Wilderness Base Camp

At the gateway to the rugged Ghost River Wilderness in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Base Camp is set beside Enviros Lake on an acreage of secluded, pristine land.

Location

Base Camp is accessed by a logging road off of the portion of Highway 40 north of Highway 1A. The entrance to the logging road is about a one-hour drive from Cochrane. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended, or visitors can park at a nearby ranch on Highway 40 and be picked up by Base Camp trucks.

Facilities

Main Lodge – The main lodge enjoys a view of Enviros Lake and features staff offices, the kitchen, large walk-in pantry, dining hall, a living room area, an arts/activity area and deck with picnic tables facing the lake.

Kitchen – Ideal for large groups, the main lodge’s fully-equipped commercial kitchen features a stove with four burners, griddle and two ovens, three-door fridge, large freezer, walk-in pantry, food preparation areas, sinks, dish sanitizer, cookware, dinnerware and utensils.

Living Quarters – Base Camp has four buildings with living quarters, ranging from wood stove heated, rustic log cabins to a modern two-story lodge with propane heat.

  • Two Log Cabins – Each log cabin is heated by a wood stove and has bunk beds for eight to ten people.

  • Two-Story Lodge – The newest building at Base Camp, the two-story lodge has private rooms, a shared shower, kitchenette, yoga studio, lounge area and an office.

  • Family Cabin – This three-bedroom cabin enjoys in-floor heating, a wood stove, and living and dining areas. It also has a wraparound deck.

Shower Facilities – A heated shower house offers eight divided shower stalls complete with changing areas, mirrors, and sinks. Full laundry facilities are also found in the shower house.

Washroom Facilities – Six heated composting toilets are strategically placed around Base Camp in proximity to the four buildings with living quarters.

Small Group Space – Set at the edge of camp for privacy, a heated cabin provides space to facilitate group meetings of 10, and programming such as debriefs after team building exercises in an intention filled setting.

Large Group Space – Built as the camp’s former schoolhouse, this 1920-square-foot building has an office, mud room and large open space ideal for group facilitation, yoga and other activities,  team-building exercises and other forms of programming.

Gear Shed – A heated gear shed ensures adequate space for wilderness gear to be stored and dried between trips, and is designed for fast and efficient pack ins/outs.

Garage – A full double garage provides work space and parking for up to two vehicles.

Activities

The Challenge Course – The Base Camp Challenge Course is a collection of elements suspended on telephone poles approximately 30 feet in the air. Each element is made up of ropes and cables to create a challenge that an individual or group needs to “figure out.” Safety equipment and systems similar to those used in rock climbing are used. Learn more here.

Low Ropes Course – The Base Camp low ropes experience offers an opportunity for a fully customizable experience through which participants will gain confidence in themselves and peers while participating in activities which require creative solutions to unique challenges. Course elements include ropes, logs and beams, tires and more.

Hiking – There are a number of hiking trails both at Base Camp and within a short drive. These include a trail to an abandoned fire lookout on the summit of nearby Blackrock Mountain, which can be reached by strong hikers.

Canoeing – Base Camp has canoes, paddles and life jackets for paddling on Enviros Lake.

Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing – In winter, there are a number of trails suitable for snowshoeing and cross country skiing, both at Base Camp and a short drive deeper into the Ghost River Wilderness.

For more information about Wilderness Base Camp please contact Michelle Gaudek at mgaudek@enviros.org. 
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