Fitness & Recreation

Summer Camps, Summer Activities


BACI Summer Teen Program

The Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion runs a Summer Teen Program. Email for more details.

The Summer Teen Program offers cool, full-day adventures for youth with disabilities. The program is a Ministry of Children and Family Development funded service for Teens aged 13 to 18 who live in Burnaby and New Westminster.  Please see THE FLYER from 2012 for more information.

Day Camps:

The first place to look is your local Parks and Recreation department.  Every City and Municipality in the lower mainland has both segregated and inclusive programs for children with special needs.  Don’t forget that you can choose to have your child
included in typical summer programs with either paid or volunteer support people.  Including your child in a typical program will give you much more flexibility than restricting yourself to only segregated or specialized programs.  If your child is already happy in an arts, sports or recreation program in your community check out the summer camp options for that program as soon as possible.  Summer camps fill up fast!

Think about using a camp near where you work rather than where you live.  It might be easier to drop off and pick up en-route to your workplace.  Cities and Municipalities have their recreation programs on-line so it is much easier to research your options.

Burnaby:   Visit the CHILDREN’S CAMPS page for information on policies for  support and accessibility as well as the Activity Guide.  Also see the  Leisure Guide for all spring/summer programs.

Vancouver:    Visit the ACCESS PROGRAMS page for policies and programs.  This page also links to children/youth and adult programs – see links on left side of page

Tri-Cities & New Westminster:  Summer recreation program information and support options will be available in late May.

Overnight Camps: 

The big daddy of overnight camps is EASTER SEALS CAMPSThey have been around a long time and are well resourced with well-trained staff.  There are only a few weeks available since each “week” is specialized in age and disability.  You can request that your child shares a room with the friends they made the year before and many children make life-long friends at summer camp.  The big draw for Easter Seals is that it is FREE.

is a high quality overnight camp.  Weeks are sponsored by organizations
or there are weeks targeting specific disabilities.  This camp can be
expensive but don’t forget that many disability organizations have
campership programs to help finance your child’s camp experience.

HINT:  Make
sure you join the organization that represents your child’s disability
in British Columbia.  You may find that they sponsor disability-specific
camps or offer camperships to families to help finance a camp

Links to some Resource sites:

 The BC Camping Association (BCCCA):  This is a site for accredited summer day and overnight camps with a good search engine.  BC CAMPING ASSOCIATION

 Autism Community Training (ACT):  Some good camp listings for both typical children and children with special needs, see   SUMMER CAMP RESOURCES  

 Vancouver Parks and Recreation:  Access Services RESOURCES AND LINKS

Trouble navigating the disability system?


Our Disability Benefits Navigator allows you to quickly find what you might be missing:





Burnaby Village Museum Free in 2012


(Updated June 2012)  For 2012, the Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel is celebrating both
the carousel’s and the interurban tram’s 100th year.To celebrate, the
City of Burnaby invites all to enjoy free gate admission. Carousel rides
are only $2.30 per ride for all ages.

Visit the website for hours:


Local Parks & Rec Links


Your local parks and recreation department will have many opportunities for children with special needs to experience inclusive recreational activities as well as some specialized programs. You might be surprised! Make sure to check out YOUR local parks and rec web-site.

Burnaby:   Please visit  the BURNABY LEISURE GUIDE, Fall Winter 2011/12 pages 8 & 9 for a listing of all the adapted programs.

Vancouver:  Please see THE VANCOUVER PARKS WEBSITE adapted programs for all ages.

New Westminster:  New West does not have segregated programs.  Please contact the program or site directly if you have a special access request.  Please see the GENERAL SITE.

Custom made Gardening Tool


If you would like something custom made to suit your needs, contact the TETRA SOCIETY at  It is one of the Disability Foundation organizations that have retired engineers who will make or modify anything for you.  Our daughter Cydney just had a custom made gardening tool made for her so that she could use it to plant or weed her raised garden bed full of vegetables.  All you have to pay for is the materials they use.  


Hints and tips site for Disneyland travellers Great deals on all things Disney!

Check out this hot hints and tips website for all things Disney.  The site owners have links to travel agents and travel sites, but the information is FREE.  The site is updated regularly and might be the place to start planning your trip to the Magic Kingdom.  This site and its links could easily take the place of that expensive Disney guidebook you were thinking of purchasing! 

This site is updated regularly (June 2012)

United Way + BC Lions = cheaper tickets



United Way Night with the BC Lions
A joint promotion with the BC Lions and the United Way of the Lower Mainland. 

Join us for a great night of Canadian football!

BC Lions vs Edmonton Eskimos
Friday, November 6, 2009
7:30pm    BC Place

Special United Way ticket offer $22* and $5 from every ticket goes to United Way!

To order the United Way ticket special, please call the BC Lions Football Club at 604.589.7627 (ROAR). Seating availability on a first-come, first-served basis. *Includes service charge and GST. Ticket value $30. Buy your tickets today!

ICBC and Chiropractors


ICBC has embarked on a pilot project that allows for people injured in an accident to get up to $900 treatment. Problem is that ICBC now requires the chiropractor to release your medical files that they can use against you if you end up in court.

So the tip here is… instruct your chiropractor to black out information that is not pertinent to your current injury and watch him while he does it.


No Summer Camps for Kids with Disabilities this Year


The Vancouver Sun reported that summer camp fees for Children with disabilities has been cut this year.

The total cost of the program is $360,000 and I suppose things must be pretty bad for the Liberals to be so parsimonious when it comes to kids with disabilities and a bit of summertime enjoyment.

You can write Rich Coleman a note to share your feelings on this topic.

Gardening for all!


(Updated June 2012)


In the Metro Vancouver area find a community gardening plot with the Disabled Independent Gardening Association:

The TETRA organization will make tools adapted to your needs for free.  Just supply the equipment yourself.


The Can You Dig It (CYDI) initiative tackles the challenge of social isolation through gardening.