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Summer Camps for Teenagers

Summer is fast approaching and believe me, having your teenager at home 24/7 won’t be good for anyone.  More than at any other age, they need to keep active and engaged and although it is more difficult to get them interested on joining a summer camp, this handy list will help you encourage them to join in the fun.

This list has been put together based in our own experience and that of the parents around us with kids 12-16 years old and it is not necessarily on a hierarchical order. Here are the first 6 out of 18 Summer Camps for Teenagers we recommend:

1. Hollyburn Yatch Club Sailing Camps

With lesson for kids all ages, we find this camp particularly suited for teenagers who have any affinity to water. The instructors are young adults which make it easier for the kids to relate to them and they become role models for them.

The most amazing part of this camp is the location. Located in the beautiful Ambleside Beach, lunch Breaks and non-sailing days become a gathering of friends right by the ocean where they will enjoy games and breaks in a very relaxed atmosphere. The kids work hard at leaning to sail while having a perfect balance within having a fun and being safe in the water.

2. Serious Fun Summer Camps

The Serious Fun Summer Camps at Capilano University are designed to stimulate curious minds. They have Half to Full Day Camps for Teenagers that allow them to explore a wide range of themes, from Computer animation, computer Programing, to acting, cooking or playing string instruments.You will sure find the right fit for your teenager in these Camps.

3 Capilano Blues Summer Sports Camps

Blues Sports Camps offer community sports programs for elementary and high school students. Our programs aim to develop sport in our community by providing high quality instruction from University coaches and athletes in a safe and inclusive environment.

Capilano Blues offers Volleyball, Basketball, Badminton, Ultimate Frisbee & Soccer.

Both sets of camps offer hot-lunch and supervision options:

4. Flow Mountain Biking Camps


Combining exciting adventure with the great outdoors, this program offers kids the opportunity to discover the fun of mountain biking and trail riding in a safe environment. Focus on teaching trail riding skills in a fun and progressive manner allows riders of all levels to ride with confidence and flow. Levels cater to those just discovering mountain biking to those looking to work on advanced skills like drops, skinnies and log rides.

Mountain Biking, we have discover, offer teenagers an amazing community, role modeled by incredible people that engage youth in a world of kind, tough mental ability, going beyond the physicality of the sport. It’s a great Sport for teenagers to get hooked in.

5. Grouse Mountain Youth Summer Camps

For kids 13 to 16, Grouse Mountain is offering 2 youth-oriented programs – Mountain Venture and Art in the Alpine. The Venture program is designed especially for youth who are interested in learning wilderness survival skills. Art in the Alpine will give your teen the chance to be creative with a variety of media while engaging with the nature and the outdoors.

Living in the North Shore, surviving skills are paramount to the enjoyment of the great outdoors we are lucky to call home.

6.  UBC Sign Language Camp for High School Students


This camp is designed for high school students ages 15-18 & will only be accepting 16 students!

Improve your signing skills and get a taste of UBC campus life this summer in this new program designed to get you using Sign Language in real-life situations. The immersion approach is used to teach beginner level vocabulary and grammar. This course is suitable for those with no previous exposure to American Sign Language (ASL). By the end of the week you should be able to engage in simple conversations.

Next six Camps will be posted next Week! Stay Tuned and Register on our site to get more exiting news about camps and activities in Vancouver!


Spring – Summer Bike Camps in West Vancouver & North Vancouver

Spring camps in the North Shore. Where do we start? Let’s start by saying that we have the best backyard in the world! No wonder why we have such a great variety of  Bike Camps to choose from. Surrounded by mountains with bike trails that range from easy rides to more challenging ones, here is a little information about the highlights of the different Spring Bike Camps we find in Vancouver. They all have something special to offer and having kids going through many of these bike camps I can honestly say that they have always been a great experience, done with safety in mind and inspiring the love for the sport.

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Bike-Riding in North Vancouver

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Christmas Skiing & Snowboarding Camps Vancouver – 2013

Skiing & Snowboarding Camps 2013With freezing temperatures in Vancouver for the next couple of days, it’s that time of the year to think about activities for our kids and ourselves for the upcoming (already started by many) Christmas Season. As usual, Kids Camps Canada is aiming to make your work easier by giving you a quick overview and links to the 3 North Shore Mountains offering Skiing & Snowboarding Camps.  Continue reading Christmas Skiing & Snowboarding Camps Vancouver – 2013

Summer Camps in Vancouver

That also means it’s time to help parents find the right camp for their kids. That Summer Camp can be yours! Kids Camps Canada targets specific demographics within Vancouver, giving your listing a much better chance to hit the right niche, plus we are the only Camp directory divided by categories that provides the opportunity for your campers to rate your camp. 

