The Whatsan Lake Retreat Center was built in 2000 on a 204 Acre site on the edge of Whatsan Lake. Built with sustainability in mind with local timber, cedar splits and other locally sourced materials. It has hosted conferences, weddings, wellness retreats, youth camps and has been “dedicated to all peace-loving people in the community, in this province, in Canada, and around the world.”

“At Whatshan you can get away from it all to enjoy quiet peaceful walks and moments of contemplation. Paddle your canoe or kayak on the lake or plunge into bracing cool waters of the swimming hole in the nearby river.”
– Whatshan Retreat Centre

The Lodge

Conference Facilities

Whatshan Lodge is host to music & media discussion groups and presentations. This zone has seating for 100 people, plug & play Audio/Visual equipment, and is surrounded by windows with plenty of natural light. The unique architecture makes Whatshan Lodge the perfect setting for inspiration, free-thinking, and creative design.

Have something to share or teach?

Whatshan Lake

Grab a canoe, kayak, or SUP board and get paddling!

Enjoy sunny afternoons beside the calm waters of Whatshan Lake. 30 km long and 2 km wide – The lake offers great opportunity for exploring, fishing, and log races. Dont forget your water guns!

Hippie Hole

Plunge into the cool bracing waterfalls of Whatshan River

A cool reward awaits those willing to take on a relatively easy 15-minute hike from the central retreat area. Nicknamed for its popularity with the Summer of Love crowd, the “hippie hole” is a liquid oasis on a hot summer’s day. Dive into a 13-meter deep pool to revive your whole being – then climb out and do it all over again! No need to rush, you’re on Kootenay time now…


Settle in to your home away from home. Whatshan Lake Retreat has 200 acres of Kootenay forest with lush Kamping for all. For more details see our Kamping section.

Whatshan Stage

Take a seat, get up and dance, participate in the talent show! This unique stage is regarded as the best designed outdoor stage in the Interior. Here you will see a bit of everything – clowns, acrobats, bands, DJs, comedy, the talent show and more!

Whispering Pines

Arts & Krafts Zone

Whispering Pines is a covered picnic area with concession facilities and host to the Arts & Crafts Zone. Here you can do anything – Create a dream catcher, tie dye a shirt, paint a rock! Explore more Activities.



Stay cozy at night in your own private cabin. Perfect for friends or families.

Very limited cabins available.