Campers sleep in cabins that provide protection from insects and inclement weather. Each cabin accommodates 8 to 10 people. With the exception of our Bunny and Otter Campers whose counsellors sleep in their cabins, Counsellor cabins are separate but close by, and staff are available throughout the night. Shower and toilet facilities are centrally located in each section. Appreciation of the wilderness experience is enhanced by camper cabins that do not have electricity. We are happy to consider a cabin mate request. Please ensure the request is mutual and indicate her name on the Camper Information Form to be completed in the spring.

Read Our History

GBC has many spacious buildings to permit indoor activities. Camp activities will always continue on a rainy day!

The Main Lodge

The Main Lodge was built in 1936. With a large stage and space for 360 people, it is used for all camp programs such as the talent show and theatre productions.

The Dining Hall

Everyone assembles at the Dining Hall for meals that are carefully planned to meet Ministry of Health standards and camper approval!

Other Features

A three-storey building with an outdoor observation deck and the Living Lightly Lab with rooftop gardens are among the unique features of GBC's facilities

The Living Lightly Lab

In 2009, Glen Bernard built the Living Lightly Lab, an environmental education centre designed to teach young people about renewable energy, environmental sustainability and stewardship. The facility provides campers and students with the unique opportunity to learn about and interact with many energy saving and renewable energy technologies. Some of the special features of the building include:

  • Two types of rooftop garden, including a vegetable garden
  • Three large solar panels that provide power for the building
  • Ciralights: advanced daylighting technology
  • Working model hydrogen cars
  • Working model solar cars
  • Renewable resource construction
  • An advanced weather monitoring system

Throughout the spring, summer, and fall, campers and students learn about the unique features of our Living Lightly Lab, and how these items are relevant in their own lives. There are opportunities to plant, tend and consume vegetables from the rooftop garden. As well, campers learn how to measure and compare the energy consumption of the everyday appliances they use, such as a clock radio, DVD player, hair dryer, and lamp. Campers are constantly learning about their own impact on the natural environment, and how they can become leaders in protecting it.

Our sustainable classroom is the perfect setting for visiting school groups in the spring or fall months to gain a valuable education on environmental topics. Given our unique facilities, we are able to enhance the grade 5-12 school curriculum, giving students an experience that they would otherwise not be exposed to in a classroom setting.

Other sustainable features

At Glen Bernard we take our commitment to reducing our ecological footprint and living lightly on the earth very seriously. We have tailored our facilities and routines to not only meet our own low waste and energy consumption goals, but to teach campers and staff how to do the same in their lives outside of GBC. Leading by example, we have reduced the need for hydrogen, propane, gasoline and oil wherever possible throughout our facilities. The addition of many solar panels throughout the property has enabled us to run numerous buildings - including cabins, washrooms, common areas, and the dining hall - either entirely, or partially, by solar energy.

  • Solar Hot Water heaters: supply water for washrooms and shower houses
  • Energy efficient LED lighting systems throughout the property
  • Composting toilets use 1L of water per day, compared to the 8L per flush of a regular toilet!
  • Sophisticated weather monitoring system gives campers valuable data for observation
  • Countless solar panels provide clean energy as an alternative to fossil fuel generated power
  • Ciralights in the Living Lightly Lab provide a well lit space using solar energy