The CNIB Lake Joseph Centre is an accessible recreational facility that offers a specialized camping experience for people of all ages who blind or partially sighted.
Lake Joe runs throughout the summer from June to August each year almost exclusively for people who are blind or partially sighted. Designated vacation weeks are reserved for specific sessions developed for children, teens, adults, families and youth.
The summer camp hosts over 600 campers each year.
Some of the exciting activities at the camp include:
- Kayaking, canoeing and paddle-boating
- Sailing (Hobie Cats)
- Arts and crafts
- Sing-alongs by the campfires
- Pontoon boats
In 1961 the Lions, CNIB and the Canadian Council for the Blind acquired a piece of paradise on Lake Joseph in Muskoka.
In 2002, Lake Joe closed it doors for a season and began to undertake renovations of the entire camp. An $8 million Restoring the Spirit Capital Campaign provided much needed funds for renovations and reconstruction. Renewed facilities include:
- Main Lodge
- Wellness Centre
- Six new barrier-free guest cabins
- Welcome Centre
Since then, generous donations and support from community donors and organizations has made it possible to construct staff quarters, thereby making more space available to people who are blind or partially sighted to come experience what Lake Joe has to offer.