Summer camps in Ottawa area

Find camps and activities in Ottawa listed below

Camp Nominingue

Looking for an all-boys camp in Ottawa? Camp Nominingue provides opportunities for boys to grow together through outdoor skills and wilderness tripping.

Camp Nominingue, through the traditions and lore it maintains, is larger than life. The respect for nature and others that Native Americans had is inculcated in us through Camp, and passed on.

Camps throughout the Ottawa Region offer a complete spectrum of fun and learning. Camps from downtown Ottawa to Ottawa-Gatineau to Orleans and Rockliffe Park, to the Glebe and Kanata offer kids and teens outdoor enjoyment. They can participate in a wide variety of camp activities such as canoeing, hiking, swimming, and even whitewater rafting on the river. Below, find camps in the capital region, and further below that are camps that bus from the region. Further below that, you’ll find more helpful information for families. Read more


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GTA Photography Classes : Camps  

Ottawa; Downtown East, Toronto

  • Visual arts: Photo/Video
  • Day, Overnight, Program

Photography & Video Camps for kids (8-12) & teens (13-18). Campers learn from award-winning photographers & apply their new skills on daily field trips. Give your child the BEST SUMMER EVER!

  • Ages 8 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $299/week
Day, Overnight, Program Coed2998-180Ottawa, Ontario, Downtown East, Toronto, OntarioVisual arts: Photo/VideoGTA Photography Classes : CampsPhotography & Video Camps for kids (8-12) & teens (13-18). Campers learn from award-winning photographers & apply their new skills on daily field trips. Give your child the BEST SUMMER EVER! Ottawa, Ontario, Downtown East, Toronto, Ontario Day, Overnight, Program Coed
  • Education (multi)
  • Overnight

A leadership program, where teens develop civic leadership skills, learn about Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, and explore exciting career options

  • Ages 14 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $750/week
Overnight Coed75014-171Ottawa, OntarioEducation (multi)Encounters with CanadaA leadership program, where teens develop civic leadership skills, learn about Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, and explore exciting career options Ottawa, Ontario Overnight Coed
  • Sport (multi)
  • Day, Program

Pedalheads offers bike, swim, and sport programs to families across Canada. Pedalheads helps kids develop life skills, confidence, and independence through fun, safe, and engaging instruction.

  • Ages 3 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $169/week
Day, Program Coed1693-122The Beach, Toronto, Humber Valley Village, Toronto, Leaside, Toronto, Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto, Lawrence Manor, Toronto, Oakville, Mississauga, Markham, Don Mills, Toronto, Bayview Village, Toronto, Burlington, Forest Hill, Toronto, Ottawa, Little Italy, Toronto, East York, Toronto, Vaughan, Whitby, Hamilton, Milton, Newmarket, Rouge, Toronto, High Park, Toronto, Bloor West Village, Toronto, Lansing , TorontoSport (multi)Pedalheads Bike, Swim and SportPedalheads offers bike, swim, and sport programs to families across Canada. Pedalheads helps kids develop life skills, confidence, and independence through fun, safe, and engaging instruction. The Beach, Toronto, Humber Valley Village, Toronto, Leaside, Toronto, Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto, Lawrence Manor, Toronto, Oakville, Mississauga, Markham, Don Mills, Toronto, Bayview Village, Toronto, Burlington, Forest Hill, Toronto, Ottawa, Little Italy, Toronto, East York, Toronto, Vaughan, Whitby, Hamilton, Milton, Newmarket, Rouge, Toronto, High Park, Toronto, Bloor West Village, Toronto, Lansing , Toronto Day, Program Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day, Overnight

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.

  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $680/week
Day, Overnight Coed6804-163Ottawa, Ontario, Eganville, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Frontier Trails Camp & Outdoor Education CentreAdventure 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, Ontario, Eganville, Ontario Day, Overnight Coed

Camp Can-Aqua  

Haliburton Highlands; Oakville; Ottawa

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight, family

A traditional camp with diverse programming & exceptional instruction, we believe in teaching kids compromise, patients & empathy. Fun is a given. Through thoughtful & individualized programming, our campers thrive here.

  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $1,950/2 weeks
Overnight, family Coed19505-174Haliburton Highlands, Ontario, Oakville, Ontario, Ottawa, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp Can-AquaA traditional camp with diverse programming & exceptional instruction, we believe in teaching kids compromise, patients & empathy. Fun is a given. Through thoughtful & individualized programming, our campers thrive here. Haliburton Highlands, Ontario, Oakville, Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario Overnight, family Coed
  • Art (multi)
  • Day, Program

Our Fashion Modeling Camps are an amazing opportunity to build confidence, discover talents and develop skills such as public speaking, acting, runway & much more!

