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Overview of Canoe


Canoe Island French Camp is a unique sleepaway camp located in Washington State in the Pacific Northwest focusing on French language and culture as well as outdoor and artistic activities. Our campers enjoy the pleasures of a traditional summer camp such as kayaking, theatre, archery, sailing, marine biology, and photography, all on a private, 47-acre San Juan Island used exclusively by the camp.


On Canoe Island, campers are exposed to French language, culture, and cuisine. The French camp’s innovative, low-pressure approach to French language instruction engages beginners and fluent Francophones alike. Counselors, many of whom are from France, share their culture, food, and history. Our camp aims to shape conscientious world citizens and promote cross-cultural understanding.


Our residential camp attracts curious children and engaged young adults. The technology-free environment allows campers to connect with nature, as well as the people around them. At only 50 campers per session, our island fosters a small, open-minded community of young people. Campers leave Canoe Island with increased self-reliance, memories of new experiences, and new friends; many campers return year after year.


The whole family can experience all the fun of summer camp at our family camps, and adult events, such as yoga, cooking, and art, are offered on Spring weekends.