General Programming (not Outdoor School)

Where do the students sleep?

Students sleep in rustic heated log cabins. Cabins are equipped with bunk beds and shared bathrooms and sleep up to 17 people in 2-3 separate rooms.

What is your total capacity?

Our 8 cabins can accommodate 135 people including a staff cabin that sleeps 8 with kitchenette and living area. Our Spak'wus House facility on the south side of our property sleeps 41 in dorm-style accommodations

How many chaperones do you require schools to bring?

It is recommended that schools provide 1 supervisor (teacher, staff, parent) per 10 students. Supervisors are complimentary for every 10 students, while additional staff are subject to approval by Cheakamus Centre and will be charged 50% of the regular program fee.

Will our group have the site to ourselves?

Probably not but it's likely you won't notice! We have an expansive site of 420 acres with 3 separate residential programming areas allowing us to offer a variety of concurrent programs. It's common for smaller groups staying in our cabins to share space and eat together in our ELC dining area however the programming is generally scheduled separately.

Do you provide transportation to Cheakamus Centre?

We do not provide transport and this is the responsibility of individual schools. We do have a recommended operator and can provide their contact information on request.

Do you accommodate special dietary needs?

Yes, our talented culinary team is able to meet a wide array of special dietary needs. All dietary requirements need to be communicated in advance to Cheakamus Centre via our Medical and Dietary form.

Can teachers or school staff visit Cheakamus Centre prior to their school's booking or arrival?

Yes, we encourage teachers or administrative staff to arrange a site tour particularly if it's the 1st time booking a program. Appointments may be made through our program staff email at programs@cheakamuscentre.ca.

Does Cheakamus Centre have first aid staff available 24/7?

Yes, our Program Support Specialists are fully trained and accredited first aid staff who will be present on site for the duration of your school's program, including overnight. We are also only 15km from the Squamish Hospital in the event of emergency.

How accessible is Cheakamus Centre?

We are able to cater to a wide range of mobility issues. All of our buildings are wheelchair accessible and we have elevator access in the Environmental Learning Centre. As much of our site is located on a flood plain, most of our trails are easily accessed.

How can I support at Cheakamus Centre?

As a non-profit organization, we rely on the dedication and enthusiasm of our many sponsors, donors and volunteers Click here for more information on our volunteer opportunities. The Cheakamus Foundation for Environmental Learning was created in January 2009 to support the ongoing success and viability of Cheakamus Centre (formerly the North Vancouver Outdoor School). Donations can be made through: