Wilderness North

At Milton District we live our values of Belong, Elevate, Respect and we strive to build key skills in our students that will ensure their success both in high school and in their chosen post secondary destinations.

Our Wilderness North program includes ALL of our Grade 10 students, a large number of staff and a select number of Grade 12 student leaders. The experience focuses on building skills in communication, teamwork, critical thinking and problem-solving, which are essential in all aspects of life including academic success. Wilderness North reinforces the building of these skills in an interactive environment outside the traditional classroom. Through highly organized and staff supervised events such as ropes courses, hiking, archery, campfire, canoeing, kayaking and team activities, students will build their skills, confidence and relationships. There is something for all levels, abilities and interests for swimmers and non-swimmers alike.

Grade 10 tends to be a challenging year for students. This trip is designed to foster belonging and inclusiveness and to build a strong community of students and staff who will continue to support one another in the classrooms and hallways of the school for the remainder of their high school years.

YMCA Camp Wanakita Facility & Activities

Camp Wanakita is situated on beautiful Koshlong Lake in Haliburton, Ontario. The camp spans 1000 acres, has 90 cabins and provides a variety of recreational facilities and amenities.

Most of the cabins are heated and are equipped with fully functioning bathroom facilities. Cabins sleep approximately 10 campers, plus two to three of our Gr. 12 leaders.

The staff at Wanakita provide incredible meals that are both healthy & delicious. Kitchen staff and friendly and accommodating and are able to meet dietary restrictions/needs for guests.

Activities offered at Camp Wanakita include Kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, swimming, canoeing, archery, low & high ropes, games, team building initiatives, talent show and evening campfires.

The cost for the annual Wilderness North trip for our Gr. 10 students, and the Gr. 12 leaders for the 2020-2021 school year is $460.00 Trip dates areSeptember 21 to 25, 2020 . This fee covers transportation to and from Camp Wanakita, all activities, meals and accommodations, and a t-shirt that the students may keep. Forms will be distributed to students in late April with payment required by end of May in order to secure our booking for September.

Beautiful Koshlong Lake


Food/Meal Service


Water Fun

Rock Climbing


Evening Campfire

Frequently Asked Questions

    • What shall I pack?
  • My child has food allergies. Will the Camp be able to accommodate their diet during the trip?
    • Absolutely! The chefs at Camp receive a list of all food allergies and food restrictions for our students prior to our arrival at camp. The meals are planned out specifically by the chef for those students for the week. The food is delivered to the students directly from the chef to ensure ingredients will meet the students' needs.