This section contains information about:
- Camps Office Location and Hours
- Camps Day at-a-Glance
- Accessibility Standards
- Inclusion and Support of Special Needs
- Marine Camps Policies
- Camps T-Shirts
- Ontario Camps Association
The Camps Office is located on the third floor of the Harbourfront Centre Main Building, 235 Queens Quay West, and can be accessed using the north elevator. Please check in with security at the north entrance of the building to gain access to the third floor.
Regular office hours when camp is not in session are 8am to 4pm, Monday–Friday, excluding holidays.
During camp sessions, the office hours are 7:30am to 6pm, Monday–Friday, excluding holidays.
The Camps Office is not open on weekends.
Camps Day at-a-Glance
Summer Camps run Monday to Friday, from June 29 to September 4.
There are no camps on Wednesday, July 1 and Monday, August 3 due to statutory holidays.
Here is an overview of our daily camps schedule:
|7:30am – 9:15am||Extended Program Day (EPD) drop-off|
|8:30am – 9:15am||Standard drop-off / Bus arrival|
|9:15am – 12:00pm||Morning programming|
|12:00 – 1:00pm||Lunch|
|1:00pm – 3:45pm||Afternoon programming|
|3:45pm – 4:30pm||Standard pick-up / Bus departure|
|3:45pm – 6:00pm||Extended Program Day (EPD) pick-up|
Browse our Summer Camps
Harbourfront Centre Camps is committed to providing a welcoming and accessible destination for all visitors. We embrace the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity to serve our visitors with disabilities and our community at large.
For more information, check out our organizational Accessibility Standards.
Inclusion and support of special needs
Harbourfront Centre Camps holds the values of accessibility, inclusion and respect at the core of our daily operations. Services will be provided in a manner that respects the dignity and independence of all participants. In order to provide the best support to a camper with special needs, we require all needs or challenges to be included in the Medical Information form in full. If your child requires one-to-one support, please contact the Camps Registrar to discuss your options.
Failure to disclose information necessary for a safe and positive camper experience may result in the removal of the camper from the program.
Additional support at camp is sometimes necessary for a positive camp experience. Below are the most commonly used support systems for our campers:
- One-to-One support provided by the family
- One-to-One support provided by a community partner
- One-to-One support provided by camp (extra charge, limited availability)
Our staff are dedicated to working with you to explore all available options for your child with special needs in our camp. For more information, please contact the Camps Office at 416 973 4093.
Marine Camps Policies
All participants in our marine programs are provided with a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) while participating in the program and the proper use of the PFD is strictly enforced. Participants are welcome to use their own Canadian approved PFDs should they have them.
Due to insurance reasons, your child must meet the specified age requirements at the start of the camp.
There are no swim requirements for marine camps. All marine campers need only feel comfortable around water wearing a life jacket.
Marine Camps Instructors
Our Paddling Camps are offered in partnership with the Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre. Experienced staff are certified through the Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association (ORCKA) and/or Paddle Canada, and are trained specifically to work with children.
All Sailing Camps are offered by Harbourfront Centre Sailing and Powerboating. Experienced Instructors are qualified under Canadian Yachting Association and/or Sail Canada standards and are trained specifically to work with children.
Campers and their families can show their support for Harbourfront Centre Camps by proudly wearing one of our camp T-shirts. Camper merchandise is available for purchase at the time of registration and through the Camps Office.
Please Note: Camper T-shirts are optional and not included in the camp registration fee nor mandatory to wear while at camp.
- Child T-Shirts: $20 (+HST)
- Adult T-Shirts: $22 (+HST)
All measurements are in inches.
Ontario Camps Association
The stamp of a great camp!
The Ontario Camps Association (OCA) continues to be recognized as a world leader in organized camping for children and youth. As an Accredited Member of the Ontario Camps Association, we are proud to display its logo, an icon that stands for a quality camping experience. We adhere to the highest standards of safety, supervision and quality programming to ensure the camp experience is a positive one for all involved.
