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Harbourfront Centre Camps

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2G8
Harbourfront Centre Camps

Harbourfront Centre Camps  

235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2G8

  • Type:
    Day camp, Overnight camp
  • Focus:
    Traditional (multi activity)
  • Cost:
    $250 to $995/week
  • Ages:
    4 to 15
  • Gender:
  • Main language:
  • Capacity:
  • Programs:
    0 available
  • Summary Profile

    About Harbourfront Centre Camps

    Since 1979 Harbourfront Centre Camps have fostered an inclusive learning community that encourages lasting connection to contemporary arts, culture and ideas within Toronto. Our campers are invited to join us for a March Break and Summer filled with new experiences, learning opportunities, and a safe space to develop critical life skills.

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    • Special needs: Yes, specialized support. A few of our campers have special needs.
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community

    COVID-19 Response 

    The health and safety of our employees and campers is our top priority. We have implemented the following to ensure the campers have a safe and fun experience:

    Screening: Participants and Staff will be screened at the beginning of each day and those who are showing signs of COVID-19, who have had close contact with someone who has symptoms or a probable case of COVID-19, or who have travelled outside of Ontario within the last 14 days are not permitted to participate in this program.

    Cohorts: Campers will be kept in cohorts within their camp, the size of the cohort is determined by provincial and municipal COVID-19 guidelines. Staff are exempt from cohort restrictions. Camps taking place in large venues may have a second cohort in the same venue, with strict physical separation and barriers between the cohorts.

    Enhanced Cleaning: We have increased our cleaning schedule and will be disinfecting high- touch and high-traffic areas multiple times a day.

    Physical Distancing: We will follow all relevant provincial and municipal COVID-19 guidelines.

    Masking: Masks are mandatory within all Harbourfront Centre buildings, or if program participants are less than 6 feet apart outside.

    These policies are subject to change at the sole discretion of Harbourfront Centre.

    View recent COVID-19 updates from Harbourfront Centre Camps

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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Deposit required with acceptance Yes
    Credit card payment Yes
    Maximum installments available 6

    Scholarships & awards:
    Total annual scholarship fund: $7,500 CAD

    • Kids First

      Amount: 100% Deadline: May 29, 2020 annually
      Type: Need based
      Details: Harbourfront Centre is a registered charitable organization and financial assistance may be available through our Kids First Program. Applications are considered individually and in confidence. All Kids First applicants must submit a complete application to be considered. Applications will be accepted when registration opens and are processed as they are received. Preference will be given to first-time Kids First Program applications. Spaces are limited and based on availability. Incomplete applications will not be considered. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the subsidy application is complete. Call the Camps Office at 416 973 4093 for more information. Applications for subsidies for our Summer Camps must be received by: 4pm (EST) on Friday, May 29, 2020.
      Application Details: We are able to subsidize up to 100% of the Camp registration fees, with some exceptions. We are unable to offer subsidy on meal plans and travel. Some camps have restrictions on the amount of subsidy that can be awarded. Should the subsidy be provided by a third party, you may be asked to provide additional information in the form of a testimonial or other documentation. If this is a condition of your subsidy being provided, you will be informed of it at the time of your registration. Subsidy rates at Harbourfront Centre are geared to the Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) as determined by Statistics Canada. This criterion is calculated annually and will always use the most updated LICO as the base line. The amount of discount provided is linked to the before tax income as determined by the LICO
    • Extend A Family (1-1 Support)

      Amount: 100% Deadline: May 29, 2019 annually
      Type: Need based
      Age: 4 to 16
      Details: In Partnership with Extend-A-Family, Harbourfront Centre is able to offer up two weeks of 1-1 Staff Support for campers with Autism.
      Application Details: Proof of Autism Diagnosis
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of Harbourfront Centre Camps

    our take

    Some camps are up north, in the bush, away from the all the hustle and bustle of the city, and one of the great strengths of the Harbourfront Centre programs is that it isn’t: it’s nearby, close to all of the resources of the city. Because of that, it offers a greater range of activity that you’ll find anywhere, including everything from theatre arts, to sports, to digital storytelling, and on and on. The staffing benefits from the proximity to the city, with instructors bringing a rich range of experience and expertise. Campers enroll within areas of interest, and in so doing enter a setting of peers who share that interest, an experience that in itself can be transformative. Most of the programs are day programs, though not all are—there are overnight options as well, including during the March break. There are PA day sessions as well. Now entering their fourth decade, the Harbourfront Centre programs are as established as any you’ll find anywhere, inclusive of a unique culture and approach to learning, doing, and having fun.

    User reviews of Harbourfront Centre Camps  — Read all 9 reviews

    Jenny O. (Parent)

    My kids had an awesome time at TheatreKids Camp. I was truly amazed at how wonderful the play was with only one week of practice. The best part was that, right away, my kids said that they really wanted to go back again.

