Top Summer Camps in Vancouver

Published Mar 22, 2018 | Updated Jul 18, 2018

Ready to find a summer camp for your child? This is your one-stop place to find the best camps available for you and your kids in the Greater Vancouver area.

It's never too early to start looking! Good camps fill fast.

Plus, lots of camps will offer an early bird rate if you secure your spot early on. Can't complain about savings, amiright?

If you're looking for ideas, look no further than the list below. We've got camp providers who are reputable, for kids of ages, and for all different types of interests.

If you head to our summer camp listing on ChatterBlock you'll be able to see schedule information for 100+ camps and you can even filter by age, specific dates, and keywords. Note: we have local camp providers posting up their schedules daily, so keep checking back!

Now, what you came for... 

Here's some of our favourite camp offerings that come highly recommended:



Sports Camps Canada

Sports Camps Canada is offering several camps in BC for Summer 2018. As the operators of Nike Sports Camps, Sports Camps Canada is operating weekly summer Nike Basketball Camps, one week of Nike Golf Camp and several sessions of Nike Sports Camps to choose from. Partnering with some of Canada's best coaches, these camps can help your child become a better player and a more inspired athlete, to meet new friends, laugh hard, and have serious fun. Select your sport and get into camp today!



Digital Media Academy

Elementary, middle school and high school students will be able to explore their interests and make new friends while enjoying personalized instruction and small class sizes.

The UBC-based camp is the perfect place to foster innovation in projects in music, filmmaking, digital photography, gaming, and a variety of other tech-based career paths.



Burnaby Village Museum 

Enjoy the fun and adventure of summer in Vancouver at a summer heritage adventure camps. Weekly day camps run from July 6 until school starts in September. Each week is a different theme, so you can enjoy multiple weeks!

This years themes include: apprentice week, toy adventures, food capers, outdoor escapes, and many other cool themes! 




Place des Arts

Summer Fun! camps at Place des Arts offer everything you need for your 5 to 14 year old: flexibility, choice, innovation, excellent instruction, after hours care and lots of summer fun! 

Camps include a variety of art based activities. They offer expertise in dance, music, visual arts, theatre and creative writing. Their camp is sure to inspire the artist in everyone.



Daedalos Enrichment Programs

Kids build LEGO robots with functioning motors, sensors and lights using Mindstorms and WeDo kits from LEGO Education, as well as VEX IQ sets with RobotC for more advanced students. They have opportunity to practice 21st century skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, creativity teamwork, problem solving and computational thinking. Kids program and run robots through mazes, competition games and adventure scenarios. Lots of STEM fun all around!



Grouse Mountain Resort

One Mountain, endless adventures! Just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is a world away - where wilderness meets adventure, adventure meets nature and both memories and friends are made to keep.  

New and exciting summer camp activities will engage kids and teens in outdoor exploration.



Camp Spirit

Summer Day Camps, Rooted and Growing in Love, for children 5-11 and Leader in Training program for 12-14 offered in a variety of locations in lower mainland. At Camp Spirit children are involved in story, singing, art, science, play and includes a t-shirt, snack and lunch. Staff at Camp Spirit believe that every child who enters through the doors is valued for their unique gifts and spirit.




Camp Artaban

Camp Artaban has been providing Christian Camping on Gambier Island since 1923. Offering sleepaway camps for campers entering grades 3 through 12 as well as a popular Family Camp, Camp Artaban has something for everyone. Campers build confidence, make friends and try new things while enjoying Artaban’s spectacular waterfront, indoor & outdoor climbing walls, archery range and camp-wide activities. Set on over 47 pristine acres, Artaban provides natural exploration, outdoor adventure and all levels of hiking. A wilderness experience just 30-minutes by boat from Horseshoe Bay.



Timberline Ranch

Looking for a kid's camp near Vancouver, BC?  Horseback riding is just the beginning of your adventure.  

Timberline Ranch's 73 acres of woods and farmland, in the foothills of Golden Ears Mountain, are the perfect backdrop to a camp and retreat centre that has brought incredible excitement and outdoor education to youth and adults since 1961.  




