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Left to right: Students John Cheng Law, Abbas Rangwala and  Joe English, Managing Director, West Coast Innovations Lab
Left to right: Students John Cheng Law, Abbas Rangwala and Joe English, Managing Director, West Coast Innovations Lab

Honored for Excellence: Cheakamus Centre wins Chamber Green Business Award

On Friday, April 27, 2018, Cheakamus Centre was one of the big winners at the Squamish Chamber of Commerce 2018 Business Excellence Awards! The Centre was presented with the Green Business Award at the annual gala event that recognizes the outstanding achievements of business people and organizations in the Squamish community.

The Green Business Award, sponsored by the Squamish Climate Action Network (Squamish CAN) is given to a local business or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to environmental sustainability. The evaluation committee assessed applicants’ achievements towards eliminating waste, conserving resources, promoting a healthy workplace environment and community engagement.

Click here to read the full media release.


Reconciliation House Post finds its home!

On April 2017, Cheakamus Centre was the proud recipient of the Squamish Arts Council 2017 Arts & Culture Enhancement Grant. This generous grant supported the creation of a Reconciliation House Post that will serve as a focal point for discussion at this important time of reconciliation in Canada. This carving will also honour families from the area who have dedicated their skills, knowledge, and expertise, teaching thousands of students about indigenous cultural practices and reinforcing the values of respect and harmony.

The project was led by Xwalacktun (Rick Harry), an internationally renowned Squamish Nation artist, whose works can be found in the region and throughout the world. His accomplishments have been acknowledged with a variety of awards and designations including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the prestigious Order of British Columbia. We are so excited to officially announce that the Reconciliation House Post is up! Xwalcktun and his incredible team worked tirelessly to create this masterpiece and over a year later, this amazing piece sits beautifully near our beloved longhouse.

A special thank you to RDC Fine Homes for all of your help getting the foundation built and installing this special post!


Outdoor School story earns Community Newspaper Awards nomination!

Journalist and Outdoor School alumna Maria Spitale-Leisk was nominated for the Ma Murray 2018 Outdoor Recreation Writing Award. The winner was announced at the BCYCNA awards Gala at the River Rock Casino Resort on Saturday, April 28, 2018 and Maria came home with a bronze! Spitale-Leisk’s article “Outdoor School Stirs Warm Memories” appeared in the North Shore News in May 2017. The prestigious Ma Murray Awards are held annually to celebrate achievement in the 98 member publications across the province.

Click here for the heartwarming story about Cheakamus Centre’s Outdoor School program.


Cheakamus Foundation receives contribution in the amount $15,990 from Enabling Accessibility Fund

The Cheakamus Foundation for Environmental Learning is excited to announce a contribution in the amount of $15,990 from the Government of Canada towards the Opening Doors cabin enhancement initiative. Funding from the Enabling Accessibility in Workplaces and Communities program will provide for accessibility improvements to two of ten cabins needing upgrades at Cheakamus Centre.

Click here to read the full media release.


Cheakamus Centre Receives Greenhouse Classroom Funding

Cheakamus Centre is proud to announce contributions from the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, augmented by Listel Hospitality Group’s filtered water donation program, to provide for an accessible greenhouse and planting supplies. The new greenhouse will enhance the Centre’s well-established garden program, provide a new accessible outdoor learning space, and increase the amount of fresh produce that makes its way on to the school menus.

This healthy-living initiative helps provide students with the tools and knowledge needed to make choices that will have a positive effect on their heath and the environment. The greenhouse classroom will extend the growing season through the winter months, and provide more opportunities for students to be hands-on with harvesting, growing and planting.

The Growing Together project is a collaboration of Cheakamus Centre’s education and culinary teams, with the shared goal to deepen student and adult visitors’ understanding of where their food comes from, and to empower young learners to taste new foods.

“When children participate in garden activities, they are more motivated to try new fruits and vegetables in the dining hall”, says Wade Rowland, executive chef at Cheakamus Centre. “The greenhouse provides an invaluable teaching tool to change the way many children perceive food and encourage them to become excited about nutritious and healthy food choices.”

This project is part of a larger, multi-year campus renewal initiative that includes enhanced school and public programs, as well as new construction and renovations. The general public is invited to tour the greenhouse and view the cabin renovations at Cheakamus Centre’s 49th Annual Open House on Sunday, May 6, 2018.


Cheakamus Centre Receives $25,000 From RBC Foundation

Cheakamus Centre is proud to announce a contribution in the amount of $25,000 from the RBC Future Launch program. This generous funding will help to create opportunities for indigenous youth to explore, build, and share indigenous cultural practices in an environmental education setting.

Click here to read the full media release.


Cheakamus River Feast: A Walk on the Wild Side

An exclusive dining experience hosted by the Cheakamus Foundation in support of environmental education for youth.

Join us for a multi-course paired menu featuring local, seasonal fare. The evening begins in an authentic longhouse with culinary delights inspired by Coast Salish traditions. We then move to the farm and gardens for more tasting, and finish off on the banks of the Ch’iyákmesh River for a long-table feast!

Date: June 16, 2018

Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Location: Cheakamus Centre South Entrance - 1600 Paradise Valley Road

Tickets: $125

Purchase your tickets now!

This event takes place outdoors and involves some walking on grass, dirt pathways and uneven ground. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate shoes. The event will take place rain or shine. In the event of rain, indoor and covered locations will be available.

Tax receipts will be issued post-event by the Cheakamus Foundation for Environmental Learning.

Learn more.

