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ESL Camps in Canada

How learning English as a second language benefits kids

What are ESL camps?

At an ESL camp, kids seven years old or older are encouraged to develop their English skills while having the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. These types of camps offer additional academic courses as well as traditional activities like canoeing and swimming.

Why attend an ESL camp?

Whether your child is having some difficulty with English or wants to hone their understanding, they’ll be deeply involved in the language through daily learning, team building and cultural activities. Campers are expected to speak English throughout the day through formal or informal activities so your child will always have the opportunity to enhance their language skills.

At overnight camps especially, campers share rooms with students from other countries and benefit from the social interaction and cultural exchange with peers who are also learning English. Camps may integrate international students with children of immigrants so that children are learning alongside other children from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

Find the right ESL camp

When searching for an ESL camp, you may want to consider factors such as location, specific programs, and other criteria that suit your child's needs and interests. Narrow down a short list of camps to contact with questions, request more information or plan a camp visit if possible to get a sense of the camp's environment. If your child is visiting Canada to attend an ESL camp, you may like to read these tips and guidelines for international campers.

When considering ESL camps, here are some questions you may want to ask:

  • What are the instructor to camper ratios?
  • What are the qualifications of the instructors?
  • How much time is spent on formal ESL activities?
  • How much time is spent on non-formal ESL activities?
  • How do the activities relate to ESL instruction and retention of information?
  • Can you provide testimonials from other campers and parents?

TIP: ESL teachers with public school teaching qualifications and experience are on hand at many camps and provide dedicated instruction that will help to extend their English learning throughout the summer months into the new school year. Some camps also combine ESL with a TOEFL.

Explore ESL camps options from across Canada listed below, with many from Ontario and Quebec.


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Frontier Trails ESL Camp

10545 Hwy 60, Eganville, Ontario,

Eganville
Frontier Trails ESL Camp

Programs are geared to encourage speaking as opposed to writing proficiency. By using picture images, with English labels, each child gains a certain level of familiarity with the terminology presented. [more info]

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Day & Overnight Camp
  • Traditional

ESL Summer Camp at Pickering College

16945 Bayview Avenue, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y4X2

Newmarket
ESL Summer Camp at Pickering College

An ESL summer camp held by Pickering College, for students aged 12 to 18 who want to learn English. ESL instruction is directed to skills needed in school study. [more info]

  • Ages 12 to 18
  • Overnight Camp
  • Education
  • International/Travel
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Frontier Trails Camp & Outdoor Education Centre

#10545 Hwy 60, Eganville, Ontario, K0J 1T0

Eganville  •  Ottawa
Frontier Trails Camp & Outdoor Education Centre

This eastern Ontario summer camp offers day and overnight programs and a variety of activities from horseback riding to ESL to paintball, more. [more info]

  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Day & Overnight Camp
  • Traditional
  • International/Travel

Camp Nominingue

1889, ch. des Mésanges, Nominingue, Quebec, J0W 1R0

Mont-Tremblant
Camp Nominingue

Quebec summer camp offers wilderness canoe trips, theatre arts, numerous sports and more. It also includes FSL and ESL programs. [more info]

  • Ages 7 to 16
  • Overnight Camp
  • Traditional
  • Adventure

Central Montessori Schools

18 Coldwater Road, Toronto, Ontario,

Toronto  •  Thornhill  •  North York  •  Toronto
Central Montessori Schools

Summer camp with several locations throughout Toronto (the GTA), with programs including science, arts and sports activities, ESL and more. [more info]

  • Ages 3 to 12
  • Day Camp
  • Traditional

Swallowdale Camp

RR #4, 635 Swallowdale Road, Huntsville, Ontario, P1H 0A5

Huntsville
Swallowdale Camp

An overnight camp in the heart of Bracebridge/ the Muskokas, offering adventure and activities from ESL to mountain biking to volleyball and more. [more info]

  • Ages 7 to 15
  • Overnight Camp
  • Traditional

Bishop's College School Summer Language Camp

80 Moulton Hill, PO Box 5001, Succursale Lennoxville, Sherbrooke, Quebec, J1M 1Z8

Lennoxville
Bishop's College School Summer Language Camp

Offers many sports summer camp activities along with ESL and FSL integration. Activities include golf, horseback riding and much more. [more info]

  • Ages 11 to 16
  • Day & Overnight Camp
  • Education

No Strings Theatre

175 St Clair Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1P7

Toronto
No Strings Theatre

A multi-faceted theatre arts day camp ideal for kids from throughout the GTA. Programs include dance, music, theatre arts, acting, vocal training,pop band, creating music theatre and pop and pit orchestra training. [more info]

  • Ages 12 to 21
  • Day Camp
  • Music

Stanstead College Language Adventure

450 Dufferin, Stanstead, Quebec, J0B 3E0

Stanstead
Stanstead College Language Adventure

This four week summer program hosted by this prestigious boarding school outside of Sherbrooke, Quebec, offers enrichment in French or Spanish languages. [more info]

  • Ages 11 to 16
  • Overnight Camp
  • Quebec

Discovery Day Camp

8569 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 3M7

Richmond Hill
Discovery Day Camp

Science camp, sports camp and arts camp rolled into one (activities from robotics to soccer), this Toronto day camp also offers after care. [more info]

  • Ages 3 to 15
  • Day Camp
  • Traditional
  • Dance

The Gow School Summer Program

2491 Emery Rd, South Wales, New York(USA), 14139

New York
The Gow School Summer Program

A New York summer camp where kids with special needs participate in horseback riding, swimming and more, including overnight camping. [more info]

