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A rural retreat for Toronto's refugee community

Sanctary North York River

Sanctuary North is exactly what the name suggests: a place where refugees - individuals and families - can relax, be safe, explore nature, and build connection and community. Since 2000, organisations serving refugees and Sanctuary North volunteers have welcomed refugee groups to this beautiful property 4 hours north-east of Toronto to stay in our cabins and bunkies: to cook together, canoe, swim and take in a taste of Ontario’s beauty and tranquillity.


Entirely volunteer-run, Sanctuary North is a non-profit organisation supported by a variety of individuals and organisations. Each year, from June to September, refugee-serving organisations host groups of individuals, families and young people at Sanctuary North for three days or more. In May and October, groups of volunteers travel up to spend time both maintaining and improving the cabins and surroundings.


We believe that Sanctuary North is a gift that is meant to be shared: a place where all living things are valued and protected.


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