Activities Squeah Retreat Centre

Activities

We have a number of additional activities available to enhance your retreat experience. Contact our program director to discuss the perfect blend that will ensure you realize your group’s goals while enjoying your Squeah retreat.

Please note the following list of activities come with nominal fees attached as well as group size limitations. (See Activity Rates Below)

Canoeing at Camp Squeah
Squeah Instructor Required
Archery

Squeah staff can lead this activity in all weather as our firing area is covered. This is a great activity to improve upon a skill that requires discipline and gives quick rewards!

Canoeing

We will take you on a 5-minute bus ride to Klahater Lake to experience the beauty of the lake and the enjoyment of canoeing. Allow for two hours so you have time for both instruction and fun!

Gardening & Canning - New!

Best done between May and October in the year, guests may have opportunities to try a hand in planting, harvesting, composting, transplanting, weeding and eating food they harvest! The canning portion gives guests a taste of what preserving food looks like and they actively help to make themselves a jar of freezer jam to take home.

GPS & Geocaching - New!

Learn the fundamentals of utilizing a geographical positioning system or hand held GPS. Understand it’s basic functions like waypoints and coordinates, store orienteering information and use it to find your way. Compare and contrast the effectiveness of map and compass and a GPS system.

Rock Climbing & Bouldering

Our climbing wall is located inside our gymnasium. We also have a bouldering room for an unharnessed adventure in a padded and supervised room. Try different levels of difficulty on our artificial wall system. This activity requires Camp Squeah trained staff to operate and is a great personal challenge.

Team Initiative Activities

Team Building Initiatives, the Low Ropes Course & the High Ropes Course are activities designed to develop an individual’s understanding of their behaviour, identity & character within the context of a collaborative team environment. While team building initiatives can be facilitated for nearly any age or size of group, they are elements that can lead to greater accomplishment & satisfaction if integrated with our low ropes course and (depending on the age of guests & the goals of the group) the high ropes course. These activities are not meant to be a ‘one time’ event or experience but rather an integrated development of trust building & perception to facilitate appreciative understanding of one another in the context of a team.

Team Building Initiatives

These games can be facilitated either indoors or outdoors and concentrate on focusing a group’s energy into working and communicating together more effectively, efficiently and positively. This activity is a natural opener before we introduce our Low Ropes Course.

Low Ropes Course

Set in our nature trail, our low ropes course provides a series of challenging activities that help groups understand their own relational dynamics, their ability to communicate when tackling an obstacle together and their encouraging power to help each other in uplifting teamwork. Consider this activity for your work group, club or association to help you foster healthier group dynamics.

High Ropes Course

Our high ropes course is available for specialized group/team goals & initiatives and requires working through team building initiatives & the low ropes course. The challenges offered in this unique activity are facilitated by certified staff for an adventurous, challenging, character forming experience.

Squeah Instructor Optional
Bushcrafts (outdoor camping skills)

Come prepared to learn how to build a campfire with resources from the forest around you, race against other teammates to boil water or try nettle tea or bannock, learn how best to survive when in poor weather outdoors or build a lean-to for you and your team.

Crafts

Choose either molding clay into desired creations in pottery with the option of instruction by a professional potter (contracted facilitator) or creating personal gifts and designs on wood with our woodburning tools. Alternatively, groups may wish to utilize our craft room to run most any craft activity they wish to bring with them.

Guided Hiking

The myriad of trails from Camp Squeah will take you to a variety of exciting places, depending on your preference and skill level. Hikes range in duration, from a few minutes to several hours. You can go for a short easy walk or on long hikes with considerable elevation gain. Several trails lead to beautiful spots along Emory Creek, including one trail with 200 steps and two trails that lead to waterfalls. If you prefer to hike without our guide, a trails map is available.

Nature Lore (Botanical adventures!)

