Top Summer Camps in Victoria

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Published Apr 28, 2017

Trying to find the right camp for your child? Victoria has a huge variety of day camp and overnight options for all interests, ages, and budgets. Here's your one-stop place for finding the best summer camp suited for your child.

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Find the right summer camp for your child in Victoria

Ready to start searching for a camp this summer?

You've come to the perfect place.

There are so many factors in finding the right camp for you and your child but essentially it comes down to asking yourself 5 main questions:

  1. Is my child ready for an overnight camp? 
  2. What are their top interests, and which of those do you want to encourage?
  3. What do you want your child to gain from the camp? (develop particular skills, independence, social skills, or maybe just to have fun!)
  4. What will fit best with your families' work schedules?
  5. What is your budget and which type of camp fits?

If you're looking to really drill into a particular date, age, or type of camp then I highly suggest plugging in your parameters to a direct search for camps on ChatterBlock. It will spit out all the options that match, and we are having local providers add up their camp schedules to it daily!

But sometimes, I just like to get a feel for what's out there.

Which is why we've also compiled a list of the top camps in the Greater Victoria area for you to peruse!

Below is our list of some of our favourite camps who are reputable, community oriented, and encompass different types of interests for all age ranges. 


Debate Camp

For: Grades 5-9
Type: Away camp, week long

Debate Camp Canada is offering a fun and engaging camp program at Brentwood College in Mill Bay.  

Campers will receive training in: Canadian and British Parliamentary Debate Styles; delivering prepared and impromptu speeches; and current global issues and Model UN simulations.

Campers from novice to advanced skill levels are welcome!


Victoria Conservatory of Music

For: All ages

Type: Full day and half day camps available

The conservatory offers a wide range of music classes from vocal and piano, to strings world music explorers!

Students can discover world music through creativity, composition, movement, and innovative technology at VCM's Summer Academy World Music Explorer Camps. 


Christ Church Cathedral School

For: All ages

Type: Full day and half day camps available

Cathedral School's summer programs are open to everyone and are full of exciting activities. Many day trips are planned including swimming; fun at local water parks; visits to Beacon Hill Park, Witty's Lagoon, Fort Rodd Hill, museums and much more.  

Technology camps are also offered for kids ages 9 - 12.  At these camps, kids can learn about Minecraft, Lego Robotics and Scratch Programming.


Brentwood College

Join Brentwood College this July for an unforgettable camp experience during one of their week-long summer day and boarding camps in the friendly, safe environment of Brentwood College School.

They have expanded the summer camp offerings this year and are now offering a wide variety of exciting options including: Debate, Tennis, Musical Theatre and Rugby Camps.




PISE (Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence) 

PISE Summer Camps focus on fun ways to develop the fundamental movement skills that enable kids to be active for life. Whether that is learning how to throw properly or learning the correct technique of a squat, these movements are essential to being healthy and injury free.

Kids will have the confidence and competence to take on challenge they encounter.



Camp Imadene

Yes, it's true, this camp isn't in Greater Victoria, but it is great and for Victorians! (It's only an hour from Victoria - close enough!) 

Camp Imadene has been providing successful Christian camping opportunities for children, teens, and adults on Vancouver Island for 85+ years. 

They have tubing, wake boarding, rock climbing, volleyball, and so much more. 



Bear Mountain Golf Club & Academy

Bear Mountain's popular camps are the perfect combination of fun, golf specific instruction and activities designed to promote well-rounded athletic development. PGA of Canada professionals who have been trained to deliver the program in a fun and safe way teach our camps.

Their goals are to give the kids a great golf experience while helping them learn skills that will set them up for success if they continue with golf.  Camps are offered in full and half day sessions.



Victoria Youth Paddling Club

Victoria Youth Paddling Club Society is dedicated to developing, promoting and running programs leading to fun fitness, skill development, competition in kayaking, canoeing and dragon boating.  Their summer camp and course options include: Learn to Dragon Boat, Outrigger Canoe and Sprint Kayak; Explorers Introductory Kayak and Outridgger Paddling Camp; and Family Learn to Paddle.  




Kaleidoscope Theatre

At Kaleidoscope Theatre's summer current call camp, kids will experience the magic and fun of acting, playmaking, musical theatre and movement!

Young artists collaborate and develop their confidence as performers. Explore scenes and songs from a variety of plays and musicals, and use new skills to develop an original play.  




