Who We Are
The Community Recreational Initiatives Society (CRIS) is a unique and powerful non-profit and charitable organization. Our dedicated volunteers utilize adaptive equipment to assist people with disabilities to experience nature and outdoor recreation.
(Charity # – 870544715 RR0001 – BC Society # S-43977)
CRIS is fueled by dedicated volunteers with a commitment to the well-being of the community. CRIS is a pioneer in adaptive recreation and offers programs tailored to the needs of participants – from the beginner explorer to the seasoned wilderness enthusiast, CRIS has an opportunity for you!
CRIS is comprised of 2 programs:
Spend some time hiking, kayaking, cycling, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing in the Okanagan region of British Columbia. Community Day Programs are time based programs that enable all people regardless of ability to participate in outdoor activities. This program is funded by various sources with all contributions staying within our local communities. This program is a great way to start off your pursuit for adaptive recreation!
Adaptive Travel is comprised of multi-day and backcountry adaptive trips. Adaptive Travel activities include but are not limited to: hiking, kayaking, cycling, rock climbing, and caving. This program is continually evolving and expanding to offer more accessible multiday opportunities to people with disabilities. Adaptive Travel is based on the motto that the sky is the limit! We welcome new trip locations and activities and we and will work with individuals, enabling them to engage in activities that meet their specific interests. Adaptive Travel trips are adapted to meet the needs and goals of specific individuals or groups. If you have a destination you have been dreaming of visiting or a trail you’ve dreamed of exploring, we will work with you to make sure that dream becomes a reality. Additionally, Adaptive Travel provides group camps. Visit our website or contact us for more information.
To provide support to people with physical and mental disabilities by developing and implementing outdoor and wilderness recreation programs in order to promote independence, assist with integration, reduce isolation and improve mental well-being of these individuals.
To create an inclusive world free of barriers, where all people regardless of ability or disability are able to experience the therapeutic benefits of outdoor recreation.
Values and Goals
- Furthers integration of people with disabilities through participation
- Promotes equitable access to outdoor activities and wilderness areas
- Strengthen awareness of environmental protection and sustainability
- Promote diversity
Goals for Participants
- Increase self-confidence through improved physical and mental health
- Enhance personal growth and self-empowerment by overcoming perceived barriers
- Build self-esteem and self-respect through increased independence
Reviving the Adventurous Soul
This video was submitted for funding in 2010/2011. It features former CRIS participant, Derek Watters, who speaks about the impact CRIS has had on his life, our activities, and the places he was able to go because of the adaptive equipment and dedicated volunteers on programs. “On the inside we are the same as everyone else, even if on the outside we are different.”