Consistent with our purpose, Canadian Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship Inc. promotes and supports the camping ministry of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada. In 2011, more than 10,000 campers will be welcomed to its ten camps across Canada. Located from coast to coast, these camps are well known by the familiar names Circle Square Ranches and Pioneer Camps. At each camp, dedicated and experienced teams of staff and volunteers offer young people an opportunity to develop a life-long relationship with Jesus Christ.
Circle Square Ranches and Pioneer Camps are ministries of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada.
Circle Square Ranches
Operating in Canada since 1978, Circle Square Ranches were established in response to tens of thousands of letters sent to the popular 1970’s children’s TV show, “Circle Square”. These letters were requests of help from children all over Canada. By 1989, Circle Square Ranches were established right across Canada. At Circle Square Ranches, young people are encouraged to grow spiritually, mentally, socially and physically in exciting, fun-filled and safe "adventure experiences". Ranchers are invited to consider what the Bible has to say to them about their relationship with God and each other. Everything, from the selection of staff to the programs offered, is done to have a positive input into each young life. Circle Square Ranches exist to provide a pathway to a high impact life, the life that God has promised to all who love what He loves. The ranches provide horseback riding among many other fun-filled adventures.
In 2011, Crossroads generously donated the Circle Square Ranch ministry to Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada.
ARDEN CIRCLE SQUARE RANCH - Ontario – www.csranch.ca/arden
Located on Big Clear lake in south-eastern Ontario, 1 hour north of Belleville and Kingston, and 1.5 hours west of Ottawa, the ranch provides an authentic Western Town experience campers won't soon forget.
AUSTIN CIRCLE SQUARE RANCH - Manitoba – www.csranch.ca/austin
Located midway between Winnipeg and Brandon, Manitoba and set against the beauty of the Assiniboine Valley, the Ranch experience take campers back to the charming Old West.
BRANTFORD CIRCLE SQUARE RANCH - Ontario – www.csranch.ca/brantford
Located 5 km east of Brantford on Hwy 2 and 53, just one hour from Toronto or London, ON, the ranch is situated on 135 acres of beautiful rolling countryside and offers exciting activities like horseback riding, wall climbing, zip line and archery.
HALKIRK CIRCLE SQUARE RANCH - Alberta – www.csranch.ca/halkirk
Located 1.5 hours east of Red Deer along highway #12, the ranch is situation on the edge of a beautiful prairie coulee in central Alberta. With 320 acres of land, the ranch offers many exciting activities for campers, families or groups.
WOLF CREEK CIRCLE SQUARE RANCH - Saskatchewan – www.csranch.ca/saskatchewan
Located 1.5 hours east of Regina and 20 km from Wolseley, SK, The warm ranch atmosphere is not just a place to "get away from it all" ... it is a place that enriches lives and creates great memories.
Since the first one opened in 1929, Inter-Varsity's Pioneer Camps have been sharing excitement with young people out in God’s wondrous creation. Summer after summer, campers are introduced to Jesus Christ through friendship, role models and outdoor activity.
Pioneer Camp sites across the country each take full advantage of the vast geographical diversity of Canada. From east to west, there is a Pioneer Camp unique in its landscape, but dedicated to introducing kids to a changed life in Jesus Christ.
PIONEER PACIFIC - Thetis Island, BC – www.pioneerpacific.ca
Pioneer Pacific is situated on the secluded North Cove of Thetis Island in the beautiful Gulf Islands of British Columbia. The 76 acre property includes two sheltered bays that enable an excellent waterfront program and serve as a home base for exciting and rugged outtrips.
PIONEER RANCH CAMPS - Alberta – www.pioneercamps.ab.ca
Pioneer Lodge [Sundre], Pioneer Ranch [Rocky Mountain House] and Peace Country Pioneer are three Inter-Varsity Pioneer Camps located in Alberta. The camps each utilize the unique physical landscape in providing quality experiences for campers.
MANITOBA PIONEER CAMP – Shoal Lake, ON – www.manitobapioneercamp.com
Located only a few short hours from Winnipeg, Manitoba Pioneer Camp offers an extensive set of programs and courses for a variety of age groups in a fun and safe environment.
ONTARIO PIONEER CAMP – Port Sydney, ON – www.pioneercamp.ca
Set in the picturesque Muskokas, Ontario Pioneer Camp is the destination for thousands of campers each year. With Adventure Camp, Boys’, Girls’, Family and Teen Camps and retreat facilities, OPC is building memories for campers each year.
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