Crafty School of Art

Step right up and join the circus with Crafty School of Art for a week of multi-media fun including clay, sewing, paper mache, felt-making and more. Create your own clowns, learn magic tricks, get your face painted and make lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Their camps are offered at rec centres around the city. Check our website to find a camp location and time that works for you. 




St. Margaret's School

Your daughter will love their weekly themes: Culinary Arts, “Try-a-Tri”: Intro to Triathlon, Local History, Budding Biologists/Youth Naturalists, Ocean-inspired Arts, Science, Musical Theatre and more. Each day promises an array of fun-filled activities delivered in the natural oasis that is our campus, with ample field-trips to take advantage of our vibrant city. Read more.

Space available in camps from Jul 6 to Aug 21. Two age groups: primary (completed Kindergarten to Grade 2) or intermediate (completed Grades 3 – 7); no need to be a current SMS student to go to camp.



Royal BC Museum

Young prospectors will strike it rich with Royal BC Museum's interactive week-long summer camp.  

Go behind-the-scenes of the feature exhibition Gold Rush! El Dorado in BC to learn what it takes to be a successful gold miner.  

Campers will spend lots of time outdoors exploring for real gold and tramping through Victoria's Gold Rush past.



Falcon Gymnastics

Falcon Gymnastics week long camps offer fun and fitness for all levels and ages.  The Camps allow children to work and concentrate on skills for all events.  

Children will have an opportunity to learn tumbling, balance beam, vaulting, trampoline, tumble track, foam pit, bars and many more fun activities.




Fun Society

At FUN Camps kids ditch the screens, get outside and explore the awesomeness nature has to offer.  They spend the day thinking they are just have a blast, paddling a canoe or riding a horse.  

You spend the day knowing that they are actually connecting with the people and world around them and becoming empowered leaders.  

At the end of the day, you get a kid who comes home tired but inspired.  



Royal Victoria Yacht Club

Founded in 1892, the Royal Victoria Yacht Club is the oldest yacht club in Western Canada and teaching people to sail is one of their most treasured traditions.  The RVYC offers the Sail Canada CANSail program and provides instruction in a fun, safe and positive learning environment.  Their program introduces basic sailing and racing skills, develops existing skills, provides advanced  training, and improves confidence, all while you enjoy sailing in beautiful Cadboro Bay.  



Pedalheads

Originally started in Vancouver BC, Peadlheads(R) has been offering bike camps since 1995!  From training wheels to trails, Pedalheads(R) has safe, fun and challenging bike camps for children ages 2-12.  

In Victoria, Pedalheads offers camps at Oaklands Elementary, Braefoot Community Association and Grace Baptist Church.




Ballet Victoria

Experience a unique summer program with the principal dancers of Ballet Victoria.  They are committed to providing a challenging dance experience thanks to Ballet Victoria's professional Faculty who will provide unique technical and artistic coaching to each individual student.  





Power of Hope

The Power of Hope is a charitable non-profit organization that unleashes the positive potential of youth through arts-centered multicultural and inter-generational learning programs that value self-awareness, leadership, environmental stewardship, community and social change.

They offer a 8 day camp for youth aged 14-18.  Held at beautiful Linnaea Farm on Cortes Island, BC.




Camp Qwanoes 

For: All ages

Type: Overnight camp

Technically this camp isn't in Victoria, but it is the best overnight camp on Vancouver Island! Situated in Crofton, Qwanoes is an ideal place for fun-filled, life-changing adventure.

From wakeboarding and archery to mountain boarding and the Sky-Scraper, they have over 75 activity options to choose from. 


Vikes Summer Camps 

Summer camps at UVic offer a wide variety of sport and recreation camps that provide high quality, fun, safe and positive experiences for all. 

Camp participants master new skills, develop friendships, explore creativity and experience exciting activities.






Clarks Taekwondo

Clarks Taekowndo offers an action-packed camp tat teaches self-defense....lets kids let loose and ave a great time.... and builds confidence, discipline, focus and more.

Kids love camp because it's fun.  Parents love it because it helps their children learn & grow.




Mad Science

Summer camps at Mad Science are the perfect blend of entertainment and education. They combine hands-on lab time, outdoor games and exploration, as well as the application of scientific principles. 

Their summer science camps will engage and expand your child's mind, as well as offering a big dose of fun! Camps are in various themes and are geared to specific age groups. 




