Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Geneva Park

posted from the Blind River marina

Last week we said goodbye to your house and neighbours and drove all of 1 hour before resting in the Muskoka chairs at Geneva Park. This park is located in Orillia on Lake Couchiching, It is a YMCA conference centre but also has about 40 cottages that are occupied during the summer. Along with the cottages there is a full program of activities; mostly for the kids but also the parents. The kids had windsurfing lessons followed by swimming lessons (Danielle) and canoe lessons (Simon). After lunch they have a group activity organized by age and then archery or something else in the afternoons. There is also some game or activity following dinner. The frantic pace is also available for the adults (tennis, kayaking, exercise classes, art classes) but we took it easy this year – recovering from the lists and packing. The cottages are very rustic and do not have bathrooms but this is more than made up for by the programs and the family atmosphere.
Pam has been going to Geneva Park since she was 4 years old and it is a large part of her family tradition. We have been going as a family for the past 6 years. I did not go to summer camp as a kid and coming here was a like a new world was opened up to me. There was so much to see and do and learn. The history and environment was so welcoming. I have become a big advocate for Geneva Park ever since and have encouraged a few friends and their families to come along as well. This place has been a place of recovery from packing this year and has been a place of reprieve from the busyness of life in other years. It has always been a great family time.

1 comment:

  1. I just happened to stumble upon your blog and had to comment on GP. My family had gone to GP until I was about 15 and my Mum's family started going to GP when she was 6. It definitely is traditional for most families to keep going to GP and I hope to continue it with my family, although we live in BC. My most favorite memories of my childhood is at GP and the amazing friends I spent two weeks with every single year! I cherish those memories so much and I hope that your children will too! It really is a very special place and I hope it's stil as lovely as it was when I was a child.
    Hope you enjoy the 2010 season at GP, we always went the week before and after Canada Day, and the parade and camp out were my most favorite things!
    Thanks for sharing!!