In Bark Lake’s natural environment, students acquire strong leadership skills and develop respect for nature, the environment, other creatures, and themselves.

Located in Haliburton, Ontario
Cafeteria serves fresh and delicious meals daily
acres of pristine wilderness
9 seasonal cabins sleep 204 people
4 year-round cabins sleep 124 people
Indoor and outdoor meeting areas for group training
High Ropes
Certified high ropes course

Leadership Retreat

Leadership and personal growth: At the beginning of each semester, students from Columbia’s Executive Student Leadership Teams attend a four day leadership retreat. Students are challenged to develop their leadership skills and become a cohesive team through group games. When the students return to school, they put these skills into practice through their duties and responsibilities on their respective leadership teams.

Winter Fun

  • Campfires
  • Leadership Initiatives
  • High and Low Ropes
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Broomball
  • Inuit Survival Games
  • Snowshoeing

Fall Fun

  • Campfires
  • Leadership Initiatives
  • High and Low Ropes
  • Canoeing
  • Archery
  • Nature Hike
  • Survival Games

Adventure Excursion

Ecology and the environment: Each semester, Columbia’s Outdoor Adventure Club offers a trip to all students. This trip focuses on developing basic leadership skills in addition to developing an awareness of the ecology of the pristine environment.

The Bark Lake JMS program provides young students with opportunities to embrace an outdoor education.

Through a wide range of fun outdoors activities, students acquire valuable life and personal growth skills.

The Bark Lake experiential program allows JMS students to learn and interact in group situations. They develop a sense of trust and respect for one another.

The outdoor activities at Bark Lake are a means to:

  • Facilitate self-discovery
  • Acquire teamwork, life and personal skills
  • Create awareness and responsibility for the natural environment

Each student gains improved self-confidence and self achievement by accepting challenges presented according to their individual capabilities.