Learning English through the Outdoors 

English Language Immersion with a Uniquely Canadian Summer Outdoor Experience

Our approach to learning English allows students to develop confidence in conversing with their peers and teachers while learning additional outdoor education skills that will allow them to slide easily into every aspect of life in Canada.

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  • Session 1

    June 28 - July 23, 2021
    Online: June 28 - July 10
    On Campus: July 11 - July 23
  • Session 2

    August 9 - September 3, 2021
    Online: August 9 - August 22
    On Campus: August 23 - September 3
  • Cost

    2021: To be confirmed
    2019: $4,195 (includes excursions in Ontario natural areas)

Benefits of Learning English through the Outdoors

At Lakefield College School’s Learning English through the Outdoors program, our goal is to prepare students in the best possible way for their academic and extracurricular life at a Canadian independent school. Our approach to learning English allows students to develop confidence in conversing with their peers and teachers while learning additional outdoor education skills that will allow them to slide easily into every aspect of life in Canada.

Students will spend their days and evenings immersed in English, both while they are completing the online portion of the course and while at the LCS campus. Reading, writing, speaking and listening skills will be strengthened through direct instruction and practice, following the Ontario curriculum for the ESLC0 credit course. Students will earn an Ontario high school course credit and parents will receive a mid-point and a final report card with the grade and credit(s) earned. Interested students may also receive customized preparation for TOEFL or IELTS exams.

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  • Daily Schedule on LCS Campus

    Daily schedules vary, but students can expect:
    • Classroom instruction (6 hours/day)
    • Daily study/practice (2 hours/day)
    • Outdoors activities to practice English
    • An overnight camping trip each week to a natural area (hiking and paddling)
    • Leisure activities such as movies, board games, talent nights
    • Recreational activities that include yoga, dance, tennis, sailing, swimming, ropes courses, beach volleyball, and canoeing
    • Field trips to plays, music festivals, and sports events
  • English Skills Immersion

    English skills are used daily as students work together while:
    • Mastering outdoors skills such as wilderness camping, cooking over a campfire and canoeing
    • Being immersed in the cultural and natural heritage of our area 
    • Reading books about Canada
    • Learning about the Canadian wilderness from guest speakers
    • Discovering the rich history of Lakefield College School
    • Sampling our signature co-curricular programs
  • Accommodations and Facilities

    Students stay in an air-conditioned residence on campus in shared rooms (doubles or triples) with semi-private bathrooms. While the program is co-ed, male and female students will be housed on different floors. Live-in residential staff provide supervision and support 24/7.

    Online Experience
    Students can expect an engaging online experience, with whole group classes, break-out rooms, group projects, and asynchronous activities such as learning knots (following English directions and preparing a video to demonstrate your learning and your spoken English).


Students will need to bring a laptop computer to complete and submit academic assignments. Student residences and academic areas all have Wi-Fi.

Visa Information for International Students

If you wish to study in a short-term course or program, you do not need a study permit if you plan to take a course in Canada that lasts six months or less. You must complete the course or program within the period authorized for your stay in Canada.

You may however need a tourist or other visa to attend this program. Please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for information about the type of documentation required and the list of countries that require a visa to enter Canada.

To get your visa, please apply through your nearest Canadian Embassy or Canadian Consulate. Application forms are typically available on the embassy website. Please ask your embassy how long it takes to get a tourist visa as times vary greatly by country. In some countries, it can take up to one month to get a visa, while other countries only require a few days to get a tourist visa.

Important Notes

If your child will need temporary accommodation either before the program begins, or after it ends, please contact Jen Horrigan who will arrange a homestay in the local area (at an additional cost).

Study Permit
If your child is remaining in Canada to study after the Learning English through the Outdoors course finishes, and if he or she is not a Canadian citizen and does not possess a Permanent Residency Card for Canada, they must obtain a Study Permit unless they are a dependent of a diplomat accredited by Canada. It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to obtain the necessary documents and authorization prior to their child entering Canada to commence the Learning English through the Outdoors session. Please contact your nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate as soon as possible to begin this process.

As part of your child's Study Permit application, the Canadian Embassy may require a Letter of Acceptance from Lakefield College School confirming your child's enrolment in our summer term. This completed and signed Letter of Acceptance Form will be sent to you upon your paying of the tuition for the summer course.

For complete details, visit the website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. In the past, some of our families have found the services of Nikolay Tupikov, a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, helpful in completing the study permit process. He can be reached at 01.647.866.3530 or by email at info@bayimmigration.ca.

Additional Requirements
As part of the enrolment process for the Learning English through the Outdoors program, Lakefield College School will be asking you to complete several forms as part of your registration, including providing health information, arranging for health insurance, naming a Canadian Legal Guardian, etc. All such forms must be submitted to Lakefield College School by May 30, 2021.

Still Have Questions?

If you are interested in the summer program, but not intending to become a Lakefield College School student, please contact Heather Avery at havery@lcs.on.ca for further information.

School Information

4391 County Road 29, Lakefield Ontario K0L 2H0   705.652.3324   admissions@lcs.on.ca


Lakefield College School is a private, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12, located in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada.

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