In 2007, programmers in Sooke and Lee Richardson realized there was a need to build stronger connections between children and nature. This inspired the creation of Ecoquest, designed by Lee Richardson BSc/Bed., and his mother, Laurie Richardson BSc/ B.Ed., both of whom share a passion for teaching and the environment.
Later that year EcoQuest began as a 2 week pilot project in Sooke. As a result of its success, in 2008 the program ran for 6 weeks at 3 different centers. In the following years EcoQuest has grown to offer more than just one type of summer camp.
In 2015 the Paddle Sport program was added under the umbrella of EcoQuest. Designed to introduce children to paddle sports and get them comfortable on the water at a young age this experience is uniquely designed by Paddle Canada certified instructors. We now run two levels of programs and offer single day experiences to schools to complement their curriculum.
With tremendous support from participants, recreation centers and the community, the EcoQuest programs have grown exponentially. They are now offered year round through a variety of formats.