HPR Youth Triathlon

Human Powered Racing youth camps are open to youth 8-16 years old who want to become better triathletes.  

Athletes will practice open water swim skills, cycling and running skills, transition skills, learn about nutrition, the philosophy and purpose of training, recovery, race preparation and season planning and have lots of fun!




Victoria Academy of Ballet

The Victoria Academy of Ballet offers specialized dance instruction for children ages 3 through to Professional level.  The Faulty of Victoria Academy of Ballet offers the highest caliber of professional instruction in dance training and performance.  This summer Victoria Academy of Ballet is offering recreational and general program for children and youth at various skill levels.




Lighthouse Academy of Dance

Lighthouse Academy camps incorporate literacy, numeracy, socials, music, dance, physical education, drama and biology.  Kids will be provided a creative learning and arts education, all which is taught in an active learning and integrated way.  

5 full day camps are being offered during summer holidays for kids 7+.  Half day camps are available for ages 4 to 6 and preschool classes for ages 3 to 5.




Westshore Kimura Shukokai Karate

Join the fun at the Westshore Karate Adventure Camp! Meet new friends while learning karate, exploring parks & playgrounds, and trying exciting sports and activities.

For ages 5-12 (5 year olds must be registered for grade one in September 2015).

Choose from either July 13-17th OR Aug 4th-7th day camps. 



James Bay Community School Centre

Sign your child up for a week or the whole summer as we explore our great city in Summer Adventures.

Themed weeks deliver play based programming that will send your child on several out trips, arts and crafts, active games and make great friends.





Karate Brothers

The Karate Brothers, Geoffrey and Jean are both very accomplished at the national level. They have travelled far and wide to karate competitions, become international level athletes and nationally certified Karate Canada referees.

They now want to share their passion for karate with you through their lessons in Victoria and Oak Bay.



Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Join the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria's (AGGV) Art Studio and connect with new ideas, techniques, build confidence and experiment with the creative process. Classes and camps are inspired by current gallery exhibitions and led by passionate, encouraging instructors.

Class themes range from Dance, to Comics and Stop Motion Animation, to Adventures in Art, to Spoken Word. Depending on the theme, kids aged 6 through 18 can participate.



Hands on Summer Camp

Hands on Summer Camp is a STEaM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) based camp that creates experiential and discovery based learning opportunities for campers of all abilities. HOSC runs weekly summer camps for kids aged 4-12.

Each week at camp includes fun out-trips, recreation and games, project-based learning and daily reflection.




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.

With so many amazing camp providers in Greater Victoria, we still wanted to mention a few others who have had soaring review from kids and parents alike:


Check out these businesses to see what great programs are available:

Pacific Institute for
Sport Excellence

Debate
Camp

Engineering
for Kids

Pedalheads®
Bike Camps

Kaleidoscope Theatre
for Young People

Bear Mountain
Golf Academy

Kumon Math and
Reading Centre

Power of
Hope

Brentwood Bay
School of Music

Leslie Global Sports
Hockey Schools

Crafty & 
The Woodshed

Camp
Imadene

Royal
BC Museum

Victoria Youth
Paddling Club

Amati
String Studio

Four Seasons
Musical Theatre

Fun
Society

Ballet
Victoria

South Island
Studio

Canadian Forces
Sailing Association

Kate Rubin Theatre
and Drama Studio

Pacific
Dance Centre

Victoria Rhythmic
Gymnastics

Brentwood
College School

Rise Adventure &
Wellness Solutions

St. Margaret's
School

Victoria Conservatory
of Music

Kiowa Farm
Wellness and Learning

Royal Victoria
Yacht Club

Sylvan
Learning

Christ Church
Cathedral School

Falcon
Gymnastics

Fired Up!
Paint Your own Ceramics

Dance Unlimited
Performing Arts




If you've had an amazing experience with a camp, please consider leaving a comment below or sending us an email at community@chatterblock.com. We'd love to add it to the list and share with more Victoria parents!

If you're a camp provider, get started and list your camp (it's free!).


Written by Joelle Blaikie

Trying to make lives easier one parent at a time.

Joelle is the Product Manager at ChatterBlock and is eager to share interesting stories, upcoming events, and fun ideas to do with your kids & family. Passionate about her community, avid traveler, and proud auntie.

Want to get in touch? I'd love to hear from you. Email me at joelle.blaikie@chatterblock.com

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