Leacock Summer Academy

Birthday Camp Elementary School Secondary School


For Elementary Students Gr. 5 & 6

with educator and mentor


 July 7 – 11 or August 11-15
Monday – Friday: 9:00am – Noon

Cost: $25 per student

Get More From Your Reading Experience


Veteran educator Erin Price will lead this one-week program designed to help your child get more out of their reading experience, to improve their ability to communicate positively through writing and to assist them in understanding themselves and how they relate to the world around them.

This five-day, morning program gives your aspiring young writers a chance to create new and exciting work, shoulder-to-shoulder with an experienced writer and creative writing teacher.

Space is limited to 15 students so please call or email us with your student names as soon as possible to confirm your their interest.

The Leacock Summer Academy is pledged to promoting the advantages of reading and writing as sources of enjoyment and enrichment for everyone, but especially for young people.

Location: Leacock Museum National Historic Site

Cost: $25 per student for 5 day camp – Mornings Only

Register online at: orillia.ca and the following codes:

Camp 1 – July 7-11: Enter Code 33226

Camp 2 – August 11-15: Enter Code 33227

Information: 705-329-1908

or email: admin@leacockmuseum.com

Presented with the generous support of

The Leacock Associates             TD Bank Financial Services



The Love of Reading and Art of Writing at Leacock Museum

We at Leacock Museum strive to interpret this imaginative heritage throughout the National Historic Site and extend it by way of our contemporary educational and outreach programs.

Each year thousands of schoolchildren visit the Museum and participate in curriculum-linked cultural and natural heritage programs. Many return for our periodic Day Camps to focus on reading and writing.

For emerging writers we offer Writing Academies under the direction of established writer/teachers.  Poetry Reading events, held in the Shoreline Café and at Leacock House throughout the year, lead up to the Leacock Festival in July.  This literary Festival features readings by a variety of established and emerging talents.

At Leacock Museum we encourage the love of reading and the art of writing in association with authors, educators and organizations such as Canada’s national literacy organization, Frontier College.  Hence our Latin motto The Written Word Remains, is spoken with a gentle smile.

Littera Scripta Manet  Horace 31 BC


Stephen Leacock (centre) during a fly fishing excursion with May “Fitz” Shaw and Francis Page Hett, Orillia, Ontario, Canada 1933. (Photo by Olive Hett Seale 1933)

Daily life at Old Brewery Bay revolved around writing and fishing – fishing from the Writing Studio/Boathouse; in Lake Simcoe; on excursions with friends and fellow writers (above); and then dining on the catch.

Read Quotes

"A sportsman is a man who every now and then, simply has to get out and kill something."