Located in the scenic Almaguin Highlands (near Huntsville, Ontario), Camp Chikopi is an overnight sports camp for boys and teens. We are known all over the world, with a rich history of campers attending from the four corners of the globe. Year after year, and for generations, our campers have been returning for "the summer of a lifetime”. Chikopi families and alumni make up a supportive and extensive network, most of whom continue their personal experience by enrolling their son and grandson, and most noteworth is how our alumni use word of mouth to share the incredible experince a summer at Chikopi will be to their friends, neighbours and relatives.
At Camp Chikopi, our focus is on sports. Our coaching staff is highly qualified; our training is personalized; and we often have visiting alumni, (Olympic and National). Our programs are both comprehensive and extensive – we offer everything from soccer, baseball, and basketball to swimming, sailing, and canoeing. Our campers return year after year as they strive for the highest levels of health, fitness and stamina in their specific sport of choice.
At our core, we are a traditional overnight sports camp, where instruction is personalized, and the focus is on developing and enhancing skill sets. We offer more than twenty-five different sports, where campers can excel in their chosen sport, while engaging in a host of other sports. Camp Chikopi allows campers to improve their technical skills and build self-confidence at the same time. And importantly, the camp experience is exciting and enjoyable.
The Canoe Program at Camp Chikopi is renowned and legendary. Our canoe fleet consists of forty-four green and white cedar-strip canoes, and our programming encompasses everything from pleasure canoeing, to racing, to tripping. We focus on personal development, and we emphasize the fundamentals: canoe parts and equipment; paddling and stroke techniques; and, safety protocols. With instruction and practice, both physical and mental conditioning is equally enhanced.
Our instructors incorporate all the technical aspects of canoeing in the training program: picking the right canoe; holding the paddle correctly; effective stroke techniques; and portaging (the task of lifting and carrying the canoe between waterways).
Chikopi campers learn the basics of canoeing on Ahmic Lake, where they paddle their way to a variety of destinations: nearby Camp Ak-O-Mak (our sister camp); Ahmic Harbour; Ahmic Lake Resort’s Candy Shop; even into Magnetawan for some additional fun.
In this program, campers experience Canada’s unique sport of Canoe Racing. Our fleet has multiple War Canoes, each holding 15 paddlers, both C1 + C4 canoes as well as K1 racing kayaks.
Canoe Tripping allows campers to work together to explore Algonquin Park, the French River, and various nearby lakes and rivers. Canoe trips vary with experience levels and overnight duration.
The Canoe Program at Camp Chikopi enhances a campers overall skills, physicality and endurance. It’s another fitness opportunity that combines superior coaching and instruction in a safe and enjoyable camp atmosphere.
Historically, we’re known for our “Chikopi Spirit" – it’s about playing together and pulling together. And it’s about long-lasting friendships. Camp Chikopi is an incredible overnight camp experience dedicated to the personal growth and development of each camper.
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