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Christian retreat centres suitable for Alpha Holy Spirit weekends in the Ottawa region

A poll of local Alpha leaders with experience in off-site weekends has revealed the following list of recommended places where Alpha Holy Spirit weekends have been held. Some of these are Christian retreat centres. Bookings for retreat centres can be needed up to six months in advance (a good problem to have) so it may be necessary to book even if at the time of the planning you can't be sure of numbers or commitment.

If you can add info to this list, We thank all those who have responded thus far.

Inclusion on this page does not imply endorsement by OAPC. These are places which have been referred by others.

Bethesda Renewal Centre · Bearbrook Farm · Econiche House · Gracefield Camp and Conference Centre · Kanata Golf & Country Club · Manderley on the Green Golf Club · Maison Notre-Dame de la Providence · Maison DE Sainte-Marie · Nav Canada Training & Conference Centre · Ottawa Valley Pentecostal Camp · A Place to Seek His Face · Pine & Birch Ranch & Retreat · Providence Point Retreat Centre · Sonshine Cove/Sonshine Families · Temple Pastures Retreat Centre · Tucker House

See also Bed and Breakfasts in the Ottawa area

253 Lowe Rd, RR #4, Ashton, ON., K0A 1B0

Tel 613-257-4587
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Bethesda Holy Land

Rob, Sherry, and Josiah Milnes, Directors

This is a beautiful retreat house that can sleep 16 people in semi-private and dormitory rooms, large living room with fireplace and beautiful walking trails through the woods. Meals can be provided or you can bring your own. About 20 minutes drive from Kanata.

8411 Russell Rd, Navan, Ontario K4B 1J1 (30 mins SW of Ottawa, Exit 88 (Vars) from Hwy 417)

Tel: (613) 835-2227 or 1-800-668-4474
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Proprietors: Walter and Inger Hemm

Capacity for 60

Cantley, Quebec J8V 3A1

Tel: 819-827-0086 Fax 818-827-0121
Rural Conference & Retreat Centre

Photo of Grace Lodge
Photo Credit: Chas James
; Picture of Gracefield's Lodge
Box 420, Gracefield, QC, J0X 1W0

Tel 819-463-2465 or 1 888-493-2267

5920 Prince of Wales Drive, North Gower, ON

Tel 613-489-2092
Contact: Dan Kolar

1754 St. Joseph Blvd., Orleans, ON., K1C 7C6

Tel 613-824-1610
72 bedrooms

159 Higginson St., Box 52, Vankleek Hill, ON., K0B 1R0

Tel 613-678-2000
/ Web: Website
44 beds

Tel 613-592-9417 — Guy Bertrand, Food & beverage Manager

We have held two weekends here with no problems — TC

The club has a private room for groups of 15 - 20. However, if your weekend is not during the golf season, you can have the run of the reception area / restaurant. No sleeping accommodation, but it's local. TV, VCR, overhead at no additional charge.

1950 Montreal Road, Cornwall, ON., K6H 6L2

Tel 613-936-5067
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Located on 70 acres of land on the shores of the St Lawrence River, the centre is a self contained full service facility with 560 guestrooms and 50,000 sq metres of flexible meeting space. Our recreational facilities include a 25 metre lap pool with slide, double sized gymnasium all the latest cardio and weight equipment, volleyball nets, badminton nets, complimentary bike rentals for the many miles of paths along the river as well as outdoor tennis courts and soccer fields.

876 Faught Rd, RR3, Cobden, ON., K0J 1K0

Tel 613-638-2000
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OVPC can take probably the largest number of people of any facility in the area. About one hour's drive from Ottawa.

Photo of A Place to Seek His Face
813 Carbine Rd, RR1, Pakenham, ON., K0A 2X0

Tel (613) 624-5594
— Charles & Alexandra Cheatley

Four bedrooms. 4 km up a mountainside, about 50 min's drive from Ottawa.

Picture of Pine & Birch Lodge
Administrative Office 223-27 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1M 1M2

Tel (613) 299-0200 / Web:
— Todd Plaskacz

This 50- acre horse ranch in the Wakefield, QC. area has a 4-bedroom Ranch House (sleeps up to 14 people), a 3-bedroom Guest House (sleeps up to 8 people), an open concept Cottage (sleeps up to 4 people), a 1-bedroom Cabin (sleeps up to 4 people), and a Bunkhouse for overflow (sleeps up to 6 people). All units have decks, BBQ, fireplaces or woodstoves and are fully furnished and equipped. There is a beach volleyball court, a basketball hoop, a sports field and various campfire areas. The property includes a private 10-acre lake with a small sandy beach (no weeds), canoes and a rowboat. There is a logging road that goes around the lake and is used for hiking and biking in the spring/summer/fall and for cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing in winter. Of course, being a ranch, there are horses to watch and feed.

Pine and Birch Ranch and Retreat is perfect for small conferences, meetings, workshops, church events, leadership getaways, etc.. Catering is available if required. Visit our web site (link above) and request the Alpha discount!

Lanark (45 mins from Ottawa)

Tel 613-259-5016 or toll free 877-292-2201
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Contact: Rene and Jeannette Bosman

Pine Grove Bible Church has their weekend at Providence Point in Lanark. It has always been enjoyable. — Jenn Diaczyk
100 km North of Orleans
Admin: 1807 St. Joseph Blvd. Unit 307
Orleans ON, K1C 7C6

Tel (613) 834-8187 x 22
Fax (613) 841-1712
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Contact: Len Goddard, Executive Director

Full wheelchair accessibility. Lodge large enough to accomodate 40+ people, large gathering and dining areas, sports field, lake, and wooded area. Also being fully winterized, the Cove is available year round!

Community Pentecostal Church Ottawa (Orleans) has used the facilities at Sonshine Cove in Lac Corbeau, PQ for our ALPHA weekends the past several years. It is a relatively new, well maintained, reasonably priced facility that is available to groups under 40 people. It is located about 1 hour north of Buckingham Quebec. The staff and management are excellent to work with and the food is great. — Brian Egert
Photo of Temple Pastures Retreat Centre
Gatineau, QC


Rate: $35 per night per person Sunday through Thursday, $50 per night per person for just Friday night or just Saturday night $70 per person for Friday through Sunday + catering if needed.
Special offer for Alpha Weekend groups.

1731 Tucker Rd., Rockland, ON., K4K 1K7

Tel 613-446-0125 — Eric Fredeen, Business Manager


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