CNIB Lake Joseph Centre

A special place for people living with sight loss

CNIB’s Lake Joseph Centre (“Lake Joe”) is a fully accessible lakefront facility in the heart of Muskoka that offers a unique blend of recreation and skills development in a safe, inclusive environment. At Lake Joe, people living with sight loss and their families can enjoy the same summer pursuits as other Canadians: canoeing, kayaking, waterskiing, swimming, sailing and fishing – as well as the skills training, confidence building, and support offered by a community that understands living with sight loss. Learn more about our programs.

Celebrate Muskoka: Clam Bake

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Thank you to everyone who made the Celebrate Muskoka: Clam Bake such a success. ​Visit our Facebook album for pictures from the event.

We'd like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our amazing sponsors:

Bala Garden Centre & Port Carling Garden Centre
Bask Insulation
Budget Propane
Clear Lake Brewery Co.
Dockside Publishing Inc.
Fiasco Gelato
Field of Greens
Firstbrook Insurance Group
Muskoka Springs
Muskoka Wake
NKS Health
Pioneer Energy and the Hogarth Family
RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd
Rocky Crest Golf Resort
Rustic Corner
Susan Creasy Financial Inc.
Tim Hortons.

And thank you to all those who donated to our auction:

A Novel Spot
Al and Jo-Ann Lloyd at Velas Vallarta Puerto Vallarta
Bala Butcher 
Bala Freshmart - Bala
Bala Museum
Bathing Belle Swimwear
Best Buy – Ottawa West
Bob Izumi 
Boots and Hearts Music Festival
Bowsers Pet Products
Castle Blue Cafe
Clear Water Detailing
Cottage Cravings
Craganmor Point Resort
D.A Dunford
Dons Bakery
Downtown BMW
Evan Sharma Shoes
Georgian Bay Airways
Georgian Bay Marina 
Gil Drory, Chica Locca Tours
Gordon Bay Marine
Home Hardware - Port Carling
John Hardy Jewellery
Katherine Percy
Long Island Clothiers 
Muskoka Lakes Winery & Johnson's Cranberry Marsh
Muskoka Wake Wakeboard School
Northern Refractions
Ocean Club Golf Course
Otter Swim Club
Overboard - Bala
Ovynbird Golf Course
Paul Van Ginkel Artist
Peter Nicholson and WCPD Foundation
Port Carling Dental
Power Yoga Canada Muskoka 
Rich Hill Candles 
Rocky Crest Golf Resort
Rok Cork
Rustic Corner Bala
Sarah Moffat Art
Scandinave Collingwood Spa
Shock Fitness
Skate Canada
Solstice Restaurant and Wine Bar
Stephens Butcher Shop 
Steven Stamkos 
The Blooming Flower Bar
The Game Changer 
The Lake Joseph Club 
The Rock
Tinkham LLP
Tommy Bahama
Twig - Bala
Windermere Garden Centre  

Enriching lives, making memories on the shores of Lake Joe since 1961

We rely on gifts from generous individuals like you to help us bring the magic of summer camp to life for people living with sight loss. To change what it is to be blind today, Invest in Our Programming or Invest in Our Facilities. To learn more, check out the Lake Joe Wish List.

Lake Joe Vision Team

Most of the people living with sight loss who could greatly benefit from Lake Joe are unable to afford to come. Thanks to the generosity of caring individuals like you, CNIB operates a bursary program to cover the costs. Our goal is to offer this life-changing experience to as many individuals as possible. Whether you sponsor an adult, child/youth or family, your support will bring the magic of summer camp to life for people living with sight loss. Join the Lake Joe Vision Team! 


Lake Joe in the News

​AMI This Week - CNIB’s Camp Lake Joseph Centre

What You Need to Know

  • All one-week packages at Lake Joe include meals, shared accommodations, on-site programming (canoeing, kayaking, waterskiing and sailing), land and water activities, and evening programs.
  • Off-site trips are offered during each adult week at an additional cost, depending on the excursion.
  • Also unique to Lake Joe, the Lake Joe Wellness Centre staff can help guests who require assistance with medications. The Centre also caters to many dietary requirements and specifications.
  • CNIB's Lake Joseph Centre, local CNIB offices across Ontario and the Lions of Ontario work together to provide financial assistance to Ontario residents who would like to visit Lake Joe.

How to Apply

Registration is a two-part process. Pre-registration with a deposit will secure your spot at Lake Joe. Then, we'll send you a package with payment options in your chosen format to complete your registration.

Contact Us

CNIB Lake Joseph Centre 
4 Joe Finley Way,
MacTier, ON P0C 1H0 
Tel: 705-375-2630 
Toll Free: 1-877-748-4028 
Fax: 705-375-2323 

CNIB's Lake Joseph Centre is proud to be an Ontario Camps Association (OCA) Accredited Camp.

