Prospect Lake site transformation to enhance program experiences

From opening circle at the start of a kayak adventure on Prospect Lake to sitting under the post-and-beam campfire structure that night sharing stories of the day, HeroWork’s Radical Renovation for Power To Be is creating a space to connect in new ways.

The circular design of the structure is fitting as it marks a new inclusive space for Power To Be to share with participants. Built from raw timbers with a roof that will be sodded with grass from the site (removed to make way for the new trail system), there is a feeling it was always meant to be there.

With raised tent pads nearby, the campsite is part of a series of Radical Renovations at Power To Be’s new home. Thanks to the support of more than 100 HeroWork volunteers, gear storage, trails and an inclusive campsite are being added to the site. Watching it take shape, Jason Cole, Director of Programs, knows the built space and natural environment will facilitate meaningful experiences for participants and their families.

“The site will enhance the experiences individuals have with goal focused programming, giving participants the opportunity to become familiar and comfortable with their surroundings,” Cole says. “This site will become an essential part of the Power To Be community for years to come.”


The Radical Renovations are designed with inclusion in mind. Focusing on the naturalization of the former golf course will turn the property into a classroom in nature for participants, educating them on the value and importance of time spent outdoors while offering the opportunity hone their skills or try new activities. Adding the gear and camping infrastructure will support more multi-day programs, where Power To Be is not limited by the availability of public campsites.

Programs at the site will enhance Power To Be’s current offerings through Adaptive Recreation and Wilderness School, which includes kayaking, hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, and other activities for youth and families living with a physical, mental, social or financial barrier.

Paul Latour, HeroWork Executive Director, says this project is bringing the community together as Victoria area suppliers, local businesses and volunteers are participating by donating their skills, time and resources to the project.

The final weekend of the Radical Renovation is July 15-16 and the site will be officially unveiled on July 19.