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Kinark Outdoor Centre
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1766 Queen’s Line Road
Minden Hills, Ontario.
The Kinark Outdoor Centre is located approximately 5 km west of Carnarvon, Ontario. The facility is north of Minden in Haliburton County.
Our address is 1766 Queen’s Line Road, Minden Hills, Ontario. The following link from Google Maps is helpful. HOWEVER, Google has miss-labeled our private driveway as Swan Road. Swan Road is just south of our driveway. The marked location on the map is correct – but do not look for Swan Road. Our driveway is close! Head north and you’ll see our large greeting sign on the road.
From the southeast: Take Hwy 404 to Newmarket, turn right onto Davis Drive and continue to stoplights at Hwy 48. Proceed north on Hwy 48 until the stop light where Hwy 48 merges with Hwy 12. Take Hwy 12 north (left) for approximately 15 kms. Then Hwy 48 veers off to the right and continues on its own again. Continue on Hwy 48 until it stops at Hwy 35 in Coboconk. Drive north on Hwy 35, past the town of Minden to the town of Carnarvon (approx. 13 kms) where Hwy 35 intersects with Hwy 118 (stop lights). Turn west onto Hwy 118 and proceed 7 kms to the Queens Line. Turn south on the Queens Line and proceed 1.5 kms to the entrance for the Centre (first opening on your left).
From the southwest: Take Hwy 401 to Hwy 400 north. Between Barrie and Orillia, Hwy 400 forks: take the left fork “Hwy 11 to North Bay.” Continue driving north – where the road forks again, take the right fork “North Bay.” Proceed until you see the Bracebridge-Vankounet-Haliburton exit. Go east on Hwy 118 for 55 kms (approx 45 min.) to the Queens Line. You are getting close when you pass the Bobcaygeon Road on your right. If you find yourself at the stop lights in Carnarvon you’ve gone too far east. Turn south on Queens Line and proceed 1.5 kms to the entrance for the KOC (first opening on your left).
If you are looking to book, or if you would like more information about our autism respite programs, please contact our Autism Program Supervisor, Leslie MacLachlan.
There is funding for the Autism Family Respite program that runs year-round (effective winter 2020). Funds are distributed via lottery. The lottery will be posted on our registration page in January 2019.
Registration for one of our fee-for-service autism respite programs opens in January 2019.
If you are a teacher, or would like to book a community group, please contact our Program Manager, Ryan Mortell. Ryan will help you with availability and planning a full program that meets your academic or recreational goals.
You can also find more information about our community and school programs on the Programs and Activities page.
Where is the Kinark Outdoor Centre located?
The KOC is located 14 km north of Minden, ON., and approximately 65 km east of Hwy 11 and Bracebridge, ON. The KOC is 3 km from a major highway along a well maintained back road. The nearest hospital is in Minden, 20 minutes away. Click here to see directions.
Where do participants eat?
Participants eat in our dining hall. While families eat around a table together (family style seating), our dining hall can accommodate up to 120 people in one seating. We have two separate eating areas: one for larger groups and one for groups of 40 or less.
What types of food are offered?
The KOC serves food that is group and child friendly while also being aware of common dietary restrictions. While we are gluten aware and frequently serve a GFCF diet for kids on the autism spectrum, our attention to groups, commonly 60-80 people large, makes custom meals impossible to manage. A basic salad bar, warm food with a variety of options is available at each seating.
Can you accommodate special dietary needs?
We can accommodate special dietary needs. 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, vegetarian, vegan, certified Halal, and gluten allergies. If you have medically dangerous allergies, please let us know before your arrival. We will work with you to ensure that appropriate storage and prep is arranged for food you bring, or that you are satisfied with the alternatives that we can provide.
Are there medical facilities nearby?
Yes, the Kinark Outdoor Centre is located 14 km from the Minden Hospital. You can reach the hospital in 20 minutes by car.
Where do participants sleep?
Most participants sleep in the Lakeview cabin area. Families have a cabin to themselves. Winter 2019 renovations (to be completed in 2020) will open up the cabins and add a shower to each one. Currently, most cabins sleep up to 5 people, are climate controlled, and have 2 or 3-piece washrooms. Sleeping bags and pillows are not provided but are available if requested.
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. 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.
In the event that an electronic device is used as a developmental support (for example, speech application or other, behavioural redirection), please communicate this to our coordinator and explain what we should expect as typical use.
Is there a camp store?
We do have t-shirts, hats, bags and key chains available for sale in the Nature Classroom. We have a small supply of personal hygiene products for those who forget something important at home – just ask and no charge! And there is a convenience store five minutes towards the nearest town in Carnarvon.
Can I make a cabin request?
Yes, please let us know which cabin(s) would best suit the needs of your group. This is part of the planning process with your 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.
What if I need to cancel my trip?
Please familiarize yourself with our cancellation policy outlined in the booking contract. There is a non-refundable deposit. We reserve the right to cancel a session date if participation numbers are too low (we anticipate at least 12 participants per group with a minimum charge).
Who delivers your camp programs?
The KOC prides itself on the high caliber of our instructors, outdoor educators, and recreational respite workers. Our staff are professionals in their field and participate in a lengthy training process in which they earn certifications in high ropes facilitation, therapeutic crisis intervention and safe management. Staff are experienced in the delivery of all outdoor activities for recreational purposes. Staff also participate in extensive training related to working with special needs populations, and specifically, in autism services.
Our instructors are all certified in CPR-C and emergency first aid and must present a satisfactory criminal background check before working with campers.
Do you have more questions?
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The KOC facilitates a range of outdoor education, therapeutic recreation and experiential adventure programs designed to meet the specific needs of its diverse client population.
Visiting groups include: children’s mental health centres, community living agencies, elementary and secondary schools, colleges, universities, and various other organizations serving youth, and adults and individuals with special needs. The KOC also offers a range of programming for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, including Family Camps, Family Respite, and 5-day summer camp programs throughout July and August.
If you share our passion for helping children, youth and families, we invite you to view our available positions.