Summer Camps 2016

Registration open now!

Salish Sea School Camps

For kids in Grade 1 (completed) to 5

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. $250 (+tax)

2016 Camp Dates

Camp #1  July 4 – 8  SOLD OUT
Camp #2  July 11 – 15  SOLD OUT
Camp #3  July 18 – 22  SOLD OUT
Camp #4  August 8 – 12  SOLD OUT
Camp #5  August 15 – 19  SOLD OUT
Camp #6  August 22 – 26  SOLD OUT


Barnacle Buddies Camps

For kids ages 4 to 6

Two 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. $56 (+tax)

2016 Camp Dates

Camp #1 June 27/29 (9:30 – 12:30)
Finned Fun: Fish and Sharks  Cancelled

Camp #2  June 27/29 (1:30 – 4:30)
Crabtastic Octopus  4 spots left

Camp #3  June 28/30 (9:30 – 12:30)
Marine Mammal Mania  3 spots left

Camp #4  June 28/30 (1:30 – 4:30)
Eagles, Herons and Duck, oh my!  Cancelled

Camp #5  Aug 2/4 (9:30 – 12:30)
Finned Fun: Fish and Sharks  SOLD OUT

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

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

Camp #8  Aug 3/5 (1:30 – 4:30)
Who eats Who: Food Chain Fun  SOLD OUT

Ocean Advocates Camps

For kids in Grade 6–7 (completed June 2016)

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 experiences from our Salish Sea School with new and exciting marine science activities—intertidal transects and surveys, experiments, salmon dissection, plankton tow—and explorations. New excursions for this camp 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 based on tides and Parks Canada staff availability. Campers will finish this camp with a broader knowledge of our local ecosystem and a drive to conserve it. Guidebook included (Value $25.95). 
$240 (+tax)


2016 Camp Dates

August 29 – September 1  SOLD OUT! (contact for waitlist)

(Note: an additional camp may be added if this date sells out)



Summer Camp Application Form

Child's Name *
Child's Name
Sex *
Date of Birth *
Date of Birth
Address *
Phone *
Parent/Guardian Name *
Parent/Guardian Name
Phone (work) *
Phone (work)
Phone (cell)
Phone (cell)
Medical Information
Please note that all non-BC residents need to provide a copy of proof of medical coverage.
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Pick-up Information
In addition to the parent/guardian named above, the following individual(s) are authorized to pick up the above named child:
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Name (2) *
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Emergency Contacts
Please provide 2 additional emergency contacts for your child. These may be the same individuals authorized to pick up your child.
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Method of Payment *
Fees & Bookings Forms may be submitted in person, or by email, fax or mail. No bookings will be made without full payment. Registration is not considered complete unless this form and the Child Waiver and Release Form are both submitted. Cancellations within 14 days of program start date are nonrefundable. The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea reserves the right to cancel a camp prior to the start date due to low registration – in that event, full refunds will apply. Call 250 665 7511, Fax 778 426 0715 (or) Email
Child Waiver and Release Form *
Please refer to the release form link at the bottom of this page, for download. You can send in the completed form either in person or by email to
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Download the Child Waiver and Release Form

Questions? Call 250 665 7511 or email

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