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2018 Cape Breton Summer Camps

Check out these 2018 Cape Breton Summer camps and activities to enrich your child’s summer, happening across the island!

2018 Cape Breton Summer Camps


Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design Creativity and Craft Camps
These camps will be based on creativity and how important it is to express yourself and let your own true colour shine through. They will also include lessons on the importance of the arts, learning, positive attitudes and the environment.
July 9 – July 13, ages 6-8
July 16 – July 20, ages 9-10
July 23 – July 27, ages 11-13
August 7 – 10, ages 6-8
Half day weekly fee $70 – morning (9am-12pm) or afternoon (1-4pm); $65 for additional siblings
Full day weekly fee $120 (9am-4pm);$110 for additional sibling
*Week of August 7 is $56 half day or $96 full day
Pre-registration is required. Register in person or by phone with credit card payment by contacting Cassie at 902 539 7491 ext 114 or

Class Acts Drama School Summer Day Camps
Registration: June 23, 10:00am – 3:00pm
New Dawn CSI (former Holy Angels School, 37 Nepean St.)
July 9-13, 10am – 3pm – Creating a Theme Play
ages 11 – 14
Instructor: Brian Gallivan (
July 16 – 20, 10am – 3pm – Drama IRL
age 15+
Instructor: James FW Thompson (
August 13 – 17, 10am – 3pm – Summer Fun
ages 5 – 10
Instructor: Holly Schaller
Fee for each camp is $150 (with family discounts available!) and must be fully paid prior to starting class. For more information, or for early registration, please email the specific instructor for each camp.

Fortress of Louisbourg
The Fortress holds three camp-style programs for youth every summer. Must be a member – family membership is only $15 and you can buy a membership and register for programs online.
Children’s Program for ages 5-12. 5 days. Approx. $75
Dress up in 18th century clothing, eat period snacks, play period games, and more.
Youth Apprenticeship for ages 13-16. 5 days. Approx. $75
Must have completed one year in the Children’s Program. Dress in 18th century clothing and choose from a Servant’s Life (includes 2 or more activities: cooking, laundry, garden work, cleaning, domestic crafts and serving, a Labour’s Life (includes 2 or more activities: forge, boat building, garden work, military, stacking/chopping wood and bakery), a Lady’s Life includes 1 activity: bobbin lace making (take away book mark), sewing a lingerie cap (take away cap), or embroidering (take away handkerchief), or a Drummer’s Life (drumming).
Youth Fife and Drum Program for ages 12-16 with some experience playing the drum, fife, or flute. Audition required. Please note: must have attended the winter drumming sessions.

Glace Bay Glee Summer Musical Theatre Program
Glace Bay
July 10-13, 10am-2pm for ages 5-8
July 23 – 27, 10am-2pm, For ages 9-15
Directed by Gayle Lahey & Todd Marsh. Exposes students to modern music, movement, and acting!
Tap the link above and message the Facebook Page to register.

The HATCH Summer Youth Program
Sydney’s Highland Arts Theatre
Auditions: June 9th and 10th
Two-week production intensive program for young performers ages 10-18, August 6-19th. If you’re interested in singing, acting, dancing, or better yet – all three – we’d love to audition you for our stage.

Studio Villa Nova Art and Animation Camp
Art and Animation camps are taught by two CBVRSB Art teachers, Sandy and Joey MacNeil. Register: Sandy MacNeil @ 902 849-2973 or Studio Villa Nova on Facebook or
Animation Camp, 2 days – July 9th and 10th from 10am to 2pm. Cost: $80 (Age 10 plus and all ability levels welcome – All art supplies and technical equipment provided.) Structured classes give students hands on experience with a variety of animation styles including, hand-drawn animation, cut-out animation, claymation, stop-motion, and green screen effects. Comic book and Anime Camp, 2 days July 12 – 13th from 10-2pm Cost: $80.00 (Age 10 and up all ability levels welcome- All art supplies and technical equipment provided.)
Kids explore the art of comic books, including anime. Campers will learn about sequential art, and paneling. They will use different drawing, illustration and colouring techniques, including both traditional and digital.
Painting Camp, 2 days – July 25-26th, from 10am to 2pm. Cost: $80 a variety of art supplies provided (5 and up all ability levels welcome)
Make art outdoors and explore the relationship between artistic expression and the natural world. Campers will learn to use a variety of materials and explore art forms including painting and drawing.
Photography Camp, 2 days – July 19-20th from 10am to 2pm Cost: $80 Bring your own camera or cell phone (10 and up all ability levels welcome) Learn an assortment of fun and creative ways to express your ideas through photography. Take your images further with advanced techniques in Photoshop, mixed media, photo transfer and collage techniques.


