Saturna Island

Weekly programs
Sunset Wildlife Watch

Fridays in July and August, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
East Point, Saturna Island

Visitors on the beachDiscover 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).

Drop-in Family Sundays

Sundays in July and August, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Winter Cove, Saturna Island

Family on the beach Can you solve the mystery? Challenge the whole family! Find the clues along the trail and examine the evidence. Learn about the animals of the park reserve. Drop-in anytime, but allow an hour to solve the mystery. Make a nature craft. Don’t forget a picnic lunch!

Special Events
Saturna Lamb BBQ

Sunday, July 1, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Winter Cove, Saturna Island

Lamb roasting on an open fire Celebrate Canada’s Birthday with islanders at a country fair picnic centered on a traditionally prepared open fire barbequed lamb meal. Play games and win prizes at the Parks Canada booth. Learn traditional skills from our Coast Salish guest. More information here:

Parks Day – Intertidal Safari

Saturday, July 21, 1:00 -4:00 p.m.
East Point, Saturna Island

Visitors on the beach learning about the ocean What will the divers 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.


Sidney, BC

Weekly Programs
Science Secret Agents

Saturdays July and August 2 p.m. at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea.

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea
Image: Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

Something has gone missing in or around the Salish Sea and we only have so much time to find it before it’s too late! Use special secret agent clues to solve the mystery!

Cost: Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea Entry fees apply

Coast Salish Campfire

Saturdays July 7 to August 25, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
McDonald Campground, Sidney

Visitors speaking with a Salish interpreter Join Coast Salish knowledge holder, MENEŦIYE Elliot, and a Parks Canada Interpreter as they share traditions, stories, songs and s’mores.
Bring a flashlight. Ideal for families with children 12 and under. Note: We gather around a propane fire during fire ban season.

*Please park at the adjacent Blue Heron Park and follow the signs through the forest to the campground. Meet at the group campfire ring.

Special Events
Coast Salish Clam Garden Campfire

Saturday, July 7th and Saturday, August 18th 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
McDonald Campground, Sidney

A Salish interpreter on the beach Have you ever heard of a "clam garden"? For thousands of years, Coast Salish peoples have harvested clams and other creatures at special beaches found throughout the Salish Sea. Spend an evening with a Coast Salish knowledge holder and Parks Canada interpreter as they share stories about "clam gardens," Indigenous cultures and local histories.

*Please park at the adjacent Blue Heron Park and follow the signs through the forest to the campground. Meet at the group campfire ring.

A Taste of Camping

Saturday, July 28th 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. (Drop-in)
McDonald Campground, Sidney

A sign in front of a campground Want to spice up your camping skills? Parks Canada, Mountain Equipment Co-Op and others will show you how! Sample delicious camping food as you learn skills through fun activities. *Please park at the adjacent Blue Heron Park and follow the signs through the forest to the campground.

NEW this year! Want a bit more than a Taste of Camping? Are you ready for the next step?

Stay with us for Learn-to Camp overnight! Registration and more information here:


Sidney Island

Weekly Programs
Sidney Spit Snappy Chats

Sundays, July 8 to August 26 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sidney Island

An interpreter teaching children on the beach What is a Dama dama and what the heck is it doing here? Find out the answer to this and other questions from our roving Parks Canada interpreters on Sidney Island!


Pender Island

Special Events
Step Back in Time

Sunday, June 24, 10-4,
Roesland, North Pender Island

A historical image of a museum Parks Canada once again joins the Pender Islands Museum Society for Tour des Îles with the Step Back in Time event. Join hosts in historic costume for activities at the museum, located at the 110-year-old Roesland Resort. Or just relax on the porch, bring a picnic, and enjoy the scenery.

Nuit blanche @ Roesland

Friday, August 10, 8:00 - 11:00 p.m.
North Pender Island

Pender Island at night Bats, Boötes and Bioluminescence! Discover night magic with Parks Canada and guest experts at historic Roesland. Meet glowing creatures, track Pender’s elusive bats, and spot distant stars or galaxies! Pender Museum is keeping their lights on!


Self guided adventures

  • Geocaching
    Try one of our geocaching programs and embark on a self-guided adventure to experience the park reserve’s cultural and natural hotspots. Choose from two routes: a family-friendly treasure hunt or a more strenuous quest to see the Top Ten Places in the park reserve.

  • Trail guide app
    Check out our trail app – available for free on the App Store and Google play. Discover the park reserve in a whole new way with insider info, historic photos and mini quizzes! Routes available for: Sidney Spit, Russell Island, Georgina Point (Mayne Island), Roesland (Pender Island), Winter Cove and Lyall Creek (Saturna Island), McDonald Campground (Sidney) and Portland Island.

  • Xplorers
    Are you ages 6-11? Do you like to hike, draw a picture, or use your GPS to find a mystery location? Then the Xplorers program is just the right adventure for you! Kids and their family can discover cool facts about the park reserve by completing activities in the Xplorers booklet. Pick up your copy from the Pender Island Museum, the Saturna Fog Alarm Building, the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea or the Park Office in Sidney.

More information on all park programs and events

  • Cost: Free, unless indicated.
  • Ages: All ages, unless indicated otherwise.
  • Registration: Not required, unless indicated otherwise.
  • Bring: Water, hat, jacket, sunscreen and appropriate walking gear,
  • Meeting place: At the park reserve kiosk/info sign at the location listed, unless otherwise noted,
  • To get here: Travel to Sidney Island by Alpine Ferry; travel to Saturna or Pender islands by BC Ferries,
  • To reserve an activity in French: Please contact the park office at 1-866-944-1744,