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English Camp in Canada

Our camps in Canada for kids and teenagers combine English language lessons with various social activities and include accommodation, in homestay or residence. However it is always possible to register to a day camp only if accommodation is not required.

Contact us to receive detailed information about a specific camp you are looking for or see below examples of English language camps offered by our partner schools in Canada.

 

English Camp in Vancouver

English Camp in Vancouver (winter)

English Camp in Whistler

 

English Camp in Vancouver

Ages: 7 to 17 years old

Located on the top of Burnaby Mountain and surrounded by hundreds of acres of forest and trails, Simon Fraser University campus feels like it is in the wilderness yet it is only a 25‐minute drive from downtown Vancouver. The campus is very modern and clean and has many facilities. The location of the campus makes it very safe for young people and also accessible to all of the best Vancouver attractions.

 

Programs at SFU:

Summer Program for Campers 7‐12
Summer Program for Teens 13‐17

 

Camp Philosophy:

We believe that one of the greatest advantages of its camps is the chance it gives campers to meet, integrate with and practice English with campers and staff of different nationalities. The camps is an “English” learning camp so campers are required to use English at all times. Campers are also expected to participate in activities with campers of different nationalities. The world is getting smaller every day and through their experience at the camp, campers will have the chance to get to know, and to understand and appreciate people of different races and cultures and thereby learn to adapt to and appreciate the globalization of their world.

 

Participants:

Students in this program come from many different countries including Mexico, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Italy, Germany, Venezuela, Korea and Brazil. Students are divided by age and English level for their English classes and by age and gender for their activities so they are with students of their own age and ability for all of their classes and activities.

 

Accommodation and Meals:

Residence:

All campers will stay in the Simon Fraser University Residence buildings and will be in single rooms. Each floor has two shared bathrooms with private showers and toilets. Boys and girls are separated onto different floors in the residence. Campers are housed by age and gender in different sections or floors of the building. Camper rooms are assigned based on age, start date and nationality. The camp’s staff lives with the students to provide 24 hour supervision.
Campers will enjoy daily buffet style meals served in our dining facilities. A variety of specialty entrees, side dishes, salad, and dessert bars offer something for every camper. All meals are planned by the Executive Chef and registered dieticians, and include balanced options for vegan and vegetarian campers.

Homestay:

For campers who are 13 to 17 years of age only. All of our homestay families are carefully inspected and the families are interviewed before a student is placed with them. The host families provide a private or double room and two meals per day for the campers. A hot lunch is provided to the campers while they are at camp and is catered by the campus dining services. Students living off campus leave camp at 4:45pm every day and spend the evening with their homestay family. On Saturday evenings all Homestay campers are invited back to camp to participate in the evening disco. Students in homestay take public transit to get between their homestay and the campus, and must be mature enough to travel alone.

 

Staff:

All activity leaders and supervisors are young adults with certification to teach the activities they lead and previous experience working with children. All English teachers are native speakers and are qualified to teach English to international students.

 

Safety:

All staff members are trained in first aid and we employ a camp health attendant who cares for campers who are sick or taking medication. The residence is a secure building located outside just outside the village. The camp's staff lives on site in the residence with the campers to provide 24 hour per day supervision. The Emergency Medical Center is just 5 minutes by car from the residence.

 

Airport Transfers:

Campers will arrive at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and will be met by a camp staff member. Greetings will take place in either the International or Domestic Terminal. Please note that travel time from the airport to camp is approximately 45 minutes.
If for any reason you do not see the camp's staff member who is there to meet you, please ask any airport staff person to help you use the airport courtesy phone to page a camp's staff person to meet you. If that is unsuccessful please call the Camp Office, if no one is able to take your call please leave a message. You will also be given a cell phone number to call if no one answers the call.

