We have a great variety of French Overnight Camps and French Immersion Trips to choose from.
Come experience an overnight French immersion adventure with Camp Tournesol, the leaders in French camps in the GTA!
Camp Tournesol offers exciting travel adventures for French-speaking students who want to engage in a truly memorable French Immersion experience. Campers ages 8-15 have an exciting selection of overnight camps to choose from, including an expedition in 4 regions of Quebec, or an action-packed cottage retreat at the beautiful Kawarthas, the country-side of Schomberg, or the gorgeous Muskoka lake.
A day in the life of a Camp Tournesol overnight camper is filled with fun activities like rock wall climbing, campfires, sing-a-longs, archery, and much more – all in French. And unlike most overnight camps, Camp Tournesol also offers a partial week overnight option for campers who prefer a gradual transition into the full week away-from-home experience.
Take the time to visit the sections below to discover the perfect formulae for your child!
This is a short “away from home” trip that gives campers a taste of adventure and independence… all in French. French immersion or Francophone students in grades 2 to 7 are all welcome. This shortened French immersion program is perfect for students who like discovering new places and making new friends, but are not yet ready for the full overnight experience.
We offer 2 options:
The partial week formula is unique to Camp Tournesol. Unlike most French camps, we allow campers to come for a day or two to one of our day French campuses to get comfortable with the staff and the other campers. Our Tournesol buses then visit each French campus (on Tuesday or Wednesday) to pick up the campers and bring them to our destinations.
Campers are not guaranteed to be back on time on Friday to make the daily bus service so please plan accordingly. For all of our trips, transportation to the destination is included in the fee but daily transportation to the day camp is not included..
Please note that there must be 4 campers at a day campus to allow pick up.
During these trips, all meals and activities are included, both at the day camp (provided by La Récolte Catering – check out the menu here) and at the destination.
There is a maximum of 45 campers on each trip and a minimum of 20 is required.
“That was awesome. I give that camp 10 stars out of 10 stars. It was fun hanging out with people that aren’t related to you. I don’t want to go to day camp next week because I only like overnight camps now. Can I go again next year? If I can go next year I want Jeremy as my Camp Counsellor again because he was really really nice. The food was pretty good as well.”
Week of July 17th 2016 (2 day at day camps and 3 day/2 night away):
The Stay :
Situated on 263 acres of breath-taking countryside located on the Oak Ridges Moraine and Ontario GreenBelt, Cedar Glen is the perfect backdrop for an outdoor retreat. The sleeping accommodations are quaint wooden lodges adjacent to the Main Lodge. Each room has a private washroom and shower.
During our stay at this French overnight camp, we will:
Sadly, the fun comes to an end mid-afternoon Friday. Tired but filled with new memories, having learnt new skills and built new friendships.
Midland, Georgian Bay, Ontario
Week of July 24th 2017 (1 day at day camp and 4 day/ 3 night away):
The Stay :
This year, our 1+4 trip will head to the beautiful region of Midland and Georgian Bay. We will stay at one of our favourite inns from previous trips: the Wildfire Lodge.
Wildfire is nestled in beautiful central Ontario, better known as Huronia. Guests experience the great outdoors and participate in programs while enjoying the comfort one of North America’s largest “Panabode” cedar structures. The 12,000 square foot lodge sits on 85 wooded-acres along the beautiful Wye River. Wildfire features forested and meadow grounds where we can enjoy nature in all its glory. The lodge’s large central hall features a huge fieldstone fireplace for groups to gather around.
During our stay at this French overnight camp, we will:
On Friday around lunchtime, the group will leave the grounds already planning their trip for the next year! This promises to be one of the highlights of your child’s summer!
This is a fun-filled retreat in Ontario’s gorgeous Muskoka cottage country at the stunning Camp Tamarack location – near Bracebridge.
What a fantastic opportunity to get your child ready for their back to school in French by spending an entire week having fun in the outdoors with our experienced French counsellors. This week will be packed with outdoor activities, crafts, arts, and much more! But most importantly, campers will develop their:
From Sunday evening to Friday afternoon, campers will spend their days enjoying the wilderness and participating in a variety of land activities such as high and low ropes, rock climbing, quidditch, hiking in the trails, soccer, basketball, campfires, as well as water activities such as canoeing, kayaking, swimming in the lake and a special tubing treat at the end of the week.
