ESL Summer Camp at Pickering College

16945 Bayview Avenue Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 4X2 (view map)

12 to 18 (Coed )
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ESL Summer Camp at Pickering College

The ESL Summer Camp at Pickering College is specially designed for international students aged 12-18 who are motivated to advance their English language skills and to experience an overseas summer boarding vacation. The camp is well balanced between classroom instructions and outdoor activities which provides opportunities for leadership and personal development.

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Pickering College was founded as the West Lake Seminary by Quakers in 1842 and, as you might expect, has had a long and interesting history since. It began—remarkably for the time—as a co-ed school, and as such provided an expression of the Quaker ideal that both sexes should be educated equally. In that, and so many other ways, Pickering has truly charted its own course, though always with an eye to the international community. The campus is frankly gorgeous, with the full range of amenities, including extensive athletic facilities. It’s also ideally located to be able to offer a true camp experience—campfires and s’mores—as well as trips to some of Canada’s foremost cultural and historic landmarks. (The campus itself has some nice landmarks of its own, including paintings by Franics Johnston, a member of the Group of Seven, who also taught here. Rogers House, the main building on campus, was designed by John Lyle, who was also the architect for Toronto’s Union Station.) The ESL programs build off the expertise of the faculty. They are run all year, though the summer programs are dedicated to language learning while offering a fun, vibrant, collegial experience. Campers gain a sense of the school, as well as a sense of the country—for some, the summer programs serve as a means of experiencing the school with an eye to enrolling in the boarding program. Certainly, it can be a great entrée, allowing for an easier acclimation come September. For others, it's a unique opportunity to gain langauge skills from qualified, experienced instructors. 

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Overnight Camp
Ages: 12 - 18
ESL $0 to $5,600
16945 Bayview Avenue
Jun 23-Jul 19 $5,600
Leadership training|ESL|Public Speaking/Debate|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Soccer|Trampoline|Volleyball|Rock Climbing|Zip Line|Arts & Crafts|Photo/Video|Cooking|Baking/Decorating|Wilderness Out-tripping|Rope courses|Travel|Zipline
Overnight Camp
Ages: 12 - 18
ESL $0 to $4,800
16945 Bayview Avenue
Jun 28-Jul 19$4,800
Leadership training|ESL|Public Speaking/Debate|Archery|Baseball/Softball|Basketball|Canoeing|Soccer|Trampoline|Volleyball|Rock Climbing|Zip Line|Arts & Crafts|Photo/Video|Cooking|Baking/Decorating|Wilderness Out-tripping|Rope courses|Travel|Zipline

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16945 Bayview Avenue, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y4X2


ESL Summer Camp at Pickering College
ESL Summer Camp at Pickering College
16945 Bayview Avenue Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 4X2
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Property details

Sleeping Accommodations

  • Dorm or Building


  • Electricity in Sleeping Area
  • Shower in Sleeping Area
  • Toilet in Sleeping Area

Washrooms Facilities

  • Flush Toilets
  • Showers (indoor)

Sports facilities

  • Baseball Diamond
  • Basketball Court
  • Gymnasium
  • Running Track
  • Soccer Field
  • Weight Room


  • Open Field

Director's Message


Fengwen Kong , Manager, Innovative and Auxiliary Programs

Pickering College would like to welcome you to our rewarding and exciting ESL Summer camp program held on the beautiful grounds of one Canada's oldest independent school.

Our program is tailored to international students aged 12-18 and offers stimulating and constructive classes, fun memories, and new friendships. Our excellent reputation has been built on our dedicated staff and activities that provide a safe, fun, and exciting summer experience to create “A Summer That Lasts a Lifetime.”

Our mission with the ESL camp is to provide our students with the type of mentoring that will foster intellectual and personal growth, social awareness through interactions with global students and leadership skills. 

Pickering College offers experiences you won’t find anywhere else. We welcome you to discover the difference we make in our campers lives!


Cost & Financial Aid


Cost: $5,600 /month

Payment Options:

Deposit required with acceptance Yes
Credit card payment Yes
Maximum installments available 2


Discount for 2nd child $200
Discount for 3rd child $200
Discount for 4th child $200

Stories & Testimonials


2018 ESL Summer Camp expand

Thank you for much for the weekly photo updates. I love them! I think Jonathan is experiencing a wonderful summer camp! 


