Albion Hills Field Centre

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime while connecting with nature at Albion Hills Field Centre!

Whether you’re looking for a school program, an experience for Scouts and Guides, or an opportunity for adult learning, we offer two-day or five-day residential programs — on weekdays and on weekends, in clean and comfortable facilities with delicious, well-balanced meals.

“We found Albion Hills Field Centre to be a fantastic and enriching experience for our students. They learned all about teamwork, hard work, cooperation and the environment.” – Holy Trinity School

Programming is flexible enough to meet the needs of all learners, and can be as active or relaxed as required. The diversity of activities and programs available allows you to develop the daily timetable that works best for you. Then, let us do the rest: fun times, active learning, stronger teams and a sense of community for your group.

ABOUT US

Albion Hills Field Centre boasts a panoramic view of the rolling topography of the Oak Ridges Moraine and the extensive tracts of coniferous plantation, mixed deciduous woodlots, wetlands and meadow.

Location

Albion Hills Field Centre is located in the Albion Hills Conservation Area, eight kilometers north of Bolton in the region of Peel. Intersecting on this 446-hectare property are the Humber River and Centreville Creek.

Facility

Albion Hills field centre in autumn

Albion Hills Field Centre is a spacious cedar and granite chalet-style building that provides accommodation for up to 44 people. The building has a comfortable lounge with a beautiful stone fireplace, a dining room overlooking Centreville Creek and a lab/classroom, all of which are air-conditioned for summer comfort.

Just outside the doors of the facility, visitors will find a variety of recreational opportunities such as volleyball. A campfire circle with bleachers completes the immediate surroundings.

Albion Hills also has an authentic 1840s log home, 28 kilometers of groomed cross country ski trails, and a maple sugar shack.

Staff First Aid Training

All field centre staff is trained in Standard First Aid and CPR, with access to onsite first aid supplies. Swimming and canoeing is supervised by certified National Lifesaving Society (NLS) lifeguards. Canoe instructors are also certified by the Ontario Recreational Canoeing Association (ORCA).

Nearest Hospital/Emergency Response Time

The nearest hospital is Headwaters Healthcare Centre, 100 Rolling Hills Drive, Orangeville, ON, L9W 4X9. Phone: 519-941-2410. Emergency response time is approximately five to 15 minutes.

Food Service

All field centre food service staff have completed their PROTON Food Handlers Certification. Kitchen facilities are inspected regularly by regional health inspectors and meet all provincial and regional food service regulations.

Water

Albion Hills Field Centre is serviced by the Region of Peel’s municipal water system.

Allergies

Albion Hills Field Centre is a “nut-sensitive” facility. Visitors are asked to bring only snacks that are free of nuts and/or nut products. Group leaders who have a participant that is or may be allergic to nuts or other allergens are asked to ensure that field centre staff are made aware so that appropriate precautions can be built into your daily schedule.

Accessibility

Albion Hills Field Centre can accommodate participants in wheelchairs and with other special needs. Programs can also be tailored to meet the specific needs of the group and/or participants. Please ask for more details regarding our accessibility during your planning session.

students take part in an educational program at Albion Hills Field Centre

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING AN OVERNIGHT SCHOOL VISIT

Daily Schedule

Here is an example of a typical daily schedule:

Rise & Shine 7:45 am
Breakfast 8:30 am
Building Clean-Up Routines 9:15 am
Morning Program 10:00 – 12:30 am
Lunch 12:30 pm
Afternoon Program 2:00 – 4:30 pm
Free Time 4:30 – 5:50 pm
Supper 6:00 pm
Evening Program 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Group’s Own Time 9:00 pm

 

What to Wear and Bring

Students are outside in all weather and should dress in layers to be warm and dry. Clothing must be practical, comfortable and in sufficient quantity. Bring old clothes that can get dirty — fashion is not important. Think about the season and the local weather forecasted for your trip. Here are a few essentials:

  • Winter: warm coat, snow pants, boots, hat, mittens or gloves, scarf, warm socks
  • Summer: hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottle, insect repellent
  • Rainy days: raincoat or other waterproof jacket, rubber boots

Participants will also need to bring a pillow, sleeping bag or other linens, and a towel. More detailed information will be provided in our planning document after you book your visit.

students in the woods at Albion Hills Field Centre

Teachers’ Preparation/Involvement

  • Attend a planning session at the field centre prior to your trip.
  • Book bus transportation to and from the field centre.
  • Distribute appropriate paperwork to participants; collect completed forms and payment.
  • Complete paperwork to be given to field centre staff upon arrival (e.g. dormitory floor plan).
  • Provide one teacher/leader to accompany each program that the field centre staff are facilitating.
  • Outside scheduled program times, it is very important for the visiting teachers/leaders to supervise chores, free time, snack time, shower time and bed time.
  • We take care of all the teaching, both during the day and in the evenings.
  • We also provide resources: art supplies, sports equipment, to keep your group busy during recreational time.

More detailed information will be provided in our planning document after you book your visit.

WEEKEND PROGRAMS AT ALBION HILLS

Whether you are a science camp, sports team, youth or adult retreat group, we have what it takes to make your weekend engaging and entertaining. We’ll take care of everything including food, programs and team building with our professional staff team.

student on a weekend program at Albion Hills Field Centre

What to Expect

TRCA field centres provide accommodations, food and all of the necessary basic equipment for the programs. Participants will need to bring appropriate clothing, bedding and personal items.

TRCA staff are available to lead morning, afternoon and evening programs each full day at the field centre. Programs are professionally designed to maximize hands-on, outdoor learning, and offer a safe learning environment for our visitors.


Call Visitor Services at 416-667-6295 x 4 for more information or to book your program.