2014 Interpretation Schedule
McDonald Campground*, Sidney
*NOTE: For all programs at McDonald Campground, please park at the adjacent Blue Heron Park and follow the signs to the campground. Meet at the group campfire ring.
How to get to McDonald Campground?
Fridays, June, July and August, 7-8pm
Share the magic of a traditional Canadian campfire with your family. Join an interpreter for songs, stories, s’mores and more! Bring a flashlight and a mug for hot chocolate. For families with children 12 and under.
*NOTE: We will gather around a lantern if there is a fire ban.
Thursdays, July and August, 11am-12pm
Love nature? Bring your curiosity and join the club! Collect a new sticker each week and get a prize for collecting all four. For children ages six to12 with an adult.
*NOTE: This four part program will repeat in August.
Learn to Camp
Saturday, June 14, 1pm to Sunday, June 15 at noon
Keen to camp with your family, but not sure where to start? We can help! Parks Canada, Mountain Equipment Co-op and volunteers will show you how it’s done at an overnight event. Learn how to set up a tent, cook over a camp stove and rainproof your site. Enjoy special workshops with Coast Salish guests. Circle up around the campfire with new friends and a mug of cocoa. Price is $22 per person, including most equipment and some meals. Registration opens April 18. Contact 1-888-773-8888.
*NOTE: Interpretation programs on Saturna Island are held at either Winter Cove or East Point. See program descriptions for locations.
How to get to Saturna Island?
Orca News 2014
Saturdays, July and August, 2-2:30pm, East Point
A short, engaging update on the endangered southern resident killer whales. East Point is a prime spot for land-based whale watching. Bring a blanket or a chair. Meet out at the point (5 min. walk).
GPS Family Adventures
Sundays, July and August, 11am- 1pm (drop-in), Winter Cove
Set out on these family activities equipped with a GPS and a clue book. Choose from three adventures: Wildlife Trackers, Smelly-Sticky-Prickly or Nature Photographers (bring your camera for this one). Drop-in anytime but allow 1 hour to complete an adventure.
Sunset Wildlife Watch
Fridays, July and August, 8-9pm, East Point
Discover the wildlife of the Salish Sea and relax into the peacefulness of an East Point sunset. Dress warmly and bring blankets, chairs and flashlights. Enjoy the talents of island musicians and storytellers. Meet out at the point (5 min. walk).
Saturna Lamb BBQ
Tuesday, July 1, 10am-4:30pm, Winter Cove
Celebrate Canada Day with islanders at a country fair picnic. Play games and win prizes at the Parks Canada booth. Learn traditional skills from our Coast Salish guest.
Parks Day – Under the Sea
Saturday, July 19, 1-3 pm, East Point
Fish with horns, eel-like creatures and maybe even a giant pacific octopus! Come see what the divers will bring up from the deep! Drop- in and join Parks Canada and the Saturna Island Marine Research and Education Society for fun marine activities. Enjoy free ice-cream courtesy of Saturna Island Parks and Recreation. Tour the Fog Alarm Building with Saturna Island Heritage Committee volunteers.
Pender, Vancouver, Saturna and Sidney Islands
Geocaching – Self-Guided
May 15 to September 1
Try one of our geocaching programs and embark on a self-guided adventure to experience the park’s cultural and natural hotspots. Choose from two routes: a family-friendly treasure hunt or a more strenuous route. Each visitor to complete a route receives a limited edition geocoin. First person to find the caches at season start-up wins a special coin.
Town of Sidney
World Oceans Day
June 8, 11am-3pm, Beacon Park, Town of Sidney
Check out the fantastic live marine creatures inside the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. Outside on the Sidney waterfront enjoy music, face-painting and exhibitions by local environmental organizations. Visit the Parks Canada booth for fun marine activities.
More information on park programs and events
Ages: All ages, unless indicated otherwise
Registration: Not required
Bring: Water, hat, jacket, sunscreen and appropriate walking gear
Meeting place: At the park kiosk/info sign at the location listed, unless otherwise noted
To get here: Travel to Sidney Island by Alpine Ferry; travel to Saturna Island by BC Ferries
To reserve an activity in French, please
contact the park office at 250-654-4000