Columbia Outdoor School provides educational programming focused on outdoor skill development, environmental science and leadership. We accomplish this through fun, meaningful and collaborative learning experiences in the natural environment. 

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. 

For over 40 years, Blue Lake has been a leader in Outdoor Education. Our programs are linked to British Columbia school curriculum and focus on experiential education in an outdoor setting. Whether it's developing an appreciation for wildlife and ecosystems or learning survival techniques, deeper learning is achieved through doing. Your students will be actively engaged in authentic tasks that connect learning to the real world. Our staff are experts in activities that build critical thinking, communication, personal and social skills.



Our programming includes outdoor recreation skill development (ie canoeing, orienteering, survival skills) and forest ecosystem and ecology education programs (ie trees, water, soil, and wildlife). We offer a full roster of high quality, curriculum-driven, outdoor and environmental education experiences for students. Our staff have the ability to customize a program for any grade level based on current education curriculum and help students understand Big Ideas and fulfill the Curriculum Competencies. Teambuilding and leadership development programs are also available. Traditional camp activities such as swimming, canoeing, hiking, skit nights, games, and camp fires are what make Blue Lake fun!



  • 10 log cabins with bunk beds and mattresses

  • Wash house with hot showers

  • Dining hall with seating for up to 130

  • Blue Lake with swimming beach and docks

  • Canoes, paddles, and life jackets

  • Fire pit and campfire circle

  • Trail systems

  • Outdoor gathering area

  • Ice rink and groomed x-country ski trails

  • Hydroelectric power system


Prepare your own meals in the commercial kitchen, bring in your own caterer, or choose an all inclusive meal package prepared by our chef. 


Dates: Year Round. Spring programs are offered late April through June. We can run customized programs for your class in the Fall (September-November) and Winter (January-March). Our winter program focuses on winter survival skills and can include cross country skiing, snowshoeing, skating, and ice fishing.Rentals are available year-round and are typically reserved in time blocks; 2 day, 2.5 day or 5 day.

Grade Levels: Grade 2 - 12

Cost: The average all-inclusive, 2 night program is approximately $148 per person. This includes accommodation, programming and meals. We can customize based on your group's needs. You can select the services that best suit the needs and budget of your group. We can provide your group with education, recreation, leadership, and team building programs or simply assist with safety services and group organization. Contact us for a no-obligation quote.

Book: Contact us at 250-426-3676 or for a no-obligation quote or to book your trip to Blue Lake Camp.