Getting campers & bags
to and from camp
Important Luggage Info For Everyone
We accept: maximum 2 duffel bags plus 1 small carry-on backpack per camper. We require all duffel bags coming to camp to have securely attached Arowhon bag tags (We'll send you Arowhon tags in May.). We can’t handle trunks, hard suitcases, or containers.
It can be tempting to pack more than two duffel bags, but there isn’t need or room for the excess at camp! For more packing info, see our recommended packing list as well as our No-Go List of items that are not allowed at camp.
Arrangements for transporting Toronto area campers’ luggage
First Session & Full Summer Luggage
We take ALL First Session and Full Summer Toronto area campers’ luggage to camp on Monday June 28.
Their luggage will be waiting for them in their cabins when they arrive.
That means: you bring ALL your child’s luggage (except one small carry-on backpack if needed for the bus) to Herbert Carnegie Centennial Centre, 580 Finch Avenue West (1 block west of Bathurst, on the north side of Finch, behind the arena). BETWEEN 4:00 and 8:00 pm on Monday June 28.
Note: This arrangement does NOT apply for campers coming to camp for Second Session.
Second Session Luggage
All Second Session campers' luggage comes with them to camp on July 29.
Luggage Pick-Up in Toronto at the End of Each Session
Campers’ luggage will arrive at Herbert Carnegie Centennial Centre between 11 am and 12 pm – up to an hour before the camper buses arrive there on the last day of each 4-week camp session. In the excitement of re-uniting with their children, parents often forget luggage items, especially canoe paddles and small items. If you get to Herbert Carnegie Centennial Centre (1 block west of Bathurst, on the north side of Finch, behind the arena) a few minutes early and load up your camper’s luggage before the buses arrive, you’ll be more likely to get it all.
Toronto Bus Times & Location
Travel to Camp by Toronto Bus - July 1 and July 29
Arrive at noon at Herbert Carnegie Centennial Centre, 580 Finch Avenue West (1 block west of Bathurst, on the north side of Finch, behind the arena).
The bus will leave at 12:30 pm.
Please make sure your child has had lunch before boarding the bus because buses do not stop for lunch in order to keep the trip to camp short.
Travel Home by Toronto Bus - July 27, August 11 and August 23
The buses arrive at Herbert Carnegie Centennial Centre, 580 Finch Avenue West (1 block west of Bathurst, on the north side of Finch, behind the arena) BETWEEN 11:30 am and 12:30 pm.
Younger campers (Juniors and Inters) are always on the first bus, which arrives at about 11:30 am, so please come then if you're picking up younger campers.
Junior Camp Bus Travel Home - July 14 and August 11
The camp bus will arrive at Herbert Carnegie Centennial Centre, 580 Finch Avenue West (1 block west of Bathurst, on the north side of Finch, behind the arena) BETWEEN noon and 12:30 pm.
We do not offer an airport bus or airport services for July Junior Camp travel home.
Bus Requests: We group campers on each bus by age and section, so they can connect with their group right away. Bus counsellors look out for vulnerable kids and help them connect. If new campers prefer a bus with a relative, make that request before June 1 and we'll try to honour it.
We do not provide airport bus service homebound for 2 week July Junior campers.
Camp Arowhon staff meet each flight. The children are met and taken care of as soon as they exit the baggage claim area at Toronto Pearson International Airport. Our staff will be wearing Camp Arowhon shirts and holding a sign with the Arowhon logo on it so that campers can identify them easily.
Air Canada flies to two separate airports in Toronto. Camp staff will only meet campers flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). We cannot assist getting campers to camp if they fly into Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ).
Please send us a copy of the e-ticket (or confirmation number) so we can reconfirm flights home.
For info on cell phones and air travel click here.
Two days prior to your camper’s flight, we can provide the name of the staff member meeting your child at the airport. If you wish it, contact Ian at the camp office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Instruct your child to give all airline tickets, passports, cell phones, chargers and money to the camp staff immediately on arrival at Toronto airport so these valuables can go into the camp safe and not get lost. Children flying to camp should carry $50 Canadian cash for use at airports, in case of delays.
