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


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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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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Survivor Camp

Entering grades 4–5

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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Wilderness Survivor

Entering grades 6–8

Do you think it would be fun to learn how to survive in the wild? For the first few days we’ll explore the Kananaskis area with our experienced instructors and learn hands-on skills. We’ll learn how to safely build fires and shelters, be bear aware and much more. The last 2 days are spent on a group overnight trip to try out your newly-acquired skills and sleep in a shelter that you built yourself. 

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Tots on Treks

Entering grades 1–2

You're never too young to appreciate the outdoors! In this week-long camp, first-graders will be introduced to hiking, learn how to find critters and they'll discover some fun facts about nature. We'll do crafts, go swimming and visit fun Calgary locations—we’re even going on a bus trip to Griffith Woods Park.

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MegaVenture

Entering grades 2–8

Spend a week trying a variety of activities in this super-fun outdoor camp. Daily adventures may include biking, swimming, bouldering or wall climbing, rafting down the Bow River, visiting Bowness Park and canoeing on the lagoon— all within the city limits. 

Prerequisite: you must be confident riding a 2-wheel bike regardless of grade level

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Climb On!

Entering grades 2–8

Defy gravity and reach new heights all week! You’ll spend half of every day climbing indoors and the other half playing games, learning about nature, biking and visiting kid-friendly places in the city.

Prerequisite: you must be confident riding a 2-wheel bike regardless of grade level.

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Thrill of the Catch - Fishing

Entering grades 4–8

Go out on a reel adventure and discover the thrill of fishing in this introductory week-long camp. Each day we’ll travel to a new lake or pond around the city or in Kananaskis Country to learn basic fishing techniques. Some fishing holes can only be found by hiking to them, so be ready for a fun fishing trek. We’ll also play outdoor games and maybe swim in lakes when the group is not fishing. 

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Kananaskis Explorers

Entering grades 4–8

Spend a week sampling some of the best outdoor mountain activities in Kananaskis. We'll go mountain biking, hiking, canoeing and even rafting down the Bow River in Calgary. You'll learn skills while touring magnificent locations. 

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

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Packs and Pixels - Outdoor Photography

Entering grades 2–8

In a flash, we’ll have you thinking about how to capture amazing photographs. For the first few days, we’ll explore in and around Kananaskis Country and you’ll learn the ins and outs of your point and shoot camera. You’ll discover how to shoot a variety of different photo styles—action, macro, landscape, and portraits.

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World of Watersports

Entering grades 4–8

Dive right into a variety of watersports in this week-long paddling camp. We'll go canoeing, rafting, recreational/river kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. Every day is different with a new location to see, both in and outside of the city. There is no better way to spend summer days than having fun in the water, meeting new people and learning new skills. 

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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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Canoeing Expeditions

Entering grades 9-–2

Spend 3-5 days on a canoe trip this summer! Learn about paddle strokes, water safety, and how to pack for a multi-day trip from an experienced canoe guide. Trips will either be lake-based or river-based in Alberta.

Please Note: camping may not be at designated campsites and will not have toilet facilities.

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Teen Mountain Bike Camp

Entering grades 8–12

Calgary & Kananaskis have some of the best mountain bike terrain in the world! The group will spend one day in the city learning the basics and spend the next 2 days out in Kananaskis/Bragg Creek refining your skills. You’ll learn about and practice body positioning, gearing, cornering and maneuvering on trails. Trail selection, bike maintenance and outdoor skills are also introduced. 

Prerequisite: very comfortable riding a bike and eager for off-road surfaces 
Required: mountain bike with front suspension, a helmet that fits, a spare bike tube
Please Note: this program involves travel in a 15-passenger van, driven by a trained and qualified driver. 

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Get into Fly Fishing - Teens

Entering grades 8–12

Southern Alberta is world renowned for fly-fishing. This course introduces you to the basics of the sport, including casting techniques, proper fly selection, knot tying, reading water, and fish habitat. This day camp will take you to different locations in and out of the city limits every day.

Please Note: this program involves travel in a 15-passenger van, driven by a trained and qualified driver.

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Backpacking Expeditions

Entering grades 9–12

Head out to the mountains in Kananaskis with our backpacking guides for a multi-day trip of exploring and backcountry camping. Our guides will teach you route-finding, navigation, backcountry cooking, campsite management and animal safety.

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Climb On Outdoors

Entering grades 8–12

Spend 3 days rock climbing at popular beginner routes in and around Kananaskis Country with ACMG guides. You'll have fun as you learn basic climbing skills like belaying, climbing calls and movement and progress to developing foot placement, hand positions and route reading.

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