Environmental Learning Centre



BlueShore Financial

Environmental Learning Centre

Surrounded by towering cedar trees and flanked by the Cheakamus River, the BlueShore Financial Environmental Learning Centre (ELC) is a showcase for green building innovation. The building's raised floor and forest setting elevates visitors to the magic of the forest canopy. Sweeping views and large reclaimed timber beams create a dramatic venue to host education groups, conferences, workshops, meetings, weddings and special events.

Set in the heart of Cheakamus Centre, the 850-square-metre (9000-square-foot) ELC is a welcoming space featuring a large reception and dining area; multi-purpose classrooms; meeting, event and exhibit spaces; and an outdoor amphitheatre. The award-winning "tree-house" design features environmental principles such as geothermal water heating, a stormwater harvesting system and other green innovations to conserve energy and reduce the centre's environmental footprint. Visitors are immediately captivated by the modern aesthetic, with floor to ceiling windows and skylights letting in lots of natural light; and wood creating a warm and comfortable atmosphere. A natural place for learning and creative inspiration, the ELC celebrates the unique character and history of the Ch'iyáḵmesh (Cheakamus) River and the Sḵwxwú7mesh (Squamish) area.