Escape Camp Picton is closed until April 5th to promote social distancing, and we are hopeful we are able to re-open in April. Check the booking calendar for availability or purchase a gift card to be used at a later date!
Our Escape Rooms:
A Spy’s Workshop:
You are in basic training for the Royal Canadian Air Force but have been selected by the brass for a special mission because of your excellent skills in espionage, code-breaking, and teamwork. You have one hour to find clues and solve puzzles left in a workshop that belongs to a French resistance fighter, legendary inventor and secret agent who goes by the name of Andre Masson. The information hidden in his workshop – if found by the Nazis – would change the course of the war. Your mission is to seek out the clues, solve his puzzles, and destroy the information before the enemies can find it… or you! (Minimum 3, Maximum 5 players)
The Secret Guild:
It’s the height of WW2. Your team must enter occupied France, and secure classified information from a local manufacturing guild, which is secretly a front for the French Allied Resistance! Unfortunately, the resistance had a double agent, and the location of the resistance HQ has now been compromised. You have one hour to find clues, solve puzzles, get the classified information, and destroy any evidence before the enemy zeros in on your location. The lives of so many allied spies hang in the balance as the fate of the war is in your hands! (Minimum 5, Maximum 12 players)
Escape Room Camp:
Thursday March 19th
Friday April 10th
Friday June 6th
Spend a day at historic Camp Picton, learning about espionage, code breaking, wartime history and puzzle making from the designers of Escape Camp Picton’s escape rooms. Campers will enjoy hands-on activities designed to unlock their creativity as they make and test their own escape room game. For ages 8-14
Escape Camp Picton
9B – 343 County Road 22
We’re located in building 9B at the historic Camp Picton. Enter through Camp Picton’s main gates on County Road 22. We’re the 3rd building on your right!
What is an escape room?
Escape rooms are a lot of fun! An escape room is an immersive adventure game in which players must work together to find clues and solve puzzles to achieve an objective in the story of the game. Players “escape” when they have solved all of the puzzles within a specified time. Some teams are successful, and some aren’t. Use cooperation, teamwork and thinking outside the box for your best chance of a successful escape!
What are your hours?
Spring Hours (Mar 14-May 13)
Friday/Saturday/Sunday 11:00 – 7:00 pm
Open weekdays during March Break!
Summer Hours (May 14-October 31)
Daily 11:00 – 7:00 pm – Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays
How Do I Contact Escape Camp Picton?
What makes Escape Camp Picton special?
Escape Camp Picton is a unique, immersive escape room located at Camp Picton, a former WW2 air force training base. The site is steeped in history, and as the only remaining British Commonwealth Air Training Plan sites in the world with so many buildings still in tact, it is one of Eastern Ontario’s most inspiring architectural heritage sites.
We have developed escape rooms inspired by the military training history of the site, integrating artifacts and reproductions into the design and decor. Escape Camp Picton is designed and operated by two of Prince Edward County’s creative families with award-winning designers, experienced event producers, innovative fabricators and multi-media artists in their ranks.
Are we actually locked in?
No! The entrance door is always unlocked and you can exit the game at any time in case of emergency or to use the washroom. The exit door will be locked: this is the door you are trying to unlock to solve the game.
Is it scary?
No! This is a fun experience that tests your wits and cleverness. It is not designed to scare you.
What are the age restrictions?
The games have been designed to challenge adults, but our games can certainly be enjoyed by younger children and their families. There is nothing gory, graphic or scary about our rooms that make them inappropriate for younger players. Our age policies are:
- All ages are welcome in the escape rooms.
- Anyone age 6+ is considered a “player” and must pay full price.
- Anyone 5 and under is considered a “non-player” and can tag along for free. Non-playing children MUST stay with, and in the care of their guardians throughout the game.
- For everyone’s safety and comfort, the total number of players and non-players cannot exceed the game room maximum.
- Players 10 and under must have an adult in the room with them to play.
- Players 14 and under must have an adult chaperone on site with them. The adult does not need to play, but they must remain on site for the duration of the game.
- Players 15+ may play without an adult chaperone on site.
When should I arrive?
Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled game start time. Leave plenty of time to find the location, check in, sign the waiver, and use the washroom facilities before you get started. Each booking gets 60 minutes in the room. If you are late, we may not be able to extend your time in the room, so make sure you arrive early so you get your full 60 minutes to play the game.
How long does the experience take?
You have up to 60 minutes in the room to solve the puzzles and escape. Some teams will complete the room in less than 60 minutes, some teams will need the full 60 minutes. You will want to budget about 90 minutes at the site including prep time, play time and escape celebrations!
Can I take photos or video in the room?
No electronic devices are allowed in the room. You will be provided with a locker to lock up your valuables during the game.
Do I need to book in advance?
Advance booking is highly recommended at Escape Camp Picton. During our Spring/Summer hours, we are happy to accommodate last-minute and walk-in bookings (pending availability), but booking in advance is the only way to guarantee your time slot. In the Winter months, we open for confirmed bookings only, so you must book in advance.
Bookings are made online and all available time slots are listed on our online calendar.
How can I make a booking?
Will I have to play with strangers?
