Our Story

Our Story

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Vision & Values

To provide a fully accessible family resort. To promote a safe, barrier free, and fun camping experience that everyone can enjoy. To engage the community in a way that fosters these values.

Our Promise

Wilderness Discovery encourages and maintains the principles of independence, dignity, integration, and equal opportunity for all individuals. We strive to create a unique camping experience that affords all of our guests a "Life Without Limits".

Our Tree Of Life

Our tree of life is a symbol of a fresh start on life, positive energy, good health and a bright future. It is also seen as a symbol of growth and strength.

Our Partners

Rotary Clubs of Thunder Bay sign

Rotary Clubs of Thunder Bay

This sign is mounted on the wall of Cabin 4 in recognition of the long term support of the local rotary clubs of Thunder Bay:
Fort William Rotary Club
Lakehead Rotary Club
Nipigon Rotary Club
Port Arthur Rotary Club
Rotary Club Members

Our Volunteers

Thank you to our volunteers for your continued hard work in rebuilding the camp into what it is today!

HAGI

HAGI maintains a position on our board of directors and has held a key role in the succession of Wilderness Discovery.

Bob Hookham

A Message From Our President

"As able bodied people we take many things for granted; Fishing, swimming, having a bonfire, or even just a BBQ. This facility will allow anyone with any kind of disability the ability to do all those things every day of their stay. We will have a special pontoon boat designed with wheelchair access so that anyone can go for a lake cruise or fishing. There will be a lift to lower individuals into the lake for a swim or a boat ride in a fishing boat. Every camper can navigate the camp using the ramp system from their cottage or the main lodge all the way down to the beach & bonfire area to enjoy the simple pleasures. This will afford all of our guests a 'Life Without Limits'."

Thank you for joining us.

Our History

1951

1951

Land was deeded by the Carson and Cross families to the YM-YWCA to be used as a summer camp for youth.

Lake point view of Main Lodge

Early 1980’s

Handicapped Action Group Inc. (HAGI) had a dream of expanding this camp into a facility that would allow disabled persons with disabilities and their families to enjoy life at the lake.

August 1, 1983

August 1, 1983

HAGI entered into a 20-year lease to develop the current HAGI camp.

1993-1994

1993-1994

Lease amended, expired in 2013 and continued with yearly extensions until the fall of 2015.

July 2015

July 2015

Bob Hookham of the Fort William Rotary & Jeff Jones of the Hill City Kinsmen meet with Minister Bill Mauro to discuss the possibility of assisting HAGI to maintain the operation of this facility at Lake Shebandowan.

April 2015

April 2015

HAGI announced that they would be forced to stop operating the facility unless there was a significant change in the financial picture with respect to the facility.

February 10, 2017

February 10, 2017

Negotiations culminated in a Press Release where Minister Bill Mauro announced a deal in principle with this new management group.

April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017

Wilderness Discovery received its Letters Patent as a Non-Profit Corporation with representatives on its Board of Directors from the Thunder Bay Rotary Clubs, Hill City Kinsmen, HAGI, Westfort Kiwanis and the Shebandowan Lake Campers' Association.

July 2017

July 2017

The Corporation and the Ministries signed an Agreement of Purchase and Sale for the Lake Shebandowan Property.

August 11, 2017

August 11, 2017

Wilderness Discovery Handi-Capable Centre officialy took possession of the Lake Shebandowan facility that was previously operated by HAGI.

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