Date Event Location
February 07, 2022

Day & Overnight Camp Registration Opens

March 01, 2022

Family Camp Registration Opens


Annual General Meeting

Evans Lake

Open House

Evans Lake



Registrations Opens February 7, 2022 at 9:00 am


We are back for summer 2022 overnight camps. Currently, with the approval of the BC Ministry of Health, the Provincial Health Officer and the BC Camps Association, we are able to offer summer camps next summer. We have extensive COVID-19 guidelines in place to keep your children healthy and safe while at camp.  Protocols include: reduced cabin capacities, spacing or partitions between bunks, increased ventilation, frequent hand washing and sanitization, mask wearing indoors and outdoor programming. We encourage you to register early to avoid disappointment. Our current COVID-19 Safety Plan can be viewed here. It will be routinely updated as guidelines shift.


Week 1: July 3-8      

Junior Teen Camp. 10 to 14 years. $686.

Week 2: July 10-15  

Youth Camp. 8 to 12 years. $686.

Leadership Camp A, Interpersonal Skills. 14 to 16 years. $767.

Week 3: July 17-22  

Junior Teen Camp. 10 to 14 years. $686.

OAK: Garibaldi Hike & White-Water Rafting. 13 to 16 years. $835.

Week 4: July 24-29

Youth Camp. 8 to 12 years. $686.

Leadership Camp B, Team-Building Skills. 14 to 16 years. $767.

Week 5: July 31- August 05

Youth Camp. 8 to 12 years. $686.

Leadership Camp A, Interpersonal Skills. 14 to 16 years.  $767.

Week 6: August 07-12

Teen Camp, 13 to 16 years. $686.

OAK: Elfin Lakes Hike & Sea Safari. 13 to 16 years. $775.

Week 7: August 14- 19

Junior Teen Camp. 10 to 14 years. $686.

OAK: Garibaldi Hike & Zip-lining. 13 to 16 years. $820.

Week 8: August 21-26

Youth Camp. 8 to 12 years. $686.

Leadership Camp B, Team-Building Skills. 14 to 16 years. $767.           

View Camp Programs

Registrations Opens February 7, 2022 at 9:00 am

For those families who deferred their 2020 camp fees to 2022, you qualify for early registration. You will receive a separate email from us in early January with instructions on how to access the early registration portal. Please contact our office prior to the early registration period if you have not been contacted by January 20 (please check your SPAM/Junk folder and/or the 2nd parent email on the household account).


We are excited to announce we will be running day camps again next summer at Evans Lake alongside (but independent of) our overnight program. Register early to secure your spot.

Each week we will host a maximum of 40 campers, divided into pods of eight based on age and friend requests. These groups will function as a “bubble” and will generally interact with their own group while at camp. Programming will be held outdoors 100% of the time, rain or shine (except for washroom use). We will feature many traditional camp activities, including swimming, canoeing, paddle-boarding, hiking, archery, rock-climbing, field and forest games, forest education and much more. Limited return bus transportation from Squamish, on a first-come, first-served basis during registration.  All other campers can be dropped off and picked up directly at Evans Lake.


Week 1: July 04 – 08

Youth Day Camp, 7-13 years. $345.

Week 2: July 11 – 15

Youth Day Camp, 7-13 years. $345.

Week 3: July 18 – 22

Youth Day Camp, 7-13 years.  $345.

Week 4: July 25 – 29

Youth Day Camp, 7-13 years. $345.

Week 5: August 02 – 05 (Tuesday to Friday)

Youth Day Camp, 7-13 years. $277.

Week 6: August 08 – 12

Youth Day Camp, 7-13 years. $345.

Week 7: August 15 – 19

Youth Day Camp, 7-13 years. $345.

Week 8: August 22 – 26

Youth Day Camp, 7-13 years. $345

Registrations Opens February 7, 2022 at 9:00 am



Registrations Opens March 01, 2022 at 9:00 am


Last year’s family weekends were a huge success and a whole lot of fun. We invite you back to Evans Lake in the summer of 2022, to explore and relax in the place we call ‘your home in the forest’.