  • Ages 8 to 16
  • Day & Overnight Camp
  • Special Needs

Camp Ecolart

21 275 Lakeshore Road, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, H9X 3L9

Montreal
Camp Ecolart

This Montreal arts and environment camp for kids and teens runs in July and August, featuring photography, film, performing arts, sports, arts and crafts. Languages include english, french and spanish. [more info]

  • Ages 7 to 17
  • Day & Overnight Camp
  • International/Travel

Camp Ouareau

2464 Route 125, Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci, Quebec, J0T 2C0

Laurentians  •  Saint-Donat
Camp Ouareau

This Quebec all girls overnight summer camp offers a variety of sports including archery, swimming, sailing and many other activities. [more info]

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Overnight Camp
  • Traditional

Fulford Academy

280 King Street East, Brockville, Ontario,

Brockville
Fulford Academy

Fulford Prep College campus is an International Boarding School for students aged 17 to 20. [more info]

  • Ages 11 to 17
  • Overnight Camp
  • Education

Lynn-Rose Heights Adventure Quest Camp

7205 Millcreek Drive, Mississauga, Ontario,

Mississauga
Lynn-Rose Heights Adventure Quest Camp

Lynn-Rose Heights Adventure Quest Camp is a unique and specifically designed "Reach Ahead Program" and "Adventure Camp". Campers work on Mathematics and Language curriculum. [more info]

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Day Camp
  • Education

Lakefield Camp International

Lakefield College School, Lakefield, Ontario, K0L 2H0

Lakefield
Lakefield Camp International

Eastern Ontario overnight summer camp offers various outdoor sports and activities, from sailing to theatre arts to music and more. [more info]

  • Ages 9 to 16
  • Overnight Camp
  • Traditional

TutorBright Mississauga

11-4040 Creditview Road, Suite 280, Mississauga, Ontario,

Mississauga
TutorBright Mississauga

Private in-home tutoring in Mississauga designed to meet the needs of your child. Programs for JK to University level. [more info]

  • Ages 3 to 25
  • Education

LONG BAY CAMP - Arts By The Lake

306 Campground Lane, Westport, Ontario, K0G 1X0

South Frontenac
LONG BAY CAMP - Arts By The Lake

This unique overnight camp in Eastern Ontario offers a focus on visual and performing arts but also includes sports like swimming, soccer, volleyball and so much more. [more info]

  • Ages 9 to 16
  • Overnight Camp
  • Music
  • Arts

Niagara Christian Community of Schools

2619 Niagara Parkway, Fort Erie, Ontario, L2A 5M4

Fort Erie
Niagara Christian Community of Schools

A camp for ESL students or those looking to brush up on their English. Campers stay overnight and are aged 11 to 18. [more info]

  • Ages 11 to 18
  • Overnight Camp
  • Education
  • International/Travel

Grand River Academy Summer Academy

3042 College St., Austinburg, Ohio(USA), 44010

Ohio
Grand River Academy Summer Academy

Less than an hour's drive from Cleveland, this academy features a unique summer program that includes paintball, golf, tennis, volleyball, and more. [more info]

  • Ages 14 to 19
  • Overnight Camp
  • Education

Bark Lake Leadership Centre

1551 Bark Lake Drive, Irondale, Ontario, K0M 1X0

Haliburton Highlands
Bark Lake Leadership Centre

Youth Leadership and Outdoor Education for youth from across Ontario and around the World! [more info]

  • Ages 10 to 99
  • Year-Round Program
  • Adventure

Camp Kodiak

200 Kodiak Road, McKellar, Ontario, P0G 1C0

Parry Sound
Camp Kodiak

Integrated residential summer camp for children & teens with and without ADHD, LD, NLD and AS. Social skills program, academic program and 50+ activities. [more info]

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Overnight Camp
  • Special Needs

Focus Learning

175 Willowdale Ave. Suite 301, Toronto, Ontario,

Toronto
Focus Learning

An educational camp for kids aged 5 to 17. Includes robotics, Minecraft game design, the arts and more. Both summer and March Break programs offered. [more info]

  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Day Camp
  • Education

Camp Oconto

Camp Oconto Road, Tichborne, Ontario, K0H 2V0

Sharbot Lake
Camp Oconto

This traditonal camp for girls, in Eastern Ontario, offers numerous sports activities like tennis and swimming as well as theatre arts and more. [more info]

  • Ages 7 to 15
  • Overnight Camp
  • Traditional

MWS Montreal Language Camps

Douglas Hall @ McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2B3

Montreal  •  Toronto
MWS Montreal Language Camps

French and English language camp at McGill university where kids engage in typical summer camp activities. [more info]

  • Ages 7 to 17
  • Day & Overnight Camp
  • Traditional

French International Language Camps

LA TOUR MAGDELAIN 28 PLACE DE L'EGLISE, MEGEVE, Other,

International
French International Language Camps

English students learning French mix with French students learning English in this innovative program in the French Alps. Sports and other activities are an important part of the experience, along with language lessons. [more info]

  • Ages 7 to 17
  • Day & Overnight Camp
  • International/Travel

2 in 1 J. Addison Day Camp

2 Valleywood Drive, Markham, Ontario, L3R8H3

Markham
2 in 1 J. Addison Day Camp

Educational day and overnight camp in Toronto with a variety of features, including ESL support, computer activities, arts and crafts, drama, dance, more. [more info]

  • Ages 3 to 14
  • Day Camp
  • Education
 
 

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