Family Day Weekend Basecamp

Stay here. Play near.

Eat & Sleep at RockRidge Canyon – Ski & Play at nearby ski hills and recreation areas.

Includes weekend accommodation and meals

FAMILY DAY LONG WEEKEND

Registration is closed.

We’re sorry to report that, due to the BC Health Officer’s extension of travel restrictions and health orders, Family Day Basecamp weekend has been cancelled.

Please keep praying for BC Camps.

We know you are looking forward to getting out, and we’re looking forward to hosting you one day soon.

Skiers, snowboarders, x-country skiers and outdoor adventurers!

This is for you and your family.

Stay at RockRidge Canyon and ski, snowboard or x-country ski locally. Use RockRidge Canyon as your wintry weekend basecamp as you shake off your cabin fever and head out to Manning Park, Apex Mountain or China Ridge Trails. *

These recreation areas are seeing high seasonal demand as British Columbians look to safely exercise outdoors. However, accommodation availability has been reduced with the reduction of access to private AirBnB and vacation rentals. Much of winter recreation destination accommodation near Manning Park and Apex Mountain ski areas is already sold out for this ski season.

So… We’re reopening  Family Day long weekend to welcome guests on a limited basis, as travel advisories in your region allow. We have a passion for hospitality and look forward to hosting you!

Coffee at Canyon Coffee, RockRidge Canyon Retreat Centre

Relax at RockRidge Canyon

Treat your family to a very special winter food and accommodation package. 

Your family will enjoy wonderful meals, cozy accommodation and all the beautiful scenery RockRidge Canyon has to offer.

Here’s the Plan – Quick Details

  • BC Family Day Long Weekend
  • 3 Nights, Weekend Stay
  • Arrive Friday afternoon after 2:30 pm
  • Friday Dinner services starts at 5:30 pm
  • Evening Family Fires on Main Street
  • Saturday early breakfast at 7:30 am
  • Saturday lunch – Family Bag Lunch (pick up at breakfast)
  • Saturday Dinner served at 6:00 pm
  • Sunday Breakfast at 7:30 am
  • Sunday Bag Lunch
  • Sunday Dinner served at 6:00 pm
  • Monday Breakfast
  • Accommodations: Private Dorm Lodge room or Wolfe Creek Lodge
  • 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.)

 

We are looking to continue to bless families in British Columbia with this amazing property. Come experience it for yourself.

Register Early

Reserve your weekend accommodation here.

Dinner service

Meals

Served in our spacious Pinnacle Dining Lounge.

Weekend package includes

Friday Dinner

Saturday 7:30am early Breakfast, Bag Lunch (pick up at Breakfast), 6:00pm Dinner

Sunday Breakfast

To reduce waste, please let us know if you or family members will be off site for any meals. (No discount for missed meals).

Go Play, Then Enjoy Your Stay

 

While this weekend is designed for your family to play off-site at local ski areas we’re offering more than a room.

Explore

Enjoy exploring the beauty of RockRidge Canyon in winter. We’ll have snowshoes available for snowshoeing but many areas are accessible with appropriate winter footwear. Be sure to check out the new Willis Creek Nature Trails. 

Tubing and Skating* 

*If both weather and BC Public Health orders permit, we’ll offer tubing Saturday afternoon and evening, with skating Friday and Saturday afternoons and evening.

Our tube hill is renowned for winter fun. The groomed skating rink at RockRidge Canyon is beautifully lit for evening skates.

On Site Amenities 

Put your feet up

If your goal is to sit back, soak in the mountain air you are free to. It’s your vacation weekend!

  • Take 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…
  • Scoops is a great place to play family board games or crafting

Enjoy exploring the beauty of RockRidge Canyon in winter. We’ll have snowshoes available for snowshoeing but many areas are accessible with appropriate winter footwear. 

FAMILY DAY WEEKEND RATES

Includes 3 Nights, 3 Breakfasts, 2 Bagged Lunches (Saturday), 2 Dinners (Saturday & Sunday nights)

Dorm Lodge

Example: Family of 4 (2 Adults, 1 Youth & 1 Child) Dorm Lodge $915

  • Dorm Adult……… $277.00
  • Dorm Youth (7-12) (Save 20%) ………$222
  • Dorm Child (3-6) (Save 50%)……… $139

Wolfe Creek Lodge*

Example: Family of 4 (2 Adults, 1 Youth & 1 Child) Wolfe Creek $1,219

  • Wolfe Creek Adult ……… $369
  • Wolfe Creek Youth (7-12) (Save 20%) ………$296
  • Wolfe Creek Child (3-6) (Save 50%)……… $185

*Up to 4 people per Wolfe Creek Lodge room

 

Registration & Cancellations

We are praying for the best and planning for the rest – We understand Provincial Health Guidelines fluctuate, which may restrict access to the property. If this happens we will provide notice and FULL REFUNDS for all registered families.