  • Ages 10 to 17
  • Girls
  • from $395/program
Day, Program Girls39510-175Ottawa, OntarioArt (multi)Models International ManagementOur Fashion Modeling Camps are an amazing opportunity to build confidence, discover talents and develop skills such as public speaking, acting, runway & much more! Ottawa, Ontario Day, Program Girls
  • Art : Fashion design / Sewing
  • Day, Program

A Fashion Camp with introduction to Sketching, sewing, textiles embellishments while creating fun and youthful projects, in a stimulating environment within the renowned Richard Robinson Academy of Fashion Design.

  • Ages 8 to 100
  • Coed
  • from $300/program
Day, Program Coed3008-1006Ottawa, OntarioArt : Fashion design / SewingRichard Robinson Academy of Fashion DesignA Fashion Camp with introduction to Sketching, sewing, textiles embellishments while creating fun and youthful projects, in a stimulating environment within the renowned Richard Robinson Academy of Fashion Design. Ottawa, Ontario Day, Program Coed
  • Sport (multi)
  • Day

The University of Ottawa Gee-Gees pride ourselves in offering a wide variety of bilingual sport camps to youth in the Ottawa and Gatineau area.

  • Ages 6 to 15
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $275/week
Day Coed, Girls, Boys2756-157Ottawa, OntarioSport (multi)Gee-Gees Sports CampsThe University of Ottawa Gee-Gees pride ourselves in offering a wide variety of bilingual sport camps to youth in the Ottawa and Gatineau area. Ottawa, Ontario Day Coed, Girls, Boys
  • Art : Visual arts (multi)
  • Day, Program

Children aged 6 to 15 will embark on an exciting hands-on exploration of a variety of artistic mediums, themes and styles including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and sculpture, and clay.

  • Ages 6 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $210/week
Day, Program Coed2106-158Ottawa, OntarioArt : Visual arts (multi)Ottawa School of ArtChildren aged 6 to 15 will embark on an exciting hands-on exploration of a variety of artistic mediums, themes and styles including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and sculpture, and clay. Ottawa, Ontario Day, Program Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day, Overnight

Choose active and fun Neighbourhood day camps close to home, with themed weeks and out trips, OR a traditional outdoor day (or overnight) experience at Camp Otonabee with ropes, paddling, nature hikes, swimming and more

  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $190/week
Day, Overnight Coed1904-169Ottawa, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital RegionChoose active and fun Neighbourhood day camps close to home, with themed weeks and out trips, OR a traditional outdoor day (or overnight) experience at Camp Otonabee with ropes, paddling, nature hikes, swimming and more Ottawa, Ontario Day, Overnight Coed

JOA Camps  

Ottawa

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day

An exceptional camp, all in French, offering weekly themes and diverse activities. Weekly outings included in pricing.

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $55/day
Day Coed554-1210Ottawa, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) JOA CampsAn exceptional camp, all in French, offering weekly themes and diverse activities. Weekly outings included in pricing. Ottawa, Ontario Day Coed

Debate Camp  

Ottawa; Bridle Path, Toronto; North Toronto, Toronto; Humber Valley Village, Toronto

  • Education: Public Speaking/Debate
  • Day, Overnight

For all students interested in public speaking, debating and model parliament. A well-rounded program open to all ability levels and interests, ages 10 - 17. Both day and overnight camp options available.

  • Ages 10 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $395/week
Day, Overnight Coed39510-1711Ottawa, , Bridle Path, Toronto, Ontario, North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Humber Valley Village, Toronto, OntarioEducation: Public Speaking/DebateDebate CampFor all students interested in public speaking, debating and model parliament. A well-rounded program open to all ability levels and interests, ages 10 - 17. Both day and overnight camp options available. Ottawa, , Bridle Path, Toronto, Ontario, North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Humber Valley Village, Toronto, Ontario Day, Overnight Coed

Active Challenge  

Renfrew

  • Health & Fitness: Weight Loss Program
  • Overnight

Focusing on self esteem and healthy lifestyle, this camp features hikes, water adventure and more. Combines education, activity and personal growth and development.

  • Ages 12 to 25
  • Girls
  • from $3,675/month
Overnight Girls367512-2512Renfrew, QuebecHealth & Fitness: Weight Loss ProgramActive ChallengeFocusing on self esteem and healthy lifestyle, this camp features hikes, water adventure and more. Combines education, activity and personal growth and development. Renfrew, Quebec Overnight Girls

Bytown Brigantine Tall Ships Adventure  

Brockville; Harbourfront, Toronto; Ottawa; Kincardine; Sarnia

  • Travel
  • Overnight

An adventure-based camp on a tall ship - leadership, good citizenship & lifelong friendships built through working alongside crew sailing the vessel(s). HS credits on Fair Jeanne, small group ages 12+ sailing Black Jack.

