Top Summer Camps in Ottawa

Published Mar 14, 2018

Looking for a fun summer camp for your kids this year? In Ottawa, there are several choices available, whether your kids are interested in sports, STEM, wilderness camps, or art.

Are you ready for summer?

Summer is coming up fast and we can't wait! Long days, tons of sun, and backyard BBQs.

However, every year we hear parents complaining about the same thing - trying to find the perfect summer camp to send their kids too. With so many different options out there often great camps get lost in the mix.

To make things a whole lot easier for parents ChatterBlock has created a list of our all time favourite camps. We are sure that you will find a summer camp that your kid will love from the list below. 

If you are looking to narrow down your search by age, days of the week, or interest please head over to our full summer camps listing in Ottawa. You'll be able down to search for exactly what you are looking for!

The best summer camps in Ottawa for kids:

Monkey Around 

Join Monkey Around for some serious monkey business and fun time. Monkey Around offers kids camps for children ages 4 - 10. All camps include 2 yummy snacks per day, outdoor play every day (if the weather cooperates), games, activities, and free play in the Play Centre both in the morning and later in the afternoon. 

Debate Camp

Debate Camp offers both day and overnight public speaking camps for grade 5 - 11. These one week summer camp programs provides children with basic public speaking and debating skills while increasing your child's confidence, and ability to speak. 

Pedalheads Bike Camps 

This Canadian company originally started in Vancouver, BC and has been making its way across the country since 1995. The bike camp that Pedalheads offers are a ton of fun and can train any level of biker from training wheels to trails. Camps are offered for kids 2 - 12. 

MakeKids Incubator Camps 

Do you know what Steve Jobs, Bill Gate Elon Musk all have in common? Easy - they all went to a technology themed summer camp. How cool is that!? MakerKids offers summer camps in robotics, coding, and Minecraft. Your child will develop their skills as developers and innovators, while having fun. 

Ottawa Vocal & Dance Performance Academy

This summer why not learn of new musical instrument, or belt your heart out with some vocal lessons. The Ottawa Vocal & Dance Performance Academy offers a great variety of music lessons.  The academy even has Adult Group Guitar Lessons, for keener parents who don't want their kid to have all the fun. 

5 Star Camps

The day camps provided by 5 Star Camps will remind you of when you went camping as a kid. Your child will get to participate in a variety of traditional summer camp activities in a beautiful outdoor setting. 5 Stars Camps also offers dance, art, and music programs for a more varied experience. 

Académie de la Capitale

For a more educational experience this summer Académie de la Capitale is a great choice. The academy is bilingual and is a IB World School. The class size is always small and accommodates ESL and FSL students. Académie de la Capitale is also very strong in STEM, programming, visual arts, and music programs.

Académie OPUS Academy

For the musically inclined child, OPUS is a great summer camp option. Their summer music camp include both full and half day options. While at camp your kid will be introduced to a variety of instruments, play games, make crafts, and at the end of it all have a Friday show. 

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum 

For a hands-on, country experience the summer camps at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum are your best bet. These educational programs are designed for kids 4 to 14 and include activities such as taking care of the farm animals, gardening, cooking, making crafts, and playing games.

Shenkman Arts Centre

With specialized studios including a sprung dance floor, painting studios, and professional black box studios for theatre students the Shenkman Arts Centre really has is all. The course content at the centre is recognized for its quality and the teachers are always experts in their field. 

Carleton Athletics 

The summer camps at Carleton University offer a full range of un sport options for kids between the ages of 4 and 17. Options include basketball, football, hockey, sports camp, ringette, soccer, tennis, art and sports, leadership, mini ravens, creative writing and sport camp, earth science and sport, and finally lifesaving. So many cool options!

Can't wait for summer? 

In case you are looking for more fun events to do with your kids in Ottawa feel free to get out our directory listing of family friendly Ottawa events. There are new events adding everyday so you'll never be out of touch with what's going on in the city.

Want to be on the list? 

Do you know of an cool camp that wasn't on out top summer camp list that should be? Camp schedules can be added for free, or you can email us at to let us know :)

Carly Paracholski
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