Camp Game On!
Sydney River
340 Keltic Drive (Game On building plus Y’s Men Keltic Drive soccer field)
Ages 6-8 and 9-11. $120 weekly
9am-5pm Monday-Friday, July 2nd to August 31st. Register for a week at a time or sign up for the whole summer.
Play lazer tag, fun team building games, arts and crafts, science days and much more!
For more information or to register please call or text 902 371 6631 or email

Capers Basketball Camps
Coaches will utilize personal demonstration, individual instruction, half court and full court games and drills to allow the campers to get the best possible basketball experience.
GIRLS (grade 6-8): July 23-27, 1-4pm, $125
BOYS (grade 6-12): August 20-24, 9am-4pm, $200
BOYS & GIRLS MINI (Grades 5 and under): July 23-27, 9am-noon, $100
BOYS & GIRLS MINI (Grades 5 and under): August 27-31, 9am-noon, $100
Tap the link above to register.

Dream Stables Horse Camp
49 Oyster Cove Road, Main-A-Dieu
Details TBA

Redwood Stables
1806 Coxheath Road
Horseback riding – for more information contact Mona

ZombieProof Martial Arts
Ages 5-14, $25 per day
Fun, games, education, martial arts.
Call (or text Summer Camp): 902-371-3969


Camp Bretondean
965 Hillside Road, Albert Bridge
Overnight camp for children aged 6 – 14.
July 16 – 20; $200, family discounts available.
Swimming in the Mira River, playing all day in the sunshine, crafting, Quest, and singing around the campfire
Register here.

Camp MacLeod
2731 Trout Brook Road, Albert Bridge
Camp Registrar: 562-1085 or email
All camps are $160, and for additional children $140, $100 for Novice Camp
Junior Co-Ed (ages 9-11) July 2-8
Intermediate Co-Ed (ages 12-14) July 9-15
Junior Girls (ages 9-11) July 16-22
Senior Co-Ed (ages 14-16) July 23-29
Novice Co-Ed (ages 7-8) July 30-August 2
Intermediate Co-Ed #2 (ages 12-14) August 6-12
Junior Co-Ed #2 (ages 9-11) August 13-19
Intermediate Co-Ed #3 (ages 12-14) August 20-26

Cape Breton Bible Camp
June 8-10 – Little Leapers Camp (6-7 yrs) – $75
July 1-6 – Adventure Camp (10-12 yrs) – $250
July 8-12 – Discovery Camp (8-10 yrs) – $200
July 15-20 – Junior Teen (13-14 yrs) – $250
July 22-27 – Skills Camp (10-12 yrs) – $250
July 29-Aug 2 – Explorer Camp (7-9 yrs) – $200
Aug 5-10 – Senior Teen (15-18 yrs) – $250
Sep 28-30 – Teen Retreat (13-18 yrs) – $75
*check the website above for multiple child discounts

Coastal Roots Summer Camp
August 13-17 – overnight and day camp options
Cost varies from $150-450 depending on need; 10% discount for more than one child
Day camp hours: 12pm – 4pm Monday,  9am – 4pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9am – 1pm Friday
Celebrates the history and culture of Cape Breton while encouraging young people to find their success on the Island.

French Language Camp
June 22-27, ages 11-14 Canadian Parents for French
Sydney Camp at Camp MacLeod, Albert Bridge
Tap the link above for more information and to register.

Gaelic College of Celtic Arts & Crafts
Stay overnight, or choose a day camp instead – everything from the Gaelic language to Highland dance, music, and weaving offered.
Ages 5 – adult


CBU Camps
Various Camps throughout the summer for ages 4-12. Click the link above for more information.

Edventure Cape Breton Camp
A fun, educational day camp at Cape Breton University.
Camp 1: July 2-6 – Pioneers and Settlers
Camp 2: July 9-13 – Age of Empires: Ultimate Utopia
Camp 3: August 20-24 – The Industrial Age: Forces & Simple Machines
Camp 4: August 27-31 – The Space Traveller
Contact at the Facebook page link above or email for more information.

Highland Village Programs
Wednesdays: Laithean Sona/Happy Days Children’s Living History Program
Take part in this special living-history program for children and get a sense of what life was like for Gaels in those days past. The program features special hands-on activities including chores, crafts, games, language, and song. Costumes are provided. For ages 8-12 only. 10 am to 4 pm. $45 per child. Prepaid reservations required. No refunds or discounts. 13% HST included.
Thursdays – Na Deugairean/ The Teenagers Living History Program for Youth
Partake in this special living-history program for teens and get a sense of the responsibilities and the lifestyles of young Gaels in days past. The program features special hands-on activities including chores, crafts, language and song. Costumes are provided. For ages 13-17. 10 am to 4 pm. $45 per child. Prepaid reservations required. No refunds or discounts. 13% HST included.
Fridays – Spors/Fun Gaelic Games for Kids
Join us for a morning of interactive games that focus on language, song, dance and other aspects of Scottish heritage. Gaelic games such as Tunnag Tunnag Geadh, Duck Duck Goose, center on basic Gaelic vocabulary and phrases which are incorporated into fun and engaging games for children. Spors is for children aged 5-10. 10 am to 12 pm. Free admission.