All games are open for anyone to book unless you book a private game. If you would like to book a private game for a group of less than the maximum players for the room, please select this option when you make your booking. It may cost a little more depending on how many players you have, but it ensures that the room is yours and only yours. Otherwise, your game will be open for others to join, and you may be scheduled to play with strangers. Embrace the fun of meeting new people and the advantage of a larger group with a bigger skill set!
How many players can play?
Escape Camp Picton currently has two rooms that feature different games and are designed for groups of different sizes.
A Spy’s Workshop: Minimum 3 players, Maximum 5
The Secret Guild: Minimum 5 players, Maximum 10
Email us for options for large group events including tournament style play, pre- or post-game receptions, walking tours of Camp Picton and more! We have a variety of options for groups as large as 30 people.
Do you host School Trips?
Yes! Escape Camp Picton has developed a number of educational experiences, all steeped in history! The experiences include:
- Playing a one-hour escape room game at Escape Camp Picton
- A second activity which could include:
- A historical walking tour of Camp Picton**
- Improvisation workshop to build confidence, communication and team play
- Hands-on workshop and lecture on espionage techniques throughout history – make your own cipher!
- Behind the scenes demonstration on building Escape Room stories and puzzles
Pricing and timing depends on the number of students and the type of activity you choose.
Our education programs are ideally suited to Middle School, Secondary or Post-Secondary groups. Not suitable for primary school students.
**Due to the nature of the site, historical walking tours are only available September to mid-November and April to June.
What's the price?
What's the cancellation policy?
Bookings can only be modified with 24 hours notice: players can exchange for a different date/time or obtain “store credit” with 24 hours advance notice. Refunds are not available.
No-shows will be charged for the full amount of their booking without the opportunity for exchange or credit.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 613-319-0416 to adjust a booking.
Are there video cameras in the room?
Yes. The Game Room Master uses closed circuit TV to monitor and assist your game.
What are the Accessibility features at Escape Camp Picton?
Due to the historical nature of the site, Escape Camp Picton is not a barrier-free experience. The parking area is unpaved, and players must cross uneven gravel and grass to access the building. The building itself has three stairs at the entrance and exit. Washroom facilities are non-gendered, non-accessible port-a-potties located approximately 20 meters from the escape room entrance. Once inside the building, the entire game experience is located on a single level with limited barriers for guests with mobility concerns (inquire about The Secret Guild if you use a mobility aid or wheelchair). Accommodations are available for players who cannot complete the limited physical requirements of the game. The escape room games include visual, tactile and audio clues. Instructions are delivered orally – printed briefing notes are available for players with hearing loss. Service animals are welcome. Support persons accompanying people with disabilities are entitled to a 50% discount (inquire by email). We are happy to discuss individual accessibility needs and are eager to accommodate in any way we can. Please email us to start a conversation.
How difficult is the game?
The games have been designed to provide a medium challenge level: challenging enough for experienced players to enjoy, but still accessible for new players.
The success rate for “A Spy’s Workshop” (our small room) is 34%
The success rate for “The Secret Guild” (larger group room) is 30%
How can I book a walking tour of Camp Picton?
The owners of Camp Picton (Loch Sloy Business Park) regularly offer walking tours of the camp. Check out their Facebook events for upcoming dates: https://www.facebook.com/camppicton/
Groups of 10 or more are welcome to email us at email@example.com to request a private walking tour. Walking tours are subject to availability of the expert guides at Camp Picton.
Can I explore the Camp Picton site before or after the game?
Camp Picton is private property, and the historical nature of the property presents some hazards. Visitors to Escape Camp Picton are asked NOT to wander through the Camp Picton site before or after you play the escape room. If you would like to book a guided walking tour of the site, or request permission and a waiver to walk the site unattended, please contact the Loch Sloy Business Park office at (613) 476-3064 / firstname.lastname@example.org
What are the expectations of the players?
All players are expected to sign and adhere to a code of conduct prior to playing. Escape Camp Picton is committed to providing an environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity and where all individuals are safe. Harassment, abuse and violent acts will not be tolerated from any person. Discrimination and hate speech have no place at Escape Camp Picton.
Players are expected to:
- share in the responsibility for creating an environment free of harassment, violence, abuse and discrimination
- NOT play the game if under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- conduct themselves in a manner that is conducive to everyone’s enjoyment of the game
- respect the property of Escape Camp Picton, and not wilfully damage anything while on the premises
- sign a confidentiality agreement, agreeing not disclose the details of the game or its solutions to others after playing
- sign a waiver and release prior to playing the game
Any player who does not meet these expectations will not be permitted to play the game, and may be ejected from the premises.
Important Info about Camp Picton
The Camp Picton site is a historical site, and as such it is not serviced with running water. Please be prepared to use our private, outdoor portable toilet while visiting Escape Camp Picton. In colder months, please dress in layers: the buildings are heated but drafty, and some players are more comfortable wearing sweaters and light jackets when playing.
Will you escape Camp Picton?
Escape Camp Picton is a new escape room attraction opening at Camp Picton in the summer of 2019. This unique escape room takes inspiration from its location at a decommissioned WW2 air base – blending heritage, history and an unforgettable game experience.
Escape Camp Picton is designed and operated by a team of County-based artists and creative producers: Glen Wallis, Vanessa Rieger, Julianne Snepsts, Susan Wallis and Paul Snepsts.
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