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Kuriakos Outdoor School

Kuriakos Outdoor School
5 - 39317 Range Road 24, Lacombe Country (Sylvan Lake), AB T4E 2R7
Phone : (403) 746-2702


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South (Red Deer)

School year/Age

Grades 5 to 12

Language level

French as a First Language
French immersion
French as a Second Language

School subject (primary)

Off-campus Education

School subjects (secondary)

Fine Arts
Physical education
Aboriginal studies
Health and Life Skills

Links with the curriculum

Kuriakos works with teachers and leaders to create a retreat experience that meets the goals of your group and the curriculum outcomes. Teachers may also choose to present their own material. Here are some activities that can be done accordgin to different school subjects:

Physical Education:
- Canoeing lessons, hiking in the forest, snowshoeing, climbing wall, archery, knots and shelters...

- Identification of trees and traces
- Study of the lake
- Winter survival
- Lighting a fire and cooking

Social Sciences and History:
- Aboriginal activities
- Teambuilding
- Adventurous string parks
- initiative activities 


For programs with overnight stay, schools must provide transport, accompanying persons (1 per 10 students), supervision at night, communication with the participants. 

Students should bring a sleeping bag, outside clothes, backpack, and of course, their smiles. 


The programs are available in May and June, September and October, and during the winter on request. 

Number of participants

Minimum: 10
Maximum: 80


One day and up to 2 nights.


Day Programs
$450 for 15 students, plus $30/additional student. These fees include:

  • Up to 5 hours of activity programming;
  • Admission for teachers and supervisors are free of charge;
  • Snacks (but please bring a bag lunch - lunch can be provided for an additional fee).

Overnight Programs
One night: $100/student - Two nights: $160/student. These fees include:

  • Customized programming to meet your goals;
  • Experienced and qualified staff;
  • Accomodations and meals.



Kuriakos’ programs are designed to help children and youth spend more time outside, explore and learn about nature and wilderness. By taking your students out of the classroom, they will be able to push their physical limits, develop teambuling techniques, and better know their classmates. Since 1930, Kuriakos offers recreational and learning opportunities on our site located in Sylvan Lake. Come and discover what difference a Kuriakos Outdoor School program can make in your students’ lives!   

Here is a description of the activities we can offer:

Low Ropes and Bouldering Wall
Scale a wall, cross a 'river', find your way through a spider web, or balance a tipping ship... all with the help of your teamates! These areas offer team-building and problem-solving tasks for groups of all sizes and ages.

High Ropes Course
Climb 30 feet into the air, then cross the balance beam, swing on some jungle vines, or jump off the pole. *This activity is open to ages 12+.

Waterfront: Swimming, sauna, boats...
Check out our lakefront!  We offer paddling lessons or free time in the lake.  Try out a mud mask and yoga in the sauna, or jump off our inflatable Avalanche.  Our staff have National Lifeguard and Paddle Alberta Flatwater Canoe Instructor certifications.

Our Paddle Alberta instructors can help your students build confidence and skill on the water.  Curriculum includes safety requirements, specific strokes for maneuvering the boat, and games.  Choose the canoe trip, and we'll fill two activity blocks with a voyage across the lake! * Longer canoe trip may be available for groups up to 30 students.

Try your hand at archery under the supervision of trained staff.

Climbing Wall or Giant Ladder
Visit our climbing tower and pick out some challenging routes, or work together to get your friends to the top of the giant ladder.

Winter Activities: Snowshoes, Quinzhee-Building, Camp Curling, Skating, Tobogganing...
The fun isn't only in the summer.  We have 30 pairs of snowshoes, a beautiful skating rink, and skills for winter camping.

Knots and Shelters
Learn to tie some useful knots (we're fans of bowlines and half hitches!), and use them to create some shelters.  If you're keen, you could even sleep in them!

Firebuilding and Outdoor Cooking
Practice chopping wood, preparing shavings, and building fires (age depending!).  Then, enjoy the results of your work by cooking bannock, orange cakes, s'mores, or supper!

Navigation and Orienteering
Using our compasses and GPS units, learn some basic map-reading and navigation skills... and put them to use by making a scavenger hunt for the next group.

Wilderness Site
Nothing says adventure quite like a trip to the Wilderness Site!  Many of our survival/outdoor skills can be taught out here, where it feels much more authentic.

Predator - Prey
Students spend time in the forest, simulating and experiencing food chains. Learn first-hand the strategies used by predators or prey, and reflect on the role of each in the larger ecosystem. Fun for teachers as well - come chase your students!

Games and Crafts: Theme Meals, Wide Games, Gymnasium, Games Courts, Ping Pong...
Or, we'll come up with our own activities.  We have a fully stocked gymnasium, outdoor basketball, soccer, and volleyball, and craft and costume cupboards full of fun ideas.