Vision & Values
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 Barriers”.
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.
A Message From Our President
You enter a place designed for building lifelong memories when you arrive on the grounds of Wilderness Discovery Centre. Here, our main objective is for people of all ages and capabilities to be fully emersed in the summer traditions of Northwestern Ontario; pontoon boat rides, fishing, kayaking, swimming, and more – all available with safety and inclusivity front of mind. At WDC, we are committed to evolving our space to incorporate new inclusive technology, devices, and practices to ensure families, friends, and caregivers have a special place to retreat to for years to come.
So, whether you are booking your first trip or returning for the tenth time – make yourself at home, stay safe, and take it all in. Welcome to WDC!
The History of Wilderness Discovery
Land was deeded by the Carson and Cross families to the YM-YWCA to be used as a summer camp for youth.
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 1st, 1983
HAGI entered into a 20-year lease to develop the current HAGI camp.
Lease amended, expired in 2013 and continued with yearly extensions until the fall of 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.
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
Negotiations culminated in a Press Release where Minister Bill Mauro announced a deal in principle with this new management group.
April 7th, 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.
The Corporation and the Ministries signed an Agreement of Purchase and Sale for the Lake Shebandowan Property.
August 11th, 2017
Wilderness Discovery Centre officialy took possession of the Lake Shebandowan facility that was previously operated by HAGI.