Not Just For Kids Anymore: 8 Summer Camps For Grown-Ups

For many adults, going away to summer camp is among their favourite childhood memories. Long gone are the days of swimming in the lake, singing songs by the campfire, fishing and eating s’mores——or are they?

If Netflix's release of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp had you yearning to relive your summer camp days, you’re in luck. There are a growing number of adult, 18+ summer camps in Canada. From music to adventure to wilderness survival camps, there’s an adult summer camp for everyone.

Be a kid again this summer!

Why should kids have all the fun? Whether it be one weekend or one week, you get to experience summer camp all over again. Here are eight summer camps that look like a lot of fun and a great place to relax.

1. Enjoy all the fun at Canadian Adventure Camp. This camp allows you to act like a kid all over again. For the majority of the summer, this camp is for boys and girls, but from August 29 to September 4, it’s adults only. Canadian Adventure Camp gives adults exclusive access to all its diversions on Adventure Island. This includes water skiing, kayaking and canoeing, as well as using the Tarzan swing, giant waterslides, and surfbikes. This is one fun-filled week you don’t want to miss!


2. Attend an adults only horse camp. Back by popular demand is Ride the Wilderness horse camp for adults. If you enjoy riding horses and are at least 25 years old, this is the camp for you. For two weekends in September, one weekend’s already sold out, you’re able to relax and enjoy the sights of Algonquin Park on horseback. Beginner riders are also welcome, there are daily riding lessons and various wilderness trails. If this camp interests you, book now! There’s a maximum of only ten to fourteen riders.

3. Feel young again at Camp Le P’tit Bonheur in Quebec. From September 11-13, disconnect from the stressful adult world and yes, that also includes technology. Participate in a variety of outdoor activities such as ultimate Frisbee, obstacle courses and hiking, making for one active weekend. Camp P’tit Bonheur will provide you with a magical camp experience.


4. Attend Canada’s first zombie training survival camp. For all you Walking Dead fans, this weekend camp is right up your alley. Zombie Survival Camp’s mission is to help make Canada the most zombie prepared nation on earth. You’ll learn practical skills that can be used either while camping or during a zombie-apocalypse. There’s even an epic live zombie outbreak simulation where you’ll put your new skills to the test. This camp is perfect for both zombie enthusiasts and those who want to learn survival skills.

5. Immerse yourself in music at Lakefield Music Camp. This week-long retreat at Lakefield College’s School campus in the Kawartha’s is perfect for adult music lovers of all ages and skill levels in a variety of genres. There are numerous workshops that take place each day including, vocal and instrumental technique, choir, dance and drum circles. This retreat brings together amateur musicians for one week of music instruction and creativity.


6. Have an unforgettable experience at Churchill Northern Studies Centre in Manitoba. Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC) is an active research facility where the northern reach of the boreal forest meets the southern extent of the arctic tundra. CNSC offers five- to seven-day courses led by scientists and expert guides. There are a variety of programs on beluga whales, wildflowers, birding and archaeology. This is a great place to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Churchill area and a great way to see Manitoba.

7. Let loose at Camp Timberlane in the Haliburton Highlands. Two Islands Weekend incorporates all your typical summer camp activities: archery, swimming, kayaking and rope courses. However there’s a twist, there’s also cocktail making, wine tasting and an open bar. At nighttime you can watch a movie in the movie theatre, play beer pong or dance until dawn at the dance party. Unfortunately Two Islands Weekend is sold out this year so make sure you join their mailing list to receive info on their 2016 weekend!


8. Go to Algonquin Park for a relaxing retreat or adventure. Algonquin Park specializes in all-inclusive experiences for adult singles and couples. As well as private all-inclusive experiences for groups of 8- 40 guests all year round. This summer, there are a variety of different retreats and adventures almost every weekend ranging from Wolf Howl canoe trips to Quest for Balance Yoga and SUP retreats and Private Yoga retreats. Whether you’re looking for an adventure-filled weekend or a quiet, peaceful one, Algonquin Park is the place for you.

Going to summer camp is the perfect mini vacation. You get to let loose, relax and be worry-free for a few days. Besides, it’s always nice to feel like a kid again, even if it’s just for a weekend.

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Header photo credit: Wet Hot American Summer, Netflix