ESCAPE AT HOME…
Bring Escape Camp Picton home with a hand-crafted, limited edition play-at-home game!
The Avro Arrow was a marvel of aeronautic ingenuity. The aircraft delivered Mach 2 speeds at altitudes of more than 50,000 feet, capable of intercepting and destroying long-range bombers carrying Cold War nuclear warheads. It was one of the greatest achievements of Canadian engineering… but the project was abruptly cancelled after the Arrow flew its first test flights.
Who killed the Arrow? And why?
A mysterious clue sets you on the path to discover the Arrow’s Secret. Your adventure starts in Prince Edward County where the Arrow’s engineering was tested over Lake Ontario, and where secrets of the aircraft continue to be discovered 60 years later.
Explore the amazing history of the Avro Arrow while discovering clues, deciphering codes and solving puzzles in the comfort of your home.
This hand-crafted puzzle box by Escape Camp Picton is available NOW. Get yours today!
ESCAPE ROOMS REOPENING IN MAY
Escape Camp Picton hopes to re-open our in-person escape rooms in late May 2021. We are now taking bookings for May through October. Click here for our schedule and games.
Keep your eye on this space for a new outdoor game and small group experience launching in June 2021.
In the meantime We are excited to offer our play-at-home game “The Arrow’s Secret” for those looking for some fun at home!
For information about our COVID-19 safety protocols, click here.
Our Escape Rooms
You are a citizen spy in training 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 enemy – 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! (60 minute experience for 1-5 players)
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, and extract the classified info 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! (75 min experience for 1-6 players, 60 min experience for 7-10 players)
Give the gift of Escape Camp Picton – Prince Edward County’s premier escape room experience at historic Camp Picton!
Give the gift of memories! Escape rooms are super-fun, collaborative experiences that your group will really enjoy. When your pals, workmates or family group comes to Escape Camp Picton, they’ll be transported back in time at our authentic WWII era RAF training base. Gift cards can be used for all of Escape Camp Picton’s offerings, including virtual escapes and play-at-home games!
CURRENT LEADER BOARDS
A Spy's Workshop (VIRTUAL)
1. Team Squared – 0:38:23
2. The Brooklyn Brawlers – 0:44:05
3. Team Stinky – 0:44:34
4. Team Wit – 0:48:32
5. Team Enthusiasts – 0:49:03
**Number of clues are not counted for virtual escapes
A Spy's Workshop (IN-PERSON PLAY)
1. Team Peterborough Code Crushers – 31 minutes – 1 clue
2. Team “Rose Salt” – 33 minutes – 0 clues
3. Team “Flashlight” – 34 minutes – 1 clue
4. (TIE) Team “Div” – 38 minutes – 0 clues
4. (TIE) Team “Dutter” – 38 minutes – 0 clues
The Secret Guild (IN PERSON PLAY)
- Team “Rescue 911” – 46 minutes – 2 clues
- Team “Winchester” – 47 minutes – 5 clues
- Team “Team” – 48 minutes – 3 clues
- Team “Wind Sigh” – 53 minutes – 3 clues
- Team “Kare Bear Krew” – 55 minutes – 8 clues
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!
In-person and online/avatar-led escapes are temporarily closed while we focus on game development and safety. We will re-open in the Spring with in-person games and outdoor adventures. In the meantime, consider our play-at-home game “The Arrow’s Secret,” available now.
What is a live virtual remote escape room?
Our live, virtual escape rooms (avatar-led) are temporarily unavailable
We are offering “A Spy’s Workshop” as a live, virtual remote play. This means that you will play the game from your own location through a Zoom Meeting. You are NOT playing on site at Escape Camp Picton. You will be guiding an in-room “Live Operative” or proxy through voice commands and you will see what they see.
Alongside the interactive Zoom video experience, we provide a Mission Dossier. The dossier is a website that will be updated during your game play with close-up images of items you find in the room.
In order to play a live virtual remote game, you will need a high speed internet connection, the Zoom app (no cost), and ideally two screens. You can play with up to five people who can connect to the game from multiple locations – no need to be in the same place to play together!
