Camp Programs

Discovery Camps are about fun, education and respect set in one of the most biologically diverse natural areas in Canada.

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Summer Camps

Nature-themed camps available for kids ages three to thirteen. Scroll down for program descriptions for 2018, organized by age group. Registration available Thursday February 1 at 12 p.m.

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Ages 3 to 4

These daily, 2.5-hour programs (9:30 a.m. until 12 p.m.) introduce young children to the wonders of the outdoors and allow them to experience many different aspects of our day camp programs. These programs take place at RBG Centre in Room 3 and make use of the natural and garden areas located nearby. Each week holds new and different activities. All participants must be toilet trained.

** Dual and dual-plus members are eligible for the member discount

Click on the program name to reveal the description.

Discover caterpillars and butterflies hiding in the garden, hand-feed chickadees and chipmunks while on our nature trails, search for reptiles and birds, view the world through a bug’s eyes and visit the homes of all sorts of animals. Get your hands dirty as we search out amazing creatures and discover life in the great outdoors. Play, explore, craft and ramble along all while being amazed by the wonder of Mother Nature.

   pink flower icon    at RBG Centre      greyed-out canoe icon   No Canoeing

Full-week camp, half-days. Available July 3 - 6 (4 day week), July 9 - 13, July 16 - 20, July 23 - 27, July 30 - August 3, August 7 - 10 (4 day week), August 13 - 17, August 20 - 24, August 27 - 31

5-Day Camps: $115 (Members 10% off)
*4-Day Camps: $95 (Members 10% off)

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RBG Centre - 680 Plains Road, Burlington


child on playground log outside

Ages 4 to 5

Programs are developed to meet the age and stage appropriateness of campers within the listed age range. Programs that include canoeing are indicated.

Due to recent updates to the Childcare Modernization Act legislation, any child enrolled in a full-day camp program must be 4 years of age or older at the time of the camp start date.

** Dual and dual-plus members are eligible for the member discount

Click on the program name to reveal the description.

Focus: Storytelling and Make Believe. In the old tales, gnomes, fairies and trolls lived under rocks and in the woods. See if you can spot them as you listen to stories, dress up as the animals of the woods, and explore and play games in this imagination-themed week.

   pink flower icon    at RBG Centre      greyed-out canoe icon   No Canoeing

Full-week camp. Available July 3 - 6 (4 day week), July 23 - 27, August 13 - 17

5-Day Camps: $250 (Members 10% off)
*4-Day Camps: $210 (Members 10% off)
Extended Care: $10/day

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RBG Centre - 680 Plains Road, Burlington

Focus: Animal Lives - Birds and Mammals. Includes canoeing. What does it take for an animal to live in the forest? Find out how (and where) the creatures of our forests and fields live. Discover local critters big and small as we investigate the homes and habits of our furry and feathered friends.

   green tree icon    at the NIC      canoe icon   Includes Canoeing

Full-week camp. Available July 3 - 6 (4 day week), July 23 - 27, August 13 - 17

5-Day Camps: $250 (Members 10% off)
*4-Day Camps: $210 (Members 10% off)
Extended Care: $10/day

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Nature Interpretive Centre (NIC) - 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton

Focus: Stewards of the Natural World. The forests and wetlands around RBG are filled with amazing and spectacular things to discover. Meet the birds, mammals, and insects of the forest and stream face-to-face, and learn about their lives through nature walks, explorations and hands-on fun.

   pink flower icon    at RBG Centre      greyed-out canoe icon   No Canoeing

Full-week camp. Available July 9 - 13, July 30 - August 3, August 20 - 24

5-Day Camps: $250 (Members 10% off)
Extended Care: $10/day

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RBG Centre - 680 Plains Road, Burlington

Focus: Animal Lives - Insects. Includes canoeing. Get face-to-face with worms, insects, spiders, and all kinds of crawly things! Learn about the amazing things these tiny animals do to survive and the important role they play in our own lives.

