Welcome to Camp Wandsworth! Situated on the enchanted Lake Tshakapesh near the most northern part of Manitoba in Canada, this outdoor facility is part of a magically preserved natural heritage site in a coniferous forest that is well protected from muggle access and contains a wide variety of magical flora and fauna. The camp is accessible year-round and offers a summer camp for young witches and wizards, a retreat center for those planning corporate events and reunions, a regular campground for families, and a ski lodge that is open from November to March.
Job Ideas: Camp Counselor or Junior Counselor, Groundskeeper, Event Director, Ski Lift Operator, Activity Instructor
Active Eras: Expedition, Marauder, Golden, Reformation, & Legacy Eras
“They all hurried into the wood, following the lantern-lit trail. They could hear the sounds of thousands of people moving around then, shouts of laughter, snatches of singing.”
– Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Situated in Manitoba, Canada, this summer camp and wizarding retreat center is one of few facilities like it in the world and every year attracts hundreds of witches and wizards from around the globe.
The camp is divided between three major areas surrounding the lake: the Ski Lodge and winter camp to the Northeast, the Retreat Center & Open Campground to the Northwest, and the south side of the lake is nearly entirely occupied by the Summer Camp, which primarily runs from June to August, but also hosts school groups in the fall and early spring. Due to the secluded nature of the camp, the only way to access it is via portkeys available at any wizarding government facility or through some travel agencies. As it is a popular destination, however, many agencies have regular portkeys to the area from all over the world.
Retreat Center & Open Campground
Accessible year round, this part of the campus features a more upscale building meant for hosting corporate retreats, family gatherings, and weddings. It is often magically redecorated to fit whatever theme is needed and has interchangeable, movable walls that can be adjusted as needed to accommodate even the largest of events.
Nearby to the retreat center there also sits also an open air campground for tents nearby for those just looking to do a few days of camping out in the wilderness. A few cabins are available for rent, but most witches and wizards choose to bring their own tents from home, which are usually of the magically expanded variety. Rudimentary campsites are also available for those who wish to “rough it” with a non-magical camping experience.
Ski Lodge & Winter Camp
From October to March, the Camp Wandsworth Ski Lodge is open for witches and wizards of all ages. Families are hosted in the main lodge and in some of the cabins, and there is also an area similar to the summer camp property that hosts campers ages 8-18 on their breaks from school, including many students from the southern hemisphere.
While the lodge is situated near a mountain range that allows them to have practice hills near to the actual camp, a special floo connection is used to transport those wishing to ski, snowboard, fly, or participate in any other winter sports to the more dangerous peaks.
In addition to the cabins and activity stations, the summer camp facilities also feature a dining hall, a ropes course, several hiking trails, two greenhouses, three open fields for team sports, a boat house, and a campfire circle large enough to host the entire camp.
Every week two dances are held in the mess hall, one for campers 13 and younger, and one for campers 14 and older. Friday night is Campfire Night as well, and the whole camp comes together before some campers leave the following morning on Saturday. Throughout the week, groups of campers of the same age may also participate in campout nights with tents, team sports and activities, and smaller campfires with their peers.
Magic is allowed at the camp, but all students must register their wands with the camp staff so that spells can be tracked in the event of any incidents. Enchantments are also on each of the cabins to prevent any camper from entering a cabin that is not their own, and caterwauling charms are used after lights out to prevent campers from accessing areas they should not be in.