 2022 | By: Jason Friesen
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An 11-acre expansion at Camp Manitou is nearly complete, introducing additional adventure, learning and growth opportunities to young Manitobans. The result of a $9 million capital campaign, a 2.6-acre custom-made lake, new water activities and biking trails are now in use by summer campers. The water activities are made fully accessible thanks to a dock with Manitoba’s first Americans with Disabilities Act compliant launch.

Camp Manitou has been a core program of the True North Youth Foundation (TNYF) since assuming camp operations in 2014. Since then, the TNYF has invested significantly in the grounds, restoring existing amenities or introducing new ones including a zipline, climbing wall, accessible playground, low ropes course, toboggan run, 12 cabins for overnight campers, and an NHL-sized outdoor covered rink.

The 11-acre expansion is the TNYF’s latest improvement endeavour, accomplished thanks to the generosity of the community in raising $9 million over the past three and a half years. A 2.6-acre man-made lake, boathouse, and fully accessible dock have introduced canoeing and kayaking as new water activities while new biking trails and a skills course surrounding the lake provide new challenges for campers. Also part of the project is the Travis Price Centre Lodge, which opened in 2020, providing modern dining, kitchen, meeting, activity and dorm spaces for both day campers and school and rental groups.

In the winter months, the lake will offer pond hockey – and will be home to the inaugural Ducky Pond Hockey Classic in 2022-23 – and the bike trails will become cross country skiing trails.

The True North Youth Foundation is grateful to all capital campaign donors whose contributions will positively impact Manitoba youth for years to come.