Swallowdale Camp is committed to offering a stimulating, challenging, and safe learning environment for campers of all nationalities. We strive to offer the highest quality of camper programmes available and take pride in presenting them as a distinctly Canadian experience.
We believe that the international experience generates learning on many levels. The unique environment at Swallowdale Camp offers campers the opportunity to communicate with other children from around the world and encourages them to develop an appreciation and understanding of different cultures. Our staff are dedicated to providing a meaningful and exciting learning experience within a warm and caring community.
The variety of programmes available ensures that each camper has an opportunity to choose activities that best reflect their individual needs and interests.
THE CISS FAMILY
Since 1996, Swallowdale Camp has been operated by CISS - Canadian International Student Services. CISS has been providing exceptional summer camp, high school and year-round language learning experiences for children, teens and adults since 1979. In addition to Swallowdale Camp, CISS also offers a camp experience at Lakefield Camp International (near Peterborough) as well as full ESL & activity based residential programmes in Toronto and Montreal. CISS values the history of the camp tradition, and we hope that all Swallowdale Campers come to feel they are part of a larger family. For more information visit our CISS Website: www.cisscanada.com
THE EARLY YEARS AT SWALLOWDALE CAMP
Swallowdale Camp originated on Fairy Lake in Huntsville, in the well-known Muskokan "cottage country" region of Ontario. In 1878, the property was originally a land grant by Queen Victoria and it operated as a farm until 1905 when it became a very typical Muskoka hotel. The outbreak of World War II ended the use of the property as a resort. It was subsequently sold in 1943 to Mildred Targett and Simone Walbank, who started a children’s summer camp on the property the following year. The camp was named “Swallowdale” from the title of a book by British author Arthur Ransome. Considering the many swallows that abounded the property, the name is certainly justified.
CISS & SWALLOWDALE CAMP
Throughout the years, the operation of the camp remained in the Walbank family. Ron Walbank was the owner of the property and facilities, and in 1996 CISS (Canadian International Student Services) oversaw the general operation and marketing of Swallowdale Camp both within Canada, the USA and internationally.
In July 2017, Swallowdale Camp continued its traditions and carried its memories over to the new location on beautiful Lake Rosseau - still in Muskoka, not far from the original site. Come discover for yourself why Swallowdale Camp is "where adventures begin"!