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Summer Camps

2020 Summer 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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  • Canoes And Birds On Cootes Paradise Credit Markzelinski.con
  • Educational Field Trip
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Summer Camp Descriptions

Browse available summer camps for summer of 2020 below, sorted by age group. Click the camp name for more details including descriptions, available dates, pricing, and more. Select “Download Camp Schedule” for an easy view of camp dates.

Drop off from 8:30 to 9 a.m., pick up from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Extended care available from 8 to 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Ages 3 to 4 (Half-Day Programs)

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. By law, campers registered in full-day programs must be 4 years old before the first day of the program commencing.

Nature Explorers - Available all weeks; RBG Centre

Discover caterpillars and butterflies hiding in the garden, 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. Available:

  • Week 1: June 29 – July 3* (4 day week)
  • Week 2: July 6 – 10
  • Week 3:July 13 – 17
  • Week 4: July 20 – July 24
  • Week 5: July 27 – 31
  • Week 6: August 4 – 7* (4 day week)
  • Week 7: August 10 – 14
  • Week 8: August 17 – 21
  • Week 9: August 24 – 28
  • Week 10: August 31 – September 4

5-Day Camps: $125 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
*4-Day Camps: $100 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)

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RBG Centre – 680 Plains Road, Burlington

Family Day for Half-Day Programs: Camp is a new experience for our youngest visitors, and we understand that some children may not feel comfortable their first day. If your child is registered in our camp for 3- and 4-year-olds, be sure to join us on the Monday of each camp week for family day. As a parent or caregiver, you are invited to join us for the program so that you and your family can see what camp is all about, discover the wonders of nature and ease any worries.

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.

Going Buggy - Available Weeks 1, 4, 7, 10; NIC

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:

  • Week 1: June 29 – July 3* (4 day week)
  • Week 4: July 20 to 24
  • Week 7: August 10 – 14
  • Week 10: August 31 to September 4

5-Day Camps: $275 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
*4-Day Camps: $220 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
Extended Care: $12/day

Register Now

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

Forest of Imagination - Available Weeks 1, 4, 7, 10; RBG Centre

Focus: Life in a Forest. Open your ears, look around and discover nature’s magic around every corner. Join us for a week of fun and imagination as we explore life in the in the woods just outside our door.

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

Full-week camp. Available:

  • Week 1: June 29 – July 3* (4 day week)
  • Week 4: July 20 to 24
  • Week 7: August 10 – 14
  • Week 10: August 31 to September 4

5-Day Camps: $275 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
*4-Day Camps: $220 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
Extended Care: $12/day

Register Now

RBG Centre – 680 Plains Road, Burlington

Making Sense of Nature - Available Weeks 2, 5, and 8; NIC

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:

  • Week 2: July 6 – 10
  • Week 5: July 27 – 31
  • Week 8: August 17 – 21

5-Day Camps: $275 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
Extended Care: $12/day

Register Now

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

Hands-on Nature - Available Weeks 2, 5 and 8; RBG Centre

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:

  • Week 2: July 6 – 10
  • Week 5: July 27 – 31
  • Week 8: August 17 – 21

5-Day Camps: $275 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
Extended Care: $12/day

Register Now

RBG Centre – 680 Plains Road, Burlington

Creature Craze - Available Weeks 3, 6 and 9; NIC

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:

  • Week 3: July 13 – 17
  • Week 6: August 4 – 7* (4 day week)
  • Week 9: August 24 – 28

5-Day Camps: $275 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
*4-Day Camps: $220 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
Extended Care: $12/day

Register Now

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

Up in the Air - Available Weeks 3, 6 and 9; RBG Centre

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:

  • Week 3: July 13 – 17
  • Week 6: August 4 – 7* (4 day week)
  • Week 9: August 24 – 28

5-Day Camps: $275 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
*4-Day Camps: $220 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
Extended Care: $12/day

Register Now

RBG Centre – 680 Plains Road, Burlington

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.