Family Camp is a two or three night event for families to connect, have fun, and make memories together over a weekend of camp classics. Open to families with children ages 0 to 17, activities are geared towards adult-accompanied little ones, or children testing out their independence in a safe outdoor environment.

Imagine yourself at the lakeside in the summer with choices including: swimming, canoeing, environmental crafts, forest sensory tours, rock-climbing, archery, low ropes, field games, shooting stars, and meandering walks amidst tall, tall trees. Accommodations and meals are also provided.


5:00 pm Thursday, June 30 to Sunday, July 03 10:30 am

5:00 pm Friday, July 22 to Sunday, July 24 10:30 am

5:00 pm Friday, September 23 to Sunday, September 25, 2:00 pm

For More Information and pricing.

Registrations Opens March 01, 2022 at 9:00 am


All Camp Program will adhere to Evans Lake’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan. We will be updating this plan over the next couple of months, as guidelines shift. This plan includes frequent hand washing/sanitization, a face mask policy, physical distancing, daily health screening, and flexible cancellation policies for campers who may become ill.




With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing and set to continue into the summer months,  we have made the difficult decision not to offer our overnight Summer Camp program for the 2021 season.  We want to thank our community for your ongoing patience and support while we worked this out. This was not an easy decision and not what we had hoped for. Ultimately, the health and safety of our campers and staff is our top priority. And it also takes a substantial amount of time to plan, hire and prepare for a camp program, and we unfortunately came to a point where a decision had to be made.  

We are pleased, however, to offer our Day Camp program again this summer. This program is more compatible with the current provincial health orders and COVID-19 safety protocols.

While we look forward to the season ahead, we know our overnight campers who were hoping to return will be disappointed. We are disappointed too! We LOVE overnight Summer Camp. Please know that we will offer overnight camp programs as soon as we are able, and it is safe to do so.  Fingers crossed for Winter Camp 2021!

Evans Lake has had a challenging year with the loss of our 2020 spring and fall rentals, our 2020 Summer Camp (overnight) programs, and all but a few day use rentals for spring 2021. Overall, we were able to host 11% of our normal annual visitors in 2020.  We are hopeful that, come fall, we are able to welcome back our school & community groups to camp. If you are able to support one of our fundraising initiatives this year, we would be very grateful as your contributions ensures Evans Lake can continue to welcome campers for years to come. You can learn more on the Evans Lake donation page. Thank you to all who have already donated.

We look forward to connecting with you again in the near future. 


Lauren Marghetti

Executive Director


Typically, we open summer camp registration in the first week of January. Right now, we feel it is still too early to know whether we will be able to run our overnight or day camp programs for summer 2021. From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in B.C., Evans Lake has remained committed to providing programs to youth as long as it is safe and in line with the recommendations from the BC CDC and our Provincial Health Officer. Since March 2020, the tools to manage COVID-19 and the science to understand it have improved, which have allowed us to implement strong safety plans. But with the introduction of vaccines and kids having returned to schools, the landscape is shifting again, so we would like more time to see how things evolve. As such, we are delaying the opening date for registration at this time. We will update you again in late February on our summer camp programs, as well as the registration date.  For those who deferred or donated their camp fees and are therefore eligible for early registration, you will receive an update on the early registration details in February as well.


Lauren Marghetti, Executive Director


Evans Lake is shifting gears this summer to offer a day camp program at camp. Our goal is to offer similar programming to our overnight summer camp experience, minus the sleepover part. 

Our fun and educational programs balance opportunities for learning with ample time for play and adventure! Evans Lake’s summer day camp gets your child outside and learning about forests, fresh water, and local plant and animal species. Interactive games, camper-led discoveries, hikes to nearby mountain lookouts, and much, much more ensure endless opportunities for youth to escape, explore, and experience nature first-hand. Campers hone their outdoor skills while also enjoying some of our classic Evans Lake camp activities, such as campfire songs, canoeing and cannonballs into the lake.