If your child is traveling by air and carries an EpiPen, please note that some airlines require a doctor’s letter about the allergy.
Unaccompanied Minor Service:
On Air Canada (and many other airlines), it is mandatory for children aged 8-11 who are flying without an adult to use Unaccompanied Minor service. This is optional for children aged 12-16. Unaccompanied Minor service must be requested at the same time the child’s flight is booked. The fee for this is $100 Canadian each way (on Air Canada). Check with your airline for more information. If your child is using the unaccompanied minor service, travel is not permitted on the last connecting flight of the day.
Travel to Camp by Airport Bus – July 1, July 29:
We have two airport buses. The first bus, for the majority of our airport arrivals, leaves the airport at 2:00 pm the first day of each session. Book a flight to arrive at Toronto Pearson International Airport BEFORE 1:00 pm that day.
The second airport bus leaves the airport at 6:00 pm the first day of each session. This bus is for campers from the west coast and overseas who can’t take a flight that arrives in time for the first bus departure. Book a flight to arrive BETWEEN 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm that day.
Travel Home by Airport Bus – July 27, August 11 and August 23:
Book a flight to depart from Toronto Pearson International Airport AFTER 2:00 pm. We can't get campers to the airport for earlier flights.
If your camper needs to arrive a day before the session starts and stay in a hotel supervised by our staff, your flight arrival window is 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on June 30 or July 28. Please contact Ian at the camp office (email@example.com) if your camper will need hotel supervision.
Driving your kids to and from camp
Travel to Camp – July 1 and July 29
Arrive at the Camp Arowhon parking lot BETWEEN 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm. A camp staff will meet you there. You’ll meet your child’s counsellors and be offered a camp tour.
WE CANNOT ACCEPT CAMPERS ARRIVING BY CAR BEFORE 3:00 PM – BEFORE THAT WE'RE NOT READY TO GIVE THEM THE GREAT WELCOME THEY DESERVE!
Travel Home – July 27, August 11 and August 23
In order that you do not risk meeting a bus head-on on our very narrow road, please arrive at the Camp Arowhon parking lot BETWEEN 9:30 and 11:00 am. Your camper’s luggage will be in the parking lot. Camp staff will load the luggage and walk you into camp to meet your camper(s) at the Main Lodge.
Junior Camp Travel Home – July 14 and August 11
Arrive at the Camp Arowhon parking lot BETWEEN 9:30 and 11:00 am. Your camper’s luggage will be in the parking lot and camp staff will load the luggage and walk you into camp to meet your child.
Map and Directions to Camp
Download the Camp Arowhon Map Here
GPS co-ordinates to Camp Arowhon are: 45.595783,-78.730946
From Toronto or the west
Take Highway 400 North to Barrie.
From Barrie follow Highway 11 North towards Huntsville.
Just past Huntsville, take Highway 60 East for 33 km to the Algonquin Park entrance.
Continue on Highway 60 after the Algonquin Park Permits & Information Centre for 16 km (approx. 10 mi.) until you reach Arowhon Road (just after the Canoe Lake cutoff).
Turn left on the Arowhon Road.
Follow these instructions on how to get to camp on the Arowhon Road.
From Montreal, Ottawa or the east
Take Highway 17 from Ottawa to Renfrew.
At Renfrew, take Highway 60 West to Algonquin Park.
Pass the East Gate and continue for 41 km to the Arowhon Road.
Turn right on the Arowhon Road, and follow these instructions on how to get to camp.
How to get to camp on the Arowhon road
Follow the Arowhon Road for 5 km (approx. 3 mi.) to the crossroads.
Turn LEFT at the four-way intersection where you will see a sign straight ahead that says “Arowhon Pines” (Arowhon Pines is a hotel and a different location than Camp Arowhon).
Pass the sign that says “road restricted to authorized travel” and continue over a long causeway and two bridges for 2.2 km (approx. 1.3 mi.) till you come to a ‘T’ intersection with a sand pit on your right. Turn right (if you come to a closed gate across the road, back up – you missed the right turn).
Continue for 2 km (approx. 1.2 mi.) till you reach camp. Park in our parking lot and walk in to camp.