APPLICATIONS OPEN FRIDAY MARCH 1st @ 7am! Links will be posted live



A reminder about our application process:

1: You are filling out an application form, not a registration form. You apply to camp, and our registrar will register you accordingly. This means until you have received an acceptance letter, you are not officially registered.

2. All camp applications will be processed in the order their application form was received.

3. All applicants must also PRINT and COMPLETE an assumption of risk form form, and email it to us before we can finalize your application.

4. You do not have to pay for camp until the registrar has sent you an acceptance letter. Accepted campers have until April 15th to pay, or they will lose their spot in the camp they applied for.

The PCWC family is thrilled to be able to continue forward with our camp expansion. We have 12 camps to choose from this year and quality staff and volunteers that are ready to take campers on an adventure of a lifetime together in God’s incredible creation!

**note that campers must be of age as of Dec 31st, 2019**

Ridge Riders 1 West – Tannon & Megan Emerson – June 29 to July 5 

Ridge Riders 2 West – Ryan & Lindsey Anderson –  July 6 to July 12

Ridge Riders 3 West Girls Camp – Julianne Johnson – July 13 to July 19

Ridge Riders 4 East – Todd & Lexie Balisky – July 20 to July 26

Ridge Riders 5 East – Greg & Robin Berreth  – July 27 to Aug 2

Ranch Camp – Todd Donaldson – June 29 to July 6

Adult Ride n’ Relax – Delilah & Bob Sterr – June 29 to July 6

Mountain Base 1 – Tyler and Candice Edey July 6 to July 13

Mountain Base 2 – Ian & Aerylin Penner – July 13 to July 20

Mountain Base 3 – Dan and Alician Zacharias – July 20 to July 27

Mountain Adventure – Nathanael Sterr – July 27 to August 5

Alpine Pack n’ Ride – Dave Penner – August 5 to August 17

Hiking Camp – Lance Minnie – July 15 to July 21


~  RIDGE RIDERS  ~  AGE 12-14  ~  $250  ~  (NEW All girls camp available!)

Our Ridge Riders camps are a fantastic introduction to horsemanship and adventure with PCWC! These camps offer horsemanship, riding, strengthening of camping skills, and building of friendships. It also encourages further exploration of the Christian faith through Bible studies and discussions. Our goal is to make this the best week of your life! Sign up for Ridge Riders and let the memories begin! Choose from one of three Ridge Riders WEST camps at the classic Adams Ranch location on the banks of the Smokey River,one of which is our first all girls Ridge Riders Camp; or mix it up with a Ridge Riders EAST camp at the Bar 71 Ranch Location on the other side of the River, 


~  RANCH CAMP  ~  AGE 14-18  ~  $400  ~

Ranch camp is a unique experience that gives campers a chance to learn with their horses and develop an expanded repertoire of skills suitable to life and work in a ranch setting. This is the only PCWC camp where campers are encouraged to bring their own horse; and one will still be provided if this is not an option. This is our third year offering this camp and it has proved to be a popular option for many of our campers! New Location in the Valleyview area for 2019!


~  BOYS AND GIRLS HIKING CAMP  ~  AGE 14-18  ~  $200  ~

If you enjoy being outdoors and want to experience amazing beauty in the Mountains, then come be in wilderness and feel challenged , isolated and get a spiritual interaction with God, the creator of it all. Enjoy campfires, food, creating new friendships, backcountry experiences, fun, and learning about God!

Items needed: Hiking boots, Backpack – 60L or more (can provide), Sleeping bag, Thermarest or Bedroll, Headlamp or flashlight, Pair of socks for everyday, Rain Jacket, Swimming suit, Toiletries , Water bottle, Pot/cup/cutlery, Appropriate clothes.         Optional: Towel, Rain cover or large plastic bag, Knife/saw


 ~  MOUNTAIN BASE  ~  AGE 14-17  ~  $425  ~

If you could have the greatest week imaginable, what would it look like? You’d probably start with a group of terrific friends, good food, quality conversations, incredible riding adventures and some time to hang out. Toss in the incredible beauty of the Wilmore Wilderness Park (Kakwa Falls, Torrens Chutes and Sulfur Ridge), some life changing, thought provoking Bible studies, a few crazy events, and you’ve discovered what it takes – that’s Base Camp for sure!


~  MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE  ~  AGE 15-17  ~  $435  ~

Mountain Adventure is a step beyond Base Camp – it’s about being a part of something with a bit more edge, while holding onto the parts of Base Camp you enjoyed so much: action, friends, food, campfires and fun. You’ll explore the Kakwa country even more, getting to know the better kept secret spots for fun and adventure in the endless beauty of the back country, and what it means to be in a relationship with God. Previous riding is a MUST at Adventure Camp.

