Top Outdoor Summer Camps in Ottawa

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 Ottawa:

Top Outdoor Summer Camps in Ottawa

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.

Soloway JCC Summer Camps

JCC of Ottawa Summer Camps offer summer programs for all ages and interests. For outdoor & adventure enthusiasts, Travelling Sports Camps include windsurfing, bandanna boarding tubing, waterslides, and more.

Also check out their day camps and specialty camps for other options.


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.

Camp Kawartha

Camp Kawartha has provided summer camp programs for kids since 1921. Today they are an award-winning year-round facility with a focus on leadership, outdoor and environmental stewardship. With creative, adventure-based and traditional camp activities, along with a dedication to the highest standards of programming, they inspire children to be responsible stewards of their human & natural communities.

Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa - Camp Smitty

Camp Smitty, offers a beautiful lakefront setting, fantastic staff team, and dynamic programs for campers 8-16 year old. Activities during the 10-day sessions include swimming, canoeing, kayaking, field sports, arts & crafts, drama, overnights and hiking. Leadership and Counselor-in-Training programs are also offered for 15-16 year olds.

Frontier Trails Camp

Frontier Trails offers Coed Kids Overnight & Day Camps for Ages 4-16--Traditional, Adventure, Extreme Adventure (ages 12-16 only), and Horsemanship camps.  Depending on the camp, activities include horsemanship, water adventure, ziplining, kayaking, archery, paintball, outdoor education and team building.

Earth Path

Earth Path summer camps are a week of outdoor exploration, where youth have an opportunity to play games, track animals, cook wild edibles, build shelters, make natural crafts and have lots of fun! Campers will learn some wilderness skills, plant/bird ID, how to move silently through the woods, and use natural camouflage to sneak and seek as other animals do. Small child:adult ratio of 5:1.

Elmwood School Camp for Girls

Elmwood School Camps for Girls offers an outstanding range of academic, special interest and sports programs for girls age 4-18, sure to appeal to all interests and skill levels. New this year--the Skills Academy and Sports Programs join their much-loved Discovery Camps in offering an exceptional blend of challenge and fun!

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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