This program is open to youth ages 7-13 years and teens ages 14-16 years. Each week, campers will be divided into groups of 6-7, lead by 1 staff member. These smaller cohorts will rotate independent from one another through each of the activity stations. Due to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, the activities will be modified to meet physical distancing and sanitation requirements. In the coming weeks, we will be posting these guidelines to our website.

Day Camp programming runs from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

(Drop off between 8:00 – 9:00 AM, Pick up between 3:30 – 4:15 PM)

Dates: Weekly programs, starting July 06
Includes: Evans Lake programming
For: Youth ages 7-16
Cost: $240-300 (depending on length of week)

Note: for day camp to operate, we need a minimum number of campers signed up by June 19. If possible, please do not delay in registering your kids for this program


More info found at here


Typically, we open summer camp registration in the first week of January. Right now, we feel it is still too early to know whether we will be able to run our overnight or day camp programs for summer 2021. From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in B.C., Evans Lake has remained committed to providing programs to youth as long as it is safe and in line with the recommendations from the BC CDC and our Provincial Health Officer. Since March 2020, the tools to manage COVID-19 and the science to understand it have improved, which have allowed us to implement strong safety plans. But with the introduction of vaccines and kids having returned to schools, the landscape is shifting again, so we would like more time to see how things evolve. As such, we are delaying the opening date for registration at this time. We will update you again in late February on our summer camp programs, as well as the registration date.  For those who deferred or donated their camp fees and are therefore eligible for early registration, you will receive an update on the early registration details in February as well.


Lauren Marghetti, Executive Director

2021 Wrap Up & 2022 Camps Update

Day Camps

Day Camp Staff 2021-VR

Our second year of Day Camps was a great success—and there are lots of thanks to go around!  To all the campers, first and foremost, you are why we are here.  Your courage, your excitement, and your curiosity kept us on our toes every day. To the families for finding us, trusting us, and giving us great feedback along the way (over 100 feedback submissions!), we greatly appreciate you all.  To our staff team for rolling with the waves that come with hosting 70+ campers each week: the regulations were ever-changing but, through that all, you kept the focus on the camp experience!  These camp programs are the result of our collective care and big ideas.

Given the limited capacity of our 2021 season, we’re especially grateful to the granting organizations that have backed our work.  Thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs program, and to Zac, Shwetha, Madhuri, Shuya, and the whole Project Learning Tree team for connecting us with their Green Jobs and their Green Jobs Internship Program funding.  Forest education experiences are worth supporting!

Until next time, we’ll be over here prepping our trails, fixing up our cabins, testing out recipes, dreaming the next great program activity, and planning for your arrival.  We can’t wait!

Day Camp 2021- VR

Family Weekends

Our first year of Family Weekends was a roaring success. This summer, over the course of four weekends we hosted a total of 52 families (199 campers) at these camps. This program was an excellent introduction to those experiencing camp for the first time and the perfect opportunity for past campers to share camp with their family and friends. Thank you to the team for executing a flawless program and thank you to our families for trusting us with your time. We really did love sharing camp with you and getting to know you.

We look forward to running these weekends again next summer.


Winter Camp 2021

Currently, the BCCDC and the BC Camps Association have approved overnight camps for children and youth, with guidelines requiring that all programming be held primarily outdoors and for our buildings to be well ventilated. As such, we have decided not to offer Winter Camp this year as it simply does not work well to operate this program during the coldest month of the year under these guidelines.  While we love our Winter Camp program and look forward to it every year, at this time it is in the best interest of our campers and staff to not run this program.
As our public health climate continues to evolve and improve, we look forward to and are planning for Winter Camp 2022!

Summer Camp 2022

With the ever-changing climate of COVID-19, we are waiting to make some decisions about next year’s summer camp program offerings (day and overnight camps). Our hope is that with children ages 5-11 being vaccinated soon and many children ages 12+ having been vaccinated, we can return to overnight camp programming for summer 2022. Currently, overnight programs for children and youth are permitted by the BCCDC, the BC Camps Association and the Provincial Health Officer. What exactly this will look like closer to summer 2022 remains to be seen. We will update you again in early 2022, including registration dates, costs, and COVID-19 guidelines. 


