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Overnight Camp

Enjoy an unforgettable adventure in the great outdoors!


Early Years, Children, Youth, Young Adult


Lower Mainland



Overnight Camps are an opportunity for participants to enjoy an unforgettable outdoor experience in an organized group setting.  A high ratio of staffing is provided to ensure a safe, successful overnight experience for all, while allowing participants to try new things and make new friends.

Activities include boating, ropes course, archery, rock climbing, ocean swimming, field games, campfires and more! Participants are grouped according to age for all camp activities and sleeping accommodations.

Our Overnight Camp is located on Keats Island in the Howe Sound region of British Columbia.

2019 Overnight Camp Details

2019 Overnight Camp will be a 3-Day/2-Night camp for participants with autism ages 6+yrs to enjoy an unforgettable outdoor experience! Activities at camp include ocean swimming, rock climbing, campfires, and more!

This year’s camp will take place at Keats Island from Tuesday, August 27, to Thursday, August 29.

See the 2019 CAN Activity Overnight Camp Schedule!

Online registration for this year’s camp is now closed. Please check back in Spring 2020 for 2020 Overnight Camp Details.



Facility Information

  • Transportation: Participants will depart from Coal Harbour in Vancouver with CAN support workers and travel to Keats Camp (located on Keats Island in the Howe Sound area of BC) by boat. Parents/guardians must take care of transportation to and from the Vancouver drop-off location.
  • Accommodations: Participants sleep in heated cabins equipped with electricity and bathrooms (toilets and showers). Participants are grouped according to age and gender and must bring their own bedding.
  • Meals: All meals are prepared by the facility. CAN works closely with the Keats chef and kitchen to accommodate diet restrictions and food allergies.
  • Medication: A registered nurse will be onsite to support all participants with medication, prescription and non-prescription medication.
A child with autism smiling at our Overnight Camp program.
A child with autism and his support worker pose in a canoe together in our Overnight Camp program.

Participant Commitment and Camp Fee

By completing the online program registration for Overnight Camp, you are committing to the following conditions:

  • Submit camp program fee (3-day fee: $500)
    Camp fees are eligible to be paid through a participant’s Autism Funding. A fee assistance program is also available for those in need. See Payment Options.
  • Attend duration of the camp
  • Submit a completed CAN medical form signed by a physician
    (some physicians may charge a fee for this form)
  • Complete and submit all additional camp forms provided by CAN
    (completed by parent/guardian)
  • Arrange transportation to and from the drop off point in Vancouver

Supports Provided

Participants will be highly supported by trained support workers, and dedicated volunteers. Canucks Autism Network welcomes individuals across the autism spectrum and ensures that the appropriate level of support is provided based on each participant’s behavioural profile.

You can access our Overnight Camp Activity Storybook to help prepare your child for the program. Activity Storybooks describe activities or situations as well as the expected behaviours in a given context using words and often pictures. Participants can read Activity Storybooks prior to engaging in an activity to help prepare them and build predictability.

Participants can also practice Canucks Autism Network Camp Songs prior to attending camp.

Program Criteria

Priority will be provided to participants who are traveling from communities where CAN programming is not currently available. 

Registration opens May 13 at noon

This year’s camp will take place at Keats Island from Tuesday, August 27, to Thursday, August 29.

Online registration will be open from Monday, May 13, at noon, to Friday, May 17, at noon. All participants will be notified of their updated registration status by end of day on Friday, May 24.

Important Reminder: Overnight Camp is a very popular program and we anticipate we will not be able to accommodate all those who wish to attend. Please keep in mind that enrolment is not guaranteed.

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