In nature’s classroom participants can wander under 1,000-year-old cedars; gaze at hundreds of wintering bald eagles; watch a goat kid being born or marvel at thousands of spawning salmon. Learners and visitors are inspired to make more informed environmentally sustainable decisions through field study, outdoor recreation and other direct experiences in nature that instill a sense of respect and appreciation of the natural world.
The Cheakamus Centre offers year-round environmental education programs, accommodations, catering services, meeting and event space for adults and children of all ages. A vision of the North Vancouver School District, in partnership with Listel Canada, a leader in sustainable hospitality, the Cheakamus Center is the natural place for inspiration, discovery and celebration.
Nature is in session!
The Cheakamus Centre combines 40+ years of character and tradition with stunning modern meeting and event space. We offer a wide range of facilities and program options for all ages. Whether your goal is to use our accommodations to conduct your own programming, call on our experienced staff to lead activities for your group, or celebrate a milestone event in style, our goal is to provide a memorable and seamless experience for all.
Experience a traditional Coast Salish Bighouse in this unique cultural program at the Cheakamus Centre. Journey back in time through towering cedars to learn how stone, bone and wood tools were used to chop wood and strip and pound bark. Stroll along spawning channels of the Cheakamus River, a name that means ‘people of the fish weir’, before arriving at the Bighouse, where Elders will welcome you with ceremonial song and dance.
Learn about life in the Bighouse and the different roles of family groups from hunting and fishing to weaving and plant gathering. Together, you will prepare lunch using time-honoured cooking methods and make bannock over the fire. Elders will lead workshops in traditional arts in this fun, hands-on program for the whole family.
Full or half-day programs available for adults and families.
Pre-registration required. Program requires minimum numbers to run.
For pricing and registration details, please view our Program Overview.
The natural place to meet
BlueShore Financial Environmental Learning CentreTake your next meeting or special event to new heights in the 840 square metre (9000 square feet) sustainably designed “tree house”. It’s raised floor and forest setting elevates your guests to the magic of the forest canopy. This unique “green-built” centre boasts sweeping forest views and large reclaimed timber beams creating a dramatic venue to host conferences, workshops, meetings, banquets and receptions.
Cabins & Conference CentreThe self-contained Conference Centre is the ideal location to host corporate training sessions, retreats, health and wellness seminars, workshops and reunions of up to 40 people. The 10 cabins of the main campus accommodate groups of up to 135 people nestled in a beautiful forest setting.
Coast Salish BighouseEver imagined what daily life may have been like for the First Peoples on the southwest coast of BC? Book our Coast Salish Bighouse for an authentic cultural experience. We are pleased to customize programs to suit your group, meeting and event plans and itineraries.
The natural place to celebrate!
Box 250 (2170 Paradise Valley Road)
Brackendale, BC V0N 1H0
for Environmental Learning
Educational Programming and Outdoor School Administration