In Memory of Stephanie

This year, we received a very generous donation from the family of a past camper who, sadly, passed away a couple of years ago. The donation allowed us to create a new endowment fund that will subsidize one additional camper each year. It has also enabled the replacement of several roofs in the upper grounds. On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Evans Lake team we want to thank Jane Holland for thinking of us, working with us to find the right fit for your donation and for always supporting our programs. We appreciate it more than words can say. 
As a tribute to Stephanie and to this donation, we will also be installing a swing bench at camp in the coming months. It will be located on a quiet spot overlooking the lake. A place for campers to take a moment to reflect on their camp experience, while enjoying the serene views with a friend. Something Steph would have loved ❤️.

About Stephanie, by Holly Clarke

“Steph was like no one else, her courage and bravery knew no bounds. Everything she cared for became so precious and special, and every person she loved, she surrounded them in her light and warmth. Steph and I started going to Evans Lake as soon as we could. Hearing stories about it from my brother we were eager to make our own memories in this special place.  Steph returned for several years, spending 99% of morning activities and rec time at either archery or the swim dock. Her excellent core strength combined with her competitive spirit made her one to beat in log birling down at the dock.Steph loved music (the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles), and was always up for anything. She would go on every ride at the PNE and dared ‘Fright Nights’ to truly scare her. She made every small moment in life special with her thoughtful heart and creativity. Evans Lake was always a highlight of her year.I hope friends at camp use Steph’s Swing as a special place to connect and get lost in thought and conversation like Steph and I did in this forest “
Also, we would like to send a big thank you to Vancouver Hoo Hoo Club #48 for the cedar shingle donation for these roofs.


Welcome Row

Please join us in welcoming our newest team member, our new Program Manager, Row Burke. Row joins the Evans Lake community from Ontario camping and has successfully completed 2 months working with our fall groups. We are excited about her extensive experience in the camping industry and her enthusiasm for youth programming. We look forward to getting to know her more and the passion and skills she will bring to her role with Evans Lake. Welcome, Row!READ MORE ABOUT ROW


A huge thank you to our Evans Lake team for all the hard work you have done this past year and a half. From switching up and creating new programming, getting creative with limited funds, driving the daily day camp bus, to working long kitchen hours (to name a few) — WE THANK YOU! These past 20 months have tested and exhausted us. But with each new hurdle you rose up and met the challenge with positivity, solutions and smiles. You are all phenomenal humans, and we are lucky to have you!


Dear Families and Campers,

Yesterday, there was exciting news from our Provincial Health Officer (PHO). Dr. Bonnie Henry, announced the lifting of BC’s public health order which prohibits youth from attending overnight camps. This change is welcome news for our industry as it signals an improving public health picture and confidence that overnight camps can operate safely in this new environment.  We hope this news helps move us beyond the past 15 months when Evans Lake’s operations were curtailed to support the PHO’s important public health measures. 

Over the last few months, the BC Camps Association (BCCA) has worked diligently with the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and the PHO to create health and safety guidelines for overnight summer camp in BC. Due to this effort, the vaccination roll out, and reduced cases, the order was lifted. 

Unfortunately, this news comes too late for us to shift gears to make this summer happen for our overnight campers. The three main reasons behind our decision are:

  1. Planning for summer camp is typically a 7-month process and, with just 5 weeks until camp starts, there is just not enough time to pivot. We have also spent the past 5 months planning and hiring for day camps.
  2. The restart plan for overnight camps has not yet been released and they anticipate it may be a couple of weeks before it is finalized. This additional delay eats up the few remaining weeks we have left to plan.  To run an exceptional program, we need to know the regulatory parameters—i.e. How many campers could we host? How many campers could sleep in the same cabin? What options do we have for eating together? What guidelines would exist for busing campers to/from Evans Lake and Metro Vancouver? In what way would the cohort system (similar to what schools operate under) translate into overnight programs? And more!
  3. We have already committed to the day camp program for the 300+ campers who have already registered. They, too, are excited for their camp experience, and not all of them would be able to shift to an overnight experience. 

