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A drone image of the Camp Kintail site in it's early days. The image should 5 cabins in a row.


Camp Kintail is on the traditional territory of the Saugeen First Nation

Read Kintail's Territorial Acknowledgement.


On August 9, 1836, Treaty 45 ½ (also known as the Saugeen Treaty) was signed, ceding 1.5 million acres between Goderich and Collingwood to the British Crown. The MacGregor's purchased and settled on Camp Kintail's property in 1845. Camp Kintail was founded in 1929 by a group of ministers and lay people who felt that outdoor ministry was needed for the youth of the Synod.  The Rev. Charles H. MacDonald (Lucknow), the Rev. R.G. MacKay (Walkerton), the Rev. T.D. McCullough (Kincardine), Dr. Simpson (Kintail), and Mr. McIntosh were all involved with the founding of the camp.  The camp was originally called the David Perrie Memorial Camp to honour the Rev. David Perrie of Wingham who was the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Canada in 1929 and passed away in office.  The property was purchased in 1930 (a year after the first summer school was held on the property) from Joseph McAdams.

Some of the initial funds to sponsor the camp were provided by Rev. MacDonald, who when he bought the land, used the equivalent of half of his annual salary.  Others gave personal notes, some of which were not paid back until 1944.

A black and white image of Haromny House. It is a white sided building and a big chimney. There are a few people sitting outside of it.
A drone image of the Camp Kintail site in it's early days. The image should 5 cabins in a row as well as a few other buildings. Lots of open space and a peak of the beach as well.

In 1930, the main hall was erected and served as dining hall and sleeping accommodation for campers and staff.  Eventually five presbyteries each built a cabin between 1932-33, and the cost was approximately $200/cabin.

In 1946, Eadies Church from Wingham was taken down and re-erected at Kintail to be the Rec Hall.  In 1960 came two double(L-shaped) cabins and in 1963, five more cabins were added. The South Field was “purchased” from the Simpson family for $1 in the fifties which greatly added to our site.

In 1979, the Synod of Hamilton-London (now the Synod of Southwestern Ontario) sponsored the Development of Camp Kintail (DOCK) project.  The funds raised were used to build a new lodge in memory of one of the camp’s founders, Rev. Charles MacDonald. The sale of Camp Go-Forth, a Presbyterian camp in Niagara Presbytery, helped provide much of the initial capital.

Ten new cabins were built from 1988 to 2000 through the generous donation of congregations and families.  Glenview was expanded in 1990 and renovated in 1999 and 2009.  Over the years, three unique camping sites, Kumbayah, Keewaydin, and Tir-Nan-Og, have been developed.  Owl’s Burrow was built in 1991 and donated by St. Marys Presbyterian Church.

The Glen was the traditional campfire circle at Kintail.  In 1990, the Meadows was developed as an accessible campfire circle.  Other campfire circles are located on the beach, in Kumbayah, and in Tir-Nan-Og.

In the fall of 1996, the foundation to Feathers was laid, and the first all season building was built and completed in the spring of 1997.  Feathers is home to our infirmary in the summer months and serves as a retreat cabin for the rest of the year.

A black and white image outside of Harmony House. There is a group of people looking at the camera sitting in the grass.
A big group photo infront of the rec hall.
A black and white group photo of some people on the beach, they are all in a group looking at the camera.

The original lodge was completely renovated in 2001, through the generous donation of Margaret and Denton Taylor.  The original dining hall, is now dedicated as McKay Hall, in honour of her parents, who were instrumental in the development of Camp Kintail.

For eighty years, the Camp Kintail chapel was located in a beautiful spot behind the Rec Hall.  In central camp, but tucked out of site, the chapel was a spot for reflection, worship, and prayer.  In 2010, a stunning new chapel was built overlooking the lake.  Through the hard work and vision of Kintail’s staff and volunteers, a tiered chapel with a large deck was constructed.

Since 2010 Camp Kintail has undertaken major site projects to update our facilities, increase programming options and enhance accessibility. In 2010 “The Craig” Rockwall was constructed as the first phase of Kintail’s challenge course. In the Fall of 2012 a Highropes course was added and finally in the winter of 2015 the Adventure tower was constructed. In 2013 an accessibility ramp was completed that provides access to the beach at Camp Kintail and in 2015 a ramp was constructed to access the Glen. In this time ramps were added to all cabins and major buildings on site to ensure accessibility to all buildings.

In the Fall of 2017 ground was broken on the newest year-round facility at Camp Kintail called The Nest. This project is part of the Space to Grow capital campaign which is preparing Camp Kintail for the future of its ministry. This new facility includes new washroom and shower facilities for the growing camper and guest population, new kitchen and dining space for group rentals, new year-round staff accommodations, hotel-style guest rooms and most importantly new rooms and program space for the Leader in Training program. The building was completed in June 2018 and commissioned July 7th 2018.

In the spring of 2021 the patio on MacDonald Lodge was extended and had a covering built over it. This beautiful covered patio is a great space for campers and guests to enjoy their meals in the outdoors while being protected from the weather. 

A drone image of the high ropes course. You can see high ropes, rock wall, adventure tower and the outpost.
An image of MacDonald Lodge taken from the field of dreams. You can see the red chairs around the building and the covered patio.
A drone image of the Nest building. You can see some of the farmer's field, some of the forest and archery behind it.
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