We also added a couple of payment options to our regular price structure, in case you still have few spots to fill:
$50.00 for 1 months or 30 days. Be on Top of the Category List + All the info + 3 Pictures
$90.00 for3 months or 90 days. Be on Top of the Category List + All the info + 3 Pictures

And… we just had our first Press Release to make sure our listings get a boost in visibility!

It really is a win-win situation for parents and camp owners, making it easier to find the appropiate summer camp for your kid and giving the camp owner the chance to find oyt how to improve their camp experience and enjoy more precious moments with the kids.
Let us know how can we help you make your camp a success this season, check out our listings, add a listing and rate the camps!!
Happy Summer,
The Kids Camps Team
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Family Day Activities in the North Shore

First Ever Family Day in B.C.

February 11 is B.C.’s first ever Family Day, with family-friendly events planned in many communities, including half-price lift tickets for children at most ski resorts and free rides for children on BC Ferries.

Family Day is about spending time together with the people important to us! so let’s get put there and enjoy the day… Rain or Shine!

West Vancouver Community Center Family Day

9 – 10 a.m. Group Fitness: Bring a spouse or family member for free!
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Indoor Cycling: Ocean Room
10:30 – 11:40 a.m. Family Yoga: Lily Lee Spirit Room
10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Family Open Gym Drop-in
10 – 10:30 a.m. STROBE – FREE DEMO: Kids & adults dance & fitness. Ridiculously fun! Combines DANCE, inter-ACTIVITY and PLAY!
10:30 – 11 a.m. SPORTBALL – FREE DEMO: Join in the fun and learn what it’s all about.
2 – 5 p.m. Basketball Drop-in (all ages)


Public Skate 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Kids Only Stick & Puck 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Open Stick & Puck 12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
Kids Only Stick & Puck 1:45 – 2:30 p.m.
Public Skate 2:45 – 4:30 p.m.


Family Swim 8 – 11 a.m.
Public Swim 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Slide Open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Family Fun Activities from 2 – 4 p.m.!

@ Grouse Mountain Family Day

50% off lift tickets and general admission for all BC residents
7:30am-10:00am Grouse Mountain Family Breakfast in Support of Whistler Water One Climb (by donation): Valley Plaza. All proceeds go towards the Whistler Water One Climb in support of Free the Children.
8:30am-10:00pm Family Day Discovery Lesson Package: includes Lesson + Lift Ticket and Rental:Package Price: $99 Adult/$89 Youth/$69 Child
Family Sleigh Rides
9:00am-4:00pm Family Photos: Complimentary family photos by a professional photographer
10:00am to completion Family Scavenger Hunt: – Grouse Mountain frisbees will be hidden around the skate pond and on the hill.
11:00am-1:00pm Snow Painting Station: Little ones will have fun creating pictures in the snow.
11:00am-1:00pm Terrain Park Jam Sessions: skier or snowboarder, guy or girl, young or old, win loads of prizes
12:00pm-3:00pm Meet the “Minions”, Jerry and Tim from Despicable Me 2
1:00pm-2:00pm Family Puck Shoot Out:Hit the target and win. Fun for all ages!
5:00pm-8:00pm Family Après: At the Timber Room -Family craft activity and magician included (reservations required. Call 604.998.5045 to reserve) $25.00 per adult,$7.00 children 5-12,No charge for children 4 and under.

@ Mount Seymour Family Day

• 50% off Lift Tickets
• 50% off Discover Lesson Packages
• 25% off Next Step Lesson Packages
• 20% off snoshoe trail passes
• 20% off snowshoe rental
• Complimentary shuttle service from Parkgate Community Centre
In partnership with Northvanrec, North Shore Credit Union, and North Shore News,  hosting Family Snow Day from 10am to 2pm in the SnowTube Park.
• Tobogganing and tubing (discounts available with NSCU Member Card or Northvanrec Playcard) to the first 150 people**. 
• Free Ski/Snowboard demo for tots/kids. (ages 6 and under)
• Arts and crafts activities
• Games, music and prizes
• Free Hot Chocolate and Popcorn
• Outdoor fire pits

@ Cypress Mountain Family Day

50% off Skooter and Child Lift/Trail/Tubing tickets Saturday, Sunday and Monday ALL DAY!
Silver Season passes are VALID on Family Day!

