Welcome to Bark Lake Leadership and Conference Centre

Leading the Way Since 1948

Living a Life of Adventure…

In this beautiful wild place!

Bark Lake Leadership and Conference Centre began as the Ontario Camp Leadership facility at Bark Lake in 1948. We have been forerunners in Outdoor Education and Leadership experiences in North America since that time, for staff and students, corporate leaders and organizational groups!

We are passionate about making leaders, building character, nature and adventure based experiences, and creating an environment for excellence in group interaction in this beautiful, wild place!

We have great year round facilities, excellent food and are the perfect venue for everything, including:

  • Adventure Races
  • Artists
  • Cadets
  • Church Groups
  • Events
  • Musicians
  • Schools
  • Weddings

Let us design a leadership experience to suit your needs. Whether you have a group of twenty or two hundred and twenty; whether your group is a finely tuned machine or just starting out; whether you are a school group, sports team, or business, we can help!

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Our Mission

At Bark Lake, our mission is to develop and deliver challenge focused programming in our unique setting to inspire national and international leaders in our constantly changing world.

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Our Past

Our doors first opened in 1948 as the Ontario Camp Leadership Centre (Bark Lake). The camp ran in July and August as a training centre for young men. In 1952 Bark Lake became a coed facility. July was girls’ camp and August was for the boys. The primary focus of the camp was to train young people to become camp consellor and leaders. The Ontario Camp Leadership Centre continued to train young people until 1993.

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Our Present

Today Bark Lake Leadership and Conference Centre operates as a year round leadership and outdoor education facility. Each year we welcome thousands of students from across Ontario and around the world. Students and teachers participate in a wide range of camp and leadership activities including campfires, canoeing, and challenge courses. During the summer months we switch gears. Working with Columbia International College we host approximately a thousand students from more than twenty different countries. These international guests experience the Canadian wilderness in all its glory.

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Our Future

What does the future hold for the Bark Lake Leadership and Conference Centre? YOU! We are driven by the desire to immerse you in the tradition of Bark Lake.  Experience the success of finding yourself and all that you never knew you could be.

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