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Our Staff

Monique Pilkington
Executive Director, ON-North, CNIB

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Monique joined CNIB in 1989 as Coordinator, Volunteer Services, successfully developing and implementing a new volunteer program for the Sudbury-Manitoulin District. For 23 years, she managed the CNIB Medical Mobile Eye Care Unit (CNIB Eye Van), providing services to 5,000 patients per year in 30 remote communities. Under her leadership, the program evolved and expanded, achieving international recognition and awards. As Regional Director, CNIB Ontario North, from 2013-2016, Monique led the implementation of The Path to Change in North Region, working towards the integration of post-vision loss rehab therapy into the healthcare system. Monique received the CNIB Grace Worts Staff Service Award in 2010 in recognition of her outstanding commitment to the advancement of services for our clients. Prior to her career with CNIB, she was a member of the original team that launched and established Science North in Sudbury.

Eugene Chong
General Manager, CNIB Lake Joseph Centre

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Eugene (1).jpgThis is Eugene's first summer with Lake Joe. Since 1998, he has held senior leadership positions in both overnight and day camps. Prior to joining Lake Joe, Eugene worked in the cultural sector for a large contemporary arts organization in Toronto where he managed life-long learning programs and lead one of the largest camp operations in Ontario. He is a passionate camp professional and a Fellow with the Society of Camp Directors. Eugene is an active member of the camping community who volunteers his time with the Ontario Camps Association (OCA) as the Chair of the Membership Committee, an OCA designated mentor and a Senior Standards Visitor. He has been involved in the accreditation process since 2008. Most recently, Eugene received the 2016 OCA Volunteer Recognition Award for his contribution to the work of the OCA and volunteerism.

This summer, you'll find Eugene chatting with Lake Joe guests or embracing the water and sharing his passion of fishing with others.

Caitlin Lazarus
Program Manager, CNIB Lake Joseph Centre

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Caitlin.jpgCaitlin (Cait) has a degree in Economics with a specialization in Indigenous Studies from Trent University. As a part of her Indigenous studies, she was fortunate enough to study abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Having spent every summer at camp since she was 8 years old, Cait has a strong camping background. She has worked as a special needs inclusion specialist, an outdoor educator and a program director. When she's not at camp, Cait enjoys baking, pottery, rock climbing and hiking with friends; her favourite camp activities are talent shows, tubing, campfires and swimming.

In the off-season, Cait enjoys hiring staff and planning all the amazing programs our guests love. She's passionate about ensuring guests have an opportunity to accomplish their goals. Whether it be performing in the talent show for the first (or hundredth) time or learning how to waterski, she's there to provides support.

Sanda Rimay
Guest Services Manager, CNIB Lake Joseph Centre

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Sanda.jpgSanda is a graduate of Lakehead University (Bachelor of Education) and Brock University (BA Hons Political Science). Sanda has dedicated her entire life to helping people connect with nature which brings her immense joy. With a diverse camp background, she has held many positions, including counsellor, lifeguard, canoe instructor, head cook, program coordinator and outdoor educator. Sanda has a strong passion for the outdoors and can be found swimming, canoeing, snowshoeing and even cooking. She is determined to hit every corner of our great country; she has one province and the three territories left to visit.

At camp, you will find Sanda enjoying the sunshine at the beach or in a canoe when she's not in the office ensuring our guests have the time of their lives.

Barry Quick
Facility Operator, CNIB Lake Joseph Centre

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Barry.jpgBarry has been keeping the Lake Joe camp beautiful since 2012. His attention to detail and commitment to accessibility is apparent across the 12.5-acre property. After spending the majority of his life in Windsor, Barry now calls Muskoka home. When he's not maintaining the grounds, he enjoys winter sports, camping, hiking and baking banana bread. One of Barry’s greatest passions is biking; he participated in the Joe’s Team triathlon held at Lake Joe in 2016.

In the summer, you can often hear the bell on his tricycle as he checks up on camp, moving from the boat house to the Rec Hall and back again. Barry and the rest of the facility team can’t wait for another amazing summer on the shores of Lake Joseph!


Come visit us! Lake Joe is nestled in the heart of the Muskoka District in MacTier, Ontario, two hours north of Toronto and just south of Parry Sound, on Lake Joseph Road (formerly Hwy 69).

If you are travelling north from Toronto:

  • Take Hwy 400 north toward Parry Sound.
  • Stay on Hwy 400/169 when the highway splits (to the right)
  • Keep going North past Port Severn.
  • Take exit 189/Lake Joseph Road and travel north past the Hwy 169 cutoff (don't turn!)
  • Lake Joe is located 5 km north on the right-hand side of Lake Joseph Road (look for Joe Finley Way.).

If you are travelling south from Sudbury:

  • Follow Hwy 400 past Parry Sound
  • Take exit 207: Hwy 69/Lake Joseph Road
  • Follow to Lake Joseph Road South
  • Pass by Gordon Bay Marina
  • Lake Joe is located on the left-hand side on Lake Joseph Road (look for Joe Finley Way)
  • If you have reached the Hwy 169 cutoff you have just missed us!

Map of highway to Lake Joseph ​​​​