Equality and Justice
For People With Disabilities

Summer Camp Guide 2018

Summer Camps for Children and Youth

Camps Offered through the City of Ottawa:

Ottawa Community Centre’s “Shared Care” camp programs

Integration support for children with special needs to participate in the summer camp of their choice. Support will be offered for 2 weeks at the camp location of your choice .* Camps run in July and August. Pre-care and post-care available at some locations.

Various dates and locations

See: “Special Needs” e-guide under Recreation Programs on the website

* The City does not provide 1:1 support

For more information, contact the Inclusive Recreation Coordinator in your district. 
Central, Richelieu-Vanier – 613-580-2424 ext. 29292;  
East, Richelieu-Vanier – 613-325-6704;  
South, Richelieu-Vanier – 613-580-2424 ext. 29291;  
West, Richelieu-Vanier – 613-580-2424 ext. 41226

SNAP Camp (for children with Autism)

Therapeutic recreation program for children (aged 8-12) with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Includes a leisure swim, a fitness component and recreational activities to build on communication, socialization and gross motor skills. An intake meeting is required prior to the start of program for new participants.

Dates: August 13-17 & August 20-24 

613-580-2424 ext. 41226

See: “Special Needs” e-guide under Recreation Programs on the website

Aqua SNAP (for children with Autism)

Swim lessons for children and youth, aged 5-14. Builds on motor skills, communication, socialization, and survival skills in an aquatic environment. Intake/assessment is required before participation.

Dates: July 9-August 13 (Mondays only) & July 4-August 15 (Wednesdays only)

Katimavik Community Centre (64 Chimo)


Rock, Rattle and Roll

Summer camp for youth, aged 6-15, who require physical and or medical support.*

Dates: J3-6 (at Jack Purcell), July 16-120 & July 30- August 3 at Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre (102 Greenview)

613-580-2424 ext. 29320

* Participants may be required to bring a support person



Therapeutic recreation program for children and youth, aged 7-18, who are medically fragile/ technologically dependent. .

Dates and locations:  Aug 7-10 at Bob MacQuarrie-Orléans – 613-580-2424 ext. 29320, Aug 13-17 & Aug 20-24 at Walter Baker – 613-580-2424 ext. 29320


Summer Sizzler (for youth with developmental disabilities)

Interactive summer camp for youth, aged 13-17, with developmental disabilities.  Participants will be encouraged to plan a variety of activities; sports, games, cooking and crafts.Intake is required for new participants.

Dates: July 30-August 3 & August 7-10

Various Locations: Cairine Wilson School – 613-325-6704, 975 Orléans

Routhier – 613-580-2424 ext. 29292

Southpointe – 613-580-2424 ext. 29291

Walter Baker – 613-580-2424 ext. 41226

See: “Special Needs” e-guide under Recreation Programs on website


Other Camps and Activities:

Spectrum Insights Social Skills Camp

Summer Camp for teens and adults, (Boys and Girls - ages 12-17; Just for Girls - ages 12-20; Moving Forward - ages 18-26), on the Autism Spectrum. Various activities and outings with a focus on developing independent living skills, social skills, and making friends. Groups are small to focus on the needs of individual participants.

Various dates in July and August – spots fill up fast!

58 Grosvenor Ave

John Anderson – 613-220-5920

Sonshine Cove

Overnight summer camp for youth with special needs and living in foster homes or group homes. Programs are tailored for the specific age and ability of each camper.* Example of available programs include diving, waterskiing, tubing, cliff jumping, fishing, boating, canoeing, sailing, paddle boats, hiking, mini-olympics, wagon-rides, scavenger hunts, campfires, sports, games, arts and crafts, sing-a-longs, Bible quizzes and stories.

Various dates beginning on July 2nd and running until the end of August

Notre-Dame-du-Laus, Quebec (drop-off & pick-up available in Orleans)

Cathy Goddard – 613-834-8187 ext. 228

* There is an added cost if one-on-one care is needed

Summer Day Camps at Dovercourt

Dovercourt is strongly committed to the inclusion of campers with special needs and offers day camps for youth, aged 4-teen, with a wide range of activities. Parents of prospective campers are encouraged to make management aware of any requirements for medical or other conditions at the time of registration, so that any additional supports or resources can be arranged. Types of camps include: art, music, drama, cooking, sports, science & technology, overnight, and more.

