Are you ready for natural beauty and plenty of outdoor adventures? Vancouver is where you will find it!
Vancouver, the host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Canada. It’s been rated the 3rd best city in the world to live in (Source: Economist, 2016). Located on the Pacific Ocean, it’s surrounded by lots of beaches, mountains, and nature. With a population of 2.5 million, Vancouver has lots to offer. This includes three professional sports teams, major theatre, and music events/festivals.
In the winter, you can enjoy mild temperatures (0-15 C) within the city but plenty of snow on the ski hills. This makes it a great location for an active teen winter camp. Tamwood’s City Centre winter camp is operated out of the Tamwood Language Centres campus in downtown Vancouver. Campers take classes on campus and do activities in and around the city.
Summer camps in Vancouver are located at the Burnaby Campus of the prestigious Simon Fraser University, at the summit of Burnaby Mountain overlooking beautiful Vancouver. Downtown is a short 25 minutes from campus.
Campers will do a variety of structured, cultural, recreational, social, and sightseeing activities each week. These activities, events, and excursions can be grouped into four categories—Day Time (Creative, Sports, Teambuilding, Waterfront, or STEAM), Evening, Excursions, and Optional. Please refer to our weekly schedules for the Whistler Camp to see which activities and excursions are offered each week.
Simon Fraser University has three campuses in the Vancouver area: Burnaby (main campus and camp location), Surrey and Vancouver. The 170-hectare Burnaby campus sits atop Burnaby Mountain, approximately 20 km from Downtown Vancouver, and overlooks the Burrard inlet to the north.
It is an amazing outdoor location and nearby campus activities include kayaking, swimming and beach sports at Buntzen Lake, hiking and sport field games in Burnaby Mountain Park and canoeing on Deer Lake.
Campus recreation facilities include an athletic field, aquatic center, gymnasium, and kayaking facility.
All meals are served at SFU cafeteria located inside the residence. Residential campers will receive 3 hot meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner). Meals include 1 main, 2 sides, dessert, and a drink (ex. Chicken, fries, salad, cookie, and juice). Self-arranged campers will receive only lunch. Lunch box meal and restaurant dinner provided to all campers on full-day excursions.
Campers have the option to live on campus or with a carefully selected homestay family.
The modern residence on the Simon Fraser University campus features private rooms with shared washroom facilities, bright and clean dining facilities, and spacious common areas. There is around the clock care by Tamwood live-in staff and campus security with security key card entry to the building and student rooms. Laundry service is provided once per week (included in the camp fee).
Homestay families are carefully selected by Tamwood’s homestay manager. If you choose to live with a host family you will have the opportunity to experience Canadian family life with free time on Sundays.
Sea to Sky Highway
Head north from Vancouver on Highway 99 towards Whistler and enjoy one of the most scenic drives in all of North America! Beginning at sea level and winding along the shore of Howe Sound, the route offers spectacular ocean views, exciting outdoor destinations like the Sea to Sky Gondola, and famous hiking trails. From the cliffs at Whytecliff Park to the breathtaking turquoise colour of Garibaldi Lake – there is something for everyone to discover!
When first coming to Vancouver, you will certainly notice the city’s special layout – the Downtown area is actually a peninsula and fully surrounded by water. Adjacent to Downtown Vancouver, you’ll find Stanley Park, a sprawling urban park like no other! Renting a bike and riding the Seawall should be a must on your Vancouver bucket list, just like discovering its interior trails and cultural attractions on foot. Whether you want to watch Canadian sea life at the Vancouver Aquarium, take stunning shots of the Vancouver skyline, or dip into the heated 80-meter pool… spending a day at Stanley Park is always a great option!
If you are looking for a relaxed afternoon stroll with unique shopping opportunities, take the short ferry ride (called Aquabus) to Granville Island. Nowadays, the area is known for its distinctive atmosphere with artists and retailers offering their goods in converted warehouses, alongside houseboats, theaters, galleries, and breweries. Visit Granville Island Public Market for fresh fruits, vegetables, and seafood or other ready-to-eat delicacies.