 

English Classes:

Campers will have 3 hours of English Class 5 days per week. A maximum of 15 students are in each English class. Five levels of English classes are offered. The camp’s carefully designed curriculum ensures proper instruction of all skills including grammar, listening, speaking, writing, reading and pronunciation. All teachers are native speakers and university graduates and are certified to teach English. Students are tested every week and all students will receive a Graduation Certificate at the end of their program.

On Campus Days:

All students rotate through activities, doing different activities every “on‐campus” day. Teen students can choose which structured daily activity they would like to do. Each week, the camp offers a new schedule of activities so that over the summer students will have the opportunity to try the following:
- Waterfront Activities: Kayaking, Swimming
- Adventure Activities: Mountain Biking, Hiking, Wilderness skills
- Athletic Activities: Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee and Soccer
- Creative Activities: Dance, Cooking, Theatre, Arts and Crafts, etc.

 

Evening Activities:

Students living in residence enjoy organized evening activities every night, including: scavenger hunts, discos, movies, talent shows, casino night, capture the flag, sports tournaments, swimming, barbeques, water fights, games, hiking, fireworks show.

 

Off Campus Days and Evenings:

Between Monday and Saturday, all campers will take part in two half‐day excursions one full day, two half day off and one evening excursion per week in the Vancouver area. Please see the schedules for examples of places the students visit on their off campus days and evenings.
Some of the excursions that are offered at this location are: Whistler Mountain Snow Day & Village, Harbor Center Lookout, Spanish Banks, Vancouver Aquarium, Stanley Park, Granville Island, Victoria BC (on Vancouver Island), Science World, Cultus Lake Water Park, Play land, Canadians Baseball Game, Bowling Night

 

Optional Activities:

Every Sunday, other than the campers’ arrival Sunday the campers have the opportunity to select which activity they would like to do. There are many options to choose from and all vary in price, there will always be a no cost option that the campers can select.

 

Duration:

Teen campers can come for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 weeks. Junior campers, ages 7-12, can come for 1-5 weeks. Students must arrive and depart from the camp on Sundays. Students whose fights arrive earlier or leave later than Sunday may have to find their own accommodation for the extra nights.

 

DATES AND PRICES

 

English Camp in Vancouver (Winter)

Ages: 12 to 18 years old

Every year in January, we run a special English plus Activity Winter Camp for teenage students in Vancouver. This ESL camp is taught at the downtown Vancouver campus and features 15 hours per week of English classes, taught by caring and professional English teachers. Students take part in special sightseeing and cultural activities, led by the camp's staff with English learning as a main component of every activity. Students live with carefully selected host families in Vancouver.

 

Facilities:

Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Vancouver campus is just 2 minutes from Vancouver’s main shopping district of Robson Street and a 5 minute walk from live theater, concerts, museums, art galleries, several of the city's finest beaches and world famous Stanley Park.

The campus occupies an entire floor and has large bright classrooms, a state of the art computer language lab, a fun, relaxed student lounge and convenient access to all the great things that Vancouver is famous for. Our strict English only policy ensures that students mix with other cultures and practice their English both inside and outside the classroom.

 

English Classes:

Classes cover all skills including speaking, listening, writing, reading and pronunciation. Students study English every morning (3 hours) and take part in activities three afternoons and one evening per week. English classes are Monday to Friday, and class size is maximum 15 students. Students live with a Canadian host family or, if they come with their parents, in a hotel or apartment. Students can take part in optional weekend excursions to Whistler, Victoria, Cypress Mountain, and Capilano Suspension Bridge (for an extra fee).

 

Activities:

Three afternoons and one evening per week the students take part in a fun and educational sightseeing or recreational activity. Before each weekday activity, students are given an Activity English Assignment (AEA). The AEA is directly related to the activity that takes place that day. Students are expected to complete the assignments while on the activity and hand them into their counselors on the same day. AEA's are considered when teachers assign homework and participation marks. On Wednesdays, students enjoy a free afternoon or they can select the Ski/Snowboard option, and take a ski or snowboard lesson for the afternoon. On the weekends students have the option of going on a full day or overnight sightseeing excursion for a small additional fee. These excursions include tours to Victoria, Whistler and Capilano Suspension Bridge and Cypress Mountain.