Pedalheads 

Atlantis Programs Inc. and Pedalheads® provides innovative and effective learn to bike and swim programs for kids 2-12 years old. Since 1986 they have taught children to ride and swim, using our own teaching methods, combined with small classes and exceptional instructors. 

Summer camps are offered around Greater Vancouver. Click here for more information. 




Stillwood Camp

Two goals that we as Stillwood staff hope to meet are: to provide each camper with an opportunity to grow in their relationship with God, and to give each camper the best week of their summer. A variety of camps are offered, including both overnight camps for single moms and their kids, and day camps. Among the many activities available are swimming, the indoor climbing tower, outdoor climbing wall, outdoor volleyball, games, the gymnasium, frisbee golf, ziplines, Sky High Adventure, linear low ropes course, archery, basketball, and skateboarding.



Propel Swimming Lessons

Experience the new standard in swim lessons.

Skip the registration dates, wait lists and change room lines and book lessons online, anytime. With four pools to choose from and over 20 instructors to learn from, book private swimming lessons at your convenience in downtown Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Langley/Surrey.

Lessons are available for all ages and skill levels.





Debate Camp

Debate Camp Canada offers summer training programs in public speaking and debate to students who have ideas, an emerging interest in the world around them and are eager to improve their skills with the spoken word.

The day camp takes place at York House School, and the Overnight camp is on Vancouver Island



Fraser Academy

Fraser Academy offers two academic enrichment camps with their Summer Boost Camp in the mornings and their Dolphin Kids Summer Camps in the afternoons throughout the month of July.  Their Summer Boot Camp is designed to boost your child’s skills in a fun environment. Their innovative, enriched approach to skill development is ideal for helping struggling learners begin to enjoy the learning process and experience success.  Their Dolphin Kids Camps™ offer interactive, fun, hands-on activities designed to enhance your child’s creativity, critical thinking, communication, contribution, and collaboration skills!



Fireside Adventures

Life. Be. Adventure. for kids, youth and adults! Fireside Adventures is the place to be this summer. They are a BC overnight and Vancouver day camp mixing outdoor experiential learning, inclusive leadership - recreational activities, and pumping up the huge fun factors! Sign up for awesome day camps to enjoy sailing, canoeing, swimming, eco-science lessons and more. Everyone should be at camp this summer.




The World of Kidtropolis

Come join the Kidtropolis Summer Camp, and let your child's imagination soar with our awesome, hands-on exploratory activities such as: science experiments, creative art projects and designing life-sized games.

There will also be plenty of time for your child to play and learn in our pretend city. The 18,000 sq. foot playground is ready to welcome your kids!



City Explorers

These unique camps for both Nature and Urban Explorers might just be the perfect fit for you! Venture through your own city and discover amazing new places, hidden natural wonders and stamp your City Passport this summer.

Every City Explorers camp day combines a unique educational program with tons of hands-on fun for an amazing experiential learning adventure.




YoungMBA

YoungMBA is a 2-week summer youth camp that will run weekdays from 9am to 12pm during July 16-27, 2018. The goal of the program is to inspire young minds to develop their management skills through experiential and fun projects/activities so that they are better prepared to manage their daily lives and their future careers. YoungMBA wants to be a part of the effort to raise self-sufficient individuals that care about others and their environment.




UME Academy

UME Academy teaches Design and Computational Thinking skills to young learners, ages 6-13 through game design methodologies. Programs are designed for students of all abilities and interests. Summer camps are taught at several locations throughout Greater Vancouver, and include themes such as Web Design, Video Game Design, Fashion, Design, and more.




44 Sounds Orton-Gillingham Learning Studio

44 Sounds OG Learning Studio is offering Summer Booster Sessions designed to help your child build confidence and not only keep up, but increase their language skills over the summer. Our Summer Booster Sessions are one-on-one Orton-Gillingham lessons designed specifically for children who are dyslexic or struggling with reading, writing or spelling. Lessons are for one hour each weekday for one week.