Dates: Camps run from July 3 to September 1, 9am - 4pm (pre- and post-camp care available for an additional fee)

411 Dovercourt Ave

613-789-8950 ext. 0

The Lanark County Therapeutic Riding Program

Offering a specialized form of horseback-riding to people with physical and/or developmental disabilities.

Dates: summer lessons available in July and August

Locations: (1) Corner Stone Stables, Port Elmsley (Smith Falls); (2) Ashland Farm (Beckwith)

(613) 257-7121 ext. 3236

Camp Kennebec

Overnight summer camp for youth with special needs, learning disabilities and developmental delays, including Asperger’s, ADHD, ADD, Down Syndrome, OCD, brain injury, anxiety, and other challenges. Camp offers individual daily schedules based on individual campers’ needs and ensures a low 2:1 camper to cabin staff ratio.

Dates: camps start on July 2 and run until August 26

1422 Cox Road, Arden*


* Camp fees include bus transportation to camp from Ottawa

Camp Kodiak

A unique, integrated overnight summer camp for youth with and without ADHD, learning disabilities, and high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder. All camp activities are planned with a view to teaching skills, building confidence and improving self-esteem. Activities include overnight camping, mountain biking, canoeing/kayaking, drama and music, sports, and computers. All campers also take part in an academic program for 1 hour a day.

25 minutes northeast of Parry Sound near the town of McKellar (campers depart from Toronto)*

Dates: July 1-28, July 29-August 18 & July 1-August 18

877-569-7595 (toll free)

* Camp Kodiak organises a meeting in Ottawa to provide more information about the camp


Building Blocks

Summer camp programs for children, aged 6-12, diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD), Non-Verbal Language Disorders, and other related exceptionalities. Programs are focused on science experiments and cooperative games. 

Programs are held in July and August, 9am - 2:30pm, (early drop off /late pick up available).

1475 Merivale Road, Ottawa
Elaine Bissonnette - 613 722 4374

Camp Kaleidoscope

Information has not yet been posted for summer 2018.

Typically holds all day Summer Camps for children and youth, aged 4-20, diagnosed within the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and offers a 1:1 and 2:1 supervision ratio.


Friends in Sportfishing

Trips made by appointment only

Friends in Sportfishing is a volunteer run charitable organization dedicated to providing free fishing experiences for any group of people with special needs in the community. All the boats, crews and fishing equipment are provided.  Individuals who are not part of a group can still participate on certain days. 

Dates: season runs from June to August, Monday-Friday with morning trips from 9AM-12:30PM and afternoon trips from 1-3:30PM

Dows Lake


Summer Camps for Adults

Camps Offered through the City of Ottawa:

Summer Sizzler

Interactive recreation summer camp for individuals ages 18-45 with developmental disabilities.

Participants will be encouraged to plan a variety of activities, including sports, games, cooking and crafts. An intake is required prior to the start of program for new participants.

Dates: July 3-6, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27


(1)  Cairine Wilson Secondary School -  613-325-6704  975 Orléans

(2) Routhier – 613-580-2424 ext. 29292 

(3) Tom Brown Arena – 613-580-2424 ext. 29291  

(4) Walter Baker Sports Centre - 613-580-2424 ext. 41226


Swim for Persons with a Disability 

Designated swim for youth and adult (18+) participants with a long-term disability. Swim is free of charge for qualifying participants upon completion of a participant information form. If assistance is required in the change room, participants must bring an attendant.

Dates: Mon, Wed, Fri (10:30 am - noon); Thu (7-8 pm) - ongoing

Jack Purcell 



Summer in the City

Summer day program for adults ages 35+ with physical disabilities. Program includes outings within the city and a weekly bus trip to outlying areas.

Dates: July 30-August 3, August 13-17, August 20-24 & August 7-10

Jack Purcell Community Centre (320 Jack Purcell Lane)