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Harbourfront Centre Camps

  
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2G8

  • Type:
    Day camp
  • Focus:
    Traditional (multi activity)
  • Cost:
    $310 to $1,600/session
  • Ages:
    4 to 15
  • Gender:
    Coed
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    Varies
  • Programs:
    0 available
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  • Summary Profile

    Harbourfront Centre Camps answered our questions

    Who are you as an organization?

    Since 1979 Harbourfront has fostered an inclusive learning community that encourages connection. On the water and on shore, our campers enjoy a Summer filled with new experiences, learning opportunities, and a safe space to develop critical life skills. Choose from 65 different themes including circus, performing arts, STEAM, sports, visual arts, canoe, kayak and sailing.

    • Special needs: Yes, specialized support.
      A few of our campers have special needs.
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community

    What do you do differently or uniquely well?

    This information is not available.

    Who are your staff and counsellors?

    This information is not available.

    What do families need to know about registration?

    This information is not available.



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  • Programs, Rates & Dates



    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Deposit required with acceptance Yes
    Credit card payment Yes
    Maximum installments available 6

    Scholarships & awards:
    Total annual scholarship fund: $7,500 CAD

    • Kids First

      Amount: 100% Deadline: May 29, 2020 annually
      Type: Need based
      Details: Harbourfront Centre is a registered charitable organization and financial assistance may be available through our Kids First Program. Applications are considered individually and in confidence. All Kids First applicants must submit a complete application to be considered. Applications will be accepted when registration opens and are processed as they are received. Preference will be given to first-time Kids First Program applications. Spaces are limited and based on availability. Incomplete applications will not be considered. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the subsidy application is complete. Call the Camps Office at 416 973 4093 for more information. Applications for subsidies for our Summer Camps must be received by: 4pm (EST) on Friday, May 29, 2020.
      Application Details: We are able to subsidize up to 100% of the Camp registration fees, with some exceptions. We are unable to offer subsidy on meal plans and travel. Some camps have restrictions on the amount of subsidy that can be awarded. Should the subsidy be provided by a third party, you may be asked to provide additional information in the form of a testimonial or other documentation. If this is a condition of your subsidy being provided, you will be informed of it at the time of your registration. Subsidy rates at Harbourfront Centre are geared to the Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) as determined by Statistics Canada. This criterion is calculated annually and will always use the most updated LICO as the base line. The amount of discount provided is linked to the before tax income as determined by the LICO
    • Extend A Family (1-1 Support)

      Amount: 100% Deadline: May 29, 2019 annually
      Type: Need based
      Age: 4 to 16
      Details: In Partnership with Extend-A-Family, Harbourfront Centre is able to offer up two weeks of 1-1 Staff Support for campers with Autism.
      Application Details: Proof of Autism Diagnosis
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of Harbourfront Centre Camps

    our take

    Some camps are up north, in the bush, away from the all the hustle and bustle of the city, and one of the great strengths of the Harbourfront Centre programs is that it isn’t: it’s nearby, close to all of the resources of the city. Because of that, it offers a greater range of activity that you’ll find anywhere, including everything from theatre arts, to sports, to digital storytelling, and on and on. The staffing benefits from the proximity to the city, with instructors bringing a rich range of experience and expertise. Campers enroll within areas of interest, and in so doing enter a setting of peers who share that interest, an experience that in itself can be transformative. Most of the programs are day programs, though not all are—there are overnight options as well, including during the March break. There are PA day sessions as well. Now entering their fourth decade, the Harbourfront Centre programs are as established as any you’ll find anywhere, inclusive of a unique culture and approach to learning, doing, and having fun.

    Three Things: Harbourfront Centre Camps
    Hear the three things that Our Kids’ editors see when they look at Harbourfront Centre Camps


    More reviews of Harbourfront Centre Camps

    Parent, Parent

    1:1 fabulous

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    Parent, Parent

    Highly recommend

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    Parent, Parent

    Eager to try these recipes at home

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    Parent, Parent

    Bursting with excitement

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    Parent, Parent

    Great option for young and older kids

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    Parent, Parent

    First-time camper

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    Carole B., Parent

    Most enthusiastic camp counselors

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    Jenny O., Parent

    TheatreKids

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    A.N., Camper

    Circus, Fashion and Theatre!