~  ALPINE PACK N RIDE  ~  AGE 16-19  ~  $600  ~

The Alpine Pack & Ride is designed to give you the ultimate Peace Country Wilderness Camp experience! There is no doubt you’ll count the trip as a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience that creates new skills, lifetime friendships, and unforgettable memories. You’ll go into the Kakwa high-country through seldom-travelled, isolated, and spectacular mountain terrain. You’ll be challenged physically and stretched spiritually and you’ll enjoy the unique wilderness comradeship of caring leaders and other campers. Campers MUST have previous riding and camping experience

~  ADULT RIDE N RELAX  ~  AGE 18+  ~  $450  ~

Refresh your body and renew your spirit. Ride a little or a lot. Take leisure strolls, energetic hikes, or ride the trails – whatever suits your holiday preference. Let us do the cooking while you enjoy the camping with friends in the paradise of Wild Kakwa. This is always a memorable camp as each year brings a special blend of campers and staff together for a set of adventures that are custom fit for the group. Great teaching, fellowship, food, and renewal in an environment second to none!

About Peace Country Wilderness Camps

Peace Country Wilderness Camps (formerly Peace Country Pioneer) has been providing faith based wilderness horse camp experiences in the stunning Two Lakes / Kakwa region and along the hills and banks of the Smokey River near Grande Prairie for nearly 40 years. No other camp does what we do, and very few can match the memories and personal impact that campers come away with year after year.

When campers are taken out of their comfort zone, away from the normal routines of life and immersed in the grandeur of God’s creation along with a small group of like minded peers and a handful of dedicated leaders, magic happens. We are often at our best when we realize how small we are, how big God is, and how far he has gone to reach out to us and draw us to himself. PCWC takes you there through the breathtaking views, friendships, adventures, fun and games, and Bible learning and reflection times.

PCWC has a vision to challenge youth physically, emotionally and spiritually in order to demonstrate what it means to be in relationship with God. This is done through horsemanship, riding, strengthening camping skills, building friendship and exploring the Christian faith through studying the bible, God’s Word, and facilitating discussion regarding what is learned.

We invite you to join the countless campers, both young and old, from all walks of life and every corner of the world on the adventure of a lifetime!

There are literally hundreds of community volunteers and supporters who give generously so that kids can experience the beauty and excitement of the wilderness, and so they can hear the good news of God’s love and provision for all people. This is done through PCWC annual fundraiser held the first weekend in June. It is a family event, with activities for all ages, an evening concert and the gospel message. It is a time to say thank you to those who have donated and a time to seek new supporters. It is where we raise almost all our funds to operate for the year and where we communicate what God has done through camp in the lives of our campers and volunteers.

Peace Country Wilderness Camps Focus Statement

Peace Country Wilderness Camps provides campers with an atmosphere that challenges their personal growth and invites them to experience God in creation and to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

Peace Country Wilderness Camps Statement of Faith

We believe in:

The unity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the godhead.

The sovereignty of God in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgment.

The divine inspiration and entire trustworthiness of Holy Scripture, as originally given, and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

The universal sinfulness and guilt of all people since the fall, rendering them subject of God’s wrath and condemnation.

Redemption from the guilt, penalty, dominion and pollution of sin, solely through the sacrificial death (as our Representative and Substitute) of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Son of God.

The bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead and His ascension to the right hand of God the Father.

The presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the work of regeneration.

The justification of the sinner by the grace and unconditional love of God through faith alone.

The indwelling and work of the Holy Spirit in the believer.

The one Holy Universal Church which is the Body of Christ and to which all true believers belong.

The expectation of the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.


Our statement regarding restructuring

Peace Country Pioneer has a clear vision for sharing the gospel through wilderness camping. In pursuit of that vision, and considering future growth and development we are choosing to restructure Peace Country Pioneer independent of IVCF. This will allow increased opportunity to provide unique solutions to specific needs and challenges.

Our relationship with IVCF spans the past 30 years. We are grateful for this rich heritage where we shared faith, vision, leaders, and resources. We recognize that the core values of IVCF are deeply imprinted on PCP and we support their ministry.


Our History

Our camp was founded in the early 80’s under the umbrella of IVCF. IVCF gave the framework and foundation to what has become of very unique wilderness camp. Our philosophies, statement of faith, style of biblical teaching, and moto have all been influenced by IVCF. For example the whole premise of taking kid’s out of their comfort zone into one where they may experience risk and challenges is all for the purpose of engaging them and challenging them to consider taking the risk of becoming a Christian and following Christ for their whole life. This model is from IVCF. From IVCF we have gleaned knowledge, resources, personnel, training, relationships, ideas, and the inductive bible study method, insurance for our summer camps and annual fundraising event, charitable status and the affiliation to an internationally known organization. The ability to function in an interdenominational environment and focus on “knowing Christ and making Him known” has proved not only inclusive and welcoming of all who attend a camp but has allowed us as a committee to function together toward one cause even though we are all from different Christian denominations. Peace Country Pioneer (PCP) was the only non-resident camp IVCF owned, which proved to be both strength locally but a weakness nationally. As the IVCF camping program has grown, particularly in the last year with the acquiring of 5 Circle Square Ranches, their need for uniformity and control across the nation has not allowed the flexibility needed to operate a smaller, locally run and funded, camp. The requirements that were being asked of PCP in order to comply with the insurance policy were both costly and unfeasible. So, where our philosophies and statement of faith have been molded by IVCF our desire to take those and use them in the way we see best fits our campers, style of camp, and level of risk has been compromised; thus the vote to become independent of IVCF.


Email us at

Registrar: Susie Schartner – 780-512-8335

Secretary: Madelaine Bidne – 780-518-0406

Chairman: Dave Penner – 780-518-7985

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