Here’s the twist: all counselors are French and all activities, meals and even the evening campfire will be spent speaking French. Campers will learn fun songs we call “chansons à répondre”, participate in a giant game of animal survival in French and play our “know your word gender” game (one of the hardest parts to master in French).
A UNIQUE and complete French immersion opportunity for a whole week at our French camp in Ontario!
“Our kids came back from the camp, dirty, exhausted but all happy. They had a wonderful time! Thank you and all your staff.”
We offer transportation from various locations in the GTA via school buses accompanied by our counselors.
The Stay :
Camp Tamarack’s private 1000 acre property is in the heart of Muskoka and surrounds a pristine private lake.
Take a look at the facilities onsite!
The site offers a challenging high ropes circuit with elements such as the Quick Drop, Vertical Playground and Flying Squirrel, a 40ft climbing tower, a fleet of over 20 canoes and kayak, 9 half-court tennis courts and a large archery range.
In addition to the outdoor facilities, there are numerous indoor facilities for use during rainy day activities including a dance studio and a state-of-the-art theatre.
Meals are served family style in our 4000 square foot dining hall lined with inscriptions and plaques featuring campers from over 35 years ago. Each meal features a balanced and plentiful hot meal option as well as salad bars, breakfast bars and fresh fruit.
Onsite, campers will stay in wood cabins with electricity, containing bunk beds and private shelving for each camper. Staff live in an adjacent and accessible private cubicle. While a good number of cabins have washroom facilities, those that do not have lovely facilities very close by to their cabins. The camp has also built shower facilities over the past few years and each camper has a beautiful private shower area.
The Fun :
During a typical week at this French overnight summer camp, campers can participate in several water activities such as:
On land, they will have the opportunity to:
They will, of course, also participate in arts and crafts activities, French sing-along songs and folk tales around the campfire in the evening, as well as a once a week French movie.
Note that campers who only attend one week will not have time to participate in all the activities listed.
You also have the option of using our transportation service to reach the Muskoka location for a fee of $50 for the return trip or $30 for one-way trip or drop your child off at the camp directly yourself.
Please note that the stops as well as times will be determined based on the registrations. Please refer to the location page for a list as well as pick up time and drop off times.
A 3-day, 2-night program in early summer specifically designed to develop leadership skills and to prepare for the CIT program. It is mandatory for all CIT candidates to attend this program. From Wednesday afternoon on July 5th to Friday evening on July 7th, campers will participate in several activities led by our expert counselors to build their leadership skills as well as understand the importance of team building. Transportation is also offered for this program.
“What a great experience!! Besides the obvious advantage of maintaining French over the summer months, my son learned so much about himself, made great friends, showed leadership, came home with a sense of maturity and appreciation for family.“
Campers will spend the trip participating in team building activities where each team member must contribute to the success of another team member in his or her challenge; participate in several leadership games; accomplish team challenges like fire building; and go for hikes in the beautiful multi acres facility.
Each evening, campers gather around a campfire for stories and songs. Campers will also receive an initiation to the CIT program, review the expectations, the activities and the overview of a week as a CIT at Camp Tournesol.
Attendance to this program is mandatory in order to be selected for our CIT program.
“Well organized. Great counsellors. Nice accommodations.”
Transportation: There will be pick up locations in the GTA for a fee of $15.00. Please refer to the location page for a list as well as pick up time and drop off times.
For French-speaking high school students, designed to develop a sense of responsibility and leadership, as well as train for a job as a counsellor at Camp Tournesol. This program is offered to students in French immersion or Francophone schools graduating from grade 9 and 10. Previous Tournesol campers are given preference.
The French campers will be given responsibilities and placed in situations to develop leadership skills. Each CIT is assigned to a group and mentored by one of our senior camp counselors. This program is typically eligible for volunteer hours towards the high school diploma requirements. Each week, the students will earn 35 hours. Check with your high school to ensure that it qualifies.