 

Students:

Students in this program are between the ages of 13 and 18 years and come from countries such as Korea, Russia, Colombia, Argentina and Brazil. We have a strict “English Only” policy that requires students to use English at all times while and on activities. This use of English encourages students to mix with students from other countries. By practicing their English and not speaking their native language, students learn faster and experience rapid improvement in their English skills.

 

Teachers and Staff:

All of the staff working in the winter teen programs have been carefully selected for their enthusiasm, skills, experience and maturity. The English teachers are all qualified and experienced teachers. The activity leaders are all first aid certified and experienced in the activities they lead. Many of the activity leaders are university students and all of the staff love working with young people.

 

Accommodations and Meals:

- Homestay Accomodations: Students who are 12 to 18 years of age have the option of staying with a Canadian host family. All of our homestays are carefully inspected and the families are interviewed before a student is placed with them. The host families provide a private or double room and three meals per day (a bag lunch is provided to take to school). Host families will not provide babysitting services so students in this program must be mature enough to be left alone on occasion at the host family’s residence and to take public transit on his/her own.

- Self-Arranged Accommodations: Students may choose to stay with friends or relatives in Vancouver.

 

Safety:

Safety for all students and staff is a priority for us. Vancouver is a very safe city and host families are chosen to ensure the safety and well being of the students. All of the activity staff are experienced in the activities they lead and we conduct extra training before each camp session to ensure all staff are aware of the camp’s safety rules and procedures. We have bilingual staff who can counsel students, explain rules and safety precautions and assist in the case of emergency. We maintain a high ratio of staff to students to ensure proper supervision. We are very careful in selecting its facilities, equipment, host families and staff so as to maintain a very high level of quality and security in all of its programs.

 

DATES AND PRICES

 

English Camp in Whistler

Ages: 7 to 17 years old

Whistler is a ski and summer resort located 120 km north of Vancouver (1 hour 45 minutes by car from Vancouver). It is home to two famous ski mountains: Whistler and Blackcomb. It is a small village with many amenities including a sports centre, lots of hiking and cycling trails, a mountain bike park, 4 fresh water lakes, a medical centre, shops, restaurants, a movie theatre, three golf courses, a tennis club, an adventure area, white water rafting operations, and an indoor swimming pool.

We operate our summer centre at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in the residence building used in the winter to house Blackcomb Mountain staff. Meals are eaten in the main dining building located just a few walking minutes from the residence. English classes are taught at the high school, which is a 10‐minute bus ride from the residence. Activities occur in and around Whistler Village. For example the kayaking happens on Alta Lake, the mountain biking on the trails behind Lost Lake and the field games at Whistler Secondary School Sports Field.

Whistler is very safe and easy to get around in. There are no cars allowed in the main Village, so when groups go to the Village for an activity they do not have to be concerned with crossing any streets. Transfers between Whistler and the Vancouver International Airport are provided on Sundays between 10:00 and 20:00. We offer a traditional over‐night camp experience for campers aged 7‐12 and 13‐17 for 2,3,4, 5 and 6 week sessions. Boys and girls from across Canada, the USA and all over the world, come together to appreciate the outdoors, learn new skills, make new friends and enjoy an experience they'll never forget. Where else in Canada can you find such excellent mountain biking, hiking, climbing, skiing and fresh mountain air than in Whistler?

 

Programs:

We run 2 summer camp programs in Whistler in July and August:

- English and Activity Camp (ages 7-17):

For international and French Canadian campers who want to learn English or improve their existing English skills and also do fun activities, make new friends and see and learn more about this wonderful area of Canada. The camp combines English classes with instructional and recreational activities, sightseeing tours and social and cultural events. The goals of this program are to teach students English, to educate them about the world through integration with students and staff of different cultures, to raise their awareness of international issues, to teach them valuable skills that will last their lifetime and give them a wonderful and memorable experience. All aspects of the program including the English classes, activities, tours, meals and accommodation, are designed to ensure that these goals are achieved.