Thank you to our River Feast partners:

BlueShore FinancialCheakamus FoundationPacific Salmon FoundationRDC Fine Homes



Cheakamus Foundation receives contribution in the amount of $10,000 from the Vancouver Foundation.

This funding will provide for the start of a new program to strengthen understanding of indigenous knowledge's and identify ways to move forward together at this historic point in Canada’s development. We are so thankful for this generous contribution from Vancouver Foundation

Click here to read the full media release.


Cheakamus Centre looking for $500,000 funding for student cabins

As part of the campus renewal initiative, the Cheakamus Foundation for Environmental Learning has been actively securing refurbishing funding, which includes sustainability and energy costs. Read the full story by The Squamish Chief


Cheakamus Foundation receives MEC funding for student cabins

The Cheakamus Foundation for Environmental Learning is pleased to announce it has received support from Mountain Equipment Co-op towards the campus renewal project at Cheakamus Centre. This important contribution will improve the sustainability and reduce energy costs in one of ten cabins.

As a philanthropic leader, Mountain Equipment Co-op has repeatedly demonstrated the positive impact of socially responsible corporate action. We are so thankful for this generous contribution. Click here to read the full media release.


BCIT Students Bring Energy to Cabin Project

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Building Science Master students are getting a taste of what it's like to work on a well-loved Outdoor School landmark, as a result of a collaboration between Cheakamus Centre and BCIT’s School of Construction and the Environment.

For the next 8 weeks, Abbas Rangwala and John Cheng Law will explore options for energy efficiency upgrades to one of the original Pan-Abode sleeping cabins at Cheakamus Centre. This feasibility study will determine an energy baseline and identify design options to improve energy efficiency and indoor environment quality. The study will inform design decisions for the first of ten cabins slated for upgrades this spring. Click here to read the full media release.


Reconciliation House Post Ceremony

On Friday, September 8th dozens of people gathered on the grounds of Cheakamus Centre to participate in a traditional blessing ceremony to celebrate the carving of a Reconciliation House Post, created by renowned Squamish Nation artist Xwlacktun (Rick Harry). Click here to read the full story.

Check out our YouTube Channel for some footage of this amazing event.


Reconciliation Carving Project Makes Front Page!

On June 22, 2017, the reconciliation carving project at Cheakamus Centre was featured in the Arts & Entertainment section of the Pique Newsmagazine. The four-metre cedar reconciliation pole is the latest work of Squamish Nation artist Xwalacktun (Rick Harry). The pole is being carved onsite at the longhouse, allowing visiting children and teachers to watch the team of three carvers at work, with Xwalacktun sharing the stories behind the pole. Click here to read the full story.


A wheelbarrow of thanks to Nature Conservancy of Canada Volunteers!

On Saturday, June 10th an enthusiastic group of volunteers from the Sea to Sky and lower mainland came out for a busy day of trail maintenance at Cheakamus Centre. Volunteers assisted with trimming, raking and laying wood chips to make our Emerald Forest trail shine! Guided by Nature Conservancy of Canada and Cheakamus staff, volunteers had an opportunity to try their hand at giving back to the land while exploring Cheakamus ecological reserve and learning about forest conservation.

Volunteer efforts really do make a difference. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Nature Conservancy of Canada and all of our volunteers for the help we have received this year. We invite everyone to continue their support in the future, and we look forward to involving new volunteers in our many conservation projects and events year-round.


EECOM Awards of Excellence Honourable Mention

Cheakamus Centre is delighted to announce that the North Vancouver School District received Honourable Mention in the 2017 Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) Awards of Excellence. This prestigious award program recognizes contributions of outstanding individuals and organizations engaged in environmental learning across Canada. North Vancouver School District was recognized in the category of Outstanding K-12 Class, School, or School District. It received honourable mention for its innovative environmental education programs at Cheakamus Centre and across the school district that foster a greater understanding of ecological principles and environmental ethics.

Established in 1969, Cheakamus Centre is owned by the North Vancouver School District and offers a wide variety of environmental, leadership and indigenous programs for children and youth. Learn More.


A big Cheakamus thank you to all who came out to our 48th Annual Open House!

Open House 2017 was another resounding success! We had a sunny day of nature exploration and discovery - and lots of good ole family fun outdoors! Nearly 2000 people joined us for the event, including 60+ volunteers. On top of all of that, over 1000 salmon fry were released by many small, helping hands. We also officially launched our exciting Cabin enhancement project that will see comfort and energy efficient upgrades to ten of our well-loved cabins.

Proceeds from this annual event support our environmental, leadership and indigenous programs for children and youth. We are blessed to be part of such a generous community!

A special thank you to all of our visitors, donors, sponsors & volunteers!

Save the date: 49th Annual Open House is Sunday, May 6, 2018.


Cheakamus Centre Launches Reconciliation Carving Project

Squamish, April 27, 2017 — Cheakamus Centre is a proud recipient of a Squamish Arts Council 2017 Arts & Culture Enhancement Grant. This generous grant supports the creation of a Reconciliation Pole that will serve as a focal point for discussion at this important time of reconciliation in Canada. This carving will also honour families from the area who have dedicated their skills, knowledge, and expertise, teaching thousands of students about indigenous cultural practices and reinforcing the values of respect and harmony.

The project is being led by Xwalacktun (Rick Harry), an internationally renowned Squamish Nation artist, whose works can be found in the region and throughout the world. His accomplishments have been acknowledged with a variety of awards and designations including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the prestigious Order of British Columbia.