There’s an adventure to find this summer and you’ll discover it at the heart of the city! Fort Calgary summer camps will feed your child’s curiosity and creativity with arts, science, and nature. With four camps to choose from, kids can plants and animals, unleash their artistic inspirations, lose themselves in writing and drama projects, or dig deep into archaeology and architecture. This summer is a time to explore!

Fort Calgary is located on 40 acres of natural land beside the Bow and Elbow rivers where many significant archaeological finds have been made. With significant history as a gathering place for Indigenous peoples for time immemorial, and as the site where the North West Mounted Police established Fort Calgary in 1875, Fort Calgary was declared a national historic site in 1925. Today, Fort Calgary is a place to gather, learn and reflect.

Summer camps at Fort Calgary offer a rich experience for kids aged 6 – 11 years. All campers will go behind the scenes at the museum and meet with community experts, scientists, artists and storytellers to connect with nature and explore stories from our city’s past and present. Camps include a mix of indoor and outdoor activities and excursions to nearby urban destinations like St. Patrick’s Island and the Central Library, plus Studio Bell or the Calgary Zoo. Camps run from 9 am – 4 pm, and complimentary care begins as early as 8 am and runs until 5 pm. Parents also have the option to purchase lunches. 

Fort Calgary Summer Camps (Family Fun Calgary)

Camps for Ages 6 – 8

Birds and Bison at the Bow:

Grab your binoculars to explore the great outdoors and all the beings great and small that call it home! Aspiring biologists will study the diverse ecosystems of the riverside, woods and prairie fields around Fort Calgary. Learn about the Blackfoot peoples’ relationships with animals, and the special adaptations animals use to survive. Through adventures in the urban wild, campers will make connections to the natural world that inspire environmental stewardship.
Running: July 4-7 | July 17-21 | July 31-Aug 4 | Aug 14-18

Artists on the Land:

Young artists will discover their muse in nature as they develop deeper connections to the environment through artistic creation. Campers will broaden their skills by exploring various art techniques, including sketching, painting and dyeing. A Métis knowledge keeper will visit as a special guest to lead a workshop on Métis art. At the end of the week, campers will exhibit their work in an art show for family and friends.
Running: July 10-14 | July 24-28 | Aug 8-11 | Aug 21-25 

Camps for Ages 9 – 11

Dig In and Build Up:

Your camper’s mission? Investigate all things above and below the ground! They’ll get their hands dirty as intrepid archaeology adventurers, learning about some of Calgary’s earliest people and places. With brushes in hand, budding archaeologists will uncover history and solve mysteries of the past. Campers will design and build their own city models and create meaningful connections to their community from the ground up.
Running: July 4-7 | July 17-21 | July 31-Aug 4 | Aug 14-18

The Art of Drama:

Drama enthusiasts will discover new facets of their creativity as they explore the different artistic disciplines that go into theatre production. Campers will design sets, props, masks and costumes while working with a script to develop characters and hone their acting skills. On the last day of camp, these drama devotees will stage a performance in the Burnswest Theatre that their family and friends are invited to attend.
Running: July 10-14 | July 24-28 | August 8-11 | August 21-25

Head to the Fort Calgary summer camp website to register. Get ready for a summer of discovery and adventure, right in your own backyard!

Fort Calgary Summer Camps (Family Fun Calgary)

Fort Calgary Summer Camps:

When: Weekly, July and August 2023
Time: 9 am – 4 pm (before and after care is 8 – 9 am and 4 – 5 pm)
Where: Fort Calgary
Address: 750 9th Avenue SE, Calgary, AB