On Saturday, April 26th, Timberline Ranch in Maple Ridge will be hosting their second annual Family Festival! This event will feature western shows, pony rides, hay rides, a petting zoo, a western photo booth, archery, climbing wall activities, door prizes, and a whole array of other exciting activities that are fun for families of all ages!
HORSES, CAMPING, & KIDS: SUMMER CAMP FUN YEAR ROUND!
Looking for a kids’ camp near Vancouver, BC? Horseback riding is just the beginning of your adventure. Our 73 acres of woods and farmland, in the foothills of Golden Ears Mountain, are the perfect backdrop to a camp and retreat centre that has brought incredible excitement and outdoor education to youth and adults since 1961. Our newly updated ranch facility offers loads of fun, fresh air, and activities. So what are you waiting for? Don’t delay your outdoor escapade another day!
Operated by a non-profit society, the Ranch’s organization is committed to bringing hope to youth and building lives, one camper at a time. We invite you to learn more about us by reading our mission statement, checking out our facilities, reading ourhistory and perusing the long list of activities we have planned to make your camp experience unforgettable
Timberline Ranch has always been a scenic escape from the daily grind of city life and respite for the soul.
Two men, Cec “Chuck” Leng and Don “Lefty” Lawrie, had the vision of creating a ranch-style camp that exposed Vancouver youth to the Gospel. After searching for eight months, the pair found a 73-acre Arabian horse ranch in Maple Ridge they knew would serve God for years to come.
After the land purchase in 1961, Chuck, Lefty and their families lived on site training young people in the basics of Christian life in association with the Navigators. Timberline Ranch was registered as a non-profit society in 1964, and in 1967, Chuck wrapped up six years of work as director and board chair by handing the reins over to Peter “Rocky” Wittenberg.
Rocky built, preached and directed until 1984, at which point more than 800 campers were coming to summer camp at Timberline. Under his leadership, Timberline Ranch facilities and programs evolved: the lodge, bunkhouse, cabins and a heated outdoor pool were built or improved to allow year-round use.
Since 1984, a Board of Directors has shown the path for Timberline, with long-serving directors Frank Chisholm and Ron Hoskyn overseeing large projects like the construction of a new barn. Current director Craig Douglas has led the camp since 2005.
Since then, the Ranch has developed numerous new activities and leadership training opportunities. The team has also built the Western Town, the Powerhouse, the Poolside Cabin additions, and significant improvements in the overall infrastructure of the Ranch, including a sewer system and burying the power lines. An Activity Centre/Gymnasium is the next large project in the works.
The facilities now accommodate over 200 people at a time, and over 6,000 young people come to the ranch every year. Many groups come annually, and most groups book a year ahead to secure their place.
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