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10 nature camps

Here are some local camps that will satisfy the curiosity of budding naturalists.

Les Amis de la Montagne

Campers learn about the diversity of nature on Mount Royal at these camps where environmental educators take the children out every day, rain or shine, to explore this important green space. Campers enrolled in the program called Les Renards Futés (The Wily Foxes) learn about the plants and animals found on the mountain. This year, there is a new program called Les Aventuriers du Temps that combines nature study with information about Montreal’s history. The camps are in French, but instructors are bilingual.

Ages: 6-9
Location: Smith House, 1260 Remembrance Rd., Montreal
Dates: Les Renards Futés: July 4-8, 18-22 and August 1-5
Les Aventuriers du Temps: June 27-July 1, July 11-15 and 25-29 as well as August 8-12
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended care available.
Cost: $190 per week, or $165 with a Montreal Access card.
For more information, call (514) 843-8240, ext. 235 or email reservations@lemontroyal.qc.ca. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.lemontroyal.qc.ca.


Campers explore the environment through play, walks and interacting with animals. The naturalists who run the camp have backgrounds in biology or environmental studies with a specialization in camp animation. In existence since 1993, this is one of the longest running nature day camps in the city. GUEPE offers camps in two locations: one in Bois de Liesse Park and the other in Pointe aux Prairies Park. The two-week sessions are given in French by bilingual counselors and are popular with Anglophones who want their children to improve their French.

Ages: 5-13
Bois de Liesse Park (9432 Gouin Blvd. W., Pierrefonds)
Pointe aux Prairies Park (14905 Sherbrooke St. E, Montreal in Pointe aux Trembles)
Bois de Liesse Park: June 27 to July 8; July 11 to 22; July 25 to August 5; August 8-19
Pointe aux Prairies Park: June 27 to July 8; August 8 to 19.
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended care available
Cost: $305 for one child (for two weeks), with a discount for additional children
For more information, call (514) 280-6829 ext. 1 or visit www.guepe.qc.ca.

Heritage Laurentien Nature Camp

At this camp based in Lasalle, children and teens with a serious interest in nature explore and study the environment with guidance from biologists. Six different programs are offered:

The Discovery Camp for ages 6-12 where children take part in outdoor sports, insect hunts, wildlife observation and art activities.

The Young Biologists Camp where kids ages 6-15 learn how to protect the environment and assess the health of the ecosystem by helping biologists collect field data and take part in environmental projects.

Little Bugs and Critters/World of Insects that teaches kids ages 6-15 how to collect bugs, build terrariums and keep a scientific journal.

Nature Field Trips Camps where kids ages 6-12 visit different nature parks and areas each day.

The Cycling Experience, in which campers ages 11-15 go on four bike trips through ecological parks along Lasalle’s bike routes.

Junior Naturalist Training Camp where teens ages 13-17 work as assistant naturalists while developing new skills and learning about this profession.

The programs have varied start dates, so your child can register for different sessions during the summer.

Ages: 6-17 (varies with program)
Location: Drop-off and pick-up will be at Centre Henri-Lemieux, 7644 Édouard St. (corner 4e Ave.), Lasalle
Activities will take place at Parc des Rapides (corner of 7th Ave.), Lasalle
Dates: June 27 to August 19
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with extended care available
Cost: $145 to $175 (varies with program), with discount for Lasalle residents
For more information, call (514) 367-6540 or email info@heritagelaurentien.org. 
There will be an open house on April 24 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Parc des Rapides (corner of 7th Ave. and Lasalle Blvd.) in Lasalle

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