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YWCA Toronto’s Camp Tapawingo offers an extraordinary environment in which girls explore, achieve, play and grow.

“At Tapawingo my daughter spends happy days outside trying new things, mastering new skills and building wonderful friendships. She comes home glowing. I am so grateful to be able to give her this incredible opportunity that has already changed her life.” – Fatima Dias

Camp Tapawingo has been owned and operated by the YWCA for over 87 years. The Eaton family originally owned the property and donated it to the YWCA in 1929. Since that first year when 12 young women lived in White Cottage, the camp has focused on the needs of girls and young women.

Since the 1990’s we have operated in 3 seasons, focusing on summer camp, as well as spring and fall programming. Many of our Camp Tapawingo alumnae remain active in the life of Camp. Currently we have third-generation campers whose grandmothers also spent summers at Camp Tapawingo.

While at camp girls share a cabin with 8 girls of the same age and 2 counsellors. Each cabin has bunkbeds as well as electricity. Washrooms are located in a separate location.

Camp Tapawingo is proud to be an Ontario Camps Association accredited camp. This means that we voluntarily meet a set of standards concerning every aspect of our camp operation.

At YWCA Camp Tapawingo keeping your child safe and healthy is a priority. All staff are trained in first aid and receive comprehensive training on all facets of their job. Fully qualified staff supervise our activity areas at the waterfront, climbing wall, on canoe trips and in the cabins.

Our on-site health centre (Aspir-Inn) provides clinic space for our nurse and the administration of prescribed medication. We have a doctor on call at the nearby West Parry Sound Hospital. We will require medical information to be completed prior to camp.

Our food service is under the supervision of a qualified chef. Meals are nutritious and delicious. Food allergies and special diets can generally be accommodated if the camp is consulted in advance. Contact us if your daughter requires a nut-free environment. Birthdays are celebrated with a cake for your daughter and her cabin.

Sample Menu
Breakfast: Cold cereal, hot cereal, toast/muffins, yogurt, fruit, orange juice, milk
Lunch: Spaghetti with meat sauce or vegetarian sauce, tossed salad, garlic bread, grape juice, fruit platter
Dinner: Honey-garlic chicken, rice, vegetable platter with dip, milk, cupcakes for dessert

Campers enjoy summertime ‘cabin life’ with eight campers and two counsellors per cabin. 

“Every year the girls come back relaxed and feeling wonderfully confident and independent. And I feel good that they are being so well cared for in a safe and nurturing environment.” – Janet Biehn

“Counsellors were helpful and caring during my daughter’s stay.” – Renee Lee

“I have nothing but glowing things to say about this camp. Your orientation to parents and children was outstanding. I felt very comfortable sending her after the open house. You just get an overall warm feeling about the camp and that comes from the staff. Thank you so much for everything.”
– Nancy Andrews

Camp Tapawingo’s staff ensure that campers have a wonderful and safe camp experience. We hire skilled, experienced counsellors. Many of our staff return summer after summer. They create a warm, nurturing environment for our campers. Our counsellors are selected for their leadership abilities, responsibility and dedication to the development of each camper. Qualified specialists are hired to supervise each activity. We have an all-female staff.

Camp Director — Elizabeth Greenway (B.A., B.SC., B. Ed.)
Liz has been the Camp Director since 1979. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physical Education, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreology and a Bachelor of Education Degree. Liz has served as the President of the Ontario Camps Association, she is a member of the Society of Camp Directors and an Honourary Life Member of the OCA.

Assistant Director — Joanne Dwhytie (B.A., Rec. Dip., B.Ed.)
Jo Dwhytie has been the Assistant Director at Tapawingo since 1981. Jo has been a camper, counsellor and has held many senior staff positions at Tapawingo. She is an active member of the Ontario Camps Association.

“Tapawingo is a place where girls thrive. In our supportive community, girls develop skills they need now and in their futures. Campers try things they never imagined they could. They take risks and learn the qualities of good leaders – good citizens. And critically, all of this happens with tremendous joy and great fun.” — Liz Greenway, Camp Director

Camp Tapawingo is located on the protected shores of Georgian Bay, 6.5 km from the town of Parry Sound.

For more information please contact our Camping Department: 416.652.9374  |

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Summer Camp

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Day Camp

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Camp Packing List (1 week)

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Camp Packing List (2-3 weeks)

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