Overnight camp is all about making memories, trying new things, finding fabulous friends and getting to spend so much time outside.
Traditional overnight camps usually feature a lot of time in nature, with land-based activities like archery, hikes and camp games, complemented with tons of water fun. That might mean canoe tripping or having bouncing on a water trampoline. And campfires. Lots and lots of campfires!
There’s a camp near Toronto that’s just right for your children—take a look at the ones we’ve sourced for you.
Camp Eden Woods embraces an appreciation for nature and ecology, and this approach spreads throughout the activities. There’s also a strong focus on the arts to round out the other fun land and water-based activities. Kiddos will adore the tubing and fishing, and might dry out a bit with pottery, golf, and basketball.Location: Haliburton; map it
Cost: from $1545 for 2 weeks
This is a lovely intimate camp with only 115 campers, so kiddos quickly get to know everyone. The staff to camper ration is 1:3 or better, so there’s lots of attention, care and sharing going around. Horseback riding and musicals are just two of the activities that keep campers entertained and embracing camp life.Location: Muskoka; map it
This camp set amongst beautiful cottage country near Haliburton has a few unique activities on offer, like snorkelling and log rolling. Yes, log rolling—how very Canadian! There’s also indoor and outdoor rock climbing and high ropes courses for the kids who just love to scramble, scale and stick to just about any surface.Location: Haliburton; map it
Cost: from $2350 for 2 weeks
Oh, to spend a summer, month, or a week at a camp in Algonquin Park—that’s the stuff that Canadian dreams are made of. There are so many activities that our offspring will go ape over, but we’re putting little tick marks next to working in the camp’s vegetable garden, sailing, and zip-lining.Location: Algonquin Park; map it
Cost: from $2950 for 2 weeks
We love that the values of this camp are down-to-earth, with a focus on anti-bullying and inclusion, setting the stage for happy, relieved campers ready for some serious fun. They’ll adore the mountain biking, aquatic playground, and tennis on eight courts with tennis pros.Location: Haliburton; map it
Cost: from $2700 for 2 weeks
Pine Crest is a fabulous YMCA camp that is serious about canoe tripping. It’s a great price point to have kids try out the whole overnight deal, and it’s fun, fun, fun. YMCA camps sell out and this one is on its way—there’s better availability for the end of summer.Locations: Muskoka; map it
Cost: from $900/week
Mansfield has a rustic charm and is blessedly close to home. We love that connecting with nature is the main focus of the program through playing and learning on the hundreds of acres of woods, fields, pond and the Pine River. Kids will come home raving about the connection made with wildlife, from salamanders to deer.Location: Mulmur, Dufferin County; map it
Cost: from $560/week
Glen Bernard Camp is a super fabulous all-girls camp about 30 minutes north of Huntsville, on the shores of lovely Bernard Lake. The kids will love taking out the big voyageur canoes, and the option to develop their golf game is a neat add-on. The camp also specializes in environmental education, with solar-powered buildings and a solar boat to use in teaching.Location: Sundridge, Lake Bernard; map it
Cost: from $1120/week
Kilcoo is an all-boys camp that aims to help build self-confidence, social responsibility, and appreciation of others. There are loads of options on offer too, with an eye to progressing each camper’s abilities—one might start out with flat-water kayaking and move up to white-water kayaking when appropriate to do so. Campers have the option to master the climbing tower and next find themselves facing real rock faces. The challenge and camaraderie are ever-present!Location: Minden, Haliburton County; map it
Cost: from $1240 for 2 weeks
Wanakita has a very happy and loyal following: kids return year after year and family camp fills up with adults happy to pretend to be campers again. Is it the fried granola, polar bear dips, or epic campfires that make it so special? Probably all of the above. Book soon, as weeks are starting to sell out.Location: Haliburton; map it
Cost: from $840/week
Browse our Camps for Kids directory for more overnight camps options in or near the GTA.