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Outdoor Rec - Lower Mainland: 16yrs +

Power to BePurpose

The purpose of the Outdoor Rec program, in partnership with Power to Be, is to introduce teens and adults with autism to a variety of outdoor activities in a safe and supportive environment.

Program Structure

The Outdoor Rec program is led by Power to Be, and participants are highly supported by trained CAN staff and dedicated volunteers. Activities may include hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, geocaching, and more. CAN and Power To Be will be working in collaboration to provide high-quality, outdoor recreation activities in a safe and fun environment. For more information about Power To Be, please click here.

Outdoor Recreation for Teens with AutismNew structure

The 2016-17 Outdoor Rec programs has been restructured from previous years. Please see below for additional information:

Monthly Outdoor Rec Program:
The Outdoor Rec program runs monthly, with participants registering for each monthly session they are interested in attending (i.e. participants will not register for all sessions at one time). Each session of the Outdoor Rec program will run once a month, on a Thursday evening, from 5:00-7:30pm. *Please see schedule below for additional information.

Supports Provided

At Canucks Autism Network, we strive to meet the needs of each participant and encourage parent collaboration. Our staff receives training on a variety of support strategies to use with participants.  
Please do not hesitate to speak with the coach and support staff about strategies to use with your son or daughter (e.g., visual schedules, first-then boards, token systems, social stories, etc.) and contact the Program Coordinator, Ali Gorsak (ali.gorsak@canucksautism.ca) with any questions or concerns. 

Program Criteria


Please note that all registration for the Outdoor Rec program will be to PENDING ENROLMENT ONLY. Specific dates of registration are included in the schedule below.  

PLEASE NOTE:  This program is for participants to attend independently. Parents are asked to drop-off participants and return at the scheduled pick-up time. 


Registration for the monthly Outdoor Rec programs (September-February), will open to PENDING ENROLLMENT ONLY. Online registration opens at noon on a Monday and closes at noon on a Friday.

4-Month Outdoor Rec Program (March-June)




March 9th

Registration opens Mon Feb 13 at noon and will close on Fri Feb 17 at noon.

Indoor Rock Climbing

Climb Base5

April 6th

Big Canoeing

Cates Park

May 11th

Ropes Course

Wild Play Elements Park

June 8th

Kayak and outdoor skills

Cates Park