Camp des Iles is a Christian camp situated in the Laurentian region on Ile aux Chats near Lachute, Quebec. Our goal is to further the physical and intellectual growth of children and teens by offering summer camps that provide stimulating and challenging activities for campers that include the teaching of the Bible and Christian values. As a non-profit camp, we are open to all campers regardless of their religious affiliation.
Camp des Iles is committed to the health and safety of all attending campers.
Our History and Founders
Born in Belgium in 1923, Mr. Réné Hainaut was born again at the age of ten at the Belgian Gospel Mission ’s camp in Limauges. Growing up, he enjoyed many spiritual and physical blessings as a camper at various evangelical camps. His wife, Elizabeth Ross, born in Scotland, was also active in camp work for a number of years.
The Hainauts spent 18 years as missionaries in Belgian Congo, Africa (known today as the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaïre). While Mr. Hainaut was responsible for churches, buildings, programs, etc., Mrs. Hainaut took charge of some twenty bush schools. In the years after independence in 1960, there were constant troubles and dangers caused by fierce struggles for power, and conditions were such that the Hainaut's could no longer continue there with there five children. Thus, they left in 1968, following the Lord’s leading to the province of Québec.
In Québec Mr. Hainaut was mightly used of the Lord, and he founded many churches in the Lower Laurentian region. In 1981 he founded Camp des Îles.
While Mrs Hainaut went to be with the Lord in April 2010 and Mr Hainaut also passed away in July of 2012, the enduring legacy they left is seen in campers as they continue to experience the excitement and spiritual growth offered each summer at Camp des Iles.
In 2012, Camp des Iles joined One Hope Canada (previously Canadian Sunday School Mission), an organization that has worked with Christian camps across the nation for over 80 years. To find out more about One Hope Canada, follow this link.