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Top Outdoor Summer Camps in Vancouver

Published Jan 24, 2020 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

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

Top Outdoor Summer Camps in Vancouver

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.


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 to 12. Over 150,000 children have learned to ride with the unique Pedalheads teaching method in small classes led by exceptional instructors.

Half- and full-day camps are available all summer.

Stillwood Camp

This getaway camp facility is located in the Columbia Valley, in the lower mainland of BC.cStillwood Camp and Conference Centre offers adrenaline-filled outdoor wilderness camp activities in their day camps, overnight camps, and family camps.

Timberline Ranch

Timberline Ranch hosts so many diverse activities that take place across 73 acres of woods and farmland that no one should ever walk away without having their kind of fun! Activities include a multi-level ropes course, BMX track, archery, swimming, a petting zoo, hayrides, horsemanship, climbing wall, and more!

Grouse Mountain

With distinct themes, each Adventure Day Camp is united in common goals of inspiring youth to get outdoors, experience ‘only here’ activities, make friends, play, connect with nature, and discover our beautiful British Columbia. Age-appropriate camps are offered for ages 5 to 7, 8 to 12, and 12 to 16, and include themes such as photography, survival, adventure, and counselor-in-training.

Diving Locker

Kids Scuba Camp is designed to introduce scuba diving to young people in a safe and fun atmosphere. During each one-week camp, students will partake in five classroom sessions and five pool diving sessions. Campers will find themselves navigating through hula hoops, playing underwater frisbee, watching diving movies, and even exploring the scenes at the Vancouver Aquarium. Camps are open to ages 10 to 16.

Burnaby Village Museum

Summer Heritage Adventure Camps at BVM allow children to experience different historical adventures. Themes include Back to Nature Week and Outdoor Escapes. 

After Camp Club is available to accommodate parents who need a bit more time to pick up their kids.

Photo Credit: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel

BC Easter Seals Camps

BC Easter Seals Camps is an overnight summer camping program for children, teens, and young adults with disabilities. They provide safe, fun activities in an environment where the focus is on abilities, not disabilities. All camp activities are designed to build confidence, independence, and peer interaction in a recreational environment.

Photo Credit: Easter Seals BC/Yukon

VanDusen Botanical Garden Association

VanDusen’s camps are immensely popular and often sell out very quickly. Their carefully crafted blend of science, exploration, games, and crafts give children the opportunity to learn and play throughout the beauty of the garden and the conservatory, while fostering positive stewardship of the environment. Days are spent mostly outdoors, but may also include time in the Visitor Centre classroom.

Photo Credit: VanDusen Botanical Garden

Evans Lake Forest Education Society

Evans Lake in located north of  Squamish, BC, an hour's drive from Vancouver. They are an Outdoor & Forest Education Centre, which offers summer camp for kids. Camp activities include canoeing, a low ropes course, paddle-boarding, archery, rock-climbing, hiking, and more.

Photo Credit: Evans Lake

White Rock Recreation and Culture

You won't believe all the different summer camps that your child can take with White Rock Recreation and Culture. Camps are offered in skimboarding, soccer, tennis, art, fencing, YMCA outdoor adventure, and White Rock Recreation's famous Land N' Sea day camps.

Sign up for one week or all summer long and enjoy experienced, enthusiastic, and engaged instructors.

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!

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