2018 ESL Summer Camp expand

I am very pleased to receive your weekly update email. I am very happy when my son tells us of the many excellent daily activities which he has experienced during the course of the ESL program. I would like to express my sincere thanks to all of you for the wonderful memories that you have given to my son. Thank yo so much and wishing you all the best!  


2018 ESL Summer Camp expand

First of all, I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to all teachers, counsellors and the camp directors. Both Bosco and Antony are definitely having a great time in Pickering College. They have both already expressed that they would like to return/study next September. Thank you for your invitation to the graduation ceremony, it is a pity that I will not be in Toronto then. However, I will be contacting you soon about their performance and questions about their application. Thanks very much. 


2017 - ESL Summer Camp Teacher expand

My two years at Pickering College ESL Camp have been absolutely amazing! The staff here are wonderful and they truly care about the students. My favorite thing about the programme is that students do not only get the opportunity to improve their skills in English but also get the chance to explore Canada. Students create relationships with people from all around the world, that they cherish for years to come!


2016 ESL Summer Camp Teacherexpand

My experience with the Pickering College English as a Second Language Program has been nothing but astounding. Working as an English as a Second Language teacher this past summer provided me with the opportunity to work with students from around the world at a close and personal level. With no more than sixteen students in each class, the English as a Second Language teachers feel that they are able to work one-on-one with students to improve all aspects of their English reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. I can say that I am proud of every one of my summer students.

The program is inquiry based with an emphasis on collaboration and group learning. With a focus this summer on the European Cup and the summer Olympics, we were able to involve sports from around the world to engage our students with real life practices in the classroom. I have seen students grow in both their social and academic abilities and have never met a more amazing group of inspirational, international students.  


2017 Camper's Parent - Mexico expand

I am writing a few words to thank for the wonderful time that my daughter had at Pickering College this summer 2017; it was a great experience for her, she was so happy, she learned, shared, cried, ate and specially she made many new friends from all over the world. As parents we made the best decision in sending her to Pickering College! I want to thank everyone at Pickering College who made this camp the best experience for my daughter ever.


Educational Consultant - Japanexpand

Pickering College is one of a few private boarding school in Canada that offers excellent ESL + Activities programs during summer. It also provides very welcoming and at-home atmosphere from the first day students arrive at campus until the very end when students walk through the security gates at Toronto Airport. Every summer program staff at Pickering College is well trained, experienced, and most importantly, wanting to make the summer program memorable for students in every possible way. Therefore, all of our students are always well taken care and have lots of fun. There are great ranges of activities, the fun part of summer program, such as camping and outdoor activities in nature, city sightseeing of Toronto, watching professional games, and many more. In addition, students come from many different countries to the program every summer. The administration works its utmost to have as many nationalities and mixes as possible. This creates an atmosphere where students are encouraged to interact with students from different cultures and backgrounds in English. We would say this summer program is the perfect program for those who want to improve English and experience what it is like to go to a boarding school in Canada. 


2018 ESL Summer Camp expand

I think the ESL camp was the best thing I ever did in my summer holidays. It also was a great thing to meet other people from other countries. I met guys from Mexico, Colombia , Hong Kong… and they taught me about their culture, it was very funny. I had a very great time in my summer at Pickering College and I really want to come back ! Best wishes.


2017 ESL Summer Campexpand

I want to take the opportunity to thank you for all the happy moments that my kids had during the summer camp, they came back fascinated and wanted to stay for longer. Our main goal was to give them the opportunity to broaden their view of the world and always to have the desire to do and be better. And thanks to Pickering College camp, I can say “Mission was accomplished”


2016 ESL Summer Camp expand

Last summer I spent a fabulous time in Canada. It's a great experience where you have fun and at the same time you can learn English and about other cultures. The staff was so nice! We have classes in the morning, and in the afternoons I cooked, I made a short film, I played sports, I went to swimming pools, with slides and more fun things! In the evenings we watched films and spent time with our friends eating marshmallows and having barbecues. I’d recommend this experience to everyone who wants to meet people from all around the world.


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