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ESL summer camps

Find camps in Canada that specialize in ESL

 

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.

ESL summer camps

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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List of ESL camps and programs

Camps that specialize in ESL
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  • ESL Summer Camp at Pickering College
    Pickering College ESL camp for students aged 12 - 18 who want to learn English. 4 Weeks All Inclusive ESL Camp. 25 hours per week of language instruction. TOEFL Junior Test. Located in Newmarket, ON, 40 min from Toronto

    Newmarket

    ESL
    • Ages 12 to 18
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $5,500/session
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 5500 12-18 0 Newmarket
    ESL Summer Experience @ Rothesay Netherwood School
    An Atlantic Canada Summer Experience, where participants not only hone their English language skills but also experience the East Coast of Canada.

    Rothesay

    ESL
    • Ages 12 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $2,350/session
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 2350 12-18 1 Rothesay
    Camp Mère Clarac
    Located on the banks of Rivière Ouareau, we have a magnificent site of 115 acres of land with unique and safe facilities, making it one of the most beautiful camp sites in Quebec.

    Saint-Donat-de-Montcalm

    ESL
    • Ages 4 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $444/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 444 4-16 2 Saint-Donat-de-Montcalm
    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.

    Eganville

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $599/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 599 6-16 3 Eganville
    Focus Learning
    Build self-confidence and skills while learning and having fun! Specialized camps for academics, STE(A)M, ESL, coding, robotics, and chess. Small groups (max. 6), OCT teachers, outdoor activities & free extended care!

    Willowdale, Toronto

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $250/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 250 4-17 4 Willowdale, Toronto
    Ridley College Summer Programmes
    Ridley College is located in St.Catharines Ontario, Canada. Summer camp offers ESL credit/camp, Summer Symphony, Discover Canada, Multisport Camp, Lego Robotics, Entrepreneur Workshop, Rowing and many more!

    St. Catharines

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 9 to 17
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $3,499/session
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 3499 9-17 5 St. Catharines
    Niagara Christian Collegiate
    Give your child a fun-filled learning adventure at any of NCC's three Summer Camps!

    Fort Erie

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 11 to 18
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $3,450/session
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 3450 11-18 6 Fort Erie
    MWS Montreal Language Camps
    French and English language camps at McGill University where kids engage in language learning, daily excursions and camp activities. Programmes divided by age - 7 to 10, 11 to 13 and 14 to 17 years old.

    Toronto; Montreal

    Education: FSL
    • Ages 7 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $715/session
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 715 7-17 7 Toronto, Montreal
    Stanstead College Summer Camps
    Summer Camps for local and foreign students and include highlights like a Tall Ship Adventure, Leadership, Yoga & Wellness, Hockey, etc. in addition to ESL and Language Excellence Camps.

    Stanstead; Halifax; Louisbourg

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 11 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $950/session
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 950 11-17 8 Stanstead, Halifax, Louisbourg
    Rutherford Private School Super Summer Camp
    An exceptional summer camp in Vaughan offering 50+ unique activites on a huge campus with gyms, activity rooms, parks and lakes.

    Vaughan

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $230/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 230 5-15 9 Vaughan
    Fulford Academy
    Fulford Academy is an International Boarding School for students ages 11 to 17.

    Brockville

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 11 to 17
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $10,560/session
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 10560 11-17 10 Brockville
    Camps offering ESL as an activity
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    CASMA Camps & Hoop House Basketball
    Sport, art and music camps, weekly lessons and after school programs in Toronto. Our experienced coaches and highly competitive rates are unparalleled by our competitors. Save 15% promo code OURKIDSCAMPEXPO.

    Bridle Path, Toronto; Bridle Path, Toronto; Lawrence Heights, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $125/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 125 4-14 0 Bridle Path, Toronto, Lawrence Heights, Toronto
    Frontier Trails Camp & Outdoor Education Centre
    Adventure Begins at Summer camp! Day and overnight programs and many activities including horseback riding,ESL, paintball, archery, whitewater rafting and more. Offering Awesome memories to campers from Ottawa to China.

    Ottawa; Eganville

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $599/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 599 4-16 1 Ottawa, Eganville
    Muskoka Woods
    A Christian youth resort that welcomes young people to life-changing experiences. Camp guests choose from 50+ programs and activities. Creativity reigns, friendships flourish, confidence grows. FUN IS OUR TRADEMARK!