For more information on the OCA and to see the standards of accreditation, visit ontariocamps.ca.
This section contains information about:
- How to Register
- Camps Deposit Fees
- Cancellation Policy
- Transfer Policy
- Kids First Financial Assistance
The medical information form must be complete and a waiver must be signed before Harbourfront Centre Camps is able to confirm your registration. Incomplete medical information may result in the camper’s removal from camps.
Camps Deposit Fees
There is a $100 deposit per camper, per camp, required for all registrations. All balances must be paid in full by 8am (EST), on June 1, 2020, after which all payments must be made in full. There is no pro-rating of camp fees.
Our online camps registration system is provided by CampBrain. It is PCI compliant and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Register by Fax/Email
Applications sent by fax or email are payable by credit card only. Please print clearly and use a separate form for each child. Fax your registration to 416 973 5377 or scan and email directly to email@example.com.
Please note: Applications by either fax or email are processed as quickly as possible in the order that they are received. Due to the high volume of applications, your registration will only be confirmed once payment has been received.
Register by Mail/In Person
We accept cash (in person ONLY), debit (in person ONLY), credit card, cheque or money order. Do not send cash through the mail. Please print clearly and use a separate form for each child.
Please note: Applications by mail are processed as quickly as possible in the order that they are received. Due to the high volume of applications, your registration will only be confirmed once payment has been received.
Mail your registration to:
Harbourfront Centre Camps
Attn: Camps Registrar
235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
Confirmation of registrations that are faxed and/or mailed in will be sent out within two weeks of receipt of completed application forms. If confirmation of registration is not received within two weeks, please contact the Camps Office at 416 973 4093 to check on the status of the application.
Cancellation requests must be made in writing via email. All cancellations are subject to a $50 administration fee per camp registration. Refunds for cancellations requested within 10 business days of the start date of your child’s camp session will result in the forfeiture of your camp deposit. There are no refunds for cancellations requested on or after the start date of the camp session.
Refund requests are considered on an individual basis by the Camps Manager and Camps Registrar. Cancellation requests due to medical reasons must be accompanied by a doctor’s note at the time of the request.
Please Note: For registrations processed by cash, debit, cheque or money order, your refund will be in the form of a cheque. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for this process.
Camp Transfer Policy
Camp transfer requests must be submitted at least five business days before the start date of your child’s camp session. Requests will be considered based on availability of space within the requested program.
Transfers made less than 10 business days prior to the start of the camp program will not be eligible for a partial refund if the camp transferred into is a lesser fee.
Please Note: There is a $30 transfer administration fee per camp transfer and per child transfered. There are no refunds of transfer fees.
Kids First Financial Assistance
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.
Getting to Camp
This section contains information about:
- Getting to Harbourfront Centre
- Parking On-Site
- Camper Pick Up/Drop Off
- Extended Program
- Late Pick-Up
- Independent Travel
- Busing, including Bus Routes and Times
How to Get Here
Getting to the heart of Toronto’s waterfront is easier than ever!
8 mins. from Union Station. Head south on York Street.
TTC: 509/510 streetcar to and from Union Station.
Car: South on Simcoe Street off Lake Shore Blvd.
Complimentary 20-minute parking is available on-site during drop-off time (7:15–9:15am) and pick-up time (3:30–6pm) during the camp session. Detailed parking instructions will be provided in an email prior to the start of camp.
The entrance to our parking facility is located at 235 Queens Quay West, at the bottom of Lower Simcoe Street. Please proceed directly into the underground parking facility (vehicle height restriction 78”) and do not stop in the laneway.
Please note: Vehicles travelling east along Queens Quay cannot turn right onto our campus.
Additional parking is available at our Rees Street lot located on the northwest corner of Rees Street and Queens Quay West (318 Queens Quay West).
Camper Drop-Off & Pick-Up
Camper Drop-Off and Pick-Up is located at the Brigantine Room at the north end of 235 Queens Quay West (Bill Boyle Artport).
