Summer is a time for adventure, new experiences, skill building, high fiving buddies, and creating memories that will last a lifetime, and there’s no better place to do all that then at camp. It’s a time to unplug from the TV, computers and cell phones, and take the time to stop and smell the flowers—literally.
Throughout the Sea to Sky Corridor there’s a range of camp options for the little kids all the way up to the big ones (like you), from half days all the way up to multi-week options. Take a look at the selection below to discover a camp that your kids, or you, might never want to leave.
Into the Valley
Beautifully set in the Upper Squamish Valley, Camp Summit is the ideal blend of outdoor adventure, creativity, and connection building for children and youth aged 4-17. There are eight different overnight camp options on offer, from the three day Base Camp all the way up to the three-week Teen Leadership Challenges. Camp Summit was founded in 1999 and went from 40 campers in its first year to now over 800 each summer. With a 90% return rate they must be doing something right, and it’s partly down to the passion of the founder, Geoff Parks.
“We’re about the people. A lot of the team here has grown up at camp, and have experienced the programs. In turn, they want to provide an incredible experience,” explains Geoff Parks, founder and director of Camp Summit. “Everything we do here at camp is done with intent. We spend time thinking about the how and why we do things to ensure they’re as inclusive, supportive, and fun as they can possibly be. Camp is like a community. Whether someone is with us five days or six months, the impact we have on their life is transformative. Shy kids become self-confident and independent with the knowledge that they can thrive, even when Mom and Dad aren’t there. That’s a big asset for life. Seeing the passion of my team and the growth and development of the campers is simply incredible.”
The camps offer adrenaline-pumping activities like rock climbing, archery, high ropes and mountain biking, as well as orienteering, outdoor living skills, and geocaching that will get your kids reading maps and problem solving as a team. Add to a little guitar and drama around the campfire and you have something for everyone. The fun is not only limited to minors at Camp Summit, there’s a Women’s Weekend that has all the adventure trimmings of the kids camp with the addition of massage and yoga—perfect.
Into the Mountains
It’s all about finding the right combination of sports-based fun with the Whistler Sports Academy summer combo camps.
These day camps can be tailored to your little-one’s interests, with options like mountain biking, sailing, theatre, dance, gymnastics, tennis, survival skills, and jiu-jitsu scheduled for the morning. Then, in the afternoons it’s all about the water with their paddle sport programs. Set of the stunning Alta and Green Lakes, your kids will work on their canoe, kayak, and SUP skills with the camp’s certified instructors and guides.
The camps are five-days long and start in June with various dates throughout the summer. The Kids Combo Camps are for children aged 5-14, and the new Kiddy Combo Camps are for 3-5 year-olds. The Kiddy Camps are designed to help build your child’s core sport skills set, stamina, and concentration—and of course to have oodles of fun. Mountain biking is the core daily sport, and it’s good for first timers on run bikes up to little rippers who have got the hang of their pedals, and then there’s a mix of indoor and outdoor sports including ball games, trampoline, yoga, hikes, and paddling. The Kiddie Camps also offer spring and fall options if you want to extend that summer camp vibe.
What’s worth mentioning is that the people running these camps are Whistler locals who are certified to the hilt, and passionate about sharing their love of the outdoors and sports with the kids. They also run overnight leadership camps for ages 14+, and have a range of “Champagne Camps” for adults, including an all-women bike camp.
Into the Forest
It’s all about being immersed in nature and getting your hands dirty at Evans Lake Summer Camp. Set on pristine waters and surrounded by lush forest it has that serene feeling of being completely in the wilderness, although it’s just 15-kilometres north of Squamish. The camps are designed for children and youth aged 8-16 years, with overnight camps ranging from 6-7 days.
A key point of difference at Evans Lake is their belief in the campers leaving with a deeper knowledge and admiration of the forest and environment they’re revelling in. Daily programming is held in the forest and includes stream rehabilitation, shelter building, erosion reduction, animal conservation, and general forest management. This is tied in with canoeing, paddle-boarding, rock-climbing, archery, theme days, skits, and songs.
“We have all the recreation activities you’d expect at camp, plus the forest education component,” explains Conor Lorimer, Director of Operations and Education at Evans Lake. “Discovering how we connect with the forest is a journey and exploring it in a camp setting, with other campers and leaders in a tight knit group creates something very special. Evans Lake is a stunning base, we have campfires on the shore with homemade cookies and hot chocolate, and get up to all the usual camp calamity with theme nights and costume parties. Camp is all about fun. The more fun we have outdoors the more likely we are to get out there and experience it.”
They even have a trademark game called “Survival” that requires a touch of stealth, along with team-building classics like Capture the Flag. If that wasn’t enough, there’s the option to add certain adventures to the camps like river floats, high ropes courses, zip lining, and white water rafting. They even claim to have the yummiest camp marshmallows, but I guess you’d have to check out one of their campfire sing alongs to find out…
Into The City
Perhaps the easiest and most affordable way to access summer activity options for all ages is at your local recreation centre. The sheer amount of activities on offer would be the envy of any town outside of BC! From rock climbing to reading clubs to art camps, we really are living in the perfect place for kids to play in the summer!
S2S Summer Camps
|wdt_ID||Camp Name||Location||Type Of Camp||Website|
|1||Camp Summit||Squamish||Weekly Stay||http://www.campsummit.ca/|
|2||Evans Lake||Squamish||Weekly Stay||https://evanslake.com/|
|3||Whistler Valley Snowboard Club||Whistler||Weekly Stay||https://www.facebook.com/WhistlerValleySnowboardClub|
|4||Whistler Mountain Ski Club Summer Camps||Whistler||Weekly Stay||https://wmsc.info/summer-race-camps/|
|5||Momentum Ski Camps||Whistler||Other||https://www.momentumskicamps.com/|
|6||Rise and Shine Captains Camps||Pemberton||https://www.theriseandshinefoundation.com/sports-camps|
|7||Whistler Youth Soccer Camps||Whistler||Day Camp||https://www.whistler.ca/summer-camps|
|8||Squamish Parks & Recreation||Squamish||Day Camp||https://squamish.ca/recreation/recreation-programs-activities-and-facilities/|
|9||Whistler Parks & Recreation||Whistler||Day Camp||https://www.whistler.ca/culture-recreation/recreation/rec-guide-programs|
|10||SLRD/Pemberton Parks & Recreation||Pemberton||Day Camp||https://www.slrd.bc.ca/recreation-culture/community-facilities/pemberton-area-c-facilities/pemberton-district-community-centre/programs|
|Camp Name||Location||Type Of Camp||Website|