“Alice is definitely applying to return next summer as she enjoyed the program and keeps talking about her experience as a CIT.”
Candidates MUST also register for and attend the Leadership Program held Wednesday July 5th to Friday July 7th at YMCA Cedar Glen. This is a sleepover session.
There is VERY LIMITED availability on this French camp program so register early.
Candidates selected will be contacted as their application is received. Priority will be given to students who apply for a minimum of 2 weeks and application received prior to March 31st will be treated first.
For French immersion or Francophone students.
Every two years, Camp Tournesol organizes an out-of-the-ordinary, overnight experience for your child. This year, campers get to experience the culture and breathtaking landscape of different regions of Quebec.
Join us as we embark on a 13 days, 12 nights adventure to discover and explore the breathtaking scenery along the north shore of the St-Lawrence River.
The goal of each of these adventures is to place your child in a situation to use their French and expose them to French culture in a fun environment. These are not typical group tours but they are developed with the flavour of a family trip. The trips are supervised by experienced teachers and Camp Tournesol counsellors with a maximum of a 1 to 6 counsellor-to-camper ratio. They are built to help your child develop a sense of independence and confidence in their French language skills.
Departing by train from Toronto Union Station on Sunday July 2nd, our first stop is Montreal. We will re-embark the train in Montreal on Friday July 14th returning to Toronto Union Station late afternoon.
|Train Via #64||Leaving Toronto Union Station at 9:20am||Arriving in Montreal at 2:20pm|
|Train Via #65||Leaving Montreal at 10:55am||Arriving at Toronto Union Station at 4:03pm|
This experience is offered to students who are comfortable expressing themselves in French and are currently in grades 4 to 9 in a French immersion or Francophone school, or for whom French is the language spoken at home.
“My daughter returned from the Quebec trip yesterday, full of wonderful stories about her 2 weeks with Camp Tournesol. She had a fabulous trip and I hope you will pass on our thanks to everyone who organized the trip and say how much we appreciate their devotion to the youngsters.”
Early Bird discount: Register by December 31st and save $350,
Minimum: The fee is based on a minimum of 20 participants.
Cancellation policy: The deposit is non refundable after December 31st, however can be transferred to another program for the same child or a sibling (not combined) up to January 29th. After January 29th, it is also non transferable and non refundable. After March 15th, 100% of the total package price is non transferable and non refundable. Once payment is made, the train fee is not refundable or transferable at anytime.
“Our child commented that everyone in Quebec “lives” in French just like we live in English. They don’t just speak French in school, they speak French all the time! She loved it and kept breaking into French as she told about the trip. We are so pleased.”
Montreal is a unique city with its culture, its scenery and its old country flare. Montreal was called “Canada’s Cultural Capital” by Monocle and recently was named a UNESCO City of Design. We will spend a few days in this wonderful city staying in the dorms of one of the most highly rated colleges in Quebec: College Jean-Brébeuf.
Here are the wonderful activities in that region:
Mount-Royal: Hike the hill at the centre of the city: the “ Mont-Royal”, and participate in “Fort Rallye” at the Mont-Royal led by a guide from the organisation “Les Amis de la Montagne”. Campers organized in teams will go through challenges to win keys that open the treasure chest. They will participate in a fun hands-on activity to discover the geology and biodiversity of the mountain. They will also catch a glorious view of the city from the mountain!
Caves of Saint-Leonard: Many Montrealers don’t know that Saint-Léonard has caves listed as official “Heritage Sites of Local Interest” and have walls that are ridged with stratified limestone. Discovered in 1811 or 1812, it is one of the rare cave systems located within a residential area.
Cirque at La Tohue: Depending on their schedule, our goal is to also catch a Circus show at La Tohue.
The Cosmodome: In Laval (a nearby suburb), we will have a space adventure at the Cosmodome! We’ll discover the giant leaps made by mankind in space exploration as well as try out the simulators just like NASA astronauts use in their training. The Cosmodome is Canada’s only world-class museum devoted entirely to astronautics and space exploration. We’ll also take a 60 minute tour with Amphibus departing at la rue de la Commune. This tour will take the group through most of the main landmarks of Montreal – even on water!
