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Be a part of our milestone year! Click here to learn more and share your story.


Cheakamus Centre and BCIT Zero Emission Construction Course

Are you an indigenous community member who is 16 or older and interested in construction? Spend a week in May at Cheakamus Centre and learn how to retrofit a cabin while earning credit from BCIT!

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A Professional Learning Workshop at Cheakamus Centre: Place-Based Inquiry

Join elementary teachers, mentors and community partners for a full-day of place-based, experiential learning at Cheakamus Centre in Brackendale. We’ll spend the day immersed in place, inquiry and indigeneity as we share promising practices and explore inspiring possibilities.

Date: Monday, May 6, 2019

Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (from North Vancouver)

Location: Cheakamus Centre, Brackendale

Cost: $65 per person (includes lunch)

Click here to learn more and register today. Space is limited.


Indigenous Youth Leadership Summer Employment Program

Are you interested in:

  • Learning about and sharing your culture?
  • Working with children and youth?
  • Gaining facilitation skills and experience?
  • Participating in workshops presented by skilled experts?

We are looking for you! Click here to learn more and apply today.

Click here to download the most recent North Vancouver School District's Indigenous Education Newsletter and click here to learn more about goals and initiatives underway. 


Cheakamus River Feast: 2nd Annual 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 09, 2019
Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Cheakamus Centre South Entrance

Purchase tickets here


Outdoor School at Cheakamus Centre - Photo Essay by Dr. David Overgaard, Principal, Canyon Heights Elementary

At the end of November we had the pleasure of welcoming students from Canyon Heights Elementary School and Queen Mary Elementary School for the Grade 6 Outdoor School program. These enthusiastic students were accompanied by equally enthusiastic educators who couldn't wait to experience all that Cheakamus Centre had to offer! Principal, David Overgaard captured numerous images of their experience at Cheakamus Centre and documented it all in this beautifully written photo essay.

Here is an excerpt from his photo essay:

"Leaving school, technology and the internet behind, students at Canyon Heights and Queen Mary schools spend four days disconnected, and yet by the end of four days more deeply connected to each other, the environment, to their teachers; all through deep experiential learning."

Click here to read the full essay


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 development@cheakamuscentre.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


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.