We thank you all for your ongoing support and for understanding. We, too, love summer camp and would love to have been able to host overnight campers this year.  While the news is not perfectly timed, we are so excited to have the health order lifted as we can now start planning for our fall groups and beyond, including Winter Camp 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact us at We also invite you to stay connected with us on Facebook and Instagram.


Lauren Marghetti, Executive Director
Evans Lake Forest Education Society

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This year would have been Evans Lake’s 60th year of summer camp—a milestone we are quite proud of and were really excited to celebrate. Unfortunately, COVID-19 had other plans. It is with a heavy heart that I announce that Evans Lake’s Overnight Summer Camp is cancelled for the 2020 season.  Please rest assured that this decision was not made lightly — it was made after extensive research was done, on all possible options for operating overnight camp safely.

For the past few months, our team has worked diligently exploring every which way to make summer camp happen due to the pandemic. Along with the BC Camps Association, we created a robust re-opening plan for overnight camps, following guidelines provided by WorkSafe BC, the Ministry of Health and various industry sectors related to camps. We shared our proposal with Dr. Bonnie Henry, via the team at the BC Centre for Disease Control.  

Last week, the decision was reached that “ the risk to public health this summer of overnight camps is too great to endorse…” and that “…day camps be considered as a safer alternative under the current circumstances.”  Unfortunately, this wasn’t the answer we were hoping for, but we respect our Public Health Officer’s decision, as our campers’ and staff’s wellbeing is our top priority.  

These have been very challenging times at Evans Lake and our team has met each and every challenge with creativity, a positive attitude, and a determination to try to make camp happen for your kids. Thank you for your patience and support as we worked to find answers. Thank you to our summer staff team who patiently stood by while we came to this decision. They too love their summers at Evans Lake and will feel the loss of not being immersed in this joyful experience. A huge thank you to our onsite team who has worked hard to prepare camp for the upcoming season, completing so much on a very restricted budget. And of course, a thank you to Conor and Mollie, our Program Team leaders who seamlessly shifted gears with each new announcement over the past 10 weeks, rolling with the constant changes and creating new paths forward. 

Having a summer at Evans Lake without overnight camp is so hard to imagine and truly heartbreaking for us all. We will miss seeing all our returning campers, and the joy in meeting all the new ones. Please let your kids know that we tried very hard and we will miss them very much. But to reiterate what Dr. Bonnie Henry often says, Remember, this is not forever. We’re going to get through this.

Detailed instructions to cancel are noted below.

Sending you all warm wishes for a safe and healthy summer.


Lauren Marghetti, Executive Director
Evans Lake Forest Education Society

P.S. Based on the recommendation by Dr. Henry and her team, we are now exploring a Day Camp program for summer 2020. This would be a modified version of our awesome overnight camp experience.  More details will be communicated in the coming week.





At this time, Evans Lake is currently CLOSED due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the federal and provincial health orders in place.  We are closed until the end of April, at which point we will reassess (and likely extend into May).

We ask that people do not visit our site or the surrounding trails into camp, out of abundance of caution, and for the safety of our onsite team. Thank you for understanding and obliging.


This past week (April 15-19, 2020) Evans Lake was evacuated due to a forest fire burning close to camp. Fortunately, the fire has since been sufficiently suppressed, and our team has been able to return home. We are happy to report that rain is in the forecast for the coming week, which will help tremendously. The BC Wildfire crew working the fire, have asked for people to stay out of the area, which includes Squamish & Paradise Valley, Evans Lake, Levette Lake, Hutt Lake, Butterfly Lake, etc. #StayHome #activefire

We at Evans Lake are doing our very best during these difficult times. We understand the struggle many of you are facing and wish you and your loved one’s health and strength throughout these challenges. Hopefully, in the near future we can welcome groups back to our site, as we feel camp will be needed more than ever.


Lauren Marghetti

Executive Director


Dear Evans Lake Summer Camp Families,

First, we want to acknowledge the range of challenges that we’re all living through right now, and send all of the great Evans Lake thoughts your way.  From the warmth of our campfire, to the rush of making a new friend, to the awe of standing at the base of a 500-year old tree—we’re sharing everything we’ve got! 

