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Oba-sa-teeka Scout Reserve

Status: Closed

Updated: 2005-12-14. Something not right? Please update the information.
Size87 ha (215 acres)
Street Address6486 CR-56, Essa, ON (Map may be inaccurate)
Nearest townAlliston, Ontario, 20 km southwest of Barrie
NTS Map31D/4: Alliston
Operated byScouts Canada, Greater Toronto Council
BookingsMark Purcell; Phone: +1 800 263 0930
Tenting sites: Yes
Adirondack shelters: No
Villages: Yes
Cabins: Yes
Drinking water: Yes
Emergency phone: Yes
Mobile phone coverage: Unknown
Electric vehicle charging: Unknown
Picnic tables: Yes
Cooking shelters: Yes
Appliances in cabins: Yes
On-site store: No
Shopping nearby: Yes
Showers: Yes
Indoor washrooms: Yes
Wheelchair washroom: Yes
On-site pool
Theme area
Three cabooses made into cabins
Hiking trails, chapel, obstacle course, pioneering supplies, sledding, sports field.


Many people call Oba-Sa-Teeka "The Hidden Gem". The camp itself has many hidden gems and it would take a lifetime to discover them all. It is almost guaranteed that each time you visit this camp, you will find something new to fall in love with. While you're there, you could swim in the Olympic-sized pool, do some cross-country skiing, or explore the ravines and sandbanks.

The most unique feature of Oba-Sa-Teeka is Oba Junction, which consists of three authentic CN Cabooses. It sleeps sixteen people and has full cooking and dining facilities. Two of the cars are connected by a wooden shelter, which comes in handy for quiet activities or for having meals outdoors. Once you experience the Junction, your kids will be begging to go back over and over again.

Of the 25 different campsites, seventeen are tenting sites. This is a great indication of the type of camp that Oba-Sa-Teeka is. There is over 215 acres of land, ravines and outlooks for you to explore, located just outside of civilization. Our special pioneering shack offers campers the opportunity to work on their pioneering skills. With all these features, Oba-Sa-Teeka is perfect for older sections.

The three lodges are perfect for use during the winter. Each lodge is built complete with bunk-beds (enough to sleep 24), two separate leader rooms (each with four beds) and full washroom, cooking and eating facilities.

The three villages each have seven "summer cabins". Each summer cabin has a makeshift door with a canvas cover, designed to keep cold air and winds out. The summer cabins each have five mattresses to sleep on. The villages also have a water pump and a dining shelter with a camp fire circle in the middle of the site. The village are designed especially for new campers who want that outdoor experience, but aren't quite ready for tenting.

Oba was closed and sold at the end of 2002. The cabooses were moved to Woodland Trails Scout Camp in May 2004. The site is now home to the Ontario Vipassana Centre, a Buddist organization.

For More Information

BookingsMark Purcell; Phone: +1 800 263 0930

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