    Rosseau

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $999/week
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 999 7-17 2 Rosseau
    JEI Learning Center-Canada
    Our mission is to support, facilitate, and help children by providing a high quality supplementary education so that all children can achieve academic success in math, reading, writing and critical thinking.

    Ontario (4)

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 15
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $175/month
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 175 4-15 3 Vaughan, The Queensway, Toronto, Richmond Hill, Weston, Toronto, Mississauga, Markham
    Camp Ecolart
    A premium summer and winter camp for boys and girls 4 to 17 years old offering more than 15 different programs in their summer overnight and day camp, and a skiing/snowboarding program in the March break camp.

    Montreal

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $240/week
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 240 4-17 4 Montreal
    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.

    Sherbrooke

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 11 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $4,000/month
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 4000 11-16 5 Sherbrooke
    Swallowdale Camp
    An overnight camp in Rosseau offering adventure and a variety of land and water activities. Our beautiful lakefront camp is the ideal place for children to spend their summer making new friend and learning new skills!

    Rosseau

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $1,050/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 1050 7-16 6 Rosseau
    Camp Nominingue
    An English boys' camp in Quebec, Nominingue offers the ultimate outdoor experience: living in a tent with the opportunity of going on wilderness canoe trips. It is the place where your summer adventure begins!

    Mont-Tremblant

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16
    • Boys
    • Overnight Camp
    from $700/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Boys 700 7-16 7 Mont-Tremblant
    Camp Ouareau
    This Quebec all-girls overnight summer camp offers a variety of activities and leadership opportunities, as well as a unique language program. A chance to grow in confidence & independence, and develop language skills!

    Saint-Donat

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16
    • Girls
    • Overnight Camp
    from $2,090/2 weeks
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Girls 2090 6-16 8 Saint-Donat
    CISS Canada
    Teens and young adults have the choice of English or French language instruction, which is combined with specialty workshops and a variety of excursions designed to showcase the unique and beautiful culture of French Canada.

    Lachine

    Education: Language Studies
    • Ages 7 to 18
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $1,990/2 weeks
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 1990 7-18 9 Lachine
    Camp Tournesol
    A day camp in the GTA where kids aged four to fourteen have fun in French. Grouped by age and skill levels, campers participate in songs, games, sports, crafts, water day, french shows and much more.

    Ontario (11)

    Education: FSL
    • Ages 4 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $240/week
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 240 4-16 10 Oakville, Bloor West Village, Toronto, Mississauga, Willowdale, Toronto, Richmond Hill, Markham, Vaughan, Bracebridge, Caledon, Peterborough Area, Summerhill, Toronto, Throughout Ontario
    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.

    Richmond Hill; Richmond Hill

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 3 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $230/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 230 3-15 11 Richmond Hill
    Bee Smart Learning Centre
    Balance of Learning and Fun! Learn hands-on science, enriched mathematics, English/ESL, photography & movie making, and more. Fun outdoor sports, games and field trips.

    Thornhill

    Education: Math
    • Ages 3 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $180/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 180 3-14 12 Thornhill
    Westcoast Connection / 360° Student Travel
    Since 1983, thousands of teens have benefitted from our meaningful, rewarding and truly special summer experiences. Explore over 70 incredible itineraries that span 6 continents. The summer of a lifetime begins here!

    International; Montreal

    Travel
    • Ages 13 to 18
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $2,999/session
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 2999 13-18 13 International, Montreal
    Oxford Learning High Park
    Oxford means a personalized learning experience for your child. Brain Camps explore creative themes through engaging activities and field trips. Tutoring takes a fun turn. Our students are excited to learn!

    Bloor West Village, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $325/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 325 4-12 14 Bloor West Village, Toronto
    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.

    Mississauga

    Education: Academic/Tutoring
    • Ages 4 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $110/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 110 4-12 15 Mississauga
    Wilvaken
    Bilingual (Fr/En), traditional summer camp offering water and land sports, such as sailing, water-skiing, archery, horseback riding, and hiking/canoeing out trips. Spend the summer with campers from around the world!

    Magog

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 15
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $2,130/2 weeks
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 2130 6-15 16 Magog
    Laurus Summer Camp
    Montreal's #1 lifestyle camp in the heart of Downtown that blends fun, education and specialty training in arts, academics and sports!

