OOCH DOWNTOWN - We Need Your Help!

The Need For the In-City Space

Camp Oochigeas has secured a long-term lease on a property at 464 Bathurst Street in the heart of downtown Toronto, a few short blocks from SickKids Hospital. This location will not only be home to our offices, but will provide us with all of the necessary space and amenities in order to provide our campers (new and current) with the programming and relationships that they can’t get anywhere else due to their illness. 

Although we reach the vast majority of children diagnosed with cancer at SickKids Hospital, only 20% of these children are attending our residential camp in Muskoka. Whether a result of cultural unfamiliarity, a fear of being away from home, or simply because some children are too young or too sick, there is more we can do to ensure that every child has an Ooch experience.

Features contained within the 18,000 sq ft space include:
  • A multi-sport area with lots of room to play cooperative games, floor hockey or basketball
  • A teaching kitchen for campers to learn and participate in cooking classes
  • A first aid/treatment room for campers to have their medical needs looked after on-site
  • A locker room space for campers to prepare for programs and store their belongings
  • A two-story accessible rock wall to challenge all ages and ability levels
  • An elevator for wheelchair access to the second floor and rooftop terrace
  • A patio space and private parking lot for outdoor activities like hockey, basketball and gardening
  • An event space for volunteer training and donor receptions

Artist Renderings of the site: 

Main Floor: Rock climbing wall and           Main Floor: Multi-purpose recreation area
entrance to recreation area         

Main Floor: Includes a multi-purpose           Second Floor: Includes a lounge area for
play space, a teaching kitchen & event          quiet space and a treatment room 

How You Can Help

Become a Founding Friend!
 For the benefit of our camper population and for greater exposure of our partners, Camp Oochigeas will be implementing a Founding Friends partnership strategy for our new in-city space.  If you are interested in learning how to become a Founding Friend or for other sponsorship details, please contact Michelle Afinec at mafinec@ooch.org or 416-961-6624 x210.

Thank you to our Founding Friends for helping to make Ooch Downtown a reality.


Sponsorships & Donations
We need your help! Please consider making a contribution towards Ooch Downtown by making your donation online by clicking on the below donation button or by sending a donation marked In-City to Camp Oochigeas, 464 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON M5T 2S6. 

Ooch Downtown Item Wish List 
If you are interested in donating new items from the below list, please contact Diana Gourley at dgourley@ooch.org or 416-961-6624 x238 for more details.  

  • Sports Equipment - ball hockey equipment, climbing equipment, harnesses - child & adult sizes, parachute, etc.
  • Art Supplies - paint (oil & acrylics), oil canvases, face paint, markers, drying rack, costumes 
  • Kitchen Supplies - Cookware & small appliances
  • Other - Electric piano, folding tables and chairs, new board games