3 lines stacked on top of each other resembling a hamburger, used to indicate a link to the website navigation

At Christie Lake Kids, we believe the experience of growing up in poverty should not define a person or limit their potential.

Small various shape and color icons for decoration

For 100 years, Christie Lake Kids has offered programming to Ottawa's most vulnerable children and youth. What started as a summer camp for at-risk boys turned into year-round programming to the low-income girls and boys in Ottawa, giving them the chance to learn physical, character and social skills in a safe, encouraging, inclusive environment.

More than 600 kids from Ottawa's low-income families attend free after-school and weekend programs like Art, Music, STEM, and Hockey within city community centres, and spend two weeks every year at Christie Lake Camp. All of our programs are offered free of charge with all supplies and transportation included!

Our staff and volunteers provide outreach throughout the year, surrounding children with support - teaching, encouraging and inspiring.

Join us as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Christie Lake Kids!

PROGRAMS

LEARN MORE

WAYS TO GIVE

LEARN MORE

EVENTS

LEARN MORE

WISH LIST

LEARN MORE

RENT OUR CAMP

LEARN MORE
Link to Learn More about CLK Programs
PROGRAMS LEARN MORE
Link to Learn More about CLK Ways to Give
WAYS TO GIVE LEARN MORE
Link to Learn More about CLK Events
EVENTS LEARN MORE

VOLUNTEER

LEARN MORE

RENT OUR CAMP

LEARN MORE an Icon to indicate the link will lead to an external website
Photograph of two young girls smirking
Impact Story Title

Esther

I have been with Christie Lake Kids for 13 years - a camper for 5 years, STAR and Leaders in Training participant, then as a camp counsellor and STAR volunteer.

I feel like I have a unique perspective and first-hand knowledge of the barriers that poverty creates, and I can be a strong example to the children in our programs, motivating them to have the confidence, resilience and strength to pursue their dreams.

I’ve accumulated more than one thousand hours of volunteerism and still counting!

“Christie Lake Kids means a lot to many of us: we call it a safe place and some even call it home. The lifelong relationships I have built with the caring staff and volunteers mean so much to me and I continue to lean on these mentors as I figure out my own future.”

STAY

CONNECTED

Join our email list! Stay up to date on our latest research and impact in our community.