(Adult) Summer Camp is in Session

Guests enjoying a meal by the campfire at Bear Claw Lodge in Canada's Kispiox Valley.
Guests enjoy a meal by the campfire at Bear Claw Lodge in Canada’s Kispiox Valley.

Adult summer camp is in session from July 15-18 at Bear Claw Lodge in northwest British Columbia’s Kispiox Valley. During the 4-day trip, adult campers will revisit their childhood days at summer camp while staying in Canada’s great outdoors, learning new skills, participating in campfire traditions and exploring the wilderness.

After receiving tent assignments and going through orientation on day one, guests take a Swift Water Course to become familiar with the inflatable kayaks and rafts they’ll use during the trip. Following the lesson, guests go on a nature hike where they’ll identify plants and their usage, learn about wilderness first aid and hear some local history. In the evening, dinner is prepared by the campers, who will also receive tips on campfire cooking. After dinner, there will be time set aside for a game of Mantracker and unwinding in the outdoor cedar sauna. If guests are lucky, they’ll get to see some Northern Lights and maybe hear wolves howling.

Day two and three are chock-full of outdoor activities, including a 2-hour trail ride on horseback through river meadows, canyons and an old moss-covered forest in the hills above Bear Claw; tutorials on GPS and mapping, plus knot tying and making cottonwood balm; and an overnight raft trip through canyons, rapids, rock formations and pristine wilderness. On day two guests sleep under the stars on the banks of the Skeena River, however, the rest of the nights are spent in the lap of luxury at the 8-guestroom eco-lodge, which features a river rock jacuzzi, locally sourced meals in the property’s guest-friendly kitchen and handcrafted beds and furniture in guestrooms overlooking the river and Baldy Mountain. Rates start at $900 pp, and include roundtrip airport transfers, accommodations, meals, non-alcoholic beverages, lodge amenities and morning coffee service. For more information, visit kispioxriver.com.