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    Parent, Parent

    1:1 fabulous

    My son has autism and he is a saying this was his favorite camp by far, the 1:1 was fabulous.


    Parent, Parent

    Highly recommend

    My daughter really loved her camp. She was quite excited to share all her art work with us. She learned about different techniques of painting and craft work. I highly recommend the camp for kids who love to experiment with art! ... Show More


    Parent, Parent

    Eager to try these recipes at home

    My son came home from Culinary Camp and is eager to try these recipes at home, and my other son in Mad Science is ready to install the bird feeder in the backyard and know what seeds to select to attract his favorite birds. ... Show More


    Parent, Parent

    Bursting with excitement

    Both my kids absolutely loved their camps at Harbourfront Centre and were bursting with excitement for the entire time they were there. The staff were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Thank you Harbourfront Centre — we'll see you next year! ... Show More


    Parent, Parent

    Great option for young and older kids

    My son spent four weeks at various summer camps and the programming is so varied he was never bored, and he especially learned water sports skills and safety. If you live or work in the downtown core, it's a great option for both young and older kids ... Show More


    Parent, Parent

    First-time camper

    Our first Harbourfront Centre Camps experience was wonderful! Our 4-year-old first-time camper jumped off the bus at the end of each day full of stories about friends, games, and her camp leader. She is eager to return to camp next summer! ... Show More


    Carole B., Parent

    Most enthusiastic camp counselors

    My son attended Canoe and Basketball camp. He had a blast at both and enjoyed the counselors. He has attended other camps and, by far, Harbourfront Centre has the most enthusiastic camp counselors, is the most organized (the parking arrangement is wonderful) with good security. I would recommend it to anyone ... Show More


    Jenny O., Parent

    TheatreKids

    My kids had an awesome time at TheatreKids Camp. I was truly amazed at how wonderful the play was with only one week of practice. The best part was that, right away, my kids said that they really wanted to go back again.


    A.N., Camper

    Circus, Fashion and Theatre!

    I participated in three camps: Circus, Fashion and Theater. I loved them because the instructors where very experienced and knew a lot about the thing they where teaching. All three camps challenged me because they taught me things I didn't know in many fields. For Circus it is my second year and I am in the advanced group, I do really cool things. I gained many new friends throughout the summer. For sure I will come next year again. ... Show More


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  • Location & Site Details

    Address

    235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2G8, Canada



    Busing

    • Bus 1 (Bus fee: 47.50)
      Location Address Pick up Drop off
      St. George P.S. 70 Princess Anne Cres 8:00 am 4:50 pm
      Islington P.S. 44 Cordova Ave toronto 8:10 am 4:40 pm
      Lambton Kingsway P.S. 525 Prince Edward Dr. N 8:20 am 4:30 pm
      Sunnylea P.S. 35 Glenroy Ave. 8:30 am 4:20 pm
    • Bus 2 (Bus fee: 47.5)
      Location Address Pick up Drop off
      Runnymede P.S. 357 Runnymede Rd. toronto 8:15 am 4:45 pm
      Howard P.S. 30 Marmaduke St. toronto 8:35 am 4:25 pm
    • Bus 3 (Bus fee: 47.5)
      Location Address Pick up Drop off
      Charles E. Webster P.S. 1900 Keele St. toronto 8:10 am 4:50 pm
      Regal Road P.S. 95 Regal Road toronto 8:25 am 4:35 pm
      Old Orchard P.S. 380 Ossington Ave. 8:35 am 4:25 pm
    • Bus 4 (Bus fee: 47.50)
      Location Address Pick up Drop off
      Cedarvale P.S. 145 Ava Rd. toronto 8:05 am 4:45 pm
      Humewood P.S. 15 Cherrywood Ave toronto 8:15 am 4:45 pm
      Palmerston P.S. 734 Palmerston Ave 8:25 am 4:25 pm
      Kensington P.S. 401 College St. toronto 8:35 am 4:15 pm
    • Bus 5 (Bus fee: 47.5)
      Location Address Pick up Drop off
      Glen Park P.S. 100 Dalemount Ave. 8:10 am 4:45 pm
      Hillcrest C.S. 44 Hilton Ave. toronto 8:25 am 4:30 pm
      Huron P.S. 541 Huron St. toronto 8:35 am 4:20 pm
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    Accommodations

    Are meals provided? Yes

    Is Harbourfront Centre Camps technology free? Campers are allowed to bring their personal mobile devices but are heavily discouraged from using it while at camp. We also do not recommend it for on-water camps like Canoe/Kayak and Sailing. We take no responsibility for any items lost.



