Really Enjoy Thanksgiving

WITH A FAMILY RETREAT VACATION

October 9, 10, 11, 12

 It’s a 4 days of not-worrying-about-dinner-or-the-dishes, exploring, relaxing, playing and connecting in God’s creation type of vacation.

While we can’t host YL Teen camps we are looking to continue to bless families in British Columbia with this amazing property. After a successful summer hosting family retreats we’re now offering a special THANKSGIVING weekend, and YOU are invited.

Quick Details

  • 4 days/3 nights.
  • Friday afternoon – Monday morning
  • Accommodations: Private Dorm Lodge room OR Wolfe Creek Lodge OR RV
  • Fabulous meals included from Friday dinner through Monday breakfast.
  • Space is limited to approx. 25 families. RockRidge Canyon is huge, but we want to give everyone even more space for solid observation of BC health protocols.
  • Our staff are working hard to ensure all provincial COVID-19 guidelines will be followed.

Build your own family retreat instant quote, then register. Add your family members and select your accommodation. Once our registration team double checks your request against availability they will send you a confirmation email. Demand is high and we’re working hard to accommodate all guests but, due to restrictions, space is limited.

 

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Guest Reviews

Karen C
RockRidge Canyon Family Retreats
Fabulous place for a family retreat, thank you, RockRidge Canyon! We had such a blessed time with our teen and college aged kids over the weekend.
There was so much offered: SUP, canoeing, kayaking, three beach volleyball courts, full size outdoor basketball and hockey rink, archery, hiking, and mountain biking, to name a few. Since these are COVID-19 times, they implemented excellent social distancing protocols that kept us all safe and comfortable while enjoying ourselves (this included a temperature check upon arrival). Staff were friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend this facility, it was amazing!

Here To Bless Families

Yes, There Will Be Turkey Dinner

RockRidge Canyon sets the standard high when it comes to activities, food, accommodation and fun so you can rest assured this will be a true holiday – A Thanksgiving weekend without concerns around food prep or clean up. Leave that to us. Our kitchen will be breaking out all the fixings, along with seasonal favourites. Just sit back and enjoy your time together, morning to night. 

Fall is on it’s way, with its friend Fun

The air gets crisper in the morning and the leaves around the property start to turn bright yellow. It’s perfect weather for a sweater and a walk along the new Willis Creek nature trails. Explore the property at your own pace on a Trek mountain bike or rip down the dedicated mountain bike trails. Play some afternoon volleyball in the sand, shoot some hoops or start your own pick up hockey game in the rink. Plan a sunset trip on the party barge. Cast a line from the shores of Canoe Cove (BC fishing licence req’d). There is so much to do during this extended weekend retreat – but it’s up to you. With meals included your family will enjoy this weekend at your own pace.

It’s like time away at the cabin - without the cooking & cleaning!

What is there to do?

While some activities have been limited by governmental directives, there is still lots to do in our 1,500 acre playground! 

Beach Hut activities include Mountain Bikes, Paddle Boards, Kayaks, Canoes, Family Beach Volleyball. Build sand castles beside the lake, soak in the sun with your toes in the sand, read a book in surrounded by water in the Lake House. Lots of family fun can be had playing a round or two of Disc Golf. Take leisurely walks along the creek, in the forest, or down to the dam – There is plenty to explore! For the adventurous, there will be guided hikes to the top of The Pinnacle mountain (Discover the amazing view!).

NEW: We’ll unveiled our new nature trails this summer, with each kiosk illustrated and narrated. You’ll learn more about the wonderfully complex creatures who make RockRidge Canyon their home. 

Is this a shorter version of Young Life Family Camp? 

Nope! To meet provincial guidelines this is very much a self directed weekend, with lots to see and do. We are, however, planning some scheduled activities and surprises throughout the weekend.

Will there be an evening program?

This family retreat will be a lot like visiting a cabin. The days and evenings are yours, to relax. Some self directed activities will be available after dinner, like S’mores around the campfire. Plan to bring your own board games and puzzles. Bring your guitar – Who knows what impromptu sing along may occur around a campfire.

