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Parks Canada Xplorers, Time to Xplore!

Are you between the ages of 6 and 11? Do you want to go on hikes, complete quizzes, play nature games and use your GPS to find mystery locations? Then the Xplorer program is just the right adventure for you!
Xplorer kids and their families can have fun and discover cool facts about Gulf Islands National Park Reserve by completing activities from the Xplorer Booklet.

There are 10 activities in the Xplorer booklet; kids who complete at least 5 of the activities are rewarded with a souvenir!

Where do I pick up the Xplorer Booklet?

Speak to a park interpreter or a campground staff member to pick up an Xplorer booklet. Parks Canada staff can also tell you about other activities and programs for kids in Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.
In July and August pick up your Xplorer booklet from one of the following locations:

  • Saturna Island: The Fog Alarm Building (East Point). Go to the end of Tumbo Channel road then walk out to the point. Open in July and August, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm.
  • Pender Island: The Pender Island Museum (Roesland). 2408 South Otter Bay Road. Open Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm.
  • Vancouver Island: The Gulf Islands National Park Reserve Office. 2220 Harbour Road, Sidney. Open Monday to Friday, 8am - 4pm.
  • Vancouver Island: The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, 9811 Seaport Place, Sidney. Open Friday to Tuesday 10:00am-4:30pm

What happens after I’ve completed 5 activities in my Xplorer Booklet?

Kids and their families can head to one of the following locations to receive an Xplorer certificate and souvenir:

  • Saturna Island: The Fog Alarm Building (East Point). Go to the end of Tumbo Channel road then walk out to the point. Open in July and August, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm.
  • Pender Island: The Pender Island Museum (Roesland). 2408 South Otter Bay Road. Open July and August, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm.
  • Vancouver Island: The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, 9811 Seaport Place, Sidney. Open Friday to Tuesday 10:00am-4:30pm

Want to keep Xploring?

Why stop here! Now that you have become an official Parks Canada Xplorer, there are many more adventures that await you. Continue Xploring Gulf Islands National Park Reserve with the new Southern Resident Killer Whale Xplorer book or check out other Parks Canada places.