Summer Math at Mathnasium of South Surrey

At Mathnasium, summer programs are all about preventing summer learning loss and helping students prepare for what lies ahead. Summer at Mathnasium consists of learning new skills and building confidence through individualized learning plans, games and hands-on-learning in a fun, relaxed, supportive environment. The staff will help you choose the Summer Math Program that’s the right fit for you child. Schedules are flexible to suit your needs.




VanDusen Botanical Garden

VBGA camps at VanDusen Botanical Garden are immensely popular and often sell out very quickly. A 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 classroom in the Visitor Centre, glasshouse or Bloedel Conservatory.



Leslie Global Sports

High Performance Hockey camps take place at the Richmond Oval. Camps target rep level players to develop their skills with a low coach:player ratio for on-ice sessions. Off-ice strength and conditioning sessions complement on-ice activities, helping to physically prepare all players for the upcoming season. Mental performance, nutrition, recovery and regeneration, speed work and performance testing education is included prepare athletes to compete at the provincial, college and national level.



Summer Camps at SFU 

Simon Fraser University offers an array of sport, educational, and recreational summer camps for kids. Camps are instructed by varsity athletes and highly regarded staff. 

Camp options include: swimming, leadership training, mini-university, movie-making, scuba diving, outdoor adventures, and so many more. Kids will enjoy a week jam-packed with fun, adventure, and a free t-shirt! Registration open.



Staccato Music Studios

Staccato Music Studios' Rockstarz Camp, is an opportunity for kids ages 10 and up to play in a band this summer! Students will be taught the basics of jamming while learning fundamentals such as chording, drumming, and singing. Students will jam on popular rock tunes. The week ends with a recording session and a personalized CD! Students must have at least 2 years of training on their specific instrument.




CircusWest

CircusWest offers children, teens, and adults an opportunity to explore Circus Arts in an encouraging, non-competitive environment. CircusWest’s programs encourage respect for oneself and others and provide an environment to learn responsible risk-taking. As a collaborative community in which everyone can develop skills, find their artistic voice, and realize their potential, CircusWest is a creative space where individuals can dream big, push limits, and defy gravity – all while having fun.



Artmania

During each course, students will create beautiful and dynamic projects that enhance one’s ability, confidence, and enthusiasm for art. Art Mania programs include age appropriate history lessons along with great activities.

Programs are seldom repeated to insure that each course is a brand new experience for all of our students.




Diving Locker

Vancouver Diving Locker’s Kids Scuba Camp is designed to introduce scuba diving to young people, in a safe and fun atmosphere. During each one week camp (5 Days Total), students will partake in 5 classroom sessions, and 5 pool diving sessions.  

For more experienced divers, several other courses are available throughout the summer.



Gateway Theatre Academy

Gateway Theatre Academy offers summer camps in acting, musical theatre, and technical training classes for youth aged 8 – 18. Professional actors, directors, playwrights and choreographers instruct our classes, giving students practical, real world skills.

They are Richmond’s only live professional theatre and Metro Vancouver’s second largest theatre company, located in Richmond’s city centre overlooking beautiful Minoru Park.



Windsure Adventure Watersports

Windsure offers exciting water-based summer camps in skimboarding, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking and stand up paddle surfing (SUP). 

Their camps offer kids the opportunity to learn proper techniques in a fun, safe and non-competitive environment. 

Campers should be at least 12 years old and weigh 80lbs (36kg) at minimum.




Startup Skool

Startup Skool is a series of week-long summer camps for youth ages 8-18 across Vancouver and Victoria. These programs focus of a variety of topics including entrepreneurship, design, coding, and e-commerce. In one week students will learn the fundamentals of starting their own business, creating their first website, make a “dragon’s den” pitch, and get a behind the scenes peak at some of Vancouver’s top companies.




Bricks 4 Kidz Coquitlam

Join Bricks 4 Kidz this summer for a experience your kids won't forget! Their camps are high-energy, fun settings where kids explore the world of engineering, architecture and machines in a enjoyable, comfortable environment. Their camps themes and activities are specifically designer for children ages 5 - 12.  




