Summer Camps in the Salish Sea


2019 Summer Camp Registration now open!

Early bird registration for current Members from Monday, March 4th to Sunday, March 17th, 2019.

Non-member registration will open Monday, March 18th, 2019.

Don’t forget, take 10% off camp cost with a Family Membership - become a member today!

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 2019)

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), and Sidney area beaches. That’s two 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: $295

2019 Camp Dates

Camp #1  July 8-12 SOLD OUT
Camp #2 
July 22-26 *1 spot left
Camp #3  August 12-16 SOLD OUT
Camp #4  August 19-23 SOLD OUT
Camp #5  August 26-30 *2 spots left

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“Salish Sea Camp was such a wonderful experience for my son. The staff were super friendly and taught the kids so many neat facts about local marine life. The fact that they had the opportunity to do a couple boat trips to the island were a highlight for my son! Thank you so much for the amount of time and effort you put into this camp!”

"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 (as of camp start date)

Two Half-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: $65

2019 Camp Dates

Camp #1 July 2 & 4 (9:30 – 12:30)
Finned Fun: Fish and Sharks SOLD OUT

Camp #2  July 2 & 4 (1:30 – 4:30)
Crabtastic Octopus *1 spot left

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

Camp #4  July 3 & 5 (1:30 – 4:30)
Crabtastic Octopus *5 spots left

Camp #5  August 6 & 8 (9:30 – 12:30)
Crabtastic Octopus SOLD OUT

Camp #6  August 6 & 8 (1:30 – 4:30)
Finned Fun: Fish and Sharks *1 spot left

Camp #7  August 7 & 9 (9:30 – 12:30)
Who eats Who: Food Chain Fun *1 spot left

Camp #8  August 7 & 9 (1:30 – 4:30)
Marine Mammal Mania *3 spots left

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“My son loved attending the Barnacle Buddies camp over the summer. He learned a lot and had such a fun week. He came home with lots of facts and stories. Thank you to all of the camp leaders who made this so fun and educational. We will definitely make these camps a Summer tradition.“

Ocean Advocates Camps

For kids in Grade 6–7 (completed June 2019)

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

Ocean Advocates is a week-long 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. Locally made laminated field guide included (Value $12.00).

Cost: $295

2019 Camp Dates

July 15 - 19 *2 spots left

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