Outdoor Education & Youth Leadership

Important Information

The Bark Lake Advantage

What could be better than taking your students on an educational adventure? Awaiting to be explored is 500 acres of wilderness, access to 2,000 acres of crown land, forests, marshes, bogs, and of course Bark Lake itself. Your group will be led by our team of enthusiastic facilitators who are ready to help you discover. That’s the Bark Lake Advantage!

Activities

From challenge courses to nature hikes to campfires, we’ve got an outdoor education adventure suited just for your group! Whether a one day recreation field trip or an intensive curriculum linked program, let us help you reach your goals! Please visit our Program Catalogue page to explore the options available.

Site Tours and Information Sessions

Don’t take our word for it; let Bark Lake speak for itself. We would love to give you a personal tour of our site. Please contact us to arrange a visit.

Can’t make it up?  No worries!  We’ll come to you.  Please contact us to arrange for an information session.

Explore the sections below for more information.
ACCOMMODATIONS

Year Round

Oak Centre (48 beds)

Oak Centre Accommodations at Bark Lake Leadership Centre

The Oak Centre is a 24 room hotel style accommodation furnished in Canadiana decor. Twenty of these rooms have two single beds as well as a private three-piece bathroom. The two rooms at the end of each hall, typically reserved for chaperones, contain one double bed, a futon and a four-piece private bathroom.  The centrally located common room has two kitchenettes, twin propane fireplaces, and an LED screen.  Additional features include two small breakout rooms and a wrap-around deck.

Tamarack Cabins

Tamarack Cabins at Bark Lake Leadership and Conference Centre
Tamarack Cabins at Bark Lake This recently renovated space has four bedrooms and can accommodate up to sixteen people. Features include sitting area and washrooms within the lodge.
Tamarack Cabins at Bark Lake
Tamarack Cabins at Bark Lake

Tamarack Dormitory (50 beds)

This newly renovated two storey dormitory has three bedrooms on the top floor and two on the lower, all furnished with bunk beds. Other amenities include air conditioning, a common room, and two washrooms with showers.

Tamarack Cottage

Nestled amongst a mature red pine forest, overlooking the lake, this three-bedroom cottage is suitable for chaperones supervising the Tamarack Section.  Features include a full kitchen, lounge area, and a three piece bathroom.  Two rooms contain one single and one double bed. A third bedroom contains two single beds.

Tamarack Lodge

This recently renovated space has three bedrooms with bunk beds and one room with a double bed. This lodge also includes a sitting room, washroom, and showers.  The lodge is ideal for a small group or in addition to a larger group staying in Tamarack Section.

Three-Season

Pine Cabins

Pine Cabins at Bark Lake Leadership Centre

Pine Cabins 1-3

These cabins feature three floors, connected by an open air stairway, each with their own bedroom containing three bunk beds per room.  Additional features include a washroom on the middle floor and a screened in porch on the lower.

 When paired with the nearby Maple Section, you will be able to accommodate up to 96 participants.

Pine 4

This cabin overlooks the rest of the Pines, providing an ideal location for chaperones.  Amenities include four bedrooms with two sets of bunk beds per room, washroom facilities, and small sitting room.

Maple Cabins

Maple Cabins at Bark Lake Leadership Centre

Maple Cabins 1-6

These six identical single-room cabins are well suited for both small and large groups looking to create a sense of community.  Each of the Maple cabins has seven single beds, and a small deck.  The newly constructed detached washroom and shower facilities are located nearby.

When paired with the nearby Pine Section, you will be able to accommodate up to 96 participants.

Maple Cottage (6 beds)

This three-bedroom cottage is ideal for chaperones wishing to give their students a bit of space in the Maple Section.  It includes a kitchen, lounge area, and three-piece bathroom.  Two bedrooms contain two single beds each.   A third bedroom features one single and one double bed.

Maple 7

This cozy cabin overlooks Maples 1-6.  It includes a sitting room, washroom, and two bedrooms.  One bedroom has two single beds and the other has a bunk bed.  This cabin is well-suited for chaperones wishing to be accessible to their students while at the same time giving them some space to grow as individuals.

