Summer Camps in the Salish Sea 

Registration for 2018 opens March 15.

Sponsored and Presented by Peninsula Co-op

Sponsored and Presented by Peninsula Co-op


Salish Sea School Camps

For kids in Grade 1 (completed) to 5 (as of June 2017)

Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm

Salish Sea School is a week-long day camp that combines educational experiences in the Centre with “in the field” activities on Portland Island, Sidney Island (Sidney Spit), Sidney beaches and an Eco-cruise. That’s THREE boat trips into the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve! Camp days are also filled with games, art, and fun! This is a great introduction to the variety of ocean habitats within reach—sandy beaches, rocky beaches, open ocean, and docks and pilings. 

Cost: $ 250 (+tax).

2017 Camp Dates

Camp #1  July 10 – 14  SOLD OUT
Camp #2  July 17– 21  SOLD OUT
Camp #3  July 24 – 28  SOLD OUT
Camp #4  August 14 – 18 SOLD OUT
Camp #5  August 28 – September 1 SOLD OUT

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"We are from South-east Alberta and the biggest collection of water we usually see are the puddles in our driveway!
This experience for the kids was revered as 'a once in a lifetime opportunity' and you guys definitely hit the mark!  The staff were exceptional and we as parents couldn't have given the kids a better opportunity to see the ocean and life in it. 
My oldest has a great affinity for the ocean and aspires to be a marine biologist when he grows up; and this camp was right up his alley.  Having to document what they learned, like ocean explorers yet still doing kid activities as well - and each day a new experience."

Barnacle Buddies Camps

For kids ages 4 to 6

Two (1/2) day camps

Barnacle Buddies is for budding biologists looking to explore the diversity of ocean animals big and small through hands on learning. Each of these themed camps combines educational experiences inside and outside of the aquarium with educational games, activities, crafts, and more! Campers will enjoy local Sidney beaches (rain or shine) while learning about their favourite, or soon to be favourite, marine creatures. Check out the selection of themes. *Note: if registering for back-to-back camps, we do not provide lunchtime care. 

Cost: $56 (+tax).

2017 Camp Dates

Camp #1 July 4/6 (9:30 – 12:30)
Finned Fun: Fish and Sharks SOLD OUT

Camp #2  July 4/6 (1:30 – 4:30)
Crabtastic Octopus SOLD OUT

Camp #3  July 5/7 (9:30 – 12:30)
Marine Mammal Mania  SOLD OUT

Camp #4  July 5/7 (1:30 – 4:30)
Who eats Who: Food Chain Fun CANCELLED   

Camp #5  Aug 8/10 (9:30 – 12:30)
Crabtastic Octopus *Only 3 spots left

Camp #6  Aug 8/10 (1:30 – 4:30)
Finned Fun: Fish and Sharks *Only 1 spot left

Camp #7  Aug 9/11 (9:30 – 12:30)
Who eats Who: Food Chain Fun SOLD OUT

Camp #8  Aug 9/11 (1:30 – 4:30)
Marine Mammal Mania SOLD OUT

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"My daughter was enrolled in two Barnacle Buddies camps this past summer. I am so impressed with the level of activities and information provided by your camps. I have recommended them to my friends with children, and we will definitely enroll  again next summer. Thank you for providing such a wonderful learning environment."

Ocean Advocates Camps

For kids in Grade 6–7 (completed June 2017)

Monday to Thursday from 9:30am to 3:30pm

Ocean Advocates is a new four-day camp for kids who have completed Grades 6 or 7. This camp combines some of the campers’ favourite Salish Sea School experiences with new and exciting marine science activities—intertidal transects and surveys, experiments, dissection, and a plankton tow. Excursions include a whale-watching zodiac adventure and a trip to Russell Island, part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve only accessible by private boat. Along with discovering the marine and plant life of Russell Island, campers will delve into its history and learn about the island’s Hawaiian settlers through a homestead tour guided by descendants of those settlers. An opportunity to visit the First Nations Clam Garden Restoration project on Russell Island may also be possible. Campers will finish this camp with a broader knowledge of our local ecosystem and a drive to conserve it. Guidebook included (Value $25.95).

Cost: $250 (+tax).

2017 Camp Dates

August 21-24 *Only 1 spot left

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One Day Camps

For kids in Grade 1 (completed) to 5 (as of June 2017)

These one day camps combine educational experiences outside and inside the Centre with games and activities. Each day has a special theme. Register for one day, two days or all! 9:30AM TO 3:30PM

Cost: $75 (+tax). Click here for registration forms

Camp #1 Monday, July 31—SCIENCE ADVENTURE Spend the day conducting experiments, a dissection and a Behind the Scenes tour.

Camp #2 Tuesday, August 1—ARTFUL ADVENTURE Spend the day exploring the ocean through nature journaling, crafts and more! Journal included. CANCELLED 

Camp #3 Wednesday, August 2—BIODIVERSITY ADVENTURE Explore the diversity of our marine neighbours, from the smallest plankton to mammal giants. CANCELLED 

Camp #4 Thursday, August 3—SIDNEY SPIT ADVENTURE Explore Sidney Spit’s habitats, ecology and history. CANCELLED 

Camp #5 Friday, August 4—HABITAT ADVENTURE Explore for sea creatures living on docks, sandy beaches and rocky beaches paying close attention to how where you live is connected to your adaptations.CANCELLED