Outdoor Camps

Paddle, Pedal, Climb, Hike

Calgary is surrounded with natural wonders to explore and enjoy all summer long. Dive into an adventure on our refreshing rivers or pedal the city’s extensive pathways. Get into nature with our hiking and photography camps. Kick up the adrenaline with some mountain biking or longboarding or relax with a little fishing and other fun games. The outdoors is waiting to be discovered this summer!

Outdoor Camp at University of Calgary

Outdoor Camps for Kids


Nature Kids

Entering grades 1-3

You're never too young to appreciate the outdoors! In this camp, campers will be introduced to nature walks, learn how to find critters and they'll discover fun facts about nature. We'll do crafts, play games, and have fun exploring nature around and nearby campus

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Adventure Kids

Entering grades 2-8

Spend a week trying a variety of activities in this adventure packed outdoor camp. Daily adventures may include biking, wilderness survival skills, nature walks, learning about plants and animals, crafts, yoga, playing games and more. 

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Tour de Calgary 101

Entering grades 2-3

It’s like the Tour de France for kids, but way more fun—and in Calgary. We’ll spend the day biking along Calgary’s extensive pathways, visiting different parks and playing games. Choose the program based on camper’s skill level. 101- young cyclists will bike 3–15 km a day. If this program is not right for you, check out Tour de Calgary 201 and 301.

Prerequisite: confident riding a 2-wheel bike regardless of grade level. Required: bike.

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Tour de Calgary 201

Entering grades 4-5

It’s like the Tour de France for kids, but way more fun—and in Calgary. We’ll spend the day biking along Calgary’s extensive pathways, visiting different parks and playing games. Choose the program based on camper’s skill level. 201: competent cyclists who can ride 3-25 km a day. If this program is not right for you, check out Tour de Calgary 101 and 301. 

Prerequisite: confident riding a 2-wheel bike regardless of grade level. Required: bike.

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Tour de Calgary 301

Entering grades 6-8

It’s like the Tour de France for kids, but way more fun—and in Calgary. We’ll spend the day biking along Calgary’s extensive pathways, visiting different parks and playing games. Choose the program based on camper’s skill level. 301- for cyclists who love getting out for longer, often all-day rides. We will bike between 5-30 km a day. If this program is not right for you, check out Tour de Calgary 101 and 201. 

Prerequisite: confident riding a 2-wheel bike regardless of grade level. Required: bike.

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Keiki Longboarding

101 (Grades 6-8)
201 (Grades 6-8)
301 (Grades 6-9)

Get outside and ride the city’s pathways on a longboard this summer. You’ll go on rides to great locations to progress your skills, you will play games and learn about board maintenance. Instructors will put an emphasis on safety, etiquette, the rules of the pathway and equipment maintenance. Riders must provide their own longboarding/ skate helmet this year. There are 3 levels of this camp, pick the one that fits best with your goals and experience. 101- new riders (very limited to no riding time), 201- riders (longboard/skateboard) who have taken 101 or are comfortable on a longboard and can push, break and make turns, 301- competent riders who have taken 201 or are comfortable with pushing, breaking, and sharp turns and are eager to learn new skills. 

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Parks and Pixels

Entering grades 2-8

In a flash we’ll have you thinking about how to capture amazing photographs. We’ll explore green spaces on and nearby campus by foot and bike. You’ll learn the ins and outs of your point and shoot camera through activities and games. You’ll discover how to shoot a variety of different photo styles—action, macro, landscape and portraits.

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Mountain Bike Camp

Entering grades 6-8

Some of the greatest mountain biking trails are within the city limits. You’ll learn about and practice body positioning, gearing, cornering and maneuvering on trails just a bike ride from campus. Trail selection, bike maintenance and outdoor skills are also introduced. Riders will take sidewalks and pathways to get to the trails from campus each day. 

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Explorers

Entering grades 4-8

Explore Calgary parks by bike, boat and feet! This camp’s drop-off and pick-up is off campus at Baker Park, see details below. Daily activities may include kayaking, canoeing, beginner mountain biking, hiking, stand up paddle boarding and fishing. These activities are subject to change and will vary depending on the week 

This year there are two Explorers of the same grade grouping most weeks (Group 1 and Group 2). Group 1 starts at 8 a.m. and Group 2 starts at 9 a.m. They will do the same activities but will not operate together.

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Survivor Camp

Entering grades 4-8

Do you think it would be fun to learn how to survive in the wild this summer? We’ll learn navigation skills, fire safety, signalling when lost, how to build shelters, and much more all within the city limits. Drop-off and pick-up will be on campus every day except for one off-campus day which will be at Baker Park, see details below.

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Outdoor Camps for Teens


Teen Canoe Camp

Entering grades 8-12

Spend three days learning all about canoeing. This camp’s Drop-off and Pick-up is off campus at Bowness Park, see below for details. On the first day we will learn the basics at the Bowness Lagoon. Then, on the second day, progress our skills at the Bowness eddies with an introduction to moving water. On the last day, all our new skills will be put to the test on a down river float from Bowness to Inglewood. Our guides will cover water safety, paddling strokes, river reading, navigation and what is needed for a day of paddling.

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Teen Mountain Bike Camp

Entering grades 8-12

Some of the greatest mountain biking trails are within the city limits. You’ll learn about and practice body positioning, gearing, cornering and maneuvering on trails just a bike ride from campus. Trail selection, bike maintenance and outdoor skills are also introduced. Riders will take sidewalks and pathways to get to the trails from campus each day. 

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Get into Fly Fishing - Teens

Entering grades 8-12

Southern Alberta is world-renowned for great fly fishing. Drop-off and Pick-up for this camp is off campus, see below for details. This three-day instructional camp will introduce you to casting techniques, proper fly selection, knot tying, how to read the water and fish habitat. Each day we'll meet at a different location in the city limits.

Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, transportation, waders, PFDs, rods (if requested).

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