Aspen Cabins (48 beds)

Aspen Cabins at Bark Lake Leadership Centre

These four cabins each feature a small sitting area, bathroom, and bunk bed accommodations.  Additionally, Aspen 3 and 4 feature a full kitchen.  These cabins include their own fire pit, activity field, and are the most private onsite.

Birch Cabins (12 beds)

Birch Cabins at Bark Lake Leadership Centre

This cabin includes a large open concept sleeping area, a washroom, and a separate chaperone room with its own private two piece bathroom.  Birch Cabin is the most centrally located accommodation, situated just steps away from the Balsam Centre and Dining Hall.

FACILITIES

Year Round Meeting Places

Balsam Centre at Bark Lake Leadership Centre

This large meeting area makes a perfect classroom, studio, or workshop.The bright open space, featuring hardwood floors and direct access to Balsam Middle, provides an ideal environment for learning and creating. This is one of the closest meeting areas to the dining hall.

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This classroom space is well suited for smaller groups.  When used in conjunction with Lakeside, Balsam Middle provides a separate breakout space for students working together.  Benefits of this classroom include a washroom, white boards, and easy access to the dining hall.

The dining hall at Bark Lake Leadership Centre

With a magnificent stone fireplace as its centrepiece, the Dining Hall has a northern charm that invites team building and adventure! This space boasts a captivating view of Bark Lake with large windows that flood the hall with natural light creating an ideal venue for workshops, keynote presentations, and activities.

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Located just steps from the main Dining Hall, this cozy space can be used as a classroom, breakout room, or studio.  The large windows flood the hall with ample natural light and provide a lovely view of the marsh.

This versatile space can be used for a multitude of indoor activities.  Possibilities include presentations, rehearsals, and community building.The two breakout rooms can be used by small groups to plan and discuss.  On warm and sunny days, the back deck can also be used as a meeting space.Amenities include washrooms, whiteboards, and a mounted LED screen.

Three Season Meeting Areas

This three-season building is well suited for a wide range of activities. Possibilities include, Bark Lake-lead arts and crafts (please see the program catalog for more details), rehearsals, or as a classroom space.  The covered deck allows students to learn and create outdoors, even when the weather isn’t cooperating.

The Pavilion at Bark Lake Leadership Centre

The Pavilion is the perfect outdoor classroom space, offering easy access to the Administration Office, the Balsam Centre, Dining Hall, and nearby washroom facilities. Used as both a program and recreational space; the Pavilion features built-in electrical outlets and lighting, enabling this space to be used throughout the day and into the evening.

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Year Round Meeting Places

A small field surrounded by forest, close to the Administration Building and washrooms.

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Located by the Aspen Section, it is an ideal location for winter programming, group activities, and field games.  Amenities include picnic tables and a fire pit.

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A mix of maples, poplars, and evergreens the Aspen Forest is an amazing space to allow for exploration and discovery.

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This sand beach located behind the Dining Hall is perfect for campfires or as a central meeting area.  Amenities include picnic tables, a grassy field, and a fire pit.  Limited Wi-Fi may be available.

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This open field beside the Dining Hall is an ideal location for introductory programs and lessons, initiatives, and active games.  Limited Wi-Fi may be available.

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This small point is a beautiful location ideal for group debriefs, wedding photos, or simply to watch the sun set.

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Mixed forests, bogs, and beaver dams await you along our trails.

This small field is located at the extreme southwest end of the lake and is accessible by either canoe or trail.  It is well suited for cookouts, small group activities, initiatives and reflections.

A large open field, across from the Oak Centre, that is ideal for active games and initiatives.

This large sandy beach with a shallow designated swim area is a perfect place for a beach party!  Just a short stroll from the main site, this private beach features amenities such as a volleyball court, outhouses, and a fire pit. If you require lifeguards, please make arrangements with Guest Services prior to your arrival at Bark Lake.

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FOOD SERVICES
the dining hall at Bark Lake
The dining hall at sunset Bark Lake Leadership and Conference Centre
The dining hall at Bark Lake Leadership and Conference Centre
Breakfast at Bark Lake Leadership and Conference Centre

Whether meals for a school group of twenty, a formal reception for a hundred, or a banquet for two hundred and fifty, the Bark Lake Dining Hall is ready to serve.

