After 40+ years of renting other properties, Camp Cherith – Lanark purchased the former River Farm Christian Campground in 2008. Our site is located just an hour northeast of Ottawa, along the Clyde River in Lanark, Ontario. The campsite consists of over 160 acres of land along both sides of the river, and when purchased was equipped with flush toilets and showers, a cottage and recreational building, a small golf course, and several trailers. In May 2009 we held volunteer construction work parties in order to build additional facilities for camp for the first summer.
We are currently equipped with:
- Ten camper cabins (five in the boys’ area, five in the girls’ area), each capable of sleeping up to eight campers in bunk beds and two staff members in single beds. Cabins are very generously sized at 16’x24′ with an additional 8′ covered porch in front.
- Two additional staff mini-cabins that support up to four bunks each, affectionately named the “Minnow” and “Shark Tank”.
- A wash station at each cabin area, each including three pit toilets and dual sinks with running cold water.
- A centrally located main washhouse equipped with flush toilets, hot showers, sinks, and laundry facilities.
- The Wilkie Memorial Pavilion – An outdoor covered pavilion that serves as a dining hall and meeting area for up to 120 people.
- The White Owl Lodge – Converted into a temporary kitchen and office during our summer camp sessions, and can serve as a dining/meeting area for small groups in the off-season.
- (During summer camp sessions only) An outdoor covered tent area which serves as a gathering place for Arts & Crafts and CILT lessons.
- A large fenced-off waterfront area with a swimming area and storage shed for kayaks, canoes, paddles and lifejackets.
- An air-conditioned, three-season cottage for housing our kitchen staff during the summer and for volunteer lodgings during work weekends in the spring and fall.
- Trailers (with add-on porches) which serve as the Director’s Lodging, Health Care Center, general staff accommodations and meeting places.
Property Development Plan
We look forward to Phase III: Expanding our existing facilities to support a permanent dining hall and kitchen. The eventual completion of this building will allow us to sustain our existing camp program and provide options for us to expand our ministry, including the possibility of hosting retreats and rental groups — further giving back to the local community.