- Adventure Camp (Ages 13-17):

This two-week camp is for English-speaking campers from Canada, the USA and abroad who want to learn many outdoor skills, build their confidence and develop their leadership skills as they take lessons in such activities as kayaking, orienteering, rock climbing, and mountain biking. Get ready for extreme outdoor adventure. Jump into structured rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, orienteering, camping, mountaineering, and mountain biking. If you are 13 -17 years of age and think you are ready for something new and challenging, this camp is for you. With some of Canada’s best rock climbing, hiking and mountain biking terrain, Whistler is an adventure seeker’s dream. You will join a small group of teens from around the world who, like you, are ready for more than what a standard summer camp offers. Together, you and your group will learn from the best as your experienced coaches teach you to climb, mountain bike, hike, kayak and camp in Whistler, Canada’s most exciting outdoor adventure playground. You’ll learn important survival skills and first aid before heading off with staff and campers on a three-day wilderness sleepover in the Coastal Mountains. You will learn back country trip planning skills including gear selection, packing, meal planning, wilderness safety and first aid. You will learn mountain biking skills from top Whistler riders and test your skills in the world famous Whistler Mountain Bike Park. On certain weekends you have the option to try summer skiing and snowboarding on the Blackcomb Mountain Glacier. And when you are ready to cool off, you will head to the lake for your kayak lessons and a whole lot of fun! We’ve also scheduled plenty of time for evening activities and excursions with campers in the other programs so get ready for the best summer of your life!
Learn both downhill and cross-country mountain biking. No prior mountain bike experience required but students should know how to ride a bike confidently on level ground. Join our crew of patient, professional coaches who will progressively introduce each participant to braking skills, cornering, riding position and graduated drops and jumps. We will split groups up according to their ability so everyone progresses properly.
Every other week, you will take part in a three day hiking and camping trip in the mountains. Part of the fun is the trip planning and you will learn how to purchase and organize food for meals, what equipment to take with you to be comfortable in the mountains and how to carry gear in your pack. With your counselors and fellow campers, you will explore some of the most beautiful parts of Canada, as you hike and camp in the rugged mountains around Whistler. On these trips campers will hike between 3 and 7 hours per day. Campers should be of good health and fit enough to handle this part of the program.
The camp’s experienced instructors will teach you the skills you need to know to enjoy top rope climbing and fresh water kayaking.

On most evenings and on weekends you will mix with the North American and international campers in the tennis and English camp programs for fun social activities. On the weekends you can choose from a large number of optional activities including white water rafting, glacier skiing and snowboarding, Zip Trek tours, paintball and lots of other fun options.

 

Camp Philosophy:

We believe that one of the greatest advantages of its camps is the chance it gives campers to meet, integrate with and practice English with campers and staff of different nationalities. The camps is an “English” learning camp so campers are required to use English at all times. Campers are also expected to participate in activities with campers of different nationalities. The world is getting smaller every day and through their experience at the camp, campers will have the chance to get to know, and to understand and appreciate people of different races and cultures and thereby learn to adapt to and appreciate the globalization of their world.

 

Participants:

Students in this program come from many different countries including Mexico, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Italy, Germany, Venezuela, Korea and Brazil. Students are divided by age and English level for their English classes and by age and gender for their activities so they are with students of their own age and ability for all of their classes and activities.

