Kawkawa Camp and Retreat, Hope BC - Peter So Photography
Kawkawa Camp and Retreat, Hope BC
Kawkawa Camp and Retreat, Hope BC
Outdoor Education

Take your education beyond the classroom and expand the valuable like skills of your students in a beautiful and natural part of BC. At Camp Kawkawa we offer schools an oasis within a wilderness of breathtaking beauty for outdoor education retreats. We provide a wide range of educational, engaging, and  fun filled Activities to help develop communication, decision-making, and leadership skills, all designed to assist and encourage each student to reach their full potential. Our outdoor education programmes are available throughout fall, winter, and spring providing a unique and natural environment for you to continue education that has begun in the classroom. Our programmes are individually designed to meet the needs of each school and we strive to provide a unique learning experience for every group.

Nestled between the Coast Mountain Range and the Cascade Mountain Range, on the shores of Kawkawa Lake, lies a place like no other. Kawkawa Camp and Retreat provides an idyllic location where kids can enjoy an adventure surrounded by the awe-inspiring beauty of nature. School groups will enjoy many exciting experiences on our 20 acre property. Spend the day outdoors making the most of the fresh mountain air while testing your skills in archery, riflery, bouldering, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, and other fun activities while fulfilling the requirements of your curriculum. Make the most of the majestic woodlands, mountains, and lake that our site has to offer and marvel at our 900 year old tree as you take a hike through the property. Then at the end of a busy and active day gather around one of our outdoor campfires or in the warmth of the main lodge around the stone fireplace and reflect on an adventure-filled day.

Why bring your class to Camp Kawkawa?

Our outdoor education program focuses on giving every child the opportunity to enjoy new and fun activities while encouraging development and growth of the person as a whole. We encourage each student to try their best in a safe and caring community and we love to see each student’s confidence grow and their friendships flourish. Our goal is to create a supportive learning environment where we focus on positive encouragement. We promote an active and healthy lifestyle and facilitate learning from the natural world around us. Give your students the chance to work together as a team, develop interpersonal and leadership skills, and build bonds with one another and teachers.

Healthy, quality meals are served regularly and provide the opportunity for conversations around the tables reflecting on the days’ activities. Special dietary needs of individual students, teachers and parent volunteers with food allergies and intolerances are met with alternative meal options. Gather around our outdoor pizza oven and enjoy the taste of authentic freshly-baked pizza, or opt for a beach BBQ on the shores of the lake.


Our facility is open year-round with winterized accommodation and meeting rooms for up to 130 people. These facilities include a large dining room which seats up to 150 and has incredible, unobstructed views of the lake. Several break-out rooms include a games room, a chapel, and meeting rooms. Our accommodations which are nestled in tall old growth forest include 4 cottages (each sleeping 8), 4 chalets (each sleeping 12) and a 17 bedroom lodge (each room sleeping 2) with laundry facilities and handicap washrooms. For a little bit more luxury our cozy 2-bedroom waterfront cabin (sleeping up to 4 people) is available at additional cost. Kick back on the private deck and enjoy peace, tranquility, and the breath-taking lake and mountain views at the end of a busy day.

Kawkawa Lake

Our camp and retreat centre is situated on the shores of the beautiful Kawkawa Lake, which is home to many species of fish, but is best known for its large kokanee, (land-locked salmon). The name of the lake is taken from the Halq’eméylem word Q’áwq’ewem, meaning “home of the loons”. From springtime through the summer we can observe the fascinating life cycle of the mountain toads as they descend to the lake in their hundreds and lay thousands of eggs. Over the ensuing weeks we watch how they develop from tadpoles into toads and then make their way up the mountainside. Visit us in September and see the salmon run at the nearby Sucker’s Creek with its walkways and platforms, which provide great viewing points. 

Availability and Quotation Request Form

Please send us your group info via the form below. We’ll be in touch shortly to discuss availability and answer all your questions.  We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Outdoor Ed Booking Request