We are writing to you about our 2020 summer camp. COVID-19 has brought uncertainty to all of us. Like many of you, we’ve been cheering for our healthcare workers at 7PM, and becoming very familiar with our Public Health Officers (Dr. Bonnie Henry in BC). Their rules are guiding our adaptations to this fluid situation. As camp is two+ months away, we remain optimistic that we’ll operate our summer camp program as planned. As unprecedented as the situation is, we have time to see how this unfolds before a decision needs to be made on running our 2020 Summer Camp program—a choice that will be informed by our government and health authorities.  

In normal times, the experience at Evans Lake inspires, recharges, and settles campers and staff alike.  We strongly believe that, if safe to do so, that will be needed by all of us more than ever.    


Preparing for Summer Camp

We currently have a core team of staff who are preparing for the 2020 season so that, if the public health orders allow for it, we will be ready to welcome your kids to Evans Lake. We know that the safety of your children is your number one priority—and it is ours too.  As part of our 2020 preparation, all families will receive a dedicated package that details our cleaning and sanitization procedures, and any key modifications we’ll be making to our programs.  That package will be finalized as we approach summer (late May/early June).  


Cancellation Options

At this time, we intend to operate this summer, but we are realistic that safety rules and guidelines are changing day-by-day. Leading up to May 27th, we will assess all relevant public health orders and advice and confirm (on this date) whether we will be running any 2020 Summer Camp programs.  If you choose to cancel before May 27th, our cancellation fee of $50 will apply as the current public health orders do not extend into the summer.  If you are comfortable waiting with us until May 27th and Summer Camp ends up cancelled, we will offer two options:

  • We can hold the deposit paid for the 2020 camp session and apply it a 2021 camp session.  If you choose this option, you will be given advanced registration for our 2021 season; or
  • We can issue a full refund of fees paid, including waiving the normal $50 admin fee.


Final Payment Date Moved

We are moving our final payment date from May 1st to June 1st so that no family is charged while waiting for confirmation on our 2020 season.  If Summer Camp is cancelled, all automatic payment scheduled for June 1st will be cancelled.


Subsidy Program

Our subsidy program is set up to help those families who need financial support in order to send their kids to camp. We acknowledge that many families will experience financial hardship over the coming months,  please consider applying for a subsidy from our campership fund if needed.  We cannot guarantee that there will be funds available for everyone in need of financial assistance, but we will do our best to support as many families as possible. 

We hope to welcome you to camp this summer so that, together, we can share a positive and memorable experience. 

Wishing you strength & good health for you and your families,

Lauren Marghetti, Executive Director 

And the Evans Lake Team

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COVID-19 Update

As Evans Lake is primarily used by schools, learning and living in a group setting, we want to reach out to you amidst the most recent updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We understand there is a lot of feelings and concerns about this outbreak and there are a lot of unknowns at this time. The bottom line is we want to make sure everyone is – and feels – safe, so we will be having discussions with our team and our board over the next two weeks to determine our plans for the month of April. As it stands now, all April groups are continuing as planned, with modifications for increased sanitization and hand washing. We will be actively monitoring WHO, municipal, provincial and federal health authorities for updates, to assess and make decisions moving forward. As of today, the BC Centre for Disease Control continues to advise that, while there are confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in British Columbia, the risk remains low. 

We urge everyone to take the necessary precautions and to do their best to reduce the risk of spreading this illness. These are a few easy ways to ensure lower risk of contracting and sharing any virus:

  • Wash your hands frequently with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds after using the washroom, sneezing, coughing, and touching public surfaces.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
  • Cough and sneeze into the crease of your elbow.

Additional Resources: 

We at Evans Lake wish you and your loved one’s health and strength throughout this process, and will be in touch as more information comes up.


Lauren Marghetti

Executive Director

On behalf of the  
Evans Lake Team & Board of Directors


(Please leave us a message as we may be working remotely)

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