Sewgood

Your teen or tween will love learning to sew at Sewgood's summer camps. Learning to sew gives children a fun and useful talent that gives life long pleasure!  Sewing is an important life skill that is both useful and gives an opportunity for creative expression.  Camps are suitable for boys and girls 9 to 16 years old.




Little House Education Centre

Come enjoy  some summer fun at Little House!  Area you looking for something to keep your children busy during summer break?  Their daily camps and workshop are a great way to help your kids prevent summer learning loss and head back to school feeling confident.  

Continuing the learning over summer can make a big difference in how your child feels about going back to school in the all.  Little House's camps will build skills and confidence and help to maintain an educational routine.




UBC Summer Camps

At the University of British Columbia, you’ll find a large variety of camps tailored to engage children on all levels. From arts and music camps to exciting sports camps to thrilling sailing camps, inspiring adventures await every child this summer.

Added bonus: you can build your week at UBC Camps! Most of their camps are either a morning or an afternoon program. You can custom-build a full day.  



Vancouver Chess School 

Chess camps include in-class games, demonstrations of games of famous chess players, and electronic tools.  In the learning process, they use special equipment such as digital Bluetooth Chess Boards, DGT chess clocks and a projector in order to increase the efficiency of the class and provide our students with as much knowledge and materials as possible.



Here's to a happy, safe, and fun summer! 

Don't forget- You can always check back for updated listings. We try our absolute best to be the hub for finding all available summer camps and things to do with your kids.

Are you looking at the list and wondering why an amazing camp isn't included? Comment below and let other parents know about your experience! We can still add them in. If you work for a business offering summer camps, get started and list your camp (it's free!).




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January 8, 2017, 8:40 a.m. Flag

BC's CREATIVE ECONOMY IS BOOMING - WOULD YOU KIDS LIKE TO SPEND TWO FUN-FILLED DAYS EXPLORING THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY?

Vancouver Film School is very pleased to be able to offer high school programs for the upcoming Spring Break (2017) that are open to students in grades 9-12. These programs are competitively priced ($99 per 2 day session) and run in 2 day formats. Students can select 1 to 3 program options (2 to 6 total days of study).

These intensive and industry-focused short programs will be a hit with high school students. They provide a window into our unique educational model, incredible people, campuses, resources, and creative industries. Students will have fun and make connections with potential study/career paths in a low-risk learning format and for a low cost.

Open to students in Grades 9–12, the March Break camps feature hands-on workshops led by experienced professionals in 3D Animation + VFX, Acting, Makeup, Digital Design, Film Production, Writing or Game Design + Programming. Students can learn about B.C.’s booming creative economy, and discover how VFS’s unique one-year intensive education model can quickly launch a career in the industry.

Film and Media Program Registration Page: https://vfs.edu/events/creative-break
Acting Program Registration Page: https://vfs.edu/events/acting-highschool

VFS—the bridge to industry.

Event Contact: Brook Taylor, VFS Event Coordinator
Phone: 604-685-5808, Ext.3095
E-mail: btaylor@vfs.com

Program Details: Ted Gervan, Director of Education
Phone: 604.616.0431
E-mail: tgervan@vfs.com

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April 5, 2018, 11:24 p.m. Flag

Thanks for sharing all these camps. I visit for 2 months every summer and it’s great to have a comprehensive list.

My children have done the Eco Adventure camp at Mount Seymour in previous years and thoroughly enjoyed it. I recommend it.

http://mtseymour.ca/summer-camps-0

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May 1, 2018, 9:23 a.m. Flag

This is a great list! This came at a perfect time as my wife and I are looking into summer camps for our son. We are specifically looking for outdoor camps, to get him away from the electronics and we found this camp which doesnt appear to be on the list, but maybe should be? https://www.mountainskillsacademy.com/adventure...

Anyways, thanks for putting together this great list :)

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