What are your hours?
In-person and online escapes are closed. Our at-home game “The Arrow’s Secret” is available for delivery.
May 21 – June 30
Saturdays & Sundays
First game starts 10:00 am, Last Game Starts 5:30 pm
July 1 – October 11 2021
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
First Game starts 10:00 am, Last Game starts 5:30 pm
Do I need to book in advance?
Advance booking is required for Escape Camp Picton. We are unable to accommodate drop-in players due to health and safety protocols.
Bookings are made online and all available time slots are listed on our online calendar.
How can I make a booking?
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:
60 minute experience for 1-5 players
The Secret Guild:
75 minute experience for 1-6 players
60 minute experience for 7-10 players
All rooms are private rooms. There are no minimum number of players required to make a booking. Maximum numbers will be strictly enforced.
What's the price?
For our in-person escape rooms:
Groups of up to 6 players – $150 + HST
Groups of 7+ players – Add $30 + HST for each additional player.
The Arrow’s Secret play-at-home game:
$150 + HST
Delivery fees range from $15-$22
All prices in Canadian dollars
There are no age-based discounts or group rates. Occasionally, Escape Camp Picton will announce discounts and promotions through Facebook, Instagram and our Enewsletter. Lke us, follow us and subscribe for deals!
What's the cancellation policy?
Live Escape Rooms:
Bookings can only be modified with 24 hours notice: players can exchange for a different date/time or convert the value of their booking to a gift certificate with 24 hours advance notice. Refunds are not available, unless the booking is cancelled by Escape Camp Picton due to a COVID-19 related closure.
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 to adjust a booking.
The Arrow’s Secret play-at-home game:
Orders for The Arrow’s Secret are final once the box has shipped. Orders that are cancelled before the order is shipped can be refunded, but will be subject to a $20 administrative fee.
How long does the experience take?
A Spy’s Workshop is a 60 minute experience. The Secret Guild is a 60 minute experience for larger teams of 7-10. Smaller teams of up to 6 players will have 75 minutes to solve The Secret Guild.Some teams will complete the room in less than the maximum time, some teams will need the full time. You will want to budget up to 90 minutes for your experience including prep time, play time and escape celebrations!
The Arrow’s Secret play-at-home game can be played at your own pace – solve it all in one sitting, or play over a few days. It takes approximately 2-3 hours for an adult couple to solve.
How Do I Contact Escape Camp Picton?
Will I have to play with strangers?
No. All bookings at Escape Camp Picton are private bookings. You will only play with members of your group.
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 11-14 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 10 minutes before your scheduled game start time. Leave time to find the location, and be sure to sign your digital waivers and COVID-19 screening questionnaire ideally before you arrive. Each booking gets 60-75 minutes in the room depending on your group size. 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 allocated play time.
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 you host School Trips?
Yes! Escape Camp Picton has developed a number of educational experiences, all steeped in history!
Our school programs are currently not available due to COVID-19.
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.
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.
Virtual remote escapes can be an enjoyable way to experience Escape Camp Picton if our accessibility limitations are a barrier. Contact us if you wish to book a virtual remote escape, played online through Zoom with a proxy exploring the room on your behalf.
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 48%
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/
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 / email@example.com
What are the expectations of the players?
All players are expected to sign and adhere to a code of conduct and a COVID-19 health and travel questionnaire prior to playing.
Code of Conduct: 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.
COVID-19 Health and Travel Questionnaire: When Escape Camp Picton re-opens, all players will be required to complete a questionnaire attesting that they do not have symptoms or signs of COVID-19, that they have not travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days, that they have not been in contact with someone who has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19. All players are required to leave their full name and contact info for the purposes of aiding in contact tracing.
Important Info about Camp Picton
The Camp Picton site is a historical site, and as such it is not serviced with running water. We recommend using the washroom before coming to Escape Camp Picton as our washroom facilities are a single port-a-potty shared by multiple businesses. Refer to this map of public washrooms in Prince Edward County. 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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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!