Deposits are required at point of reservation. Balance of payment is due upon arrival. Deposits are non-refundable if Family Day Basecamp registrations is cancelled. However, Family Day Retreat Basecamp may be canceled due to family COVID-19 contraction, in which case your full deposit will be refunded.

If any of your family shows symptoms of COVID-19 after arrival, you will be required to head home and a prorated refund will be available.

Let’s keep everyone healthy

Our staff are working hard to facilitate Provincial COVID-19 Health guidelines. Health checks are required for all guests upon arrival at the registration desk. Our dining room operates with restaurant protocols. Currently, masks are strongly encouraged for all indoor areas. Come prepared to enjoy this vacation responsibly within your family/current social bubble.

Each weekend will be assessed, based on Provincial Health Officers current guidelines and restrictions. 

RISK FREE RESERVATIONS

If any weekend is cancelled by the Public Health Officer all reservation deposits will be refunded. See cancellation policy below.

We encourage you to pre-register to reserve your family’s spot, as we are accepting only a limited number of families.

Here To Bless Families

January is a lovely time to visit RockRidge Canyon, generally cold and crisp. We never know how much snow we’ll get but we’ve already experienced the earliest first snowfall in October we can remember.

Is this a shorter version of Young Life New Years Camp? 

No. To meet provincial guidelines this is very much a self directed weekend for families, with the focus on providing meals and accommodation, while guests spend their day skiing nearby. If you want to just relax and enjoy the scenery, that’s cool too.

Will there be an evening program?

No program per se. Consider this weekend like like visiting a cabin, but with all the meals and dishes taken care of. The days and evenings are yours, to plan and relax together with your family.

Basecamp map Princeton and Ski areas

Where To Go Nearby For Wintry Fun

Note: Some recreation areas require pre-purchase of tickets well in advance. Check their websites for availability. 

 

Local Skiing & Snowboarding

X-Country

  • China Ridge – 15 minutes outside of Princeton, China Ridge Trails have over 40 kms of groomed classical skiing, including 15 kms of dog friendly trails. There’s also 15 kilometers of snowshoe trails.
  • RockRidge Canyon – bring your gear and explore the property. (Self directed. Weather dependent.)

Down Hill

  • Manning Park – 1:15 hrs (90kms)
  • Apex Mountain – 1:40 hrs (114kms)

Princeton recreation

The town of Princeton is only 15 -20 minutes away. Check out Discover Princeton.

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

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).

What does the price include?

The price includes lodging, linens and towels, daily meals. There are extra costs for items such as beverages in the Canyon Coffee Bar, items in the The Trading Co retail shop.

How do I register for a Family Winter Basecamp Weekend?
  • Complete the online reservation.
  • You will be contacted by email within 48 hrs to confirm your housing request.

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 pro-rated refund will be available. Refunds take a minimum of 14 days to process.

What is the Winter Basecamp 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. Refunds take a minimum of 14 days to process.

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.

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

No sleeping bags required. Please leave those cramped mummy bags at home! However, feel free to bring your favourite fleece blanket to snuggle in, if you wish.

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

Usually we run the Zip Line year-round. However, due to public health protocols the Zip Line is scheduled to be closed. However, if we are able we’ll do our best to open it. Sign up will be on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED basis, at the Registration desk, upon arrival. There may be an additional cost for the zip line experience. 

Note: 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.

Tower of Terror is closed for the season.

Challenge is closed for the season.

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 and Tower of Terror are closed for the season.

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 RockRidge Canyon.

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.

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

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.

Is childcare available?

None is planned at this time.

COVID-19 Protocols

Parents are responsible for their children at all times. Please enjoy all activities within our current family/social bubble.

Are the pool and waterfront closed?

Yes. Both are now closed for the season.

Please be sure to stay off the lake ice.

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?

Tubing

While camp has a decent array of helmets and tubes, you may find yourself more comfortable with your own gear. If you bring tubes we can help you pump them up on site.

Skating

Please bring your own. We have an eclectic assortment of hockey sticks. Bring your favourite.

Dress warmly

Winter here in the canyon can be a mixed bag, often with lots of clear, cold days. But we do see ice, fog and snow. Warm boots, coats, mitts and toques are recommended.

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.

If need be, download some movies prior to arriving.

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 hearty meals. If you’re feeling peckish or have a hankering for something cool then 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?

While RockRidge Canyon’s Club Med is stocked with emergency first aid and medical supplies, 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?

Plan to arrive between 2:30pm and 7:30pm Friday

Dinner service is staggered, beginning at 5:30 pm Friday evening.

Note: In order to increase service and follow health protocols, each family receives a meal schedule at registration. Please respect this schedule.  

Depart Sunday, at 11:00am.

Are there provisions for early arrival or late departure?

Sorry, but no. RockRidge Canyon is reserved before and after family Winter Basecamp 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 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-style 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