Camper Drop-Off opens at 8:30am and will remain open until 9:15am. Camper Pick-Up opens at 3:45pm and will close at 4:30pm. Basic programming and free time will be offered while the campers wait during this time.
If you require supervision of your camper outside the usual Camper Drop-Off and Pick-Up times, please sign up for our Extended Program.
Campers who are picked up late and are not registered for the Extended Program will be charged $20 for a late pickup.
This well-supervised general program is offered from 7:30–9:15am and 3:45–6pm if you require supervision of your camper outside the usual Camper Drop-Off and Pick-Up times.
Children will have the option to participate in various arts and crafts activities, and both quiet and active games, during this time.
All campers who are registered in the Extended Program should be dropped off and picked up in the Lakeside Terrace at the south end of 235 Queens Quay West.
Pre-registration is mandatory and space is limited.
|Two-Week Camps (Session 1, 3)||$145|
|Two-Week Camps (Session 2, 4, 5)||$150|
|One-Week Camps (Session 1A, 3B)||$70|
|One-Week Camps (Session 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B)||$75|
It is the responsibility of the families to ensure that campers are picked up on time. Campers who are picked up after 6pm will be charged a $1/minute fee.
This option is for campers whose parents and/or guardians have authorized them travel to and from camp by themselves. It is open to campers age 10 and older, or campers under age 10 if accompanied by a sibling 12 or older.
Travel by Self Campers must sign in at The Lofts between 8:30–9:15am and will be released at the end of the day at 3:45pm from The Loft.
During Summer Camps, we provide a bus service from designated locations throughout Toronto. Busing is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so please register early to secure a seat. Additional fees apply.
Camp buses are supervised by experienced Bus Marshals, who along with camp counsellors will ensure the safety and well-being of our campers.
For daily route updates, call our Busing Hotline at 416 973 1620.
Busing Service Fees
|Two-Week Camps (Session 1, 3)||$105 (+HST)|
|Two-Week Camps (Session 2, 4)||$110 (+HST)|
|One-Week Camps (Session 1A, 3B)||$50 (+HST)|
|One-Week Camps (Session 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B)||$55 (+HST)|
Bus Routes and Times
We provide bus service from 41 stops throughout Toronto. Please note the bus number when choosing a stop.
DOWNLOAD BUSING MAP
The following addresses are the school addresses – buses will pick-up and drop-off campers in the designated school loading zone.
|1||St. George’s P.S.||70 Princess Anne Cres.||8:00||4:50|
|2||Islington P.S.||44 Cordova Ave.||8:10||4:40|
|3||Lambton-Kingsway P.S.||525 Prince Edward Dr. N.||8:20||4:30|
|4||Sunnylea P.S.||35 Glenroy Ave.||8:30||4:20|
|5||Swansea P.S.||207 Windermere Ave.||8:05||4:55|
|6||Runnymede P.S.||357 Runnymede Rd.||8:15||4:45|
|7||Howard P.S.||30 Marmaduke St.||8:35||4:25|
|8||Charles E. Webster P.S.||1900 Keele St.||8:10||4:50|
|9||Regal Road P.S.||95 Regal Rd.||8:25||4:35|
|10||Old Orchard P.S.||380 Ossington Ave.||8:35||4:25|
|11||Cedarvale P.S.||145 Ava Rd.||8:05||4:45|
|12||Humewood P.S.||15 Cherrywood Ave.||8:15||4:35|
|13||Palmerston P.S.||734 Palmerston Ave.||8:25||4:25|
|14||Kensington P.S.||401 College St.||8:35||4:15|
|15||Glen Park P.S.||100 Dalemount Ave.||8:10||4:45|
|16||Hillcrest C.S.||44 Hilton Ave.||8:25||4:30|
|17||Huron P.S.||541 Huron St.||8:35||4:20|
|18||Ledbury Park P.S.||95 Falkirk St.||8:05||4:45|
|19||Allenby P.S.||391 St. Clements Ave.||8:15||4:35|
|20||Brown P.S.||454 Avenue Rd.||8:25||4:25|
|21||Armour Heights P.S.||148 Wilson Ave.||8:00||4:55|
|22||John Wanless P.S.||250 Brookdale Ave.||8:10||4:45|
|23||John Ross Robertson P.S.||130 Glengrove Ave. W.||8:20||4:35|
|24||Owen P.S.||111 Owen Blvd.||8:00||5:05|
|25||Bedford Park P.S.||81 Ranleigh Ave.||8:15||4:50|
|26||John Fisher P.S.||40 Erskine Ave.||8:25||4:30|
|27||This stop unavailable for Summer Camps 2020|
|28||Northlea P.S.||305 Rumsey Rd.||8:00||4:55|
|29||Bessborough Drive P.S.||211 Bessborough Dr.||8:10||4:45|
|30||Maurice Cody P.S.||364 Belsize Dr.||8:20||4:35|
|31||Whitney P.S.||119 Rosedale Heights Dr.||8:30||4:25|
|32||Thorncliffe Park P.S.||80 Thorncliffe Park Dr.||8:05||4:45|
|33||Jackman P.S.||79 Jackman Ave.||8:20||4:30|
|34||Earl Grey P.S.||100 Strathcona Ave.||8:30||4:20|
|35||Holy Name C.S.||690 Carlaw Ave.||8:15||4:40|
|36||Withrow P.S.||25 Bain Ave.||8:25||4:30|
|37||Sprucecourt P.S.||70 Spruce St.||8:35||4:20|
|38||Earl Haig P.S.||15 Earl Haig Ave.||8:10||4:45|
|39||Norway P.S.||55 Corley Ave.||8:20||4:35|
|40||Williamson Road P.S.||24 Williamson Rd.||8:30||4:25|
|41||Kew Beach P.S.||101 Kippendavie Ave.||8:40||4:15|
* Bus times may vary due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g. traffic, construction).
Camps Busing Cancellation Policy
Bus service cancellation requests must be made by emaiil at least 10 business days before the start date of your child’s camp session. There are no refunds for busing cancelled within 10 days of the start of the camp session.
Harbourfront Centre Camps reserves the right to cancel bus service due to insufficient registrations, and/or modify routes if necessary.
Camps Meal Plan
This section contains information about:
- Our Meal Provider
- Meal Plan Pricing
- Dietary Restrictions
- Lunch Menu
The Lunch Lady has been preparing individually catered lunches since 1993. Today, it is the largest provider in Canada, serving thousands of meals in schools, camps and daycare centres through their network of locally owned and operated Lunch Lady Kitchens. All meals are prepared fresh daily in peanut/nut-free, provincially inspected kitchens. Menus offer choices that are familiar to and enjoyed by all children while meeting and exceeding the nutritional guidelines set by the province.
NEW THIS YEAR! You will have three meal plan sizes to pick from (small, medium, large), these are based on the portion size provided. The small menu is geared towards our youngest campers. We are now able to accommodate vegetarian, halal and kosher meals.
Registration for the meal plan must be made through your CampBrain account, and closes every Wednesday for the following week. Requests made after this time cannot be accommodated.
Please note: Hot lunch options are provided for our March Break Camps only.
Due to the nature of the service, we cannot accommodate food allergies. We also do not recommend the meal plan for children who are picky eaters as the food is premade and difficult to make alterations to. We recommend that you send additional food for morning and afternoon snack breaks.
|Summer Meal Plan Fees (+HST)*|
|Two Week Camps
(Sessions 1, 3)
|Two Week Camps
(Sessions 2, 4, 5)
|One Week Camps
(Sessions 1A, 3B)
|One Week Camps
(Sessions 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B)
|* Halal meals: add $2.50 (+HST)
Kosher Inspired meals: add $5.00 (+HST)
Refunds will only be processed for those who cancel the meal plan by email at least 10 business days prior to the start date of their child’s camp, after which refunds will not be processed.
Summer Camps Menu
Code of Conduct
This section contains information about our Camps Code of Conduct.