Super Summer Day Camp
Saint Anthony Daniel Church
Ages 5-10, July 3 – August 31, $155 per week

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March Break Camps & Activities – Cape Breton

What’s going on in Cape Breton for children and families during the March Break, March 12-20?

Centre For Craft & Design March Break Camps

Registration for all March Break and Summer Camps is on until March 9th.
Kids ‘N’ Crafts – 9am to noon March 14-16 – Ages 7-10 – Tuition $60.  Tuition fee includes all supplies.

Working With’ Clay March 15-18 – 9am to noon  Ages 10-14- Tuition $75, includes all supplies.

Drawing & Cartooning – Mar 14-17 – 1-4pm – Ages 10 & up – Tuition $60, includes all supplies.

To register or for more information phone 539-7491
Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, 322 Charlotte Street, Sydney

March Break Activities at Two Rivers Wildlife Park
Kick-off March 12th 6:30-9pm – Coasting Party with Free Sleigh Rides!
March 12-20th
1 km Wildlife Trail & Petting Zoo open daily 10 am – 4 pm.
Free Sleigh Rides Daily 1-3 pm
Canteen Services 1-3 pm upstairs in Admin. Bldg. Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Beverages
Fill out a ballot to win a family pass for a year!
Park admission:  4 & under free, Youth/Seniors $4.50, Adults $6.50

Albert Bridge Community Winter Carnival March 10-15th

Friday, March 11th
6:30 p.m. Grand Opening

Albert Bridge Fire Hall
Opening Parade—Bring a flashlight
Hot Dogs, Cake and Hot Chocolate.
Kids Dance Downstairs
Age 12 and under
Admission: food donation. Music donated by Bobby Burke. Munchies provided.

Saturday, March 12th

8:30 a.m. –11:30 a.m.

Pancake Breakfast, Riverside School,Hornes Road
$4.00 per person, Tickets available at the door.
Accepting donations for District 1 Food Bank.

Monday, March 14th.
10:00 a.m. To 1:30 p.m.
Coasting and Animal Visit, Hanson’s Farm, Trout Brook Road
Hot Dogs and Hot Chocolate, Admission: food donation
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m,
Bonfire At the Fire Hall
Roasting Hot Dogs, Hot Chocolate

Friends of Mira Provincial Park Winter Festival
March 12-13
Brickyard Road, Albert Bridge
Cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, snow sculptures, ice fishing, canteen facilities
For more info: 577-8065 or

ACAP Cape Breton Day Camp
March 14-18 – 9am-noon – $8 per day or $30 for the week; family rate is $12 per day or $60 per week for 2 children.
ACAP’s Centre for Sustainable Communities, 582 George St., Sydney.  567-1628
A week of eco arts and crafts, games and nature!

Expose Yourself at the Southend Community Centre
Youth ages 16 and up can perform music to an audience free of charge.  Donations at the door.
For more info:

Free Family Skate @ Centre 200, Sydney
Saturday, March 12 – 11:30-3pm
For information contact or 563-2497

Free Family Skate @ Sydney Mines & District Community Centre
147 Legatto Street, Sydney Mines
March 15th 11:30am-1pm
Bring a food donation for the food bank or 563-2497
March 17th Johnny Miles Family Skate 1pm
Donations for the food bank welcome.

Family Skate at New Waterford Rink
March 13th 3-3:50pm, free admission, helmets encouraged
March 19th – 3-4pm or 563-2497 for more info.

Free Family Skate @ Bayplex, Glace Bay
March 16th Noon-1pm or 563-2497

Free St. Patrick’s Day Family Skate @ Dominion Arena
March 17th 4-6pm Helmets encouraged

Ski Ben Eoin
Snowshoeing – Wed & Sat at 10am. 2-hour guided tour in the Back Country.  For more information, contact Micheline

Day Camps March 12-20, 2010
Discover Skiing or Snowboarding, for kids aged 6 and up.
9:30am to 2:30pm. $55 per day or $100 for two days or 3 days for $135. Lunch is unsupervised – lift & rental not included ~ One day lift is $12, one day rentals $12.

YMCA Cape Breton – Sydney Location
Day Camp 11am-4pm Daily; for 5-12 year olds

Check your local YMCA for details on day camps in your area.

Cape Breton Regional Libraries

March 15-17th.  Check your local Library branch for March Break Fun.

March 18th at McConnell Library, Sydney – PJ Movie Night 6:30pm
NFB Short Films with a winter theme

Do you know of an event I’ve missed?  Let me know and I’ll add it to the list.  Thanks!