Imagine a town square where you can shop artisan markets, practice yoga, enjoy a theatre performance, take a photography class, eat a locally grown dinner with a friend or catch a movie under the stars.
Now imagine that all in your backyard.
THAT IS BOLTON CAMP.
Located in Caledon, 40 kilometres north of Toronto, the Bolton Camp site — once a much-loved overnight summer camp for low–income families — boasts 254 acres of green space, and a collection of more than 50 historic buildings.
Set against this natural backdrop, the new, redeveloped Bolton Camp will be designed as an adaptable space for a wide range of interests and events that encourage creativity, innovation and learning. This multi-faceted space will host pop-up retail shops, yoga classes, hike and bike camps, inter-generational cooking classes, outdoor festivals, maker spaces and more.
This summer, the Bolton Camp project was fortunate to engage a team of enthusiastic young interns under the auspices of a pilot program designed to open up new horizons for Indigenous Youth.
The program, developed collaboratively by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at University of Toronto, the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto and Great Lakes WaterworksWater Allies, offers participants the opportunity both to explore traditional teachings of the land, and to learn about potential career paths in fields such as architecture, urban design, conservation and filmmaking.
The four students — Miles Dziedzic, Avery Hill, Ella Kelly and Aron McVean — received guidance from experienced mentors, enjoyed a hands-on introduction to conservation field work, and accepted an exciting challenge: to develop new design concepts for part of the Bolton Camp site. The young team presented their designs, along with short films about the project, at the Daniels Faculty on August 16.
You can read more about the pilot program HERE.
NOTICE: Vandalism at Bolton Camp
In mid-March, during construction of the accessible Baseball Diamond, a series of vandalism incidents took place at Bolton Camp, causing extensive damage to a number of the important historical buildings in the upper camp area.
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is proud of the significant amount of work done by the many dedicated youth, volunteers and community partners that have led the charge to reimagine Bolton Camp as a place for everyone to enjoy. While these destructive incidents are disappointing, we recognize that they do not reflect the community as a whole, and remain steadfast in our commitment to see this worthwhile project to fruition, bringing the vision for a new Bolton Camp to reality and working to restore the damage done by the vandals.
Over the coming months, we plan to continue to engage the community in programs and activities at Bolton Camp that take steps towards achieving the vision for an open and inclusive Bolton Camp, while at the same time working with the OPP and local officials to identify the individuals responsible for these acts of senseless vandalism.
If you have any information about the recent acts of vandalism, please contact the Ontario Provincial Police Caledon Detachment at 905-584-2241.
If you have a question about Bolton Camp, you can contact us directly using the form below.