Princeton recreation

We found most of our guests loved to stay on property for the full weekend, however, the town of Princeton is only 15 -20 minutes away.

Relax or Play

RockRidge Canyon is filled with plenty to do but if your goal is to sit back, soak in the fresh air you are free to. It’s your break. Work up an appetite over a good book or, when the mood strikes,

  • Hop on our TREK mountain bikes for exploring trails. Feel free to bring your own (especially your kid’s bikes)
  • Paddle Canoe Cove on a standup paddle board, canoe or kayak
  • Sign up early for the sunset party Barge Lake Tours.
  • Discover who in your family is the best at Archery – you may be surprised!
  • Shoot hoops or get a game going on the all weather basketball court, ball hockey court, playing field (for soccer, football, wide-games, etc.)
  • RockRidge Canyon has a small playground for little ones
  • Challenge your family members to a round of Frisbee golf
  • Take a guided hike to the top of the infamous Pinnacle Mountain
  • There’s time for shopping at the “Ridge Trading Company” (for gift items, T-shirts, jewelry, etc.)
  • Canyon Coffee serves up lattes, espresso and teas (cash and cards accepted)
  • Grab a booth and relax in Scoops Snack Bar over ice cream, smoothies, chips, pop and more. Challenge your family to share the legendary Pinnacle sundae or attempt eat it all on your own…
  • Walk the trails and breathe in the mountain air as eagles and osprey soar above
  • There will some fun surprises at RockRidge Canyon’s Family Retreats!

Zipline!

Good news #1

After a summer break, we are working hard to bring our amazing Zipline back on line for our special Thanksgiving Family Retreat.

Keep in mind, children must be 48 in tall and 60 pounds minimum. We want to be sure they fit the harness perfectly and have the weight to make it to the bottom! Also, a maximum weight of 275 pounds is allowed. One person per harness and zipline.

Good news #2

Our super long, lake crossing, duel zip line experience will be included with the price of  your Thanksgiving registration!

Frequently Asked Questions
What are the accommodations like?

There are 3 accommodation options

Whole Dormitory Rooms

We’re repurposing the Dorm Lodge rooms to host your family. Your private space will feature 6 or 7 pine post bunks in each room. Each room also has an attached large washroom with 3 sinks, 3 showers and 2 toilets, lots of plugs and room to stretch out.

Bedding and towels are provided in the dorm lodges.

Wolfe Creek Lodge

There are a limited number of rooms available in our luxury guest lodge during Family Retreats.

Wolfe Creek Lodge rooms are well appointed with air conditioning and private washrooms, each room is designed for your comfort. A variety of rooms are available, sleeping 2 (King or two Twins) or 4 (King plus bunk). For families of 5 or more,  a second room for 2 may be available for a discounted rate. (See the registration page) Either way, we’ll help you select the right room for your family. 

RV Pads

You are welcome to bring your RV. There are 9 RV pads with full hook-up (water, power and sewer) on the hillside overlooking the canyon. The RV park is about 750 meters (10-15 minutes walk). Some RVers bring bikes or have a detached vehicle ready as their shuttle. Available on a first come-first served basis.

Tents 

Due to heightened sanitary standards around shared spaces at this time (think Pool House bathrooms & showers) we are unable to offer tenting.

What does the price include?

The week is designed as a fabulous inclusive experience! The price includes lodging, linens and towels (except the tenting & RV housing options), 3 full course meals per day, including Thanksgiving Dinner, daily snacks, all programmed activities, free time activities. There are extra costs for items such as beverages in the Canyon Coffee Bar, items in the The Trading Co retail shop, and Craft Cart.

Zipline will be included in with registration!

How do I register for a Family Retreat Weekend?
  • Complete the on-line registration page and submit your housing request.
  • A $250 deposit is due immediately.
  • You will be contacted by email within 48 hrs to confirm your housing request.
  • The balance is due upon arrival (Friday of your booked weekend)

Refunds: A full refund will be given if cancellation happens 10 or more days prior to your family retreat weekend. Family retreats may be cancelled due to COVID-19 complications, in which case your full paid amount will be refunded. If any member of your family shows symptoms of COVID-19 your must leave the property, and a prorated refund will be available.