Our kitchen serves a variety of wholesome, nutritious, and tasty foods.  Highlights include an amazing assortment of fresh vegetables, all you can eat salad bar, and hot entrées.

At all meals guests will have access to milk, water, and an array of juice.  Hot beverages include an assortment of tea and coffee.

Allergies

In today’s world more and more people are coming to us with food-related allergies.  As partners in ensuring that our guests have an enjoyable time at Bark Lake, we will do our best to ensure that the food we provide is safe and nutritious.  But we need your help.

When completing your medical form please make certain that you have listed all of your allergies.  If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us in advance of your visit.

Bark Lake is a peanut controlled facility.

Dietary Restrictions

If you have any dietary restrictions please let us know.  We will work with you to ensure that your dietary requirements are met.  If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us in advance of your visit.

Three Day/Two Night Menu

Day 1

Dinner

  • Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
  • Spaghetti with Vegetable Sauce
  • Mixed Vegetables
  • Garlic cheese Bread
  • Build Your Own Salad Bar

Day 2

Breakfast

  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Seasoned Home fries
  • Muffins
  • Fruit and Yogurt Bar
  • Assorted Cereals

Lunch

  • Buffalo Chicken Pizza
  • Vegetarian Pizza
  • Onion Rings
  • Build Your Own Salad Bar

Dinner

  • Roasted Chicken Legs
  • Steamed Rick
  • Peaches and Cream Corn
  • Build Your Own Salad Bar

Day 3

Breakfast

  • Pancakes
  • Sausages
  • Danish
  • Fruit and Yogurt Bar
  • Assorted Cereals

Lunch

  • Beef Burgers
  • Vegetarian Burgers
  • French Fries
  • Coleslaw
  • Build Your Own Salad Bar
PRICING

Prices and Rates

BOOK NOW

One Day Package – $64.00 per participant

  • Includes a hot lunch
  • Highly trained facilitation team to run your chosen programming at a 10:1 ratio
  • A personalized program and itinerary created with our Guest Services team
  • Program related equipment included
  • A souvenir and gift to commemorate your Bark Lake experience

Two Days / One Night Package – $163.00 per participant

  • 1 night of cabin accommodations
  • Includes 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, and 1 evening snack
  • Highly trained facilitation team to run your chosen programming at a 10:1 ratio
  • A personalized program and itinerary created with our Guest Services team
  • Program related equipment included
  • A souvenir and gift to commemorate your Bark Lake experience

Three Days / Two Nights Package – $290.00 per participant

  • 2 nights of cabin accommodations
  • Includes 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, and 2 evening snacks
  • Highly trained facilitation team to run your chosen programming at a 10:1 ratio
  • A personalized program and itinerary created with our Guest Services team
  • Program related equipment included
  • A souvenir and gift to commemorate your Bark Lake experience

Upgrades and Add-ons

  • Oak Centre Accommodations = $5.00 per participant / night
  • Platform Tents = $20.00 discount per participant / night (Coming Summer 2017)
  • Bedding = $15.00 per participant
  • Add a Dinner = $14.00 per participant
  • Add a Lunch = $12.00 per participant
  • Add a Breakfast = $9.00 per participant
  • Night Guard = $275 per group / night
  • Certifications = price based on certification cost and staff time
    • Project WILD / Below Zero
    • ORCKA Canoe Level 1, 2, 3, 4
    • Leave No Trace
    • Wilderness First Aid
    • Working on Ice

All of our packages are completely customizable to meet your needs and desired outcomes. Extended program packages are available upon request. Please contact our Sales Coordinator for more information.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
  • Cabin accommodations include Maple Section, Pine Section, Tamarack Section, Birch Cabin, and Aspen Cabins. Please contact our Sales Coordinator about upgrades.
  • A minimum of 10 participants are required to open our Kitchen for food services.
  • Lunch is not included on arrival. Please bring your own bag lunch or add a hot lunch to your package (additional charges will apply).
  • Prices are subject to change – book now to reserve the current price.
  • All prices subject to HST.
  • Prices do not include SOCAN or Re: Sound tariffs, if applicable.

A deposit of $500.00 is required to secure your dates for 1-50 participants and $1000.00 for more than 51 participants.

Please contact our Sales Coordinator for more information.