    Most enthusiastic camp counselors
    Carole B. (Parent)

    My son attended Canoe and Basketball camp. He had a blast at both and enjoyed the counselors. He has attended other camps and, by far, Harbourfront Centre has the most enthusiastic camp counselors, is the most organized (the parking arrangement is wonderful) with good security. I would recommend it to anyone ... Read More

    First-time camper
    Parent (Parent)

    Our first Harbourfront Centre Camps experience was wonderful! Our 4-year-old first-time camper jumped off the bus at the end of each day full of stories about friends, games, and her camp leader. She is eager to return to camp next summer! ... Read More

    Great option for young and older kids
    Parent (Parent)

    My son spent four weeks at various summer camps and the programming is so varied he was never bored, and he especially learned water sports skills and safety. If you live or work in the downtown core, it's a great option for both young and older kids ... Read More

    Bursting with excitement
    Parent (Parent)

    Both my kids absolutely loved their camps at Harbourfront Centre and were bursting with excitement for the entire time they were there. The staff were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Thank you Harbourfront Centre — we'll see you next year! ... Read More

    Eager to try these recipes at home
    Parent (Parent)

    My son came home from Culinary Camp and is eager to try these recipes at home, and my other son in Mad Science is ready to install the bird feeder in the backyard and know what seeds to select to attract his favorite birds. ... Read More

    Highly recommend
    Parent (Parent)

    My daughter really loved her camp. She was quite excited to share all her art work with us. She learned about different techniques of painting and craft work. I highly recommend the camp for kids who love to experiment with art! ... Read More

    1:1 fabulous
    Parent (Parent)

    My son has autism and he is a saying this was his favorite camp by far, the 1:1 was fabulous.

    Circus, Fashion and Theatre!
    A.N. (Camper)

    I participated in three camps: Circus, Fashion and Theater. I loved them because the instructors where very experienced and knew a lot about the thing they where teaching. All three camps challenged me because they taught me things I didn't know in many fields. For Circus it is my second year and I am in the advanced group, I do really cool things. I gained many new friends throughout the summer. For sure I will come next year again. ... Read More

  • Location & Site Details


    235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2G8, Canada


    Is Harbourfront Centre Camps technology free? Yes


    Ontario Camps Association Associations

  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Rankin Middlebrook, Manager, Recreational Learning

    Since 1979, Harbourfront Centre Camps have fostered an inclusive learning community that encourages long-lasting connections to contemporary arts, culture and ideas. We are committed to creating a safe, inclusive and diverse community that allows our campers to learn and interpret the world through dialogue, social interaction and hands-on activities.

    For the third year in a row, we will be linking our programming to Harbourfront Centre’s BRAVE festival. Our theme of INSPIRATION will be used to help shape the camper experience. Campers will engage with concepts such as: What inspires you? Who inspires you? How can you find inspiration? What does it mean to try something new and go outside your comfort zone?

    For the 2020 season, we have several new camps: Senior Chess, Stop Motion Animation, Senior Arts: Advanced Drawing, Basketball, Emerging Artists: Arts in the 6ix, and many more!

    We look forward to welcoming you and your family to another outstanding year of fun, diverse, dynamic and creative programming at Harbourfront Centre Camps!

    Harbourfront Centre is a registered charity and not-for-profit organization. By sending your children to our camps, you are supporting all of the outstanding programs and events that Harbourfront Centre offers year-round.

    In the News

    December 14, 2016
    Harbourfront Centre's 2019 Camps Season!

    Camps 2019 registration opens in less than a month!... Read More


    • Feedback from our 2016 Season!

      "Everyone loved everything about camp"

      "He had a fantastic time and always enjoys the great counselors and activities"

      "My son absolutely loved the Camp.  He went for one week without a friend and could not have been happier.  I found everything about the process easy."

      "All the programs were fantastic. They loved the variety of activities that were planned each day, the counselors were very helpful and fun."

      "He loved the whole experience and talked for weeks after about coming back."

      "My son had a great time at canoe camp - he spoke highly of his counselors and the activities"

      "She LOVED her Camp experience. She thought it was a good mix of fun and challenge"

      "Totally loved it. Wished they had started coming 2 years earlier (their own words)."

      "My son loved his counselors.  The two counselors had a huge impact on my son.  I cannot even begin to describe it.  I had registered him for 2 weeks and he asked for one more week to be with these two incredible young men.  As a parent, I am thankful that he had the opportunity to spend time with these two.  Very positive influence!!"

      "My daughter came home every afternoon speaking very highly of her camp counselors."

      "Yes, so much! Everyday we picked her up was "the best day ever"."

      "The choice of camps for older children was amazing!  I had trouble looking for things to do this summer with my new 14 year-old and Harbourfront Centre Camps gave her an opportunity to DO something instead of just sit at home.  There was an amazing variety and I was so pleased to  have been told by my friend!  I find most camps only focus on younger children but kids between the ages of 10-14 need to be active and stimulated too.  Thank you for making her summer all that much more interesting during the day when parents need to be at work."

      "She had a wonderful time, and is already looking forward to going next summer."

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