    Montreal

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 3 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $200/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 200 3-15 17 Montreal
    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.

    International

    Education: FSL
    • Ages 7 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $2,200/week
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 2200 7-17 18 International
    Science Timmins
    Founded in 1969, Science Timmins Inc. is a non-profit, charitable organization run by volunteers and governed by a community-based Board of Directors.

    Timmins Cochrane - Iroquois Falls

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 2 to 17
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $20/day
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 20 2-17 19 Timmins Cochrane - Iroquois Falls
    Cedar Ridge Camp
    A traditional residential summer camp for boys and girls offering activities a variety of adventure activities including canoeing, high ropes, climbing, horseback riding swimming and more.

    Bancroft

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $875/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 875 7-16 20 Bancroft
    CAMP ALI MONTREAL
    A summer camp that focuses on language training with an option for interactive sports in state of the art facilities at McGill University in downtown Montreal.

    Montreal; Montreal

    Education: Language Studies
    • Ages 8 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $342/week
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 342 8-16 21 Montreal
    Lakefield Camp International
    Lakefield Camp is a traditional Canadian overnight summer camp that offers various outdoor & indoor land/water sports & activities, from sailing to theater arts, a complete ropes course, language classes & so much more!

    Lakefield

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 9 to 17
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $1,240/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 1240 9-17 22 Lakefield
    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.

    Markham

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $120/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 120 4-12 23 Markham
    No Strings Theatre
    A multi-faceted theatre arts day camp ideal for youths aged 12-21. Programs include dance, music, theatre arts, acting, vocal training,and collaborative theatre-making experience.

    Downtown West, Toronto

    Art : Theatre Arts
    • Ages 12 to 21
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $300/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 300 12-21 24 Downtown West, Toronto
    The Gow School Summer Program
    A summer camp for students with dyslexia, ADHD and SLD. Academics, traditional camp and weekend trips round out the program.

    New York

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 8 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $4,000/5 weeks
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 4000 8-16 25 New York
    Camp Europe
    Camp Europe A wide array of summer camps around Europe (Germany, Ireland, England, Austria & Spain) Languages, Soccer, Leadership, Fitness, Adventure Sports & Science Camps. International Camp Counselor Training.

    International; International; International

    Travel
    • Ages 10 to 18
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $750/2 weeks
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 750 10-18 26 International
    Bark Lake Leadership and Conference Centre
    Leadership and Outdoor Education for youth and the young at heart from across Ontario and around the World!

    Haliburton Highlands

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 1 to 100
    • Coed, Girls, Boys
    • Overnight Camp
    from $163/night
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed, Girls, Boys 163 1-100 27 Haliburton Highlands
    Camp Pillsbury
    A coed overnight camp with over 100 activities, including circus arts, musical theater, sports, dance, technology, horseback riding, water sports, extreme sports, gymnastics, archery, role playing games, and much more.

    Minnesota

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $349/week
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 349 6-17 28 Minnesota
    Room for Learning
    We provide education/special education, behaviour, and assessment services to children and youth of all abilities.

    South Annex, Toronto

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 2 to 21
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $50/session
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 50 2-21 29 South Annex, Toronto
    Sans Souci Riding Centre INC.
    A specialized co-ed summer camp for children who are passionate about horses and the sport of English riding. Located in Québec, offering a bilingual experience. Awarded the CCA Award of Excellence in 2014.

    Ste. Clotilde

    Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    • Ages 8 to 17
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $950/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 950 8-17 30 Ste. Clotilde
    Ryerson Performance Youth and Community Programs
    Theatre day camp that introduces kids, teens, and adults to the joys of performing, & educates + trains those looking to pursue theatre. Develop self-confidence & social skills while exploring the world of the stage.

    Downtown East, Toronto; Bay Street Corridor, Toronto; Downtown East, Toronto

    Art : Theatre Arts
    • Ages 4 to 99
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $300/session
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 300 4-99 31 Downtown East, Toronto, Bay Street Corridor, Toronto
    The MathScene
    After school classes for Grade 7-12 students who want to develop proper techniques and solid understanding of math concepts. We teach students in small groups so they learn to become independent and critical learners.

    Vancouver; North Vancouver

    Education: Math
    • Ages 10 to 18
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $100/week
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 100 10-18 32 Vancouver, North Vancouver

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