The Toronto Islands provide a unique camp experience in a natural setting within the city. Camp sessions are planned around activities based on ECO related themes exploring the natural surroundings of the Islands. Each camp will include nature and environmental studies, crafts, tram rides, the high ropes course, fishing and swimming.
Franklin's Junior Sprouts Camp
Spend the morning with your child at Franklin Children’s Garden. Parents and children will meet in the city and take the ferry over with a Franklin Garden expert. The activities include storytelling, bug identification, organic gardening, eco and nature studies and crafts. All activities are eco based; campers can learn more about the environment around them through hands-on activities.
Participants will explore an opportunity to learn performing techniques and a variety of exercises in the Island theatre. In addition participants will be able to explore the Island amenities including canoeing, Gibraltar Point Lighthouse and an ecology component.
Participants will have the opportunity to engage in outdoor education in the vegetation and wildlife on the island. Staff will provide eco based programming which will provide participants the knowledge of edible species, the how to of growing, and surviving in the wilderness. As well, an arts and crafts component will be incorporated into the camp, using eco-friendly materials.
Participants will have the opportunity to develop skills and become experts in a variety of outdoors sports including but not limited to beach volleyball, soccer and frisbee golf on the Island course. In addition participants will be able to explore the Island amenities including canoeing, swimming and the lighthouse tour.
Island Explorer Camp
Campers will explore all the Toronto Islands have to offer by learning environmental skills in the outdoors. Participants will explore the high ropes course, the lighthouse and organic gardening in the Franklin Children's Garden. Campers will also learn boating skills in both canoes and kayaks; orienteering; and eco activities including nature exploration. Campers will also take part in the arts through an environmental lens. An island tram tour will provide an opportunity to explore everything the island has to offer.
Island Voyageur Camp
Campers will explore the challenges of being a voyageur on the water. Campers will learn how to canoe and kayak on the Toronto Islands including skills such as J-stroke, C-stroke, portaging skills from our boathouse to the Gibraltar lighthouse and Snake Island. Campers will also learn how to fish including finding effective sites, how to thread a line, casting and setting the hook. Campers will learn about the indigenous wildlife on the islands and will take part in the arts through an environmental lens. An island tram tour will provide an opportunity to explore everything the island has to offer.
This camp will provide participants the opportunity to explore how to be a voyageur in the water. Learn how to canoe and kayak on the Toronto Island including skills such as J-stroke, C-stroke, portaging skills and many more. Campers will also learn how to fish including finding effective sites, how to thread a line, and other skills through various fishing sites on the island. In addition to this, campers will learn about the indigenous wildlife on the Islands.
Camp Hours and Ferry Rides
- Camp operates daily from 9 am (drop off time) to 4 pm (pick up time)
- Extended care and busing are not available at this site
- The cost of the ferry transportation is included in the cost of the camps. Drop off occurs on city side outside the Jack Layton Ferry terminal, and campers are brought across on the ferry with the staff. Campers will be brought back on the ferry with staff and pick up will occur on the city side outside the ticket booths at the Jack Layton Ferry terminal.
Toronto Island Day Camps operate rain or shine. In the event of a thunderstorm or rainy day, campers will be transported to sheltered facilities located on the island.
Please call (416) 392-8192 for more information or check out the Toronto Fun Guide.