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Welcome to the Kinark Outdoor Centre

The Kinark Outdoor Centre (KOC) has a rich history in overnight camping, outdoor education, recreational programming, and community building. From skill development, family enrichment, social recreation, respite, and adventure-based experiences, the KOC offers high-quality programming and once-in-a-lifetime experiences in a safe, well-supported and natural environment. 

The KOC is located in Minden, Ontario. Situated on 600 hectares of land, the KOC is nestled in the forest along the shores of Grey Lake. The Kinark Outdoor Centre welcomes guests from all walks of life for a variety of different programs, including Autism Respite, and Community and School Group Bookings. 

We look forward to hosting you! 

Resuming Full Operations in Spring 2022

Starting in May 2022 on-site programming will resume. This is an exciting time! Our popular Autism Family Respite (AFR) program is offered throughout the spring. Our summer is booked with visiting groups and Autism Family Camp (AFC) programs. Our staff has been recruited, training is being planned, and winter programs are being put away.  

In Winter 2022, the KOC had the opportunity to engage a group of families to create some new autism programs. Many of these will launch this fall.  

Our popular Camp at Home program is still available for families. Visit our Camp at Home program page for more information about the programs and how to register for one that is right for your family. Through this programming we aim to: 

  1. Focus on strengthening family bonds through new and/or shared experiences through fun activities facilitated by KOC staff; 
  2. Improve participant’s sense of belonging in a supportive environment; and 
  3. Most importantly, provide a break from routine. 

If on-site programming is not accessible to you our Camp at Home series is a great alternative. We will customize something for your group in this medium too.  

Full Operations and Responsivity to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – In Spring 2022, the Kinark Outdoor Centre (KOC) will be resuming a near full complement of programs for families with autism, those needing respite, students, and our unique user groups. While provincial regulations have been lifted at this time, the KOC is still operating with many in place. This includes:  

  1. All staff are vaccinated and test at least twice weekly 
  2. Screening is in place for all people arriving on site at the KOC 
  3. Capacity limits exist in each building 
  4. Co-horting measures are in place for dining hall use 
  5. Physical distancing and masking are essential indoors 
  6. Heightened and documented cleaning protocols are in place 
  7. Hand washing stations are located at every door 
  8. Vaccination and testing are strongly encouraged by all visitors 

Read the full update about COVID-19 measures in place here. During registration, the program supervisor that you work with will ask you about your understanding of our COVID-19 procedures. They may ask if you are vaccinated and will encourage you to take a Rapid Antigen test upon arrival. We aim to provide enriching experiences through our camp operations. The KOC is a place to have fun, relax, be yourself, and enjoy your family or community. 

The Kinark Outdoor Centre (KOC) is operated by Kinark Child and Family Services and is accredited by the Ontario Camp Association (OCA).