Best Toronto Summer Camps

Toronto Brigantine's Playfair and Pathfinder, photo sahlgoode
Toronto Brigantine's Playfair and Pathfinder, photo sahlgoode
Toronto Brigantine's Playfair and Pathfinder, photo sahlgoode
Toronto Brigantine’s Playfair and Pathfinder, photo sahlgoode

If you haven’t had a chance to book your child or teen into summer camp yet, there are a wide variety of options in the Toronto area for the most selective of children including a sailing camp on tall ships, a craft and design camp for fashion-forward children, and adventure camps for the outdoorsy types.

Toronto Brigantine Sail Training

Your teen will get the chance to live and work on a tall ship as it sets sail from various locations in southern Ontario. The sailing experience builds teamwork, leadership and communication skills as participants learn about the safe operation of a ship. Fees include bus transportation to and from ships and meals on ship. The sail training is for both men and women, 13-18 years old.

  • Toronto to Kingston – Fri., June 29 to Fri., July 6, 2012 – $792
  • Kingston to Windsor – Sat., July 7 to Fri., July 20, 2012 – $1,498
  • Parry Sound to Collingwood – Sun., July 29 to Fri., Aug. 10, 2012 – $1,391
  • Collingwood to Owen Sound – Sun., Aug. 12 to Sat., Aug. 18, 2012 – $840

Horizon Arts Camp

Horizon Arts Camp offers camps for both Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8 students interested in music, theatre, dance and visual arts, as well as more informal activities including games, group discussions and cabin projects. Located at Kingsway College School at 4600 Dundas St. W., the camp offers bus transportation for $25-$75 from various parts of the city. The cost of the camp is $400 for one-week and $1,600 for three-weeks. Camps run from July 2, 2012 to August 17, 2012. Extended care is available from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for $15-$45.

Green City Adventure Camps at Evergreen Brick Works

If your kids enjoy nature and outdoor activities, the Green City Adventure Camp may be for them. Activities include discovering edible and medicinal plants and wildlife, growing and sharing vegetables, climbing, biking and building rafts and forts. The camp is geared to 6 to 12-year-olds with groups broken into ages 6-7, 8-9 and 10-12. One week camp is $320; two week camp is $625. Extended care is available from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for an additional $55.

Toronto Island Canoe Club Day Camp

Toronto Island Canoe Club Summer Camp
Toronto Island Canoe Club Summer Camp

A short ferry ride across Lake Ontario will take campers to the Toronto Island Canoe Club on Ward’s Island, which offers a summer camp for kids aged 7-14. The younger campers, aged 7-9, will learn canoe skills, water safety, how to operate a small kayak and participate in games and nature activities while campers aged 10-14 will perfect solo and tandem canoe skills and acquire boat rescue and trip preparation skills and sprint racing. The canoe camp is two weeks long with scheduled sessions from July 2-13, 2012, July 16-27, 2012, July 30-August 10, 2012 and August 13-24, 2012. The camp fee is $400 and campers must bring their own lunch and snacks.

Crafty Couture Summer Camp

For girls ages 8-12 and 13-15 who are interested in DIY jewelry, clothing and accessories, Crafty Couture Summer Camp offers instruction in jewelry design, fashion illustration, silk screening, accessory design and styling for fashion shoots and runways. Located at the Westmount Collegiate Institute in Thornhill, Crafty Couture Summer Camp runs from 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and before and after care is available for $50. Camp dates are July 30 to August 10, 2012 and August 13 to 24, 2012 and fees are $510-$535.