   green tree icon    at the NIC      canoe icon   Includes Canoeing

Full-week camp. Available July 9 - 13, July 30 - August 3, August 20 - 24

5-Day Camps: $250 (Members 10% off)
Extended Care: $10/day

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Nature Interpretive Centre (NIC) - 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton

Focus: Animal Lives. Up, up and away on an adventure into the world of flying things! From tiny flying insects to the majestic bald eagle the sky is full of winged creatures that call our forest and wetlands home. Come out as we discover the world and lives of the birds, bats and bugs of RBG. Spread your wings during this week of fun and exploration!

   pink flower icon    at RBG Centre      greyed-out canoe icon   No Canoeing

Full-week camp. Available July 16 - 20, August 7 - 10 (4 day week), August 27-31

5-Day Camps: $250 (Members 10% off)
*4-Day Camps: $210 (Members 10% off)
Extended Care: $10/day

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RBG Centre - 680 Plains Road, Burlington

Focus: Exploring with the Senses Includes canoeing. Use your deer ears and hawk eyes to explore the woods and wetlands that make up an amazing ecosystem. Touch animal pelts and meet one of our helpful turtle ‘teachers’! Join us for nature walks, canoe trips, and fun and games as we spend the week learning and connecting to our natural world.

   green tree icon    at the NIC      canoe icon   Includes Canoeing

Full-week camp. Available July 16 - 20, August 7 - 10 (4 day week), August 27-31

5-Day Camps: $250 (Members 10% off)
*4-Day Camps: $210 (Members 10% off)
Extended Care: $10/day

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Nature Interpretive Centre (NIC) - 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton


young girl smelling flower

Ages 6 to 7

Programs are developed to meet the age and stage appropriateness of campers within the listed age range. Programs that include canoeing are indicated.

** Dual and dual-plus members are eligible for the member discount

Click on the program name to reveal the description.

Focus: Stewards of the Natural World. Join us for a week of nature walks into Hendrie Valley to explore the world of the creatures that call our backyard home. Hendrie Valley, Grindstone Creek and our rich forests and fields provide a fantastic place to learn about local plants and wildlife and what we can do to protect them.

   pink flower icon    at RBG Centre      greyed-out canoe icon   No Canoeing

Full-week camp. Available July 3 - 6 (4 day week), July 23 - 27, August 13 - 17

5-Day Camps: $250 (Members 10% off)
*4-Day Camps: $210 (Members 10% off)
Extended Care: $10/day

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RBG Centre - 680 Plains Road, Burlington

Focus: Stewards of the Natural World. Includes canoeing. Our natural lands are home to hundreds of plants and animals. Become an ecologist as you explore how living things depend on each other to survive, and how small actions we can all take can benefit these living things. Discover meadows, wetlands, and numerous ecologically sensitive areas by hiking and canoeing throughout this week of diverse explorations and camp fun.

   green tree icon    at the NIC      canoe icon   Includes Canoeing

Full-week camp. Available July 3 - 6 (4 day week), July 23 - 27, August 13 - 17

5-Day Camps: $250 (Members 10% off)
*4-Day Camps: $210 (Members 10% off)
Extended Care: $10/day

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Nature Interpretive Centre (NIC) - 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton

Focus: Food and Plant Power. All life needs plants! This program is all about discovering the connections that animals have to the plants they rely upon, as shelter and food. We will spend time learning first-hand where our own food comes from by getting our hands in the garden soil, and learn how we can turn garden plants into tasty and healthy snacks.

   pink flower icon    at RBG Centre      greyed-out canoe icon   No Canoeing

Full-week camp. Available July 9 - 13, July 30 - August 3, August 20 - 24

5-Day Camps: $250 (Members 10% off)
Extended Care: $10/day

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RBG Centre - 680 Plains Road, Burlington

Focus: Storytelling and Make-Believe. Includes canoeing. Join us as we seek out the animals and plant life that call our meadows and forests home, and learn more about their lives through stories, songs and games. Act out your favorite insect, learn to run like a squirrel, and craft up a souvenir of your discoveries on the trail.

