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Samac Adventure Base - Haliburton Ontario Canada

Our Favourite Wilderness Camping Experience

2045 Kennaway Rd, County of Haliburton, Ontario, Canada (LINK TO MAP)

The property was listed for sale on June 19, 2013 and is no longer available for rental or use.


Samac Adventure Base (SAB) has been the ďcoming of ageĒ for so many Scouting youth over the last 50+ years that this well preserved campground needs to be utilized by more of us. There are cabins for year round accommodation, 4 active developed campsites, 2 kilometres of natural shoreline on a private lake, boating equipment, beach, and drinking water (summer), 518 acres of forest, marsh and swamps to hike and explore.
The site is about 16 Km east of the Village of Haliburton on Kennaway Rd, the same road that accesses Haliburton Scout Reserve (HSR), managed by the Greater Toronto Council. Unlike HSR, there is no program director during most of the summer so users are free to make their own program using the available facilities and equipment.
The forest is mixed with birch, maple, ash, cedar, fir, spruce and pine. Summer lake water is very comfortable for swimming , and will freeze over in winter for snow shoeing and skating.

Campsites

Camp Centre (Hub)
The main field has room for about 48 tents. There is a drinking water tap (back wall of boathouse), menís & ladies toilets (no-flush), sport field, picnic shelter, 12 or more large picnic tables, large campfire pit, single shower with sun -warmed soft lake water, defined beach area, 3 docks in the hub area (swimming, canoes, sail-boats.) The camp centre is open year round with driveway access from mid-April until end of November. Since the road is not ploughed in winter, access is on foot over a well packed snowmobile path (15 minutes hike in.) Winter parking area is ploughed at the driveway entrance. (Will easily accommodate from 2-200 campers).
ē Camp Trail from here leads north-east to Ellís Diner (summer residential program), (300 m).
ē Alís Diner Trail from here leads east to Alís Diner (1400 m).
ē Rangerís Trail from here leads south-east to Harold Pascoe Chapel, Rangerís Wilderness Campsite, Rangerís Look-out. (980 m)
ē Shoreline trail leads south-west to campsites, Huron, Blackfoot and Algonquin. (900 m)

Ellís Diner (summer residential camp base)
This large wood-construction dining shelter comes complete with stainless-steel dish washing station, picnic tables, 2 campfire rings, 200 m of shoreline, rustic toilets and small dock. The forest canopy provides good summer shelter from the elements and the forest floor is mostly soft pine needles. Soil conditions are sandy providing good drainage. There is ample deadfall in the area to forage for campfires. Cold storage may be available in the Trading Post Cabin except during the summer residential camp. This site may also be accessible from the Camp Centre (Hub) by off-road enabled vehicles along an unmaintained logging road. (500 m from Camp Centre). Will easily accommodate up to 90 campers.

Huron Campsite (maintained by Oshawa Scouts)
Situated between the camp main road and the lake, this drive-in site includes tent platform, small dock, campfire pit, two WCís with hand-washing station, electric power, two picnic tables. Cold storage may be available in the Trading Post Cabin except during the summer residential camp. (100 m from Camp Centre). Will easily accommodate up to 30 campers.

Blackfoot Campsite (unmaintained)
Situated 400 m south-west along the lakeshore, this hike-in or canoe-in site includes tent platforms, frame for kitchen shelter, small dock, campfire pit, two WCís and dish washing station, two picnic tables. Cold storage may be available in the Trading Post Cabin except during the summer residential camp. (400 m from Camp Centre). Will easily accommodate up to 60 campers.

Algonquin Campsite (maintained by Oshawa Scouts)
Situated 900 m south-west along the lakeshore, this hike-in or canoe-in site includes tent platforms, frame for kitchen shelter, small dock, campfire pit, two WCís and dish washing station, two picnic tables. Cold storage may be available in the Trading Post Cabin except during the summer residential camp. (900 m from Camp Centre). Will easily accommodate up to 70 campers.

