Powell River Board of Education
Learners Preparing for the Challenges of Tomorrow
Wilderness Camp


In partnership with Model Community Project and Funding from Island Coast Economic Trust (ICE-T) the Powell River Board of Education has recently begun construction of its accessible Wilderness Camp for students and persons with disabilities. Located on property generously provided by the Regional District in the park known as Haywire Bay, the campground will become the permanent home to the many experiential activities traditionally offered to the students of School District 47.
In the past there have been a number of ways for students to experience such activities starting with two-day, one-night campouts held for grade seven students every June. Also offered by the school district are programs in July and August which attract local and out-of-district students to programs in Eco Adventure, Sustainability and Ecology. In the future these programs are expected to expand to include more opportunities for students as well as for adults with disabilities.
Planning for this project originally began late in 2008 and includes enhancements to other recreational spots in the Powell River area. Most of these enhancements have been completed with construction of the main camp expected to be complete by the summer of 2012.


  • Six sleeping Cabins to accommodate up to 12 people per cabin
  • Two storage Cabins
  • Classroom and office space
  • Washrooms, showers and a dining hall
  • Playfield
  • Dock and swimming area
  • Enhancements to various parts of the Sunshine Coast Trail
  • Enclosed shelters at Mount Troubridge and Tinhat Mountain
  • Construction of open shelters at three other strategic locations along the trail


  • School District 47
  • Model Community Project
  • Powell River Regional District
  • Vancouver Island University
  • Tourism Powell River
  • Sliammon First Nation