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


Tots on Treks

Grade 1

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 locations in and around Calgary. Prerequisite: must be able to swim.

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Megaventure

Grades 2-3
Grades 4-5
Grades 6-8

Spend a week trying a variety of activities in this adventure packed outdoor camp! Daily adventures may include hiking, biking, swimming, bouldering, wall climbing, playing games, canoeing at Bowness Park, visiting kid-friendly places and rafting down the Bow River—all within the city limits. Prerequisite: you must be confident riding a 2-wheel bike regardless of grade level. Required: bike.

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Climb On

Grades 2-3
Grades 4-5
Grades 6-8

Defy gravity and reach new heights all week! You’ll spend half the day wall climbing and bouldering indoors and the other half outside playing games, swimming, biking and visiting kid-friendly places in the city. You’ll get to try wall climbing and bouldering. Prerequisite: you must be confident riding a 2-wheel bike regardless of grade level. Required: bike.

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Tour de Calgary 101

It’s like Tour de France for kids, but way more fun—and in Calgary. 101 is a week-long camp where young cyclists will bike 5–10km a day on the city's extensive pathways. We'll visit kid-friendly places, swim and play games. Prerequisite: confident riding a 2-wheel bike regardless of grade level. Required: bike.

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Tour de Calgary 201

Like Tour de France for kids, but way more fun—and in Calgary. 201 is a week-long camp where competent cyclists will bike 5–15km a day on the city's extensive pathways. We'll visit kid-friendly places, swim and play games. Prerequisite: confident riding a 2-wheel bike regardless of grade level. Required: bike.

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Tour de Calgary 301

Like Tour de France for kids, but way more fun—and in Calgary. 301 is a week-long camp for young cyclists who love getting out for longer, often all-day rides that range from 10-25km a day. We'll travel on the city's extensive pathways, visit kid-friendly places, swim and play games. 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 7-10)

Get outside and ride the city’s pathways on a longboard this summer. You’ll go on rides to visit cool Calgary locations and participate in games and activities, and even go swimming. Instructors will put an emphasis on safety, etiquette, the rules of the pathway, and equipment maintenance. There are 3 levels of Longboard camp, pick the one that fits best with your goals! Required: protective gloves, helmet, swimsuit and towel. Includes: instructor, longboarding equipment except helmets (long board, knee and elbow pads). 

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Thrill of the Catch

Grades 2-3
Grades 4-5
Grades 6-8

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. We’ll also play outdoor games and maybe float on a lake in a raft. Our goal is to ensure that everyone is having fun, even if you don’t catch a fish. No experience necessary. Required: personal fishing rod (spin cast reel), small tackle box.

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Packs and Pixels

Grades 2-3
Grades 4-5
Grades 6-8

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. On the last day we spend the morning in the computer lab learning some basic editing tools and you’ll share your photos with the group. Required: basic digital camera, USB stick.

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Krank Factory

Grades 6-8

Get stoked and kick up some dust on awesome trails this mountain bike season! Krank Factory 101 is a week-long camp that will introduce you to the fundamentals of mountain biking, braking, balance, gearing and basic obstacle riding. You'll be biking in and out of the city on epic trails. Required: mountain bike ready to ride, a helmet that fits, and a spare tube. Prerequisite: riders must be very comfortable riding a bike and eager for off-road surfaces.

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Kananaskis Explorers

Grades 4-5
Grades 6-8


Spend a week sampling some of the best outdoor mountain activities. We’ll spend one day rafting in Calgary on the Bow River, and the other days in Kananaskis Country and area— mountain biking, hiking, canoeing, and more. Prerequisite: you must be confident riding a 2-wheel bike with gears regardless of grade level.Required: bike in good condition (with gears), helmet that fits properly (no biking on day 1). Please note: we cannot accommodate bikes that are not in good working condition.

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World of Watersports

Grades 4-5
Grades 6-8


Dive into a variety of watersports in this week-long paddling camp. We'll go canoeing, recreational/river kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding on ponds and lakes in and around the city as well as, rafting on the Bow River in Calgary. There is no better way to spend summer days than having fun on the water, meeting new people and learning new skills. Prerequisite: ability to swim 50m while wearing a lifejacket. Includes: instructor, activity-specific equipment, transportation.