  • Ages 12 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $900/session
Overnight Coed90012-1813Brockville, Ontario, Harbourfront, Toronto, Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario, Kincardine, , Sarnia, TravelBytown Brigantine Tall Ships AdventureAn adventure-based camp on a tall ship - leadership, good citizenship & lifelong friendships built through working alongside crew sailing the vessel(s). HS credits on Fair Jeanne, small group ages 12+ sailing Black Jack. Brockville, Ontario, Harbourfront, Toronto, Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario, Kincardine, , Sarnia, Overnight Coed

Frontier Trails ESL Camp  

Eganville; Ottawa

  • ESL
  • Day, Overnight

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
  • from $680/week
Day, Overnight Coed6806-1614Eganville, Ontario, Ottawa, OntarioESLFrontier Trails ESL CampPrograms 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, Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario Day, Overnight Coed
  • Sport: Sailing/Marine Skills
  • Day

When your child enrolls in any Learn to Sail session your family receives a FREE social membership from July 1st to August 31st to experience Britannia Yacht Club's activities and events offered for members and families.

  • Ages 8 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $575/2 weeks
Day Coed5758-1815Ottawa, OntarioSport: Sailing/Marine SkillsBritannia Yacht ClubWhen your child enrolls in any Learn to Sail session your family receives a FREE social membership from July 1st to August 31st to experience Britannia Yacht Club's activities and events offered for members and families. Ottawa, Ontario Day Coed
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day, Overnight, family

Camp Cherith Lanark is a co-ed, interdenominational, Christian camp that offers a variety of outdoor skill development within the context of a community committed to Biblical teachings and values.

  • Ages 8 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $400/week
Day, Overnight, family Coed4008-1616Ottawa, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp Cherith - LanarkCamp Cherith Lanark is a co-ed, interdenominational, Christian camp that offers a variety of outdoor skill development within the context of a community committed to Biblical teachings and values. Ottawa, Ontario Day, Overnight, family Coed

Camp Davern  

Eastern Lanark County

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight

Eastern Ontario summer camp where kids participate in a variety of activities and sports including rope courses, leadership and more.

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $875/week
Overnight Coed8756-1617Eastern Lanark County, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp DavernEastern Ontario summer camp where kids participate in a variety of activities and sports including rope courses, leadership and more. Eastern Lanark County, Ontario Overnight Coed

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Camps that bus from Ottawa Region
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight, family

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!

  • Ages 7 to 16
  • Boys
  • from $765/week
Overnight, family Boys7657-160Traditional (multi activity) Camp NominingueAn 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! Overnight, family Boys
  • Adventure: Wilderness Out-tripping
  • Overnight

Wilderness canoe adventures with heart & meaning in separate boys, girls and coed programs. Trips weave together challenge, community and confidence to connect youth to the land, each other, and their own unique spirit.

  • Ages 10 to 17
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $1,200/week
Overnight Coed, Girls, Boys120010-171Temagami, OntarioAdventure: Wilderness Out-trippingNorthwaters & Langskib Canoe Tripping ProgramsWilderness canoe adventures with heart & meaning in separate boys, girls and coed programs. Trips weave together challenge, community and confidence to connect youth to the land, each other, and their own unique spirit. Temagami, Ontario Overnight Coed, Girls, Boys

Camp Wanapitei  

Temagami

  • Adventure: Wilderness Out-tripping
  • Overnight, family

Wilderness canoe-tripping camp based in Northern Ontario, paddling Ontario, Quebec, and the Territories. A strong tripping program is complemented by caring staff, community focus and a diverse in-camp program.

  • Ages 7 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $945/week
Overnight, family Coed9457-182Temagami, OntarioAdventure: Wilderness Out-trippingCamp WanapiteiWilderness canoe-tripping camp based in Northern Ontario, paddling Ontario, Quebec, and the Territories. A strong tripping program is complemented by caring staff, community focus and a diverse in-camp program. Temagami, Ontario Overnight, family Coed

Olympia Sports Camp  

Huntsville

  • Sport (multi)
  • Overnight

We offer kids professional instruction, guidance to grow & excel while having fun! Choose from over 90 programs in Sport, Leadership, Adventure, Art, Recreation, Self-Discovery & Fitness.

