Summer camp is something that I’ve always wished I would have had the chance to experience. From everything I’ve read and from talking to my friends who experienced it growing up as well as with those who’s children have been going for years, it’s a must-do. Besides meeting new friends and experiencing the joys of camp, kids come home independent and bubbling with excitement.
We decided to take the leap this year and after a ton of research, settled on a camp here in Ontario. I’m partial to all-girls camps, so we narrowed it down to two and then decided on one last week. Since I’d rounded up “the best” and researched until my fingers were numb, I thought I might as well share it with you all in case someone is looking into the same sort of thing.
So in no particular order, here are 7 of the best all-girls camps in Canada.
Does your daughter love to ride? Are horses her passion? This Saddlewood has been around for over 40 years now and caters to all levels of riders. They are located in Bethany, Ontario and offer hundreds of acres of riding trails and an arena for riding. They also teach archery, arts and crafts, soccer games, beach volleyball, tennis, golf, basketball, swimming and additional sports. Ages 6-16. Price starts at $1980 for two weeks.
This all-girls camp is located in the beautiful Laurentian Mountains in Quebec and has been around since 1922. It’s a great choice for those looking to give their child a bilingual experience. Campers are a mix of Francophones, Anglophones and international and addition to their wide range of activities available in their 2, 4, 6 and 8 week sessions, (5 day introductory sessions also available), you can choose from language courses. Ages 6-16. Price starts from $585 for the 5-day introductory camp and $1920 for one session (two weeks).
Known as one of Ontario’s premier summer camps for girls, GBC is located just north of Huntsville on the beautiful Lake Bernard. The camp was founded in 1922 and has a very good reputation for helping girls develop their own self-confidence and independence. Just some of the activities include canoeing, kayaking, sailing, boardsailing, theatre, low ropes, high ropes, rock climbing, biking, horseback riding,etc. Ages 4-16. Bunny camp is a 2 day introductory camp for kids from 4-6 and runs at $250. Regular sessions start at $950 for the week.
This camp has been catering to young girls since 1925. Their located in Algonquin Park, Ontario and have their own private and secure access to Algonquin Lake. Tanamakoon focuses on the arts with programs for paddle making, crafts, sketching, music and theatre with a very wide range of sporting activities also available. KinderCamp is a 2 night introductory program for kids ages 4-6. Regular camp is for ages 6-16 and starts at $1975 for a 2 week session.
Water activities, swimming, arts and crafts are just some of the activities offered at Camp Oconto. The camp was founded in 1924 on the spring-fed Eagle Lake in the Land O’ Lakes region of north-eastern Ontario. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from parents and their children! There is also a riding add-on for those interested in horseback riding. The 2 night Chickadee camp is for kids ages 4-6 and runs at $215. Regular camp starts at $1590.
Adventure is rampant at Wapomeo. They are one of Canada’s oldest camps, offering unforgettable summers to campers since 1924. Tennis courts, riding stables, high ropes and climbing wall, sailboats, kayaks, and world-renowned fleet of cedar strip canoes are just some of the offerings. Two week sessions are geared towards girls 7-12 year-olds and start at $2100. Girls ages 6 and 7 can take advantage of a four day session for $650.
As an acredited member of the Ontario Equestrian Federation of Horse Facilities Council and the Ontario Camps Association, this is one of the best equestrian camps for girls ages 7-17. Besides the horseback riding, girls can enjoy swimming, canoeing, archery, mountain biking, low ropes, karaoke, sports and games, campfire programs and more.