expand search

School for the Study of Canada

Bronze war monument in Ottawa, Canada

School for the Study of Canada

Windy Pine Conference Centre

The Windy Pine Conference Centre, a 25-acre retreat on Lake Kushog in Haliburton County has been in operation since 1982, when the Canadian Studies Program at Trent University assumed its direction from Dr. Mary Northway, by whom it was willed to the Program. It is open from May 24 weekend until Thanksgiving each year and serves as a conference, retreat, meeting, workshop, and research venue for faculty, staff and students associated with Trent University. 


The Windy Pine Conference Centre serves to further the interdisciplinary academic mission of the Canadian Studies Department, and of its allied Departments and Programs, in the larger interests of Trent University. It welcomes students, staff, faculty and guests to use and enjoy the property responsibly, and with particular respect for its unique ecosystems, in furtherance of scholarly research, writing and planning, teaching, conversation and relaxation.


This Centre consists of 6 rustic cabins with a sleeping capacity of 20-22 persons (maximum overnight of 18 at one time).  The facility is divided into three separate areas.  The main facility contains the cabins called Driftwood , Branch and Twig which can accommodate up to 14 people.  Another area houses the cabins called The Cabin and Cone which house the property manager each summer.  Pinecliff, another separate area, will accommodate a party of 6 persons.  An additional outbuilding, Jackpine, contains a workshop and shelter for canoes and a kayak.

For further information, or booking inquiries, please email us at


or contact:

The Canadian Studies Undergraduate Department