 

Accommodation and Meals:

Residence:

All campers will be in shared suite accommodation, with two campers per room & two rooms per suite. Each suite has a private bathroom with a shower, toilet and wash basin. Boys and girls are separated onto different floors in the residence. Campers are housed by age and gender in different sections or floors of the building. Camper rooms are assigned based on age, start date and nationality. We pair students of different nationalities whenever possible, but will take into consideration roommate requests when possible, though we are not able to guarantee this. The camp’s staff lives with the students to provide 24 hour supervision. Campers will enjoy daily buffet style meals served in our residential dining facilities. A variety of specialty entrees, side dishes, salad, and dessert bars offer something for every camper. All meals are planned by the Executive Chef and registered dieticians, and include balanced options for vegan and vegetarian campers.

Homestay:

For campers who are 13 to 17 years of age only. All of our homestay families are carefully inspected and the families are interviewed before a student is placed with them. The host families provide a private or double room and two meals per day for the campers. A hot lunch is provided to the campers while they are at camp and is catered by the campus dining services. Students living off campus leave camp at 4:45pm every day and spend the evening with their homestay family. On Saturday evenings all Homestay campers are invited back to camp to participate in the evening disco. Students in homestay take public transit to get between their homestay and the campus, and must be mature enough to travel alone.

 

Safety:

All camp staff members are trained in first aid and we employ a camp health attendant who cares for campers who are sick or taking medication. The residence is a secure building located outside just outside the village. The camp's staff lives on site in the residence with the campers to provide 24 hour per day supervision. The Emergency Medical Center is just 5 minutes by car from the residence.

 

Airport Transfers:

Campers will arrive at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and will be met by a camp staff member. Greetings will take place in either the International or Domestic Terminal. Please note that travel time from the airport to camp is approximately 2.5 hours. If for any reason you do not see the camp's staff member who is there to meet you, please ask any airport staff person to help you use the airport courtesy phone to page a camp's staff person to meet you. If that is unsuccessful please call the Camp Office. You will also be given a cell phone number to call if no one answers the call.

 

English Classes:

Campers will have 3 hours of English Class 5 days per week. A maximum of 15 students are in each English class. Five levels of English classes are offered. The camp carefully designed curriculum ensures proper instruction of all skills including grammar, listening, speaking, writing, reading and pronunciation. All teachers are native speakers and university graduates and are certified to teach English. Students are tested every week and all students will receive a Graduation Certificate at the end of their program.

 

On Campus Days:

All students rotate through activities, doing different activities every “on‐campus” day. Teen students can choose which structured daily activity they would like to do. Each week, the camp offers a new schedule of activities so that over the summer students will have the opportunity to try the following:
- Waterfront Activities: Kayaking, Swimming
- Adventure Activities: Mountain Biking, Hiking, Wilderness skills
- Athletic Activities: Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Ultimate and Soccer
- Creative Activities: Dance, Cooking, Theatre, Arts and Crafts, etc.

 

Evening Activities:

Students living in residence enjoy organized evening activities every night, including: scavenger hunts, discos, movies, talent shows, casino night, capture the flag, sports tournaments, swimming, barbeques, water fights, games, hiking, fireworks show.

 

Off Campus Days and Evenings:

Between Monday and Saturday, all campers will take part in two half‐day excursions, one full day and one evening excursion per week in the Whistler and Vancouver area. Please see the schedules for examples of places the students visit on their off campus days and evenings.

Some of the excursions that are offered at this location are: Vancouver Aquarium, Stanley Park, An overnight camping trip, Snow day on Whistler Mountain, Blackcomb Adventure Zone' Alpha Lake, Loggers Lake

 

Optional Activities:

Every Sunday, other than the campers’ arrival Sunday the campers have the opportunity to select which activity they would like to do. There are many options to choose from and all vary in price, there will always be a no cost option that the campers can select. If you are interested in this location, I can send you a list of paid activities.

 

Duration:

Teen campers can come for 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 weeks. Students must arrive and depart from the camp on Sundays. Students whose fights arrive earlier or leave later than Sunday may have to find their own accommodation for the extra nights.

 

DATES AND PRICES