White-water rafting: Experience the Montreal metro to go directly to Angrignon. Be prepared for a day packed with excitement. Our guides, Montreal Rafting, will take our group through an exciting but safe excursion on the Lachine falls. Always a top rated highlight by our campers.
Région de la Mauricie:
The Mauricie is a region that extends between Montreal and Quebec City. There, we’ll stay on Melville Island. Located in the heart of Shawinigan’s city, the park is surrounded by the magnificent Saint-Maurice River and is home to the famous Cité de l’énergie. On the island, we will stay at the Inn of the Parc Melville situated on the shore of the river. Meals will be served in the large family style dining room and the group will have access to the large family room to relax at night and organize quiet games.
Treetop trekking: On site, the park is host to a large tree-trekking park with 5 different circuits to accommodate beginners to the advanced trekker. With suspended bridges, paths, cargo nets, Tarzan vines and a 106 meter long zipline (all totalling 82 aerial challenges) there will be something for everyone.
Kayaking the St-Maurice: Our other spectacular adventure in that region will be the trip down the St-Maurice river in kayaks and rabaska for the younger paddlers. With our guides, we will paddle along the river beginning at the hydroelectric dam St-Gabelle. We will stop for a rest at the “Forges St-Maurice”, home to the remains of Canada’s first ironworks. This will be an experience to remember.
Cité de L’Énergie: Partake in a scientific experiment and go up the elevator to the top of the tower for a spectacular view of the area. In the evening, students will have the chance to attend the grandiose nocturnal live play/show held outdoors.
Région de Québec: The outskirts of Québec City are simply enchanting. In just a few minutes, you can find yourself deep in the countryside or in the heart of one of the large natural parks.
The Chute Montmorency: A magnificent waterfall (272 feet high, higher than Niagara Falls) is well worth the detour. We will climb the Panoramic Stairway (487 steps) which literally clings to the side of the cliff, and explore above the falls with a guide from the Park.
Canyoning: A few minutes from Quebec City, we will participate in a canyoning activity. This activity was one of the highlights of our last trips to France and Quebec. Started in France about forty years ago, canyoning is traveling in canyons using a variety of techniques such as stream hiking, abseiling, swimming and jumping. Canyoning-Québec imported this summer activity and invented ice canyoning for winter. They will organize an unforgettable experience for our campers in the heart of Quebec, at the Jean-Larose Falls, and at the foot of Mont-Sainte-Anne
Région de Tadoussac:
The cold waters of the Rivière Saguenay that flow into the saltwater of the St. Lawrence River form an exceptional ecosystem, the Saguenay-St-Lawrence Marine Park where countless beluga and fin whales abound in the summertime. We will spend a few days in that region staying at the “Fermes 5 étoiles”. A unique concept where comfortable accommodations are situated on the grounds of a functioning farm for wildlife rescue animals. Our group will be housed in our own chalet on site.
Ferme 5 étoiles: The children will have the opportunity to participate in the feeding and caring of the wild animals during one of the morning sessions. A long-time favorite is the baby moose!
Whale watching from the shore: Within the “Saguenay-St-Lawrence Marine Park”, we will visit 2 of the best sites to view whales from the shore: Cap du Bon-Désir et Pointe-Noire. Since its creation in 1998, the marine park has worked to protect and present the marine environment of a section of the St. Lawrence Estuary and the Saguenay Fjord.
Whale watching cruise: we will sail on a whale-watching cruise where campers on previous trips counted more than 15 very clear whale sightings.
Sand dunes: In Tadoussac, we will also visit the Sand dunes where campers wil
l have the opportunity to run up and down hills of sand – right along the shores of the Saint-Lawrence river.
CIMM: we will visit the “Centre d’interprétation des animaux marins (CIMM)”, a hands-on exhibit on whales that plunges you into the world of these legendary creatures.
