When: Friday, April 12th, 8:00am to 4:00pm,

Saturday, April 13th, 10:00am to 6:00pm

Sunday, April 14th, 10:00am to 2:00pm

Cost: Adults - $5.00

Children & Seniors - $3.00

Family - $10.00

Where: Cranbrook Curling Club

What: Please come check us out and say “Hi”!

Columbia Outdoor School offers outreach programming and operates Blue Lake Camp, a year-round outdoor education centre. Blue Lake Camp offers outdoor experiences as well as education programs for schools, private groups and youth organizations.

Columbia Outdoor School & Blue Lake Camp provides educational programming on outdoor skill development, sustainability, environment, and leadership. We provide overnight camping experiences and experiential programming to youth. Youth gain confidence, independence, critical thinking skills and opportunities to explore the natural environment.  

In addition, Blue Lake provides rental opportunities to families, small and large groups, and organizations. Rental revenues help offset the cost of our educational programming for youth. 

Interested in booking Blue Lake Lodge? Want to register your child for Summer Camp? Drop by we’ll be happy to help you out.


When: Saturday, December 1, 2018

Where: Tamarack Mall, Cranbrook, BC

Cost: Christmas Trees, by donation.

Registration: Pre-order your Christmas tree by calling 250-426-3676


What: We believe every child should have the opportunity to dip their paddle in the lake and push forward, experience seeing stars in the night sky and make true friends that will last a lifetime. The Blue Paddle Campaign is an initiative to raise funds for Blue Lake Camp's scholarship fund. Each year dozens of youth receive scholarship funding to attend Blue Lake Camp and receive the social, physical, and mental benefits of the camp experience. 

This Christmas, buy a tree and help send a kid to camp!

Fresh, locally raised Douglas Fir Christmas trees are available by donation to the Blue Paddle Campaign. Pick your tree up on December 1 from 10am - 4pm at the Tamarack Mall parking lot.

Pre-order your tree by calling 250-426-3676!

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When: November 27-30, 2018

Where: Anywhere!


We are asking you and the community to quite literally dare your friends and family to care and have some fun and laughs along the way. In doing so, you will be supporting our Blue Paddle Campaign, helping to get kids outside during our summer and winter camps as well as with their schools. You’ll be giving kids the chance to participate in outdoor programs they wouldn’t otherwise be able to.

How it works:

  • Join our Facebook event page to see the complete directions and rules.

  • Dare your friends, family & coworkers to to something wild and crazy!

  • Record their antics and post them on our Facebook event page.

  • Raise money to send kids to Blue Lake Camp!


When: 9am-3pm, Saturday, June 23, 2018

Where: Idlewild Park, Cranbrook, BC


As part of the Restore Joseph Creek Project, we are hosting a Community Day at Idlewild Park on Saturday, June 23. This event will give community members the opportunity to visit the park, learn about phase one of the restoration project that is currently wrapping up, and build interest in future work. We are bringing together a number of local organizations and experts to provide a fun and educational day for families.

9am-12pm, BioBlitz.

Become a scientist for a day as you join experts and Columbia Outdoor School educators on a BioBlitz of Joseph Creek! Bring the whole family for this fun morning outdoors. You will receive hands-on experience using tools to measure the health of the stream. Learn how to identify and map invasive species, areas of erosion and fish barriers. Your findings will be used to help experts determine the health and biodiversity of Joseph Creek! Meet at Idlewild Park at 9am and you will be assigned an educator and study area. All ages welcome!

12pm- 3pm, Community Celebration.

Come and see what Restore Joseph Creek Project and partners have accomplished at Idlewild Park. Learn about the project, meet the experts, tour the park and wetland and launch the floating island. Celebrate with games, fun activates and a free BBQ lunch. Bring the whole family to learn more about bats, turtles, plants, mosquitos, fish, and osprey. Discover the incredible biodiversity in your own backyard! This event is made possible with funding from the TD Friends of Environment Fund, Columbia Basin Trust, Environment Canada and Climate Change National Wetland Conservation Fund, City of Cranbrook, and BC Hydro.

Join our Facebook Event.

More information about the project and event at www.restorejosephcreek.com


When: 3:00pm, Saturday, June 23, 2018

Where: Fireman's Gazebo, Idlewild Park, Cranbrook, BC


Click here for the agenda. Join us at our annual AGM for a summary of the past year and information about the future! We are seeking volunteer Board members and Committee members to assist in moving the Society forward. Reporting to the Board through the Executive Director, the following committees would be separate from the board:

Blue Paddle Committee: Committee members help raise funds for the Campership Fund to assist youth and families from the Basin with program registration fees.
Technical Committee: Committee members with a technical science background provide their expertise and advice to troubleshoot technical issues around Joseph Creek, science related projects/education, camp development etc. 
Programs Committee: This group focuses on educational and recreational skill development both at camp and in the community.  The committee works to ensure we are meeting the needs of the education profession, developing educational credibility, and help to guide the direction of program expansion.
Special Projects Committee: This committee focuses on camp maintenance, capital development and the development of a community-based classroom at Idlewild.

For questions or to put your name forward for Board or Committee positions, please contact Todd Hebert, 250-426-3676 or toddhebert@columbiaoutdoorschool.com.



When: 11am - 7pm, Saturday, June 16, 2018

Where: Balment Park, Cranbrook, BC


Performers, activity booths, demonstrations, and much more! Columbia Outdoor School will be on-site with program information and games!


When: 10am - 3pm, Saturday, May 12, 2018

Where: Mt. Baker Field, Cranbrook, BC


A showcase of organizations, programs and events for children. Columbia Outdoor School/Blue Lake Camp will be there offering fun and educational games!


When: Order March 5-8, 2018. Delivery March 12-15, 2018.

Where: Cranbrook, BC


Columbia Outdoor School and The Raw House are teaming up to send local children to Blue Lake Camp this summer, by delivering lunches to local businesses the week of March 12th.

During the week of March 5th-8th, local businesses can put in their lunch order with the Raw House. Lunch options include cold pressed juices, fresh salads, and soups. $1.00 from every item ordered goes directly to the Columbia Outdoor School’s Blue Paddle Program, which funds local children to attend Blue Lake Camp. Lunches are delivered the following week.

“We are excited to team up with The Raw House on this project”, said Todd Hebert, Executive Director of Columbia Outdoor School. Columbia Outdoor School is the organization that runs Blue Lake Camp, which has been in operation since 1977. “Our Blue Paddle Program allows children in our community to have important childhood camp experiences. They learn outdoor skills, build friendships, and create memories.”

“The goal of The Raw House is to improve the everyday health of our community by providing convenient and healthy plant-based nutrition,” said Julie Taylor, co-owner of The Raw House with Natasha Benson. “We feel Blue Lake achieves the same goal in a different way, by providing youth healthy outdoor experiences. We are proud to be supporting both the Blue Paddle Program and local youth.”

“Whether you ask your boss to buy you lunch, treat a co-worker to lunch, or treat yourself”, added Hebert. “you’re getting a delicious, healthy lunch; and you’re sending kids to camp. It’s a win- win for everyone.”

The Cranbrook Chamber will be sending order forms to all of their members by email. If you are not a Chamber member, you can request an order form by emailing info@columbiaoutdoorschool.com; or by stopping at the Chamber Office or The Raw House.  


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