1. Saturna Island
  2. Sidney, BC
  3. Sidney Island

Information on all park programs and events:

  • Cost: Free, unless indicated
  • Ages: All ages; unless otherwise indicated
  • Registration: Not required, unless indicated otherwise
  • What to bring: Water, hat, jacket, sunscreen and appropriate walking gear
  • Where to meet: At the park reserve kiosk/info sign at the location listed, unless otherwise noted
  • Getting 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

Saturna Island

Sunset Wildlife Watch


East Point
Two visitors next to the historic museum building at East Point on Saturna Island. They gaze out across the water hoping to spot whales

Fridays in July and August
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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).


Whale Trail Walk


East Point
A family walks along the path at East Point, Saturna Island

Saturdays in July and August
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Learn skills to make you a better whale watcher. Get inside stories about local whales from the park interpreter. Exercise on a short walk and unwind at stops with gorgeous views. Wear shoes suitable for trail walking.


Drop-in Family Sundays


Winter Cove
A father and son hold up salmon props used for interpretation at Winter cove, Saturna Island

Sundays in July and August
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

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 any time, but allow an hour to solve the mystery. Make a nature craft. Don’t forget a picnic lunch!


Sidney, BC (Vancouver Island)

Science Secret Agents


Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea
A Parks Canada interpreter presents the jellyfish display to guests at the 'Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea', in Sidney

Saturdays in July and August
2:00 pm

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! Note: Entry fees to the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea apply. More information: salishseacentre.org/ 


Coast Salish Campfire


 McDonald Campground

Saturdays from July 6 to August 31 
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join a Coast Salish knowledge holder 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.


Sidney Island

Sidney Spit Snappy Chats


Sidney Spit
A Parks Canada employee, accompanied by some volunteers, searches for clams buried beneath the sand

Sundays from July 7 to August 25 
10:30 am to 1:00 pm

What is a Dama dama and why the heck is it here? What’s the difference between a transient orca and a resident orca? Find out the answer to these and other questions from our roving Parks Canada interpreters on Sidney Island!


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.

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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.

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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.

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