Top Outdoor Summer Camps in Edmonton

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Published Mar 31, 2016

Summertime is approaching, and it's time to decide where to send the kids to camp. Here are our favorite outdoor/adventure choices around Edmonton:

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Top Outdoor Summer Camps in Edmonton


Now that spring has finally sprung and the weather is heating up it is time to start thinking about summer. We absolutely love the idea of sending your kids to an outdoor summer camp. Why not let them soak up some sweet Vitamin D and have a blast with their best friends! In order to help, we’ve filtered through all the local outdoor kids camps and compiled a list of only the best and brightest.



YMCA of Northern Alberta

Edmonton YMCA Summer Camps and Day Camps offer children and youth (ages 3-16) the opportunity to participate in fun and engaging activities.

A wide variety of camps are available, with sports, swimming, and nature camps just to name a few.





Lone Prairie Camp

Lone Prairie Camp is a safe and fun environment where people encounter, respond to and are encouraged in their walk with God.

The Summer Camp program includes onsite camps for grades 1-12 (divided by age groups), hiking & backpacking trips,and even a family camp weekend.




Pedalheads®

Pedalheads® has been offering bike camps since 1995. From training wheels to trails, Pedalheads® has safe, fun and challenging bike camps for children ages 2-12. Over 150,000 children have learned to ride with the unique Pedalheads® teaching method in small classes by exceptional instructors.

Half and Full day camps are available all summer.




Devonian Botanical Garden

Have an outdoor adventure at DBG's nature-based summer day camps for kids age 3-14. All camps include environmental learning, games, crafts and loads of fun and are led by DBG’s trained naturalists.

Catch frogs, hike trails, tour showhouses, and rediscover the natural world.




Fort Edmonton Park

Fort Edmonton Park's Summer Day Camps feature several age-appropriate themes for ages 4-14. Relive the days of the explorers and fur traders in their natural environment, learn to cook on a wood-burning stove, tend to the animals, and experience other historical outdoor activities in at this historical landmark!




Edmonton Valley Zoo

Every day your child comes home from a Zoo daycamp, you’ll be amazed by what he learned or what she saw.

Age-appropriate camps range from Animal Adventures Camp (ages 4-5), to Junior Zookeeper Camp (ages 7-10), to Zoo-mazing Race Camp (Ages 11-14), among many others.





Teen Time of Edmonton

Teen Time offers summer camps for ages 7-17 at their beautiful ranch. Campers are divided by age or by specialty camps, such as Riding School for ages 12-17, Paintball camps for boys aged 12-17, Fishing camp for boys aged 10-13, Wagon train for ages 14-17 and Extreme camp for ages 14-17.




Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association

Mucking About Summer Camps are available for campers ages 7-12 during July 4-5 or July 11-15. Camps run Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. Learn all about caring for horses and riding in the heart of Edmonton's river valley.




Hastings Lake Bible Camp

Hastings Lake Bible Camp offers summer camps for all ages. The facility includes beds for 150 people, a commercial kitchen, a dining hall, a chapel, and a 2 story lodge and many small cabins. They also provide 2 large RV campgrounds, 1 outdoor fire pit, 1 indoor fire pit, canoeing, basketball, 2 playgrounds and a a large playing field. No public camping is available.




Greater Edmonton Racing Canoe Kayak Club

The goal of the club is to promote programs designed to give communities the opportunity to experience the sport of canoeing or kayaking.

Full day and half-day week-long camps are offered from July 4th to August 19th.





Shiloh Youth Ranch

Shiloh Youth Ranch is a summer Christian camp for at-risk children and youth ages 7-17. Shiloh Youth ranch provides an opportunity for at-risk children and youth to experience a week-long, high impact relational summer camp. Many of these children and youth, without the ministry of Shiloh, may never have the opportunity to receive hope, encouragement, acceptance, mentoring and unconditional love.



Camp Alexo

Located in Red Deer, Camp Alexo offers opportunities for children and youth to grow and discover their potential.

The agency strongly believes that an outdoor wilderness environment is a setting that can offer unique opportunities for children and youth to learn lifelong skills, discover new interests and to make new friends.





If this article sparked your curiosity and you are now in hot pursuit of discovering the most epic outdoor summer camp for your kids, we highly recommend checking out our comprehensive list of summer camps. Finding the coolest local kids camps and classes is our specialty and we are more than happy to help!







Written by Jan Cleaver

Yes, I know Jan Cleaver is almost "June Cleaver" from Leave it to Beaver!  My parents had a good sense of humor.

I was a freelance writer years ago, and excited to do some editing for ChatterBlock.

The subject matter is ideal for me as a stay-at-home mom, who loves planning activities for my kids and their playmates.

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