    Associations

    Ontario Camps Association Associations


  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Rankin Middlebrook, Manager, Recreational Learning

    Since 1979, Harbourfront Centre Camps have fostered an inclusive learning community that encourages long-lasting connections to contemporary arts, culture and ideas. We are committed to creating a safe, inclusive and diverse community that allows our campers to learn and interpret the world through dialogue, social interaction and hands-on activities.

    For the third year in a row, we will be linking our programming to Harbourfront Centre’s BRAVE festival. Our theme of INSPIRATION will be used to help shape the camper experience. Campers will engage with concepts such as: What inspires you? Who inspires you? How can you find inspiration? What does it mean to try something new and go outside your comfort zone?

    For the 2020 season, we have several new camps: Senior Chess, Stop Motion Animation, Senior Arts: Advanced Drawing, Basketball, Emerging Artists: Arts in the 6ix, and many more!

    We look forward to welcoming you and your family to another outstanding year of fun, diverse, dynamic and creative programming at Harbourfront Centre Camps!

    Harbourfront Centre is a registered charity and not-for-profit organization. By sending your children to our camps, you are supporting all of the outstanding programs and events that Harbourfront Centre offers year-round.



    In the News

    December 14, 2016
    Harbourfront Centre's 2019 Camps Season!

    Camps 2019 registration opens in less than a month!... Read More



    Stories

    • Feedback from our 2016 Season!

      "Everyone loved everything about camp"

      "He had a fantastic time and always enjoys the great counselors and activities"

      "My son absolutely loved the Camp.  He went for one week without a friend and could not have been happier.  I found everything about the process easy."

      "All the programs were fantastic. They loved the variety of activities that were planned each day, the counselors were very helpful and fun."

      "He loved the whole experience and talked for weeks after about coming back."

      "My son had a great time at canoe camp - he spoke highly of his counselors and the activities"

      "She LOVED her Camp experience. She thought it was a good mix of fun and challenge"

      "Totally loved it. Wished they had started coming 2 years earlier (their own words)."

      "My son loved his counselors.  The two counselors had a huge impact on my son.  I cannot even begin to describe it.  I had registered him for 2 weeks and he asked for one more week to be with these two incredible young men.  As a parent, I am thankful that he had the opportunity to spend time with these two.  Very positive influence!!"

      "My daughter came home every afternoon speaking very highly of her camp counselors."

      "Yes, so much! Everyday we picked her up was "the best day ever"."

      "The choice of camps for older children was amazing!  I had trouble looking for things to do this summer with my new 14 year-old and Harbourfront Centre Camps gave her an opportunity to DO something instead of just sit at home.  There was an amazing variety and I was so pleased to  have been told by my friend!  I find most camps only focus on younger children but kids between the ages of 10-14 need to be active and stimulated too.  Thank you for making her summer all that much more interesting during the day when parents need to be at work."

      "She had a wonderful time, and is already looking forward to going next summer."



    Frequently Asked Questions

    Does Harbourfront Centre Camps have good reviews?
    We've collected reviews from past attendees. Read 9 reviews of Harbourfront Centre Camps here.

    What age does Harbourfront Centre Camps start?
    Harbourfront Centre Camps has programs for children aged 4 to 15.

    How much does is cost to attend Harbourfront Centre Camps?
    Fees to attend Harbourfront Centre Camps range from $310 to $1,600/session.

    Does Harbourfront Centre Camps offer support for children with special needs?
    Harbourfront Centre Camps has trained staff and programming designed to support children with special needs.

    Does Harbourfront Centre Camps offer busing?
    Yes, Harbourfront Centre Camps offers transportation. Find busing info and fees here.



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