From its inception in the late 1960s, the McQueen Lake Centre has been dedicated to providing both residential and day programs in environmental education to children, parents, teachers and the general public. Since its official opening in 1972, approximately 200,000 visitors have benefited from the programs offered.
The McQueen Lake Centre is located 16 kms northwest of Kamloops, BC in a wilderness setting. It is situated near the Lac du Bois Provincial Park and the Isobel Lake Interpretive Forest. The Centre consists of an Overnight Centre and a Day Centre nestled amid 640 acres of forest, lakes and grasslands. A series of hiking and cross-country ski trails has been developed to enable interpretive and educational programs to operate safely and efficiently in the area.
Each year 6,000 to 7,000 students and parents visit the McQueen Lake Centre to participate in outdoor and environmental programs. The unique setting enables students and teachers to have direct access to forests, aquatic areas and the unique grasslands of the southern interior. Site-users may take part in day-long programs or residential programs of three days or more. Each program is tailored by the teacher to meet the educational goals of the students, teachers and parents that make up the group. The McQueen Lake Centre provides the opportunity for people to learn about our environment through hands-on, experiential activities that are not available in the regular classroom setting.
An active volunteer fundraising society raises funds each year to purchase equipment and to rebuild and repair the forty year old cabins and structures that make up the camp. Since the rebuilding program began, we have rebuilt or repaired all of the sleeping cabins, constructed a washroom facility, a teaching centre, a gazebo, and a storage barn, and installed a solar electricity system.