McQueen Lake Environmental Centre

From its inception in the late 1960’s, 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 -7000 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.

In addition to serving the needs of our school district, many community groups have made use of the programs and facilities at McQueen Lake. A partial list includes: Boy Scout Troops, Girl Guide Troops, Malispina College Conservation Officer Training, Simon Fraser University, Thompson Rivers University, RCMP Emergency Response Training, Search and Rescue Training, RCMP Summer Camp for Children, Hospice Society, BCIT, Boy’s and Girl’s Club Summer Camps, Eureka Science Summer Camp, Ducks Unlimited, and many others. McQueen Lake is committed to providing unique opportunities in support of non-profit groups who advocate for children and families.

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 system. It is through fundraising and generous donations that this program has been possible.

For more information about the McQueen Lake Centre, please visit our website http://mcqueenlake.sd73.bc.ca

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