Summer Independence Camps

Camp Bowen is a summer camp for blind, low vision, and Deafblind individuals. It is located on beautiful Bowen Island, a quick twenty minute ferry ride off the coast of British Columbia. Established in 1963, the camp is now operated by the Camp Bowen Division of the Canadian Organization of the Blind and Deafblind, in partnership with the Canadian Council of the Blind’s Bowen island Chapter. Our team works tirelessly to ensure Camp Bowen continues for generations to come.

Children and Teens

Linda Evans Memorial Music Camp

Alex Jurgensen and Matthew Alvernaz stand, facing the camera. Matthew is holding his Saxophone with Alex in the background.
From left to right: Alex Jurgensen (16) and Matthew Alvernaz (13), two friends who met at Camp Bowen. Photo by Stuart Davis for the Vancouver Sun
Ages
13-18
Next Session
July 12-19, 2024

Learn more about the Linda Evans Memorial Music Camp

Community Exploration Camp

A blind child's hands reading a Braille book.

Ages
8-12
Next Session
August 2-8, 2024

Learn more about the Community Exploration Camp

Foundations of Independence Camp (Teen Edition)

A male teenaged camper in a red hoodie. This picture was taken on the patio of the Bowen lodge by the Sea just outside the main doors into the dining hall.
A camper at Teen Camp/Camp Bowen
Ages
13-19
Next Session
August 9-15

Learn more about the Foundations of Independence Camp (Teen Edition)

Adults

Adult Retreat

All campers from the 2016 adult retreat on the patio of the Bowen Island Lodge with Deep Bay in the background.
All Campers from the 2016 adult retreat. Photo credit: Lorraine Ashdown.
Ages
19+
Next Session
August 26-31, 2023

Learn more about the Adult Retreat