Over Hill and Over Dale - Available Weeks 1, 4, 7 and 10; NIC

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:

  • Week 1: June 29 – July 3* (4 day week)
  • Week 4: July 20 – July 24
  • Week 7: August 10 – 14
  • Week 10: August 31 – September 4

5-Day Camps: $275 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
*4-Day Camps: $220 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
Extended Care: $12/day

Register Now

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

Valley Adventures - Available Weeks 1, 4, 7 and 10; RBG Centre

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:

  • Week 1: June 29 – July 3* (4 day week)
  • Week 4: July 20 – July 24
  • Week 7: August 10 – 14
  • Week 10: August 31 – September 4

5-Day Camps: $275 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
*4-Day Camps: $220 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
Extended Care: $12/day

Register Now

RBG Centre – 680 Plains Road, Burlington

Hit the Trails! - Available Weeks 2, 5, and 8; NIC

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:

  • Week 2: July 6 – 10
  • Week 5: July 27 – 31
  • Week 8: August 17 – 21

5-Day Camps: $275 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
Extended Care: $12/day

Register Now

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

Roots and Shoots - Available Weeks 2, 5 and 8; RBG Centre

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:

  • Week 2: July 6 – 10
  • Week 5: July 27 – 31
  • Week 8: August 17 – 21

5-Day Camps: $275 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
Extended Care: $12/day

Register Now

RBG Centre – 680 Plains Road, Burlington

Ecosystem All-Stars - Available Weeks 3, 6 and 9; NIC

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:

  • Week 3:July 13 – 17
  • Week 6: August 4 – 7* (4 day week)
  • Week 9: August 24 – 28

5-Day Camps: $275 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
*4-Day Camps: $220 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
Extended Care: $12/day

Register Now

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

Animal Wonders - Available Weeks 3, 6, and 9; RBG Centre

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:

  • Week 3:July 13 – 17
  • Week 6: August 4 – 7* (4 day week)
  • Week 9: August 24 – 28

5-Day Camps: $275 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
*4-Day Camps: $220 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
Extended Care: $12/day

Register Now

RBG Centre – 680 Plains Road, Burlington

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.

Water Powered - Available weeks 1, 4, 7 and 10; NIC

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:

  • Week 1: June 29 – July 3* (4 day week)
  • Week 4: July 20 – July 24
  • Week 7: August 10 – 14
  • Week 10: August 31 – September 4

5-Day Camps: $275 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
*4-Day Camps: $220 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
Extended Care: $12/day

Register Now

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

Outdoor Adventures - Available Weeks 2, 5 and 8; NIC

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 the perfect opportunity to get to know the plant and animal species that make up our endangered bioregion. With active games and environmental awareness, these days offer the best of what Royal Botanical Gardens Discovery Camps are famous for.

green tree icon    at the NIC      canoe icon   Includes Canoeing

Full-week camp. Available:

  • Week 2: July 6 – 10
  • Week 5: July 27 – 31
  • Week 8: August 17 – 21

5-Day Camps: $275 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
Extended Care: $12/day

Register Now

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

Living in the Wild - Available Weeks 3, 6 and 9; NIC

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:

  • Week 3: July 13 – 17
  • Week 6: August 4 – 7* (4 day week)
  • Week 9: August 24 – 28

5-Day Camps: $275 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
*4-Day Camps: $220 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
Extended Care: $12/day

Register Now

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

AGB and RBG Combo Camp (Ages 8 to 10) - Weeks 4, 6 and 8; RBG Centre

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 up-and-coming artists who will give your child the opportunity to express their creativity through a variety of projects. Art created is based on artists’ medium of expertise (possibilities could include but are not limited to: printmaking, clay, fibre, and mixed media). 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:

  • Week 4: July 20 – 24
  • Week 6: August 4 – 7* (4 day week)
  • Week 8: August 17 – 21

5-Day Camps: $295 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
*4-Day Camps: $235 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
Extended Care: $12/day (only available for afternoon)

Register Now

RBG Centre – 680 Plains Road, Burlington

Get Outside! (Age 9-11)

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

Overnight Experiences: On Thursday nights, campers in take part in an overnight experience. The overnight fee of $50 is not included in the 9-11-year old Get Outside! program fee: this can be added at time of registration or while at camp.

Get Outside! - Available all weeks; NIC

Focus: Outdoor Adventure. Includes canoeing. Get the most out of the outdoors during these days of discovery, environmental appreciation and outdoor adventures. Based out of our new covered pavilion at the Arboretum, this updated camp experience makes the most of our time outside. Experienced educational guides provide you with 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. Base camp is located away from the Nature Centre in our new covered pavilion, approximately 100 meters from accessible amenities.

Campers should be prepared to be outside for their entire camp day.

Overnight Camp-out: Our weekly camp overnights occur Thursday evenings as part of this Get Outside! camp experience. This is a great opportunity to explore the forest at night and experience a camp-out in a safe and fun atmosphere. Overnight accommodation is in waterproof, nylon tents. Leaders are in adjacent tents and campers are supervised at all times. Participants sleep indoors in the event of inclement weather or extreme heat. Participants receive a packing list and scheduling information upon arrival at camp. Speak with your leaders while at camp for any additional information.

