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Cheakamus Centre Earns Accolades at the 2018 Professional BC Wedding Awards!

On Monday, December 10, 2018, Cheakamus Centre was one of the big winners at the Professional BC Wedding Awards! The annual Professional BC Wedding Awards is Canada’s longest running wedding awards program, which recognizes the hard work of vendors in the industry who provide high quality services to the wedding industry in BC. Each entry received is carefully reviewed and scored by a panel of judges, who represent different fields within the wedding industry and are selected for their overall understanding and extensive experience.

This year, Cheakamus Centre took the top prize for Best Wedding Reception Venue, with the finalist prize going to the Pipe Shop Venue in North Vancouver and the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish. The Centre was also recognized as a finalist for Best Ceremony Location, with the top price going to the Sea to Sky Gondola and the co-finalist award going to the Cecil Green Park House in Vancouver. This is the second year that the Centre has been recognized for this coveted award.

Click here to learn more about weddings at Cheakamus Centre

Lovely Weather for Ducks for the 2nd Annual Eagle Walk!

The rain did not ruffle any feathers at the Friends of Cheakamus 2nd Annual Eagle Walk on Sunday, December 9th. Nearly thirty nature enthusiasts gathered at Cheakamus Centre for the last member event of 2018, including several young, budding birders!

Learn more about this event

Performers Needed for our 50th Annual Open House on Sunday, May 5th, 2019!

Can you sing, dance, juggle, act, play an instrument mime, perform magic, or do something extraordinaire? Cheakamus Centre is seeking volunteer performance artists of every kind to make Open House 2019 extra lively with roving performances.

To sign up or to explore fun ways you or your school can get involved, please contact Cathy Jenkins at cjenkins@sd44.ca

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Deep energy retrofits to Cabin #5 and #6 are now complete!

The two cabins have new roofs and foundations, and high-efficiency windows.The cabins were wrapped in a “better sweater” with added insulation to the roof, walls and under the floor – actual sheep’s wool was used to insulate the roof! Interior upgrades include more accessible bathrooms and ventilation systems to improve indoor air quality and occupant comfort.

Read our new blog to learn more about this incredible project

Cheakamus Centre launches new membership program

Cheakamus Centre launches a brand-new Friends of Cheakamus membership program. Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages with a love for nature, the environment, and education are encouraged to join today. As a Friend of Cheakamus, members receive a range of benefits that includes special member events, savings at the Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop, free access to over 140 nature centres, and more.

Become a Friend today!

Executive Chef, Wade Rowland launches food blog

As a facility promoting sustainability, we are strong supporters of 'farm to school - farm to fork'. Our kitchen uses in-house farm resources to provide sustainable, locally sourced meals for our school and visitor groups.

Herbs and micro greens, lettuce, kale, peas, and potatoes are grown onsite, helping to reduce our dependency on commercial food suppliers. Our garden is also enhanced with three beehives, and we also have a hobby farm with resident goats, chickens, ducks and pigs that are all used as teaching tools. Chef Wade has taken this experience and launched a blog all about sustainable food practices and Cheakamus Centre!

Check it out!

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.

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.