Harbourfront Centre Camps is committed to creating a safe, nurturing and inclusive learning environment. Campers are inspired through meaningful and enriching experiences in all facets of arts and culture. We aim to provide a positive camp climate where all members of the Harbourfront Centre Camps community – campers, staff and visitors alike – feel physically and emotionally safe, included and accepted. Harbourfront Centre Camps strives to promote responsibility, respect and civility among its participants by encouraging positive behaviour and interactions.
To this end, the following Code of Conduct is to be adhered to at all times during all Harbourfront Centre Camps activities.
The Harbourfront Centre Camps Code of Conduct is built around the three following principles:
- Respect for the rights, property and safety of others and self.
- Responsibility for one’s behaviour in order to maintain a safe and positive camp environment.
- Honouring the rights of individuals by demonstrating appropriate behaviour in the context of social responsibility.
All members of the Harbourfront Centre Camps community shall:
- Show respect for the rights, property and safety of themselves and others.
- Respect and appreciate diversity of all persons regardless of their race, culture, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age and ability.
- Exhibit behaviour that avoids all forms of intimidation, harassment, racism and discrimination.
- Treat Harbourfront Centre property and the property of others with a reasonable standard of care.
- Promote positive behaviour through the avoidance of all types of violent acts.
- Act to prevent and/or stop unsafe situations from arising by reporting site safety issues and/or unsafe behaviour on the part of staff or participants.
Harbourfront Centre Camps staff will focus on proactive measures rather than reactive measures when working to create a safe environment for campers.
Failure to comply with the Code of Conduct may result in removal from Harbourfront Centre Camps.
This section contains information about our Camps Staff.
Manager, Recreational Learning
Thank you for trusting your camper with us. This will be my fourth summer with Harbourfront Centre Camps. I have been going to camp since I was 3 months old. I first starting working in camps in 2015 and I have worked at 4 other camps including overnight and day camps before joining the Harbourfront Centre team!
I completed a MA in Contemporary Art History from OCAD University and previously completed a BFA (Honors) Degree at Brandon University. I have over 6 years’ experience working within various facets of the Toronto arts community including: academia, administration and education. I have had numerous roles at Harbourfront Centre Camps including: Director, Supervisor, and Art Specialist. This is my fifth summer with Harbourfront Centre Camps and I’m looking forward to the 2020 season!
I currently hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adult Development from The University of Guelph. I am so happy to be working full time with Harbourfront Centre Camps! I have been attending Harbourfront Camps my whole life; I started working here the summer after I finished our month-long Counsellor-in-Training program and 9 years later and many different seasonal positions: Counsellor, Director, Supervisor, Attendance Coordinator, and Camps Coordinator, I am now working in a job I have dreamed of for years! Looking forward to Summer 2020 and beyond.
Here’s what some parents have to say about Harbourfront Centre Camps.
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.
— Carole B.
My son attended the circus camp, it was the first time any of my children attended a Harbourfront Centre camp. It was a wonderful experience for him and for me. I have spoken highly of the camp to several of my friends and intend to send my son again next year because it was such a great experience.
— Chris G.
Your camp options are varied, your staff is skilled and has credentials in their areas, your communications by e-mail and phone are clear and timely. Whenever I did have a question, a staff member was always available and able to direct me. My son learned new skills, and the report cards from kayaking and canoeing were great feedback for him. Last year, one of the kayaking counselors even took a picture of the group and gave a copy to each camper. He still has it on his bulletin board in his room. He’s happy there, and I feel like I’m doing something good for him by sending him to Harbourfront Camps.
— Adrienne B.
My daughter loved fashion camp. Over two weeks, she got to make a complete garment from scratch, as well as a purse. She had such a great time! The counselors were awesome and I know she would love to come back next year. The school bus pick-up and drop-off option is a real bonus.
— Naomi C.
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.
— Jenny O.
My daughter learned many positive aspects of team building and fun. Keep up the great work.
— Kelley A.