Cabins

Trading Post Cabin (sleeps 36)
This spacious cabin is set- up with sleeping quarters at the north end, wood stove and dining area in the middle and large kitchen at the south end. Sleeping is arranged in three rooms with 13, 3 and double bunk beds in an arrangement that allows for privacy when needed. There are 40 chairs (plywood and steel construction) and 4 large folding tables for dining, workshops, crafts, etc. The kitchen has a large pass out window to the dining area. In the kitchen are two standard 4-burner house ranges with ovens, two refrigerators, one horizontal freezer, two microwave ovens, one toaster, and long stainless-steel counter with two sinks. (Note: there is no running water but the drains work.) Three toilets (no-flush) are outside 25 m from the cabin. This cabin has electrical power, overhead fluorescent lighting, and is heated by one large woodstove in the middle of the room. Split wood is stored on the porch outside the cabin or can be obtained from the wood shed beyond the boathouse. This cabin is available year-round to rent except during the summer residential camp. Access by car from mid-April to end of November, otherwise on foot about 15 minutes walk from the main road. Also known as Kah-ah-hon-sah.

Cheeman Cabin (sleeps 12)
This smaller cabin is set up with shared sleeping quarters, dining area and kitchen. Sleeping is arranged in two rooms with 4 and 2 double bunk beds in an arrangement that allows for privacy when needed. There are 6 chairs (plywood and steel construction) and a large wooden picnic table for dining, workshops, crafts, etc. The kitchen has one standard 4-burner house range with oven, refrigerator, one microwave oven, and two sinks. (Note: there is no running water but the drains work.) Three toilets (no-flush) are outside 75 m from the cabin. This cabin has electrical power, overhead fluorescent lighting, and is heated by one woodstove. Split wood is stored in a box outside the cabin or can be obtained from the wood shed beyond the boathouse. This cabin is available year-round to rent except during the summer residential camp.

Rangerís Cottage (sleeps 4)
This cottage is generally only occupied by Scouts Canada staff during the summer residential camp. This winterized cottage has three bedrooms, living room with fireplace, sofa and tv, dining area and kitchen with appliances and staples. There is a washing room with top-load washer and dryer, and washroom with toilet, shower and sink. Running water is only available during warm seasons.

Other Buildings

Boathouse & Tool Crib
Enjoy the use of 15 canoes, 5 sailboats, 4 paddle boats, 3 wind boards, 1 aluminum motor boat, adequate PFDís, paddles, 4 functional fishing rods, sports equipment including balls, field hockey sticks, 2 goals, etc. (Tool crib is only accessible by authorized personnel.)

Firewood Shed
Replenished yearly by volunteers so please ďbe wise in the use of your resourcesĒ and only take what you really need.

Fuel Shed
Storage of fuel bottles during summer and events.

Rangerís Shed Housing for the lawnmower and garden tools so unless you want to cut the grass, stay out.

Points of interest

Mosquito Alley
Walk south-west along the lakeshore trail toward Algonquin Campsite. The Mosquito Alley boardwalk crosses over 100 m of spring fed streams and swamp where you will be likely to see frogs, neuts, minnows, snapping turtles and clear evidence of beaver activities. (750 m from Camp Centre)

Corneal Spring
Once a vital source of drinking water for the camp, this spring was named after the Corneal family who dedicated years of volunteer work toward early development of the Samac Adventure Base. You can still visit and watch the water percolating from the ground. Parking area is overgrown with grass. (650 m up the camp road from the Camp Centre.)

Frenchís Point
Follow the path 400 m to the highest point on the property. You are now there. (The trailhead is on the camp road 500 m from the camp centre.)

Scout Island
Canoe to this small rock pile in the lake near Huron campsite. There is one large tree and a little grass remaining. (30 m off shore)

Alís Diner (hike destination)
Follow the trail to the legendary Alís Diner where campers for years have looked forward to ice cream, burgers, fries, milkshakes and hot chocolate. Trailhead is at the north-east side of the Camp Centre between Camp Trail and Rangerís Trail. (1480 m) The trail ends at Kenneway Road.

Wilderness Campsite and Lookout
Hike east from the trailhead next to Cheeman Cabin about 200 m to Harold Pascoe Chapel, then continue over the ridge and through the valley. Once in the valley you will see ahead the 20 m rock face. Follow the trail markers to the top for a spectacular view and move on a little further to the wilderness campsite. You wonít be disappointed. (950 m)

Harold Pascoe Chapel
Although this simple clearing doesnít look like much, it is offered as a rest spot, a place to contemplate life and nature and spiritually. Leave your knives at the entrance sign and take a seat for a few minutes on one of the benches to reflect on what this campsite has to offer. Available for groups to organize Scout Own at their leisure. (200 m from Camp Centre)


Campsite and Cabin booking information:

The campsite property is listed for sale as of June 19, 2013 and is therefore no longer available for use. Sorry.

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