Starting Friday night:Gnarly the Bear mascot appearances, musical entertainment, fireworks, events, activities and specials all through the weekend!

Alpine Area Activities

Free Magic Go-Around Carousel Rides – All Ages!  Saturday, Sunday and Monday 9am – 10am, 12pm – 1pm, 3pm to 4pm
Kids Terrain Park – A mini terrain park will be set up in the Olympic Plaza for your little ones! Plus we’ll have Park certified instructors giving free coaching!
Air Bag – FREE Airbag jumps all weekend long! Starting Friday evening through til Monday, the Airbag will be open and all jumps will be free. Valid lift ticket or season pass mandatory.
Gnarly the Bear – Mascot Gnarly will be hanging out all weekend long!
Kids Colouring contest – Pick up a colouring sheet from Guest Relations and submit your finished master piece to Guest Relations for your chance to win some awesome prizes!
Nightly Fireworks Celebrations: In the Olympic Plaza On Friday, Saturday and Sunday Night for a Fireworks Celebration at 8pm!
Live Entertainment & Artists – Family friendly entertainment all weekend long, including magician Christopher James, face painting and balloon twisting by A Star Art Parlour and some of our favourite musicians including the Paul Gibbons Duo, A Blue Bird Day and DJ Spilt Milk!
Lessons for Parents – Sign up your child for any Skooter or Child Group Lesson and get 20% off a 2 hour Adult Group Lesson. Keep your rentals and tickets for the rest of the day and have a family ski afterwards!  Adult Groups Lessons:  Feb 9, 10, 11 – 10:00am & 1:15pm.  *Group Lessons are available on a first come, first serve basis.  For pricing info on skooter, child and adult drop in lessons go to our lessons page
Family Private Lessons – 2 hour private lessons just for your family only $169! Minimum 1 adult and 1 child/youth and maximum 5 participants. Book now! Limited space available.  Saturday, Sunday & Monday – 10am, 12pm, 2pm 

Nordic Area Activities

Tube Park -Join the fun in the Tube Park.
Art in the Park: Try your hand at sculpting a snowman, or a castle, or a dragon!
SnowPlay fun: Earn your hot chocolate! Try an age-old entertaining pass-time, ring-tossing. Or put your snowball skills to good use with some target practice.
SnowPlay Olympics: Get your Gold Medal for Canada! Catch the hat, toss the tube shot put, or shoot the net ringette.
XC Ski Lessons • Kids only classic lesson (6-12yrs) – Saturday and Sunday at 1:30pm – 3pm•  Classic ski lesson (kids 6-12 can attend with a parent) – Friday at 12:30pm, Sat & Sun 11:30am & 1:30pm and Monday 10:30am – 12pm
Chocolate Fondue Snowshoe tour – This family friendly tour will take you through a snowy forest to enjoy a chocolate fondue in the Hollyburn Meadows. Call 604.922.0825 to reserve your spot.
Hollyburn Lodge  – Marshmallow Roast and S’mores by the fire


Harry Jerome

Karen Magnussen

Ron Andrews

William Griffin

1:30pm – 3:00pm
(1:45pm – 2:30pm slide)

7:30pm – 9:00pm
(7:45pm – 8:30pm slide)

11:00am – 6:00pm

1:30pm -5:30pm

6:30pm – 8:00pm

3:30pm – 5:30pm

7:15pm – 8:45pm

8:45pm – 10:00pm

Harry Jerome

Karen Magnussen

Ice Sports

9:30am – 11:00am

11:30am – 1:00pm

1:30pm – 3:00pm

1:00pm – 2:30pm

3:00pm – 4:30pm

No Public Sessions

Family Day in Vancouver

If you feel like celebrating Family Day crossing the bridge, there are many activities, mainly happening around the Vancouver Art Gallery: Watercolour activities inspired by Emily Carron the fourth floor, tours of their exhibitions oriented toward children and families. Outside the galley you will find face-painting, shoot out hockey and music. Here is the schedule for the day:

11:00 Eagle Song Dancers
11:35 Science World
11:55 Ta Daa Lady
12:30 Science World
12:45 Kokoma African Heritage Ensemble
1:30 Ali Milner
2:05 Science World
2:25 Showstoppers
3:00 Science World
3:15 Pacifika
4:05 Maria In The Shower
4:55 Ten Souljers
6:00 Said the Whale

Howe Street will be closed from Georgia St. to Robson St. Public transit will run on a Sunday/Holiday Schedule. There is also underground parking available nearby at Pacific Center.