  • Ages 8 to 19
  • Coed
  • from $905/week
Overnight Coed9058-193Huntsville, OntarioSport (multi)Olympia Sports CampWe offer kids professional instruction, guidance to grow & excel while having fun! Choose from over 90 programs in Sport, Leadership, Adventure, Art, Recreation, Self-Discovery & Fitness. Huntsville, Ontario Overnight Coed

The Taylor Statten Camps  

Algonquin Park

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight

Camp Ahmek and Camp Wapomeo offer a balance of canoe tripping and programming. Activities include swimming, canoeing, arts & crafts, horseback riding, sailing and more. Canoe trips range in length from 2 to 50 days.

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Girls, Boys
  • from $895/session
Overnight Girls, Boys8956-164Algonquin Park, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) The Taylor Statten CampsCamp Ahmek and Camp Wapomeo offer a balance of canoe tripping and programming. Activities include swimming, canoeing, arts & crafts, horseback riding, sailing and more. Canoe trips range in length from 2 to 50 days. Algonquin Park, Ontario Overnight Girls, Boys

Cedar Ridge Camp  

Bancroft

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight

Cedar Ridge Camp is a wonderful place where campers have the opportunity to get outside and active

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $900/week
Overnight Coed9006-165Bancroft, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Cedar Ridge CampCedar Ridge Camp is a wonderful place where campers have the opportunity to get outside and active Bancroft, Ontario Overnight Coed

Camp Kennebec  

Sharbot Lake

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight

An amazing summer camp experience for campers with special needs. All the fun of camp, with supportive and experienced staff to give your camper the summer of their life! The focus is on fun first!

  • Ages 6 to 25
  • Coed
  • from $1,500/week
Overnight Coed15006-256Sharbot Lake, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Camp KennebecAn amazing summer camp experience for campers with special needs. All the fun of camp, with supportive and experienced staff to give your camper the summer of their life! The focus is on fun first! Sharbot Lake, Ontario Overnight Coed

A spectrum of camp options in Ottawa

Throughout Ottawa Region there is a wide variety of kids’ camp options. Here’s a quick glance at some options, with links to more specific listings and pages than the list above.

 
Kids' sports camps in Ottawa

Sports camps in Ottawa are attended by aspiring athletes from throughout the capital region. Camps offer a weeklong (or longer) focus on athletics, encouraging kids to build skills, stamina and leadership. Find kids' camps focused on the sport you love, below.

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Education camps in Ottawa

Learning camps extend academic development into the summer month, allowing kids and teens to explore subjects more deeply than classroom time allows. The Ottawa Region is full of museums and other national attractions, with many locations putting on kids’ summer camps and programs. Area universities and colleges also put on camps that allow kids and teens a glimpse of life at these institutions. Find the Ottawa education camp offering the learning activity you most care about, below.

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Computer and technology camps in Ottawa

Being a renowned tech hub, Ottawa’s many technology and computer camps allow kids a deep exploration of coding and other interesting pursuits. Find camps offering your favourite technology interest below.

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Arts camps in Ottawa

Arts-related camps in Ottawa allow kids to indulge their passion in things like design and the performing arts.Find what you love below, then find camps focused on that activity.

  dance
  drama
  music

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Exceptional needs camps

Camps for kids with exceptional needs offer kids a unique growth opportunity. Find camps offering the support you need, below.

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More camp types available in Ottawa:

 

Camps near Ottawa

For families outside of Ottawa, we also offer select lists of camps in nearby cities and towns.

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A glance at the benefits of sending kids to camps

Parents in Ottawa (like parents everywhere) want the best for their kids. Attending camp for the first time can be challenging for some kids. Parents understandably have many concerns, and it can be difficult to let go. But there are many more good reasons to send kids to camp.  It's a quintessential part of a healthy childhood that helps kids grow in independence, self confidence and personal initiative.

Take a closer look at benefits of camp for Ottawa kids and teens.

Questions you might consider

Our Kids has worked with Ottawa camps for many years now. Here are some things we advise parents to look for and think about as they are choosing a camp:

Safety

Ask camps if counselors all have police checks. Do counselors have any special training in dealing with conflict resolution? How do they ensure that the camp environment is safe for every child within the camp?

Structure and organization

Find out how kids are grouped together during camp activities. Are kids grouped by age? Gender? And what is the ratio of counselors to campers?  Can you meet with the group leader who will be spending the most time with your child(ren)?

Day-to-day camp environment

Be sure that you schedule pickups and drop offs as the camp requires. What are kids required to bring to camp? Where will the camp be held? Are there outings, and how are those managed?

These are just some of the many things you need to know

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