Consider taking a guided tour of the flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest temperate rain forest. Be prepared to learn all the interesting and important facts about the trees and plants in our area. Taste the Licorice fern, watch the industrious Douglas squirrel, smash open a geode, guess at the feel of some of BC’s animals by fur pelt, sample home made Big Leaf maple syrup & smell the aromatic Vanilla leaf!

Orienteering

Choose from a simple and fun map orientation game or a more in depth compass activity that teaches participants declination, compass bearing & degrees and pacing. Games can be done with either map or map and compass to help understand how to locate yourself and other important skills in the outdoors.

Swimming (outdoor pool)

Our pool is usually open from mid-May to September each year and is available with a certified (NLS) lifeguard, either that your group provides or that we provide for you.

Contracted Instructor Required

Contracted facilitator availability is variable through the year and subject to their schedule — please request far in advance of your booking.

Aquaponics & Food Sustainability

You Grow Foods is an organization close to the camp that excels at teaching groups the art of growing food sustainably. Consider taking your group there for a morning or afternoon or shorter sessions or even all day! Topics they cover include food sustainability, watersheds, urban agriculture, the nitrogen cycle, food security and food policy & politics. Maximum groups of 30 – 45 (depending on the weather) at a time. Customized programs and quotes available upon request. Squeah can provide transportation for 16 – 36 people when available.

Falconry

This activity is brought to you by a professional Falconer who is incredibly passionate about raptors – Falcons and Hawks. Joanne Bentley (a.k.a. The Falcon Lady) shares her knowledge and teaches the history and skills in lovingly and correctly handling birds of prey, just like the kings of old who would go hawking! Learn the Falconer’s knot and have a Red Tailed Hawk or speedy falcon resting on your arm! Daily rates are included in our rate sheet. Minimum age 10 years old to participate. Because this activity is by contractor, please request this as early as possible; availability is limited to contractors schedule.

Fantastic Fungus!

This activity creates enthusiasm around mushrooms and other fungus. Fantastic Fungus will include:

-inoculating pasteurized substrate to grow your own mushrooms!
-identification of mushrooms specifically with spore prints and microscopes   (slides, paper for prints, melzers solution etc.)
-mushroom lifecycle and fun facts

First Nations activities & facilitation

The town of Hope is full of First Nations peoples who have a heart for students and a love for their own culture. Take in a session on traditional First Nations plant use, learn how to build a drum, weave a bracelet with Cedar the traditional way, learn about the mysterious Spirit Bear, watch salmon smoked by First Nation’s people and have a taste! Learn the important culture heritage associated within our own province. First Nations sessions are contracted out so please give us a call to discuss your goals in receiving this as an activity for your students. Because this activity is by contractors, please request this as early as possible; availability is limited to contractor’s schedule.

Geology & Microscopy

 Facilitated by an experienced and retired geologist, this activity is great to expose students to the wonders of minerals and rocks at a microscopic level. Two high powered microscopes, a Geiger counter, fossils and minerals both precious and base are elements explored. Because this activity is by contractor, please request this as early as possible; availability is limited to contractors schedule.

Gold Panning & Gold Rush History

Facilitated by a world class expert and professional gold panner, ‘Yukon Dan’ or Dan Moore. The following is an excerpt from his website:

“… Dan [Moore], better known as “Yukon Dan”, is a professional gold panner who brings his hands-on presentation to schools. Dan will follow the Prescribed Learning Outcomes that teachers focus on with their students. This workshop takes place in your own classroom or at Camp Squeah where the students rotate to three different stations; they will pan for real gold, separate minerals with a magnet of fool’s gold and then do a word search about mining terminology. Dan is more than happy to work within the teacher’s curriculum to tailor his extremely interesting workshop. The historical knowledge the students receive is overwhelming, the atmosphere in the presentation room will be buzzing with Gold Fever. Whether you are teaching about our Canadian History, Social Studies, Rocks & Minerals, Gold Rushes or Earth & Science, give Yukon Dan a call.

Dan also has an extensive collection of gold related items such as nuggets, flakes, rare coins, and minerals (silver, quartz, copper, platinum, and fools gold). Yukon Dan is more than happy to teach the art of panning for gold to any eager audience.”