  • The overnight fee of $50 is not included in the 9-11 year old program fee: this can be added at time of registration or while at camp.
  • The overnight fee includes meals and snacks for the evening and the following day.

The Pavilion was made possible through a generous contribution from the City of Hamilton’s Future Fund

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

Full-week camp. Available:

  • Week 1: June 29 – July 3* (4 day week)
  • Week 2: July 6 – 10
  • Week 3:July 13 – 17
  • Week 4: July 20 – July 24
  • Week 5: July 27 – 31
  • Week 6: August 4 – 7* (4 day week)
  • Week 7: August 10 – 14
  • Week 8: August 17 – 21
  • Week 9: August 24 – 28
  • Week 10: August 31 – September 4

5-Day Camps: $275 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
*4-Day Camps: $220 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
Add overnight camp-out $50
Extended Care: $12/day

Register Now

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

Ages 10 to 12

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

Overnight experiences: On Thursday nights, campers in take part in an overnight experience. The overnight program fee for these programs is included in the 10 to 12-year-old camp registration and is non-refundable.

Venture Quest - Available Weeks 1, 4, 7 and 10; NIC

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:

  • Week 1: June 29 – July 3* (4 day week)
  • Week 4: July 20 – July 24
  • Week 7: August 10 – 14
  • Week 10: August 31 – September 4

5-Day Camps: $320 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
*4-Day Camps: $265 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
Extended Care: $12/day

Register Now

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

The Fire Within - Available Weeks 2, 5 and 8; NIC

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. Available:

  • Week 2: July 6 – 10
  • Week 5: July 27 – 31
  • Week 8: August 17 – 21

5-Day Camps: $320 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
Extended Care: $12/day

Register Now

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

The Living Laboratory - Available Weeks 3, 6 and 9; NIC

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:

  • Week 3: July 13 – 17
  • Week 6: August 4 – 7* (4 day week)
  • Week 9: August 24 – 28

5-Day Camps: $320 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
*4-Day Camps: $265 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
Extended Care: $12/day

Register Now

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

AGB and RBG Combo Camp (Ages 8 to 10) - Weeks 4, 6 and 8; RBG Centre

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 up-and-coming artists who will give your child the opportunity to express their creativity through a variety of projects. Art created is based on artists’ medium of expertise (possibilities could include but are not limited to: printmaking, clay, fibre, and mixed media). 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:

  • Week 4: July 20 – 24
  • Week 6: August 4 – 7* (4 day week)
  • Week 8: August 17 – 21

5-Day Camps: $295 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
*4-Day Camps: $235 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
Extended Care: $12/day (only available for afternoon)

Register Now

RBG Centre – 680 Plains Road, Burlington

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.

Overnight experiences: On Thursday nights, campers in take part in an overnight experience. The overnight program fee for these programs is included in your camp registration and is non-refundable. The overnight program is included for one week of the Leader in Training program.

Cliffs to Cootes Adventure Camp - Available Weeks 1, 4, 7 and 10; NIC

Our most adventurous camp yet! This unique 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, canoe, hike, and explore, seeing our forests, fields, and gardens in an entirely new way. 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 Nature Centre in our new covered pavilion, 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
– Hikes throughout RBG’s trail system
– Trail skills and outdoor leadership development

The Pavilion was made possible through a generous contribution from the City of Hamilton’s Future Fund

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

Full-week camp. Available:

  • Week 1: June 29 – July 3* (4 day week)
  • Week 4: July 20 – July 24
  • Week 7: August 10 – 14
  • Week 10: August 31 – September 4

5-Day Camps: $320 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
*4-Day Camps: $265 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)
Extended Care: $12/day

Register Now

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

Leaders in Training Program - 2 week program; NIC

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.

The Pavilion was made possible through a generous contribution from the City of Hamilton’s Future Fund

green tree icon    at the NIC         Includes Overnight Camp-Out

Two-week camp. Available:

  • Session 1: July 6 – 17
  • Session 2: July 27 – August 7
  • Session 3: August 17 – 28

Per 2-week session: $350 + service fee (Dual/Dual-Plus Members 5% off)

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

Contact and Questions

For questions regarding your registration, please contact our program bookings office at 905-527-1158 ext. 270, or via email using the form at rbg.ca/camps.

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