Family Retreat


Hosted on the shores of the Ottawa River at the YMCA’s Camp Bonnenfant, our Family Retreats are designed to imitate overnight camp for the whole family! They centre around providing outdoor recreational experiences for families that are inclusive and provide ample time for families to participate as a group and independently from one another.

By providing one on one support for each family, there will be time to relax, rest, conquer, and bond! With the support of our team, families are encouraged to participate in all of the programming, while still making time for rest!

Family Retreats are designed to be worry free. All meals, accommodations and activities are planned and taken care of. Your only responsibility is to let go and engage in the programming!


  • High Ropes (adults only)

  • Low Ropes (kids and adults)

  • Yoga

  • Journaling workshops

  • Campfire

  • Supervised beach time

  • Canoeing

  • Wilderness adventure


*All programming provided by trained and experienced camp staff.


Next Family Retreat June 15-16

... Our fondness for nature is, I think, a little bit different to everyone else’s. I’m guessing that what touches you in nature is the beauty of the trees and the flowers and things. But to us people with special needs, nature is as important as our own lives. The reason is that when we look at nature, we receive a sort of permission to be alive in this world, and our entire bodies get recharged. However often, we’re ignored and pushed away by other people, nature will always give us a good big hug, here inside our hearts...
— Naoki Higashida, The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism