" The GVDSS does not recommend or support various therapies, therapists, doctors, practitioners, etc. The only Board-approved partnership is with the Victoria Conservatory of Music for the Music therapy program. The GVDSS' mission is to be a support system for one another. It is left to individuals and families to determine the best services, therapies, doctors, and therapists for their particular needs and that fit their personal philosophies.
Summer Camping Trip 2017


When: 25-27 August, 2017

Where: Taylor Arm Provinicial Park (Sproat Lake) - Group Camping Site


Details:  GVDSS has reserved a group camping site at Taylor Arm Provinical Park on Sproat Lake for the weekend of 25 August. Members are welcome to camp overnight on Friday and Saturday night (or one of the nights if you choose) or join us at the lake for the day on Saturday, 26 August for some fun at the lake, games, a potluck and songs by the campfire.

Maximum number of overnight campers we can accomodate is 30 on any given night and the maximum number of vehicles is 10.  I have currently paid ahead for 25 campers (15 adults, 5 youth and 5 children - 6 and under). GVDSS is paying the site fee, so overnight campers only need to pay the individual camper fee of $5 per night for adults (16+) and $1 per night for youth 7-15. Children 6 and under are free.

Please contact me at if you are interested in camping and let me know which night(s) and how many people in you party (adults, youth and children). I also need to know if you are bringing an RV or tents. I'd like to get firm numbers by 30 June. We can make changes to our reservation without incurring any charges up until mid-July.

Once we know who and how many are coming, we can start organizing some activities, both for overnight and day-trippers and also plan out a potluck supper on Saturday.

Below is some information on the group camping site regulations and facilities.

Park Use Regulations
  • Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for your pet’s behaviour and must dispose of their excrement properly.
  • Natural resources in the park may not be collected or destroyed.
  • Please remain on established trails and roadways to avoid trampling vegetation.
  • Check in time is after 1:00 pm on the day of arrival and check out time is 11:00 am on the day of departure.
  • Quiet time begins at 10:00 pm and ends at 7:00 am. During these hours, please ask your group to respect the comfort and enjoyment of other park users. No electronic sound devices may be used during the quiet period.
  • Generator use is only permitted between the hours of 9:00 am to 11:00 am and from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
  • When fires are permitted, they are allowed in designated fire rings only. Please check BC Parks’ website for updates on fire bans and closures.
  • Alcohol consumption is only permitted in your campsite by people 19 years of age or older.
  • Anything with an odor could attract wildlife to the site. Place garbage in bins and store all food supplies safely.

Group Campground Facilities:

Water: Hand pump
Shelter: No; large group fire circle
Picnic Tables: 3 picnic tables
Washrooms: Pit toilets
Gate: Yellow gate; park manager contacts group a few days before arrival to arrange key pick up for the gate
Parking: Vehicle parking for 20
Waterfront: A trail to the lake and beach leads through a highway underpass and takes approximately 10 minutes
Swimming: Swimming opportunities exist in Sproat Lake, which can be accessed by trails from either the Camp 10 day-use area or the group campground
Telephone: No pay telephone
Hook-ups: No
Firewood: Available from Park Facility Operator
Day-use Area: This park has two day-use/picnic areas, one accessible via a highway underpass from the campground parking lot - facilities are limited to a pit toilet; the other day-use area is at Camp 10, located 1.5 km west of the group campground parking lot down Hwy #4; Camp 10 has a small parking lot and a pit toilet with a short trail that leads to Sproat Lake
Patrols: Campground is patrolled by Park Facility Operator staff and campers are asked to bring problems to their attention
Stores: Stores in Port Alberni

Group Campground Rules:

  • All vehicles must be kept on gravel portion of the group site - no parking on grass areas.
  • Erection of very large tents or similar structures must be approved by the Park Facility Operator.
  • All signs and markers erected by campers must not obstruct park signs and cannot be attached to trees or park structures. The signs and markers must be removed prior to departure.
  • Before leaving the group campground, please return picnic tables to their original positions, if moved.
Hours of Operation:
Check in: 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Check out: 11:00 am
Quiet time: 10:00 pm - 7:00 am

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