Family Canoe Camp - Llyn Tegid, Bala, North Wales

Event FULL to be advised if more places become available email

This is an open event for OCA members and Non-members.  All abilities are welcome to come along and take part.  The weekend is aimed at families with children and young people and will include lots of activities for everyone to have fun together. However we have limited space and pitches, as August is a prime time for the Pant-Yr-Onnen campsite, which is based on the beautiful shores of the Lake.

We will bring a marquee or tarps a fire pit and a bbq,  so request that families attending keep this in mind so we have enough space for all to fit in.

Activities include; Guided trips, coaching, safety and rescue training, along with guidance and practical sessions on planning and leading your own family adventures.



Tuesday 14th August – Arrive after 11 am  !!!!! camp set up.  Introductions equipment check and possible paddle on the lake, depending on what time you arrive.

Wednesday 15th August – Day Canoe on the Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake). Evening activity tba at event, time dependent.

Thursday 16th August – Day Canoe on Llyn Tegid or Afon Dyfrdwy (River Dee) depending on previous experience and coach availability and transport available to do so. Evening activity tba at the event, time dependent

Friday 17th August – Strike camp by 11 am. Option of paddling after that for those that wish too.


For full event. Including camp fees, lake fees and volunteer expenses.

£50 per person Adults and children over 3. 

Under 3’s FREE

Additional costs. Equipment hire including boat, buoyancy aid & paddle,

£10 per person for the duration of the event.


The volunteers will be cooking together on a fire pit and BBQ.  You are welcome to be included in this option at a cost of  £40 for the whole camp per person

This will include a basic Breakfast, Lunch and dinner including Tea, Coffee, hot chocolate and squash.  For those choosing this option will need to help out with the preparation of the food and the clearing up afterwards.

Example meals


Cereal, Egg or bacon baps


Packed lunches


Sausage casserole, spag bol, chillie type thing or BBQ (this will be decided nearer the time)

Salads and fruit

Pop corn and smores for the fire pit.

You must bring your own plate, bowl, cups and utensils.

We are unable to cater for specific diets due to the volunteers will be the coaches and the cooks (with your help) so have limited time and we have limited cooking equipment with no refrigeration facilities available to make lots of variations. 

If you wish to book this option but have a specific diet requirement other than being vegetarian please contact Lina Patel first.

Although this will be summertime please remember we live in the UK! So pack accordingly for all weather conditions with plenty of spare clothes for the little ones

Clothing for the water must be non cotton, no jeans or cotton trousers or tea shirts,  fleece is best!

Safeguarding – The OCA and it’s volunteer coaches/leaders are inclusive and acknowledge that families come in all shapes and sizes!  However, having taken advice from The Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA), children and young people under 18 must be accompanied by a biological parent or legally appointed guardian at all times.  The volunteer team are DBS cleared and have undergone child protection training.

Any Queries please contact Lina at

Aug 14 to 17 2018, 11:00am - 11:00am



Angela Knisely-Marpole's picture

Hi. Just a query. How do you get the cost at £50.00 per person ie £100.00 for a couple for 3 nights, when the campsite charges £18.50 for a medium tent plus 2 people - £55.50 for 3 nights?  This works out at £44.50 for what?

MEDIUM TENT PABELL CANOLIG £18.50 (INC. 2 Adults + 1 Car) Sleeps up to 6

Family Weekend at Bala

Gary Rice's picture

Hi Angela,

The weekend is aimed at families with children and young people. We have a high ratio of coaches attending and, in accordance with the OCA expenses policy, we will meet the genuine expenses of those coaches. They will however be volunteering their time.

This is not a turn up and paddle weekend. 

There will be an emphasis on paddling as a family, supporting each other, emergency procedures, including recues. The weekend we hope will be a fun learning experience for everyone.

Hope this helps.