In partnership with the Rotary Club of Amherst, Easter Seals Nova Scotia hosts and operates Camp Tidnish near Amherst, Nova Scotia. Camp Tidnish is the only barrier-free and fully accessible summer camp for Nova Scotian children, youth, and adults with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. 

Camp Tidnish has provided top-quality programs for over 80 years. Each year, we host hundreds of campers from across Nova Scotia. Our programs are designed with inclusion, independence, and the personal development of our campers in mind.

Our professional and dedicated staff provides exceptional care and leadership. Our counsellor to camper ratio is small, and our team is trained to meet the diverse medical, mobility, personal care, and nutritional needs of our campers.

Our camp offers several interactive and fun overnight camp experiences including boat tours of the Tidnish River, hay rides, fishing, art activities, and swimming in our heated indoor pool. Camp Tidnish also provides campers an opportunity to forge friendships, and to enjoy the thrill of independence of being away from home! 

Camp Tidnish is now a huge part of our lives. It is the promise of a week of fun, friendships and normalcy for Abbie. The staff at Easter Seals and Camp Tidnish are exceptional and have been such a blessing in our lives.
— Marty Stephenson, Abbie's Mom

Activities and Inclusion

Our many activities include swimming in a barrier-free heated indoor pool, boating, canoeing, fishing, music therapy, arts and crafts, gardening, go-kart racing, hayrides, themed group programs and using the swings or our accessible trampoline.

We host campers with a variety of abilities and challenges, including autism spectrum disorder, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, brain injury survivors, spina bifida, global delays, limited mobility, multiple sclerosis, and visual and hearing challenges, among others. We strive to focus on the camper’s abilities and inclusion in all of our activities.

Our Facilities

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  • Fully accessible heated, indoor swimming pool
  • Barrier-free hayrides
  • Well-equipped Health Lodge for nursing  and care 
  • Fully accessible bathrooms in every cabin, including accessible showers, Hoyer lifts, commodes, and supportive equipment such as adjustable railings.
  • Ingound accessible trampoline
  • Accessible campfire experiences
  • Barrier-free dock for pontoon boat rides and canoe/kayak access.
  • Hospital beds in every cabin
  • 2 large playing fields
  • Wheelchair accessible ramps and paved walkways to all buildings