   green tree icon    at the NIC      canoe icon   Includes Canoeing

Full-week camp. Available July 9 - 13, July 30 - August 3, August 20 - 24

5-Day Camps: $250 (Members 10% off)
Extended Care: $10/day

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Nature Interpretive Centre (NIC) - 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton

Focus: Animal Lives. Discover the living things found under our feet, in the trees, under rocks, and in the garden! Spot birds with binoculars and get close to some incredible animal neighbours. Come out as we explore the lives of our furry and feathered friends and learn about how we can help them thrive.

   pink flower icon    at RBG Centre      greyed-out canoe icon   No Canoeing

Full-week camp. Available July 16 - 20, August 7 - 10 (4 day week), August 27-31

5-Day Camps: $250 (Members 10% off)
*4-Day Camps: $210 (Members 10% off)
Extended Care: $10/day

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RBG Centre - 680 Plains Road, Burlington

Focus: Animal Lives Includes canoeing. Hit the trails for a week of exploration and discovery! Join us as we seek out the critters and plant life that call our meadows and forests home. This week of fun in the sun allows campers to explore a variety of trails and areas on our property as we explore the habitats and lives of the plants and animals of the area.

   green tree icon    at the NIC      canoe icon   Includes Canoeing

Full-week camp. Available July 16 - 20, August 7 - 10 (4 day week), August 27-31

5-Day Camps: $250 (Members 10% off)
*4-Day Camps: $210 (Members 10% off)
Extended Care: $10/day

Register Now

Nature Interpretive Centre (NIC) - 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton


children pouring water through system

Ages 8 to 9

Programs are developed to meet the age and stage appropriateness of campers within the listed age range. Programs that include canoeing are indicated.

Overnight programs for 8-9-year-olds will not be offered this summer. Click here for more information.

** Dual and dual-plus members are eligible for the member discount

Click on the program name to reveal the description.

Focus: Stewards of the Natural World. Includes canoeing. Uncover the secrets of our ecosystems and explore our fragile natural world. Through games, activities, hikes and participation in active conservation efforts and projects, campers get an up-close experience in conservation, investigation and fun! Our living laboratory provides you with the perfect opportunity to get to know the plant and animal species that make up our bioregion, and how we can protect them.

   green tree icon    at the NIC      canoe icon   Includes Canoeing

Full-week camp. Available July 3 - 6 (4 day week), July 23 - 27, August 13 - 17

5-Day Camps: $250 (Members 10% off)
*4-Day Camps: $210 (Members 10% off)
Extended Care: $10/day

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Nature Interpretive Centre (NIC) - 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton

Focus: Wetlands and Watersheds. Includes canoeing. The forests and waterways within RBG are a vital link between Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario. Come out as we explore wetlands, watersheds and wild creatures all while helping to make our ecosystem a healthier place. Learn all about the incredible power of water through experiments, games, and hikes!

   green tree icon    at the NIC      canoe icon   Includes Canoeing

Full-week camp. Available July 9 - 13, July 30 - August 3, August 20 - 24

5-Day Camps: $250 (Members 10% off)
Extended Care: $10/day

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Nature Interpretive Centre (NIC) - 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton

Focus: Outdoor Adventure. Includes canoeing. Get the most out of the outdoors during these days of discovery, environmental appreciation and outdoor adventures. Experienced educational guides provide you the perfect opportunity to hike, paddle, explore and discover your way through our rich ecosystems. This camp includes longer hikes and longer canoe excursions; participants should be physically capable to take part in such activities.

   green tree icon    at the NIC      canoe icon   Includes Canoeing

Full-week camp. Available July 16 - 20, August 7 - 10 (4 day week), August 27-31

5-Day Camps: $250 (Members 10% off)
*4-Day Camps: $210 (Members 10% off)
Extended Care: $10/day

Register Now

Nature Interpretive Centre (NIC) - 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton

Focus: Art, sculpture and nature. Join us for an immersive inspirational camp experience. Each morning begins at Art Gallery of Burlington where campers are introduced to a variety of mediums including printmaking, clay, fibre and mixed media with the opportunity to create a variety of projects. Beyond broadening their art making skills, students expand their problem-solving and analytical abilities and develop aesthetic awareness. Campers hop on our chartered bus and head to Royal Botanical Gardens to spend the second half of each day immersed in the beauty of one of Canada’s most biodiverse areas. Afternoons are spent exploring and discovering the natural and cultivated lands and sculpture collections of RBG. Campers have the opportunity to hike, play, and learn about the natural world that surrounds us.

   pink flower icon    at RBG Centre      greyed-out canoe icon   No Canoeing

Full-week camp. Available July 16 - 20, August 13 to 17

5-Day Camps: $270
Extended Care: $10/day (only available for afternoon)

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Drop Off: Art Gallery Burlington - 1333 Lakeshore Rd, Burlington
Pick Up: RBG Centre - 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton


boy gluing fern to paper

Ages 10 to 13

Programs are developed to meet the age and stage appropriateness of campers within the listed age range. Programs that include canoeing are indicated.

On Thursday nights, age 10 to 13 camps that take place at the Nature Interpretive Centre take part in an overnight experience. The overnight program fee is included in the 10- to 13-year-old camp registration and is non-refundable.

** Dual and dual-plus members are eligible for the member discount

Click on the program name to reveal the description.

Focus: Stewards of the Natural World. Includes canoeing. From microbes under a microscope to trees that are older than Canada, you’ll learn about some amazing feats of nature. Through experiments and activities, explore the science behind our natural world while learning what we can do to protect the fragile habitats and ecosystems of the area.

   green tree icon    at the NIC      canoe icon   Includes Canoeing         Includes Thursday Overnight Camp-Out

Full-week camp. Available July 3 - 6 (4 day week), July 23 - 27

5-Day Camps: $295 (Members 10% off)
*4-Day Camps: $250 (Members 10% off)
Extended Care: $10/day

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Nature Interpretive Centre (NIC) - 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton

Focus: Outdoor Adventure. Includes canoeing. Ready for a challenge? This camp offers an exciting set of hikes, extended canoe outings on Cootes Paradise, and teambuilding initiatives that prepare you to explore anywhere. This camp includes hikes up to 7 km long and up to 3-hour canoe excursions; participants should be physically capable to take part in such activities.

   green tree icon    at the NIC      canoe icon   Includes Canoeing         Includes Thursday Overnight Camp-Out

Full-week camp. Available July 9 - 13, July 30 - August 3, August 20 - 24

5-Day Camps: $295 (Members 10% off)
Extended Care: $10/day

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Nature Interpretive Centre (NIC) - 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton

Focus: Folk Skills. Includes canoeing. Have you ever wanted to learn how to use natural materials to create useful crafts? Learning with purpose, you will enjoy and be inspired by the wonders of our natural world on hikes and canoe trips, and then have the chance to develop and create a project that ties together the natural world and the useful arts.

   green tree icon    at the NIC      canoe icon   Includes Canoeing         Includes Thursday Overnight Camp-Out

Full-week camp. Available July 16 - 20, August 13 - 17

5-Day Camps: $295 (Members 10% off)
Extended Care: $10/day

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Nature Interpretive Centre (NIC) - 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton

Focus: Community Building. Includes canoeing. This camp focuses on building together as a group through communication, collaboration and teamwork-based activities and challenges. Challenges involve simulations and role-playing with increasing difficulty led by our certified instructors who guide the group through a tailored program with an emphasis on safety and fun. With just the right amount of facilitation, campers are encouraged to work together, think outside the box, and find innovative solutions to complex problems. On top of nature walks, canoeing and camp games, this week provides a truly exceptional opportunity to grow as a person through fun, experiential-focused challenges.

   green tree icon    at the NIC      canoe icon   Includes Canoeing         Includes Thursday Overnight Camp-Out

Full-week camp. August 7 - 10 (4 day week), August 27-31

5-Day Camps: $295 (Members 10% off)
*4-Day Camps: $250 (Members 10% off)
Extended Care: $10/day

Register Now

Nature Interpretive Centre (NIC) - 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton

Focus: Art, sculpture and nature. Join us for an immersive inspirational camp experience. Each morning begins at Art Gallery of Burlington where campers are introduced to a variety of mediums including printmaking, clay, fibre and mixed media with the opportunity to create a variety of projects. Beyond broadening their art making skills, students expand their problem-solving and analytical abilities and develop aesthetic awareness. Campers hop on our chartered bus and head to Royal Botanical Gardens to spend the second half of each day immersed in the beauty of one of Canada’s most biodiverse areas. Afternoons are spent exploring and discovering the natural and cultivated lands and sculpture collections of RBG. Campers have the opportunity to hike, play, and learn about the natural world that surrounds us.

   pink flower icon    at RBG Centre      greyed-out canoe icon   No Canoeing

Full-week camp. Available July 16 - 20, August 13 to 17

5-Day Camps: $270
Extended Care: $10/day (only available for afternoon)

Register Now

Drop Off: Art Gallery Burlington - 1333 Lakeshore Rd, Burlington
Pick Up: RBG Centre - 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton


teenagers posing in colourful outfits

Ages 13 to 15

Programs are developed to meet the age and stage appropriateness of campers within the listed age range. Programs that include canoeing are indicated.

** Dual and dual-plus members are eligible for the member discount

Click on the program name to reveal the description.

Our most adventurous camp yet! This unique two-week program is designed to challenge, inspire, and excite as you explore all that RBG’s trails have to offer. Working as part of a team, you will canoe, hike, and explore, seeing our forests, fields, and gardens in an entirely new way. You will develop the skills a leader needs in order to plan and lead a hike for their friends and family.

This program is designed for older, experienced campers. Base Camp is located away from the NIC in the Arboretum, approximately 100 meters from accessible amenities. Campers should be prepared to be outside for their entire camp day.

Cliffs to Cootes Adventure Camp includes:
- Extended canoeing sessions
- Multiple overnight programs
- Hikes throughout RBG’s trail system
- Trail skills and outdoor leadership development

   green tree icon    at the NIC      canoe icon   Includes Canoeing         Includes Overnight Camp-Outs

Two-week camp. Available July 3 - 13 (9 day camp), July 16 - 20, July 30 - August 10 (9 day camp), August 13 to 24

10-Day Camps: $450 (Members 10% off)
*9-Day Camps: $405 (Members 10% off)
Extended Care: $10/day

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Nature Interpretive Centre (NIC) - 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton

Develop leadership, communication, self-confidence and group management skills through training sessions, hands-on activities and workshops led by our Leadership Development Team. Learn how to successfully lead games and crafts, capture the attention of campers and find out how to make learning fun through motivation and co-operation.

   green tree icon    at the NIC         Includes Overnight Camp-Out

Two-week camp. Available July 3 - 13, July 16 - 27, July 30 - August 10, August 13 - 24

Per session: $320 (Members 10% off)
Extended Care: $10/day

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Nature Interpretive Centre (NIC) - 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton


Welcome to Camp!

Click the links below to access the "Welcome to Camp!" letters that outline everything you need to know before sending your child on his/her first day of camp at RBG.


Contact and Questions

For questions regarding your registration, please contact our program bookings office at 905-527-1158 ext. 270

For questions regarding programming, or any other camp question that is not answered at the "FAQ" link below, please contact the camps office at 905-527-1158 ext. 340

General Camp Information / FAQ


A Note on Overnight Camp Availability

In previous years, RBG has offered overnight stays to 8- and 9-year-olds as part of our summer camp programming. This year, we are changing the focus of our overnight programming to offer a fun, engaging experience for older campers. Therefore, overnight programming will be offered to 10-13- and 13-15-year-old campers only.

We aim to offer the best possible experience for our campers, keeping in mind the developmental needs of each child. We hope that this change will allow us to provide age-appropriate programming better focused on the interests and abilities of older campers.

Thank you for your understanding as we strive to make every camp year better than the last! Any concerns or questions about this change can be sent to the Camps Team at camps@rbg.ca .