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ESL summer camps

Find camps in Canada that specialize in ESL

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How learning English as a second language benefits kids

What are ESL camps?

ESL summer 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.

Camp Expos

List of ESL camps and programs

FEATURED CAMP    |    Special Needs Support: Light    Specialized
  • Name
  • Cost
  • Relevance
  • 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.


    • Ages 6 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $599/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed599Eganville, Ontario ,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,0
    ESL Summer Camp at Pickering College
    ESL summer camp held by Pickering College, 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


    • Ages 12 to 18
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $5,500/session
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed5500Newmarket, Ontario ,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,1
    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.


    • Ages 13 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $3,850/session
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed3850Rothesay, New Brunswick ,13,14,15,16,17,18,2
    Rosseau Lake College
    On the shores of Lake Rosseau, in the heart of Muskoka is a private school called Rosseau Lake College (RLC). Here, students take part in daily ESL lessons, practice English in the dining hall, and live in community with their peers.


    • Ages 11 to 16
    • Coed
    from $5,883/month
    Coed5883Rosseau, Ontario ,11,12,13,14,15,16,3
    Fulford Academy
    Fulford Academy is an International Boarding School for students ages 11 to 17.


    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 11 to 17
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $10,560/session
    Overnight Camp Coed10560Brockville, Ontario ,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,4
    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.


    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $230/week
    Day Camp Coed230Vaughan, Ontario ,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,5
    Focus Learning
    Fun & educational day camp with specialty STEAM camps for ages 5-14. Creative Kids, Technology, ESL, & Chess Camps. Small classes (max. 6 per group), OCT teachers, indoor & outdoor activities, & FREE EXTENDED CARE

    Newtonbrook, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $335/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed335Newtonbrook, Toronto, Ontario ,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,6
    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 Coed3450Fort Erie, Ontario ,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,7
    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 8 to 17
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $1,100/session
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed1100St. Catharines, Ontario ,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,8
    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 $690/session
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed690Toronto, Ontario, Montreal, Quebec ,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,9