Guided Outtrips

Consider booking a certified wilderness guide to take your class or group on an extended wilderness adventure into the beauty of BC’s back country! Consider some of these exciting options:

Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park: This is a wilderness park containing spectacular scenery and outstanding historical, cultural and spiritual values. It protects the entire Stein River watershed. This is a user-maintained area, with 150 km of hiking trails and routes, four cable crossings, a suspension bridge and several wilderness campsites. The park offers limited opportunities for easy day hikes (primarily in the lower valley) and extensive opportunities for multi-night backpacking trips over moderate to difficult terrain. The Stein is essentially a living museum of natural and cultural history. The park contains some of the most significant first nations pictograph sites in Canada.

Hudsons Bay Trail: Originally a First Nations route for hunting and trade, the HBC Trial played a key role in British Columbia’s early development. Completed in 1849, the HBC Trail was builst by the Hudson’s Bay Company with the help of local First Nations. They built the trail to link the Fraser River at Fort Hope with Fort Kamloops and other important fur forts farther north to Stuart Lake. For more than a decade, the HBC’s fur empire in Western North America depended on this trail. The HBC Trail was a product of international politics. In 1846, when Britain and the U.S. agreed on the 49th parallel as the new international boundary, British fur traders were blocked from using their existing forts on the Columbia River. A new fur trail was desperately needed to bring HBC furs to world markets.

Manning Park trips: Hikes in Manning park can include multi day trips to stunning scenery from Cathedral Park, the Skyline Trail, summitting Mt. Frosty or the Four Brothers trail. All are spectacular hikes with great scenery and are opportunities to learn about BC’s alpine, sub-alpine flora and fauna and BC’s varied geology.

Tikwalus Heritage Trail: The Nlaka’pamux (Thompson) First Nations has traveled this trail through the Fraser Canyon for thousands of years. It was used for hunting, trapping, plant gathering and as a safe travel route that bypassed the sheer canyon walls at Hell’s Gate. Dramatic evidence of First Nations’ traditional use can still be seen along the trail today. Today, a 10 km portion of the original trail is being restored, giving hikers and overnight backpackers spectacular views of the historic Fraser Canyon. The trail climbs steeply from Hwy 1 to the summit of Lake Mountain, where you can camp overnight. Elevation gain: 760 metres. Round-trip distance: 13 km.

Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning (HMCOL) programs

Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning guided and facilitated activities:

Pond Ecology: Key concepts such as “food chain” and “food web” are explored, and kids get to dipnet in a local wetland to catch insects, fish and amphibians. Up-close inspection reveals the physical adaptations of these creatures for life in fresh water.

Watershed Science: The banks of the Fraser River provide an outdoor classroom for this exploration of rivers and watersheds. Students learn how watersheds capture, store, and release water through the seasons, and how humans and wildlife benefit from these natural forces. A hands-on stream table demonstrates the power of rivers in moving vast amounts of sediment, creating deltas, gravel bars, and salmon habitat.

Forest Ecology: Participants learn key concepts such as “photosynthesis,” “ecosystem,” and “symbiosis” and they are shown some of the secret connections that enable plants, fungi and animals to thrive together in a forest community.   Elaborate props and interactive games make this program fun, and the indoor session can be followed by a walk in the woods.

New & coming soon/in the creation phase!

Tree tapping & syrup making!

A local syrup producer in our area is currently showing us how we can produce maple and birch syrup right at Camp Squeah. We’re in the development and discussion phase at the moment but we think this will be a real winner for students who’d love to do a winter or early spring OE retreat and see how Canada’s own delicious topping from our very own trees is made!

Watch how a tree is tapped and learn the process used to collect the sap. See how sap is reduced to sap form and have some of Squeah’s own Maple or Birch syrup! How awesome is that?!

Please contact us for a total activity quote so that we can ensure that you have adequate session times and an adequate number of instructors for your class size.