What is the Family Retreat cancellation policy?

In the event that you are unable to come to your Family Retreat weekend, your deposit (and any balance paid) is fully refundable up until 10 days prior to your arrival date.

Do we need to bring sleeping bags? Are linens and towels provided?

We want you to relax and enjoy the RockRidge Canyon experience. That includes comfy accommodations and a good night’s sleep.

No sleeping bags required. Leave the cramped mummy bag at home!

Yes. Bed linens (sheets, pillow and a blanket) and bath towels are provided in all dormitory and lodge rooms.

Beach towels – Please bring your own. Bring your favourite beach toys too!

Will the Zip Line, Tower of Terror and Ropes Course be open?

Times for Zipline will be posted.

Tower of Terror and Challenge will remain closed.

Do we need to bring extra money for activities?

Sure – It’s great to have cash for ice-cream and treats at Scoops Snack Shop and for specialty coffees at the loft Canyon Coffee shop. Many families pre-pay a tab upon arrival, so that carrying cash or cards are not needed during your time at camp.

There is a wonderful gift shop, The Ridge Trading Co, where you can purchase T-shirts, coffee mugs, books, jewelry and other items. Scoops, Canyon Coffee and The Ridge all accept debit and credit cards.

Note: We are working hard to have The Zip Line cleared to re-open. A Zip pass will be included in your registration during the Thanksgiving Family Retreat. 

Are there any age, size and weight restrictions for any activities?

Mountain bikes fit ages of about 12 to adult. Bike helmets are mandatory for all ages while on site. You may bring your own bikes if you wish, but keep in mind the paths are not paved and some mountain bike trails are challenging.

Although the property can be enjoyed by any age, RockRidge Canyon was built for teenagers and therefore most activities are more suitable for school-aged children and older. Families with infants and toddlers are welcome to attend but participating in some activities may be limited or not possible.

Can children enjoy the Zip Line, Tower of Terror and Ropes Course?

For the Zip Line, children must be 48 in tall and 60 pounds minimum. We want to be sure they fit the harness perfectly and have the weight to make it to the bottom! By the way, a maximum weight of 275 pounds is allowed. One person per harness and zip line.

The Challenge ropes course is currently closed for the season.

Is childcare available?

None is planned at this time.

COVID-19 Protocols

Parents are responsible for their children at all times.

Will the pool be open?

Most likely the pool will be closed for the season.

Can we bring our own boat?

No. Private power boats are not allowed for lake health and insurance reasons.

Be sure to book an optional family boating experience when you register.

Can medical dietary restrictions or food related allergies be accommodated?

Yes. A number of meals are served buffet style so guests can choose appropriate foods. Our kitchen staff has a great track record of specialty meals, so long as they are given appropriate notice. Please indicate allergies or medical dietary restrictions on the guest Health Form prior to arriving. Plan to meet the chef following the first meal.

Is refrigeration available?

Yes. Some access to refrigeration will be available for families with young children and those with special dietary needs.

Is smoking permitted?

Yes. Smoking is permitted in designated outdoor areas. Please note that cannabis and alcohol are not permitted on site.

Is alcohol/cannabis permitted?

No. In complying with the decision of Young Life of Canada’s Board of Directors, RockRidge Canyon is an “alcohol/cannabis free zone”. Throughout the summer RockRidge Canyon hosts 200-300 youth per week, so we will also be complying with this RockRidge Canyon policy.

Do you provide children's playpens / sleeping cots / highchairs / booster seats?

Families need to bring their own playpens as none are provided. There are a limited number of high chairs in the dining room but no booster seats. To be on the safe side, we suggest you bring your own.

Can you accommodate wheelchairs?

