Camp Impeesa - Alberta
|Address||3124 Township Rd. 5-3A, Pincher Creek No. 9, AB T0K 1H0|
For more than 50 years, Camp Impeesa has been giving kids a chance to connect with nature, challenge themselves and make friends in its idyllic location off the shores of Beaver Mines Lake and looking up to Table Mountain.
Scouts Canada acquired what became Camp Impeesa, south of Crowsnest Pass and Pincher Creek, in 1967 as part of a centennial project. With its alpine and montane forest, rare plants and a protection corridor home to moose, grizzlies and cougars, Scouts leaders saw how its unique trails, waters, wildlife and plants would serve as the perfect backdrop for a true wilderness adventure experience. They called the camp ‘impeesa’—the wolf that never sleeps.
Fifty years later, as families look to Alberta summer camps to disconnect from the digital world and immerse themselves in the adventure and wonder of the wilderness, Camp Impeesa is still the place to come.
While still owned and operated by Scouts Canada, today Camp Impeesa’s kids summer camps are open to boys and girls, Scouts and non-Scouts ages eight to 17. What makes Impeesa special for these young campers is the chance to have fun and become backcountry adventurers through a full range of traditional and contemporary camp activities on both water and land. There’s canoeing and a lake trampoline, hikes to the summit of Table Mountain and a 40-foot rock climbing tower, tomahawk throwing and ziplining, and campfires and songs under the stars.
Beyond July and August kids summer camps, which now include mountain bike and horseback riding camps, Impeesa has become a popular destination for school camps, winter camps, group rentals, and the popular Tom Pratt Skills Camp and the Senator Buchanan Winter Challenge. Over the years we’ve hosted jamborees attended by hundreds and thousands of Scouts.
Fully renovated and expanded in 2016, Camp Impeesa now features a commercial kitchen and new dining hall, a new washroom and shower facility that has 10 individual rooms with a shower, toilet and sink so campers have more privacy, and a new wheelchair accessible washroom/shower unit.
Camp Impeesa is is an accredited member of the Alberta Camping Association and the Canadian Camping Association.
- Boat House/ Waterfront contains all of our waterfront sport equipment for canoeing, SUP boarding and swimming. Our lifeguard safety equipment is also located here. We have access emergency telephone and radio inside the boathouse. The waterfront contains a dock and swimming area, a canoe launch and shoreline access for hikes, exploration and fishing. All fishing is done outside the boundaries of our waterfront.
- Skookum Village is located at the east end of camp and over looks Table Mountain and Beaver Mines Lake. The village is made up of 5 cabins and a main kitchen and dining longhouse. The 5 cabins all contain bunkbeds to sleep 10 people and have power outlets and lighting. We do not provide mattress for the bunkbeds so please bring your own. The longhouse has two rooms that each sleep 4 people and the main dining area contains one two fridges, a chest freezer, microwave, industrial gas range with burner top, grill top and two ovens. We do not provide cookware or dishware so please plan to bring your own. Skookum village can sleep a total of 58 people. An outhouse is located just outside the longhouse. A firepit is located near the village for guests to use.
- Tillicum Village is the location of our main camp kitchen and dining hall which provide meals for our summer campers and any of our guests who choose to purchase our meal plan. Tillicum cabins can be rented but do not include access to the main kitchen unless guests have purchased our meal plan. Please plan to setup and cook outside if you do not choose our meal plan. Tillicum has 6 cabins that contain bunks that sleep either 4 or 6 people for a total of 30 people. These cabins are do not have power at this time. An outhouse is located just outside the cabins. A firepit is located near the village for guests to use.
- Dormar Centre is a multi-use conference style building with two indoor bathrooms, a house hold style kitchen, a large open meeting or activity space, break out space room, 3 bedrooms, camp main laundry room, indoor fireplace. The kitchen contains two household stoves, a fridge, microwave, and sink with running water.
- Maintenance Shop is where our camp ranger keeps all of his supplies and works on projects to keep the camp running in top shape. Campers and guests are not allowed access to the shop for safety concerns. If you have any maintenance issues please find our camp ranger for assistance.
- Tent sites (Whisky Jack, Lynx, Grizzly, Fort MacLeod, Moose Meadows, Loon, Deer Run, Trout, Wolf, Sheep, Badger, Heron)
- Summer Camp Tent Village - residential summer campers stay in our wall tent village while in session during the summer. In the spring and fall season our guests can rent these tents. Our wall tents are setup under a roofed platform and can sleep up to 8 people, we do not provide mattress or beds in our tents.
- Fort MacLeod Fire Pit is our ceremonial or large group campfire pit and can be booked for groups at specific times any evening. This is a great space for large groups to hold an evening campfire.