Camp Open House 2022 – opening the new facilities

The ceremonial ribbon cutting on Saturday, September 10, 2022 with (L to R) Bo Zhao (Year 4 MinE); Prof. Chris Yip, Dean of FASE;  Prof. Emerita Brenda McCabe, Prof. Brent Sleep, Chair of CivMin and Orlando Martini (CivE 5T6) in front of the new facilities at Camp. The event was attended by faculty, staff, current students, alumni and friends. (Photo by Phill Snel /CivMin)


Reverse view to show the assembled audience of attendees.  (Photo by Phill Snel /CivMin)


CivMin hosted a long-awaited in-person gathering to open the facilities at U of T Camp on Gull Lake. On Saturday, September 10 Camp Open House saw some hundred guests, comprised of faculty, staff, current students, alumni and friends, make the trek to the site near Minden, Ont.

After more than a century of student development and learning at Camp, there are now new buildings to reflect the diverse needs of students. The six separated rooms have a total maximum capacity of 96 campers. Additionally, the new structures are now the first fully accessible buildings at Camp, allowing different groups to attend the site with ease.

Brief remarks were made by Professor Brent Sleep, CivMin’s Chair, Anne Taylor of Curve Lake First Nation, alumna Teresa Nguyen (CivE 1T4 + PEY),Professor Emerita Brenda McCabe, Professor Evan Bentz and Dean Chris Yip.

The new HCAT Bunkhouse, MacGillivray Common Room with attached shower and washroom facilities were opened with a symbolic ribbon cutting after some tales of Camp were shared. Tours ensued and an outdoor lunch was enjoyed by attendees.

The in-person event was to complement the March virtual ceremony held to thank donors and pronounce the project’s success. The pent-up demand to gather for a social event, and to physically tour the new facilities, was evident in the turnout and enthusiasm expressed.


By Phill Snel

Camp Open House 2022 Gallery
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Slideshow of new facilities  – August 2021

Camp donors recognized at (virtual) ceremony for new facilities (with video tour) – March 2022