Yes. There is wheel chair access to rooms and bathrooms in some dormitories and there is an elevator in the main dining area. Please note, however, that the roads and paths throughout the camp are gravel and the terrain is quite rugged. When you register, please let us know if you need to be housed in a wheelchair accessible room.

What if I forget something? Is there shopping close by?

The town of Princeton is a 20 minute drive from RockRidge Canyon and has basic amenities, such as a Save-On- Foods Store, Home Hardware, and Shopper’s Drug-mart. The “Ridge Trading Co” gift shop at RockRidge Canyon is stocked with basic items, such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, water-bottles, flashlights, etc.

What additional items should we bring?

While camp has a decent array of life jackets, as so many activities take place on the water, many may find themselves more comfortable in their own life jackets. Families need to bring lifejackets for their children, as camp has a very limited selection of children’s life jackets.

How's the Cell phone coverage and WIFI access?

CELL  Rockridge Canyon is set in a mountain valley so cell phone coverage can be spotty around the property. Ask your service provider if you qualify for Wi-Fi Calling (text and phone calls).

For your convenience there are courtesy phones on site, which are free for long distance calls in North America. During your stay, anyone wishing to leave a message for you can call the RockRidge property office at 1 (250) 870-9030 and the message will be delivered at the earliest convenience.

WIFI  RockRidge Canyon has public Wi-Fi around the dining hall, in Wolfe Creek Lodge and in The Rock should you wish to bring your portable computer to stay in touch.

WIFI is set up for light capacity, such as checking emails, posting awesome selfies of your stay at RockRidge Canyon (@rockridgecanon), vs streaming movies.

Plan for an (almost) unplugged weekend. Bring your family’s favourite games and crafts. Books are great too!

 

Should we bring extra food?
Your RockRidge Canyon experience includes 3 amazing meals per day. If you’re feeling peckish or have a hankering from something cool slide into Scoops snack shop, where you can purchase ice cream, chips, pop, slushies, chocolate bars and other goodies. Step up to the loft for specialty coffees in Canyon Coffee. Cash and cards are accepted at the snack and coffee shops.

You know you. Bringing additional snacks is not necessary unless you have specific food restrictions.

What about safety?
Just like at any resort, children will need parental supervision throughout the day and age-appropriate limits agreed upon. The camp property is private and only registered campers are allowed on the site. Some families bring 2 way radios for communicating with their older children.
What happens if a family member is sick or injured?

There will be a doctor on site at all times and available for emergencies. RockRidge Canyon is stocked with first aid and medical supplies. If needed, the Princeton General Hospital is just a 20-minute drive away.

Can we bring pets?
RockRidge Canyon is a pet free zone. As great as your pet is at home they can be disruptive to the local wildlife residents who make the canyon so attractive.
What time should I plan to arrive and when do we leave?

Arrival and registration begins on Fridays at 2:30pm with dinner served at 6:00pm. Departure on the last day, Monday, at 11:00am.

Are there provisions for early arrival or late departure?

Sorry, but no. RockRidge Canyon is reserved before and after Family Retreat Weekends for cleaning and staff days off.

What is Young Life?

Young Life is a non-profit, community based, Christian youth organization in over 100 countries. Trained staff and volunteer leaders build mentoring relationships with adolescents in local areas and provide positive role models through friendships, events and camps. At our events and camps teens are given the opportunity to hear the basics of the Christian faith and accept or reject that message with no strings attached.

The Young Life Canada national office is in Langley BC, with lots of Young Life clubs meeting across Canada.

Do you have to be religious to attend Family Retreat weekends?

No, people of any/no faith are welcome to attend and will have an incredible weekend and warmly welcomed. In fact many student summer campers each year would not consider themselves religious but come and have a great time. Heads up – prior to most meals ‘grace’ is said.

What is RockRidge Canyon?

RockRidge Canyon is Young Life of Canada’s resort property located near Princeton, BC.

I have more questions!

For info about registration and housing, feel free to contact our office.

Email: rockridge@younglife.ca

Phone: (250) 870-9030

You can also find out more about Young Life  at younglife.ca