Lake Joseph Centre

CNIB's Lake Joseph Centre (commonly known as "Lake Joe") is a fully accessible lakefront facility located in the Muskoka region, providing a unique blend of recreation and vision rehabilitation in a safe, inclusive environment. Two hours north of Toronto, Lake Joe stretches over 12.5 acres of waterfront property on the northwest corner of beautiful Lake Joseph. There, a wide range of programs are available to people of all ages who are living with sight loss.

To change what it is to be blind today, join the Lake Joe Vision Team to sponsor a camper and ensure more people have an opportunity to experience the magic of Lake Joe.

 

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What You Need to Know

  • All one-week packages at Lake Joe include meals, shared accommodations, on-site programming (canoeing, kayaking, waterskiing and sailing), land and water activities, and evening programs.
  • Off-site trips are offered during each adult week at an additional cost, depending on the excursion.
  • Also unique to Lake Joe, the Lake Joe Wellness Centre staff can help guests who require assistance with medications. The Centre also caters to many dietary requirements and specifications.
  • CNIB's Lake Joseph Centre, local CNIB offices across Ontario and the Lions of Ontario work together to provide financial assistance to Ontario residents who would like to visit Lake Joe.

How to Apply

Registration is a two-part process. Pre-registration with a deposit will secure your spot at Lake Joe. Then, we'll send you a package with payment options in your chosen format to complete your registration.

Contact Us

CNIB Lake Joseph Centre 
4 Joe Finley Way,
MacTier, ON P0C 1H0 
Tel: 705-375-2630 
Toll Free: 1-877-748-4028 
Fax: 705-375-2323 
Email: lakejoe@cnib.ca


CNIB's Lake Joseph Centre is proud to be an Ontario Camps Association (OCA) Accredited Camp.

OCA Accredited Member Logo
 


Our Staff

Monique Pilkington
Executive Director, ON-North, CNIB

705-375-2630 x 5415
monique.pilkington@cnib.ca

Monique joined CNIB in 1989 as Coordinator, Volunteer Services, successfully developing and implementing a new volunteer program for the Sudbury-Manitoulin District. For 23 years, she managed the CNIB Medical Mobile Eye Care Unit (CNIB Eye Van), providing services to 5,000 patients per year in 30 remote communities. Under her leadership, the program evolved and expanded, achieving international recognition and awards. As Regional Director, CNIB Ontario North, from 2013-2016, Monique led the implementation of The Path to Change in North Region, working towards the integration of post-vision loss rehab therapy into the healthcare system. Monique received the CNIB Grace Worts Staff Service Award in 2010 in recognition of her outstanding commitment to the advancement of services for our clients. Prior to her career with CNIB, she was a member of the original team that launched and established Science North in Sudbury.


Eugene Chong
General Manager, CNIB Lake Joseph Centre

705-375-2630 x 5505
eugene.chong@cnib.ca

Eugene (1).jpgThis is Eugene's first summer with Lake Joe. Since 1998, he has held senior leadership positions in both overnight and day camps. Prior to joining Lake Joe, Eugene worked in the cultural sector for a large contemporary arts organization in Toronto where he managed life-long learning programs and lead one of the largest camp operations in Ontario. He is a passionate camp professional and a Fellow with the Society of Camp Directors. Eugene is an active member of the camping community who volunteers his time with the Ontario Camps Association (OCA) as the Chair of the Membership Committee, an OCA designated mentor and a Senior Standards Visitor. He has been involved in the accreditation process since 2008. Most recently, Eugene received the 2016 OCA Volunteer Recognition Award for his contribution to the work of the OCA and volunteerism.

This summer, you'll find Eugene chatting with Lake Joe guests or embracing the water and sharing his passion of fishing with others.

Caitlin Lazarus
Program Manager, CNIB Lake Joseph Centre

705-375-2630 x 5501
caitlin.lazarus@cnib.ca

Caitlin.jpgCaitlin (Cait) has a degree in Economics with a specialization in Indigenous Studies from Trent University. As a part of her Indigenous studies, she was fortunate enough to study abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Having spent every summer at camp since she was 8 years old, Cait has a strong camping background. She has worked as a special needs inclusion specialist, an outdoor educator and a program director. When she's not at camp, Cait enjoys baking, pottery, rock climbing and hiking with friends; her favourite camp activities are talent shows, tubing, campfires and swimming.

In the off-season, Cait enjoys hiring staff and planning all the amazing programs our guests love. She's passionate about ensuring guests have an opportunity to accomplish their goals. Whether it be performing in the talent show for the first (or hundredth) time or learning how to waterski, she's there to provides support.


Sanda Rimay
Guest Services Manager, CNIB Lake Joseph Centre

705-375-2630 x 5503
sanda.rimay@cnib.ca​

Sanda.jpgSanda is a graduate of Lakehead University (Bachelor of Education) and Brock University (BA Hons Political Science). Sanda has dedicated her entire life to helping people connect with nature which brings her immense joy. With a diverse camp background, she has held many positions, including counsellor, lifeguard, canoe instructor, head cook, program coordinator and outdoor educator. Sanda has a strong passion for the outdoors and can be found swimming, canoeing, snowshoeing and even cooking. She is determined to hit every corner of our great country; she has one province and the three territories left to visit.

At camp, you will find Sanda enjoying the sunshine at the beach or in a canoe when she's not in the office ensuring our guests have the time of their lives.


Barry Quick
Facility Operator, CNIB Lake Joseph Centre

705-375-2630 x 5507
barry.quick@cnib.ca

Barry.jpgBarry has been keeping the Lake Joe camp beautiful since 2012. His attention to detail and commitment to accessibility is apparent across the 12.5-acre property. After spending the majority of his life in Windsor, Barry now calls Muskoka home. When he's not maintaining the grounds, he enjoys winter sports, camping, hiking and baking banana bread. One of Barry’s greatest passions is biking; he participated in the Joe’s Team triathlon held at Lake Joe in 2016.

In the summer, you can often hear the bell on his tricycle as he checks up on camp, moving from the boat house to the Rec Hall and back again. Barry and the rest of the facility team can’t wait for another amazing summer on the shores of Lake Joseph!


Directions

Come visit us! Lake Joe is nestled in the heart of the Muskoka District in MacTier, Ontario, two hours north of Toronto and just south of Parry Sound, on Lake Joseph Road (formerly Hwy 69).

If you are travelling north from Toronto:

  • Take Hwy 400 north toward Parry Sound.
  • Stay on Hwy 400/169 when the highway splits (to the right)
  • Keep going North past Port Severn.
  • Take exit 189/Lake Joseph Road and travel north past the Hwy 169 cutoff (don't turn!)
  • Lake Joe is located 5 km north on the right-hand side of Lake Joseph Road (look for Joe Finley Way.).

If you are travelling south from Sudbury:

  • Follow Hwy 400 past Parry Sound
  • Take exit 207: Hwy 69/Lake Joseph Road
  • Follow to Lake Joseph Road South
  • Pass by Gordon Bay Marina
  • Lake Joe is located on the left-hand side on Lake Joseph Road (look for Joe Finley Way)
  • If you have reached the Hwy 169 cutoff you have just missed us!

Map of highway to Lake Joseph ​