Camp Qwanoes

Camp Qwanoes

About us

Qwanoes is a youth-focused, year-round Christian camp and retreat centre with a heart for kids of all ages. Founded in 1966, Qwanoes is an ideal place for fun-filled, life-changing adventure.

Situated on 55 acres of magnificent scenic waterfront property on Vancouver Island between Victoria and Nanaimo, Qwanoes is a fully accredited member of the BC Camping association and Christian Camping International-Canada.

From over 75 activities to quality staff, we are committed to providing the best experience to our guests...and we would love to welcome you or your child here!


Established in 1966, Camp Qwanoes has grown into a camp and retreat centre with the primary focus of summer camp, when about 200 staff welcome about 400 kids each week to camp. Qwanoes also hosts leadership training programs, retreats, guest groups, and many other events during the non-summer months. Qwanoes has modern facilities, a publishing company (Qwanoes Publishing), a web radio station ( and a music company (Q-Town Records).

Activities Offered

From wakeboarding and archery to mountain boarding and our giant Sky-Scraper… there’s over 75 activity options to choose from! Crazy games and great music, wild action and pure fun… and all in a spectacular setting!

Check out Camp Qwanoes' website to learn more about the activities they offer:

Our Love For Teaching Children

What we love the most is that we get to work alongside like-minded people, who all want to see kids discover, live and share life like no other!

Interesting Fact

With all our year-round staff team combined we have over 175 years of leadership experience. We are a safe and trusted tradition for thousands of families each year. As a Christian camp, we incorporate biblical principles into all programs. We are a place where kids are free from distractions and the busyness of everyday life.

What Kids Love About Us

They love our staff team! These predominantly young adults and college students are specifically selected for their evangelical faith, maturity, and aptitude for developing healthy relationship with kids. Kids feel welcome and accepted for who they are at Qwanoes.

Instructors Strengths

Their enthusiastic spirit is contagious and their love for and involvement in kids lives change them forever. Every year we seek the best! Our extensive search brings staff from across Canada, throughout our home province, and several other countries. Our camper/counselor ratio averages 5 to 1 and most cabins have both a senior and junior camp counselor. The camper/staff ratio is a low 2 to 1 so this gives our staff lots of opportunity to care for kids.

Facility Highlight

We have over 75 activities to choose from! It’s hard to highlight just one of them… but our Qwanoes Beach is the place to be on a hot, sunny summer day with three wakeboard boats, a long permanent dock to hang out with friends, and a giant floating aqua-park that is every kid’s dream!

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