We offer a range of recreational and educational activities for youth including the popular Leaders in Training Program.

Please check out our Recreation Guide for details on current programs.

Leaders in Training

The Leaders in Training (L.I.T.) Program is the City of Campbell River's Recreation and Culture's youth leadership training program. Placements coincide with recreation program dates and times, Pro-D Days, Winter Break and Special Events. The program offers valuable work experience, leadership, organization and communication skills. Participants will gain experience working with children in recreation and community programs and receive training and guidance in leadership.

L.I.T.'s in grade 10 and over can use hours towards "Employability Skills" and "Community Involvement and Responsibility" for their School Portfolio.

Applications are available online and at the Community Centre, the Sportsplex, Middle and High Schools.

For more information call the L.I.T. Coordinators at 250-286-1161. 

L.I.T. Application Form

Take it outside with the Haig-Brown Kids Camp!

Get your kids unplugged and outside this summer. The Haig-Brown Kids Camp, starting July 6, is an action-packed exploring nature adventure on the shore of the Campbell River. Situated at the Haig-Brown property, campers will learn about salmon habitat, ecosystems and environmental stewardship between treks, games and serious fun times.

“Based at the Haig-Brown Heritage House property, this camp embodies the spirit of Roderick Haig-Brown, who was an avid fisher and conservationist,” said Recreation Programmer, Kara Shirley. “Each day is a celebration of nature-filled field trips, activities and forest games. Participants have fun and learn a lot in the process.”

 Haig-Brown Kids Camps take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday starting July 6 for children age eight to eleven. Camps for children age six to eight begin July 13.

This summer, the City of Campbell River’s Recreation & Culture Department is offering a variety of camps and programs that help inspire children with an active appreciation of nature. Each program includes classic camp games, crafts and different weekly themes and adventures.

For more information about summer camps and programs, pick up the Spring/Summer Recreation Guide at the Sportsplex or Community Centre. The guide is also available online at www.campbellriver.ca

To stay up-to-date on City camps, programs and events follow the Recreation Department on Facebook. 

Haig-Brown Heritage House is a historic family home that sits on the banks of the Campbell River and is surrounded by tranquil gardens. Built in 1923, the farmhouse is the former home of Ann and Roderick Haig-Brown, a well-known conservationist, writer and magistrate.

Contact: Kara Shirley,Recreation Programmer   250-923-7911   kara.shirley@campbellriver.ca

New Art Camps

The countdown is on. Summer camps, offered by the City’s Recreation Department, start in less than two weeks with new camps geared to children interested in the arts. New this year is Print Making by The Shore, for eight to 11-year-olds, and Jump into Watercolour, for 10 to 14-year-olds.


Is geared to children who want to explore a variety of printing techniques. Participants will practice Gyotaku, which means fish rubbing in Japanese. It is an art form dating back to the mid-1800s and has been used to print fish and plants such as ferns. The camp runs July 6 to 10.


Is for 10 to 14 year olds, is open to young artists who want to learn about poured watercolours, basic washes and other techniques. This course runs August 10 to 14.


Is for children who want to try their hand at different mediums. The course, which is beach themed, will provide participants with instruction and experience in clay, drawing, painting and other artistic disciplines. The camp runs July 27 to 31.

“The two new camps are a great addition to our summer art camp program,” said recreation programmer Karen Chappell. “Camps will be at the Sybil Andrews Cottage, which is a perfect location. Sybil Andrews was an internationally acclaimed artist famous for the linocuts she created from the late 1920s through to 1988.  Her cottage, which she lived in with her husband, Walter Morgan, was rehabilitated by the City and is the home of the Community Arts Council.”

The new art camps will be led by fine artist, Catherine Martha Holmes. Ms. Holmes has been a working artist for 24 years and has created works of art in a number of mediums.

For more information about summer camps, go to the Campbell River City website and click on Recreation Guide.

To register for summer camps, drop into the Sportsplex or Community Centre; or call

250-286-1161 or 250-923-7911.

For More Information Contact:

Karen Chappell
Recreation and Culture
T. 250-286-5306  E. karen.chappell@campbellriver.ca                          


Artist Catherine Martha Holmes

Catherine Martha Holmes works with many different water-soluble mediums: watercolour, water-soluble oils, acrylic and gouache, to name a few.

Ms. Holmes has been a working artist for 24 years. She studied for two and half years at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and then moved to Thunder Bay and received her Bachelor of Arts, with a concentration in Fine Arts, and her Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University. While in Thunder Bay, Catherine illustrated for the Ministry of Natural Resources and also completed a number of commissioned works in watercolour; and pen and ink.

In the early 1990s, Catherine travelled with her husband and two young children to South Africa, Finland, Russia, and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Between June 1994 and April 1996, Catherine worked in Toronto schools as a visiting artist.

From 2004 to 2008, Catherine illustrated for six magazines published by Up Here Publishing located in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. At the same time, Catherine also taught watercolour painting, and children’s book illustration through the continuing education program at North Island College in Campbell River.

Recently Catherine, who lives on Vancouver Island, exhibited 49 paintings that she painted in her 49th year, using water-soluble oils.


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