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Wilderness Survivor

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. Prerequisite: attend the Pre-Trip Meeting with a guardian (food is not included). The Pre-Trip Meeting will be held the Tuesday of camp at 3:30 pm

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Outdoor Camps for Teens


Climb on Outdoors - Teens - 101 + 102

Grades 8-12 

Spend 3 days rock climbing at popular beginner routes in and around Kananaskis Country with ACMG guides. In 101, you'll have fun as you learn basic climbing skills like belaying, climbing calls and movement. In 201, you're already comfortable with the basics so you'll work on developing foot placement, hand positions and route reading. Required: check equipment list and additional information in the online event details. Prerequisite for 201: Climb On Outdoors 101 or equivalent. Includes: ACMG guides, all climbing equipment.

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Rafting Expedition - Teens

Grades 9-12

Spend 3 days rafting one of the most popular whitewater playgrounds close to Calgary—the Red Deer River. Learn about paddle strokes, water safety, and how to camp from a qualified guide. Note: river choice is subject to change based on water levels at the time and camping is not at designated campsites and will not have toilet facilities. Prerequisite: ability to swim 50m with a lifejacket. Attend the Pre-Trip Meeting with a Guardian. Includes: instruction, paddling guides and equipment, all group gear, transportation (food is not included).

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Canoeing Expedition – Teens (101+201)

Grades 9-12 

Spend 3 days in 101 learning all about canoeing while paddling the Red Deer River or the Bow River. Our guide will cover water safety, paddling strokes, river reading, navigation and how to pack for a multi-day trip. In 201, you’ll spend 5 days on the North Saskatchewan River learning canoe tripping skills, backcountry cooking, self-care and more. Prerequisite: ability to swim 50m while wearing a lifejacket. Must attend the pre-trip meeting with a guardian(food is not included). Includes: paddling guide, all canoe/group gear, transportation.

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Backpacking Expedition – Teens (101+201)

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. Backpacking Expedition 101 is a 3-day (2-night) introduction and Backpacking Expedition 201 is a 5-day (4-night) extended trip for those who want a challenge. Prerequisite: must attend pre-trip meeting with a guardian (food is not included). Includes: backpacking instructor, all group gear, transportation.

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Mountain Biking Expedition - Teens

Grades 9-12 

Camp for 3 days in Kananaskis and ride some of the best mountain terrain in the world. Through a combination of cross-country and freeride skill development, you’ll learn about and practice body positioning, gearing, cornering and maneuvering on trails. This trip is operated out of a campsite which acts as base camp. Required: mountain bike. Prerequisite: very comfortable riding a bike and eager for off-road surfaces. Must attend pre-trip meeting with a guardian (food is not included). Includes: instructors, all group gear, transportation.

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Get into Kayaking - Teens

Grades 8-12 

Learn all about river kayaking in this 3-day beginner camp for teens. An introductory pool class gets you warmed up for an afternoon of skill development on the river. Then we're off to the Bow River for a day of moving-water skills. Finish off with a taste of whitewater on a full-day run from Ghost Dam to Cochrane (west of Calgary). Prerequisite: ability to swim 50m while wearing a lifejacket. Includes: river kayaking instructor, all kayak gear, wetsuit, transportation.

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Get into Fly Fishing - Teens

Grades 8-12 

Southern Alberta is world-renowned for great fly fishing. This 3-day instructional camp will introduce you to casting techniques, proper fly selection, knot tying, how to read the water and all about fish habitat. Each day we'll head out to different locations in and out of the city limits. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, transportation, waders, PFDs, rods (if requested).

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Soar and More - Teens

Grades 8-12 

Interested in flying? Learn about the exciting world of windsports including hang gliding, paragliding and traction kiting. Through classroom and practical instruction, participants learn the basics of how to fly each of these crafts. The amount of time spent on each activity is wind-dependent. No experience necessary. Prerequisite: participants must be at least 5 feet tall and weigh 90 pounds. Includes: instructor, all gear, transportation. Program offered in conjunction with Muller Windsports.

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