Take a look at some of our videos and photos from past French overnight trips to see why our campers come back year after year. You can also read the daily recap we maintain to keep our parents in the loop.
|Program Name||Weeks Offered||Eligibility (2016/2017)||Fee||Early Bird (date differ per program)|
|2+3 trip: 2 day camp day camps and 3 days away||Week of July 17th||grades 2 to 7||$465||$415|
|1+4 trip: 1 day at day camp and 4 days away||Week of July 24th||grades 3 to 7|
grade 2 exceptions on a case-by-case basis
|Full week French camp: Sunday afternoon to Friday end of day||Week of July 30|
Week of August 6
Week of August 13
Week of August 20
|grades 3 to 8|
grade 2 exceptions on a case-by-case basis
|Bridge weekend for Full week French camp||August 4th to 6th|
August 11th to 13th
|grades 3 to 8||$235||$235|
|CIT Program||Week of July 30|
Week of August 6
Week of August 13
Week of August 20
|grades 9 and 10||$400||$350|
(mandatory for CIT candidates)
|Wednesday July 5th to Friday July 7th||grades 6 to 8||$315||$265|
|Trip to Quebec||Sunday July 2nd to Friday July 14th||grades 4 to 9||$2,400||$2,050|
Please note that all our fees are subject to HST: HST # 895854990 RT 0001.
Please access our Policies page for our refund policy.
At Camp Tournesol, we want all children to have fun and have an opportunity to learn. In order to achieve that, it is important that each camper conduct himself or herself in a respectful and appropriate way. Parents and Campers should review our guidelines together and ensure that your child understand them. Our code of conduct is based on the following 3 principles:
More specifically, at Camp Tournesol safe, respectful and appropriate behavior does NOT include:
Here are the behaviors that ARE acceptable:
Any person found violating this code will be dealt with according to the following procedure:
1-Early Bird Discount: The early bird discount of $50 per week for all overnight camps, expires on March 1st 2016 and can not be extended. The out-of-province trips are different and explained in that section.
2- Sibling discount: There is a discount of $25 per program for any brother or sister applying to an overnight camp. To qualify, all applications must be for a residential camp. The first child must pay full price. This discount does not apply to our out-of-province trips.
All of our overnight trips are supervised by an experienced teacher who acts as a “Chef de mission”. She or he is assisted by experienced Tournesol counsellors of both genders. Their goal is to encourage your child to speak French in a fun and safe environment. As for all Tournesol French camps, all counsellors must submit a police background check and be trained for CPR and first aid. Campers are in gender-specific rooms. Counsellors are in rooms adjacent to the campers or in the same cabin depending on the cabin’s configuration.
Parents regularly ask if we will provide close supervison for children with allergies or other medical issues.
Of course! Every camper’s safety is our utmost concern.
All of our staff are trained for first aid, CPR and administering an EpiPen. In addition, we have 2 qualified teachers onsite who provide support and supervision at each campus.
Do not hesitate to discuss your concerns with our staff at the office or onsite. In all cases, we count on parents to partner with us to make safety a priority. Help us with this process by providing as much details as possible when completing the medical forms!
In mid-May, campers will receive a package which includes a detailed itinerary, address of accommodation, and a list of things to bring. Any further questions can be directed to us once you have reviewed the package.
Our registration system is updated in real time so if you attempt to register and the system allows you to select the program, then you are in luck! At that point the system will “hold” the spot for you for 20 minutes to allow you to complete payments. After that delay, the spot will be released. If the program is full, there will be a message to contact the office to be placed on the waitlist. Please remember that you are applying to join our camp. Our registrar reviews all applications and will contact any families that we feel may have applied for the wrong program within 2 weeks following your application. If you do not hear from us within that time, you are confirmed!
Alternatively, of course, you can call or email us!!
Camp Tournesol will accept Visa, Visa debit, pre-paid Visa, Master Card, MasterCard Debit, email transfers or personal cheques. Please make your cheque to: “Camp Tournesol”. Remember HST must be added to the fee.
Camp Tournesol accept 40% deposits to secure registration for all overnight programs with instalments of 35% on March 15th and May 15th. After May 15th, payment must be made in full.
Registration MUST be done ONLINE or by phoning the office to complete it with our staff.
Please refer to our policy page for our refund and cancellation policy