Lake St. George Field Centre

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime while connecting with nature at Lake St. George Field Centre! Whether you are a school, Scouts, Guides or adults, we offer two- or five-day residential programs both on weekdays and weekends in clean and comfortable facilities, with delicious, well-balanced meals.

“Lake St. George enabled our students to practice working together in a variety of group challenges that were fun and educational to promote co-operative learning and team building skills.” – Ellen Fairclough Public 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

One of the highlights of this site is Lake St. George itself, a beautiful kettle lake which the property surrounds. The property is also the headwaters of the east branch of the Humber River, and features mixed woodlands, open meadows, reforested areas, and wetlands that possess abundant fish and wildlife populations.

Location

Lake St. George Field Centre is located on a 120-hectare site on the ecologically significant Oak Ridges Moraine, just east of Bayview Avenue in the Town of Richmond Hill. Get Directions.

Facility

Davies Hall at Lake St George Field Centre

Opened in 1979, Lake St. George Field Centre consists of two dormitories named Bond House and Snively House. These air-conditioned facilities can accommodate 38 and 46 participants respectively, and each house has a classroom, lounge, kitchen area, ping pong table and mudroom for outdoor gear.

Close by is Davies Hall, a picturesque turn of the century country home that serves as the dining facility and administrative offices. While at Davies Hall, you can enjoy a meal by the wood-burning fireplace, relax in the cozy sunroom with a glorious view of the lake, or watch birds feeding from the Bird Window.

Staff First Aid Training

All field centre staff are trained in Standard First Aid and CPR. Instructors are certified National Lifesaving Society (NLS) lifeguards. Instructors are also certified by the Ontario Recreational Canoeing Association (ORCA).

Nearest Hospital/Emergency Response Time

The nearest hospital is the Southlake Regional Health Centre, 596 Davis Drive, Newmarket, ON. 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

Lake St. George is serviced by York Region’s municipal water system.

Allergies

Lake St. George 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.

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

Accessibility

Lake St. George 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 Lake St. George field centre

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING AN OVERNIGHT SCHOOL VISIT

Daily Schedule

WEEKDAYS ACTIVITY WEEKENDS
7:00 a.m. Rise & Shine 7:30 a.m.
7:15 a.m. Dining Room Set-Up 7:45 a.m.
7:30 a.m. Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
8:30 a.m. Building Clean-Up Routines 8:30 a.m.
9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Morning Program 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
11:45 a.m. Dining Room Set-Up 11:45 a.m.
12:00 p.m. Lunch 12:00 p.m.
12:45 p.m. Building Clean-Up Routines 12:45 p.m.
1:30 – 4:00 p.m. Afternoon Program 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Free Time 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
4:45 p.m. Dining Room Set-Up 4:45 p.m.
5:00 p.m. Supper 5:00 p.m.
5:45 p.m. Building Clean-Up Routines 5:45 p.m.
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Evening Program 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m. Group’s Own Time 8:00 p.m.

 

students conduct shoreline survey at Lake St George Field Centre

What to Wear and Bring

Students are outside in all weather and should dress in layers to be warm and dry. 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 guide after you book your visit.

students canoeing at Lake St George Field Centre

 

Teachers’ Preparation/Involvement

  • Attend a planning session at the nature centre prior to your trip.
  • Book bus transportation to and from the nature centre.
  • Distribute appropriate paperwork to participants; collect completed forms and payment.
  • Complete paperwork to be given to nature centre staff upon arrival (e.g. dormitory floor plan).
  • Provide one teacher/leader to accompany each program that the nature centre staff are facilitating.
  • Please note: outside scheduled program times, visiting teachers/leaders will supervise chores, free time, snack time, shower time and bed time.

More detailed information is provided in our planning document.


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