The Best Vancouver Overnight Kids Camps
Bike Gourmet Overnight Summer Camp
SWIM - BIKE - EAT - PADDLE
Connecting the best of food, biking, tenting, paddle boarding and fun all at overnight camp!
A twist on traditional overnight kids camp with a focus on kids’ developing their paddle boarding, bike riding and gourmet cooking skills while adventuring around parts of Galiano Island, BC (a short ferry ride from Tsawwassen BC ferry terminal to Galiano Island, BC).
Fireside Adventures is Vancouver’s best overnight summer camp where kids explore, discover and play in some of Metro Vancouver’s most stunning locations while learning the essentials of outdoor skills, kids gourmet cooking lessons, daily swims and playing in local forests.
At Fireside, we strive to offer our campers and their families something different, more meaningful and intentional with honouring the time a kid gets to be kid during the summer months.
Summer camp fosters independence, positive peer relationships, and physical wellness while chowing down on awesome gourmet food at the end of an amazing day.
Program DetailsDate: (5 nights, 6 days)
Sunday July 14 – Friday July 19, 2019
Ages: 9 - 13 years (co-ed)
Rate: $789.00 CDN plus 5% tax.
Includes: Ferry fee, accommodation, camper 24/7 instruction, cooking equipment, meals and supervision, t-shirt, gourmet cooking, biking and paddle boarding lessons
Location: Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park, Galiano Island
We rent out sleeping bags, pillows, towels and headlamps for those needing extra comfort.
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It's a Life-Changing Experience
Attention: Interested, and/or Reluctant Parent,
We know how challenging it is to find an overnight summer camp that is affordable, close to Metro Vancouver, safe, high-quality and will give your children the attention and support they need. We know parents want the best for their kids and the level of confidence they need from their choice of a summer camp. We get it! This is why we operate a local, intentional and small group overnight camp for kids aged 9 to 13 years. We believe kids should be riding their bikes, swimming, exploring, hiking, cooking and having fun everyday in the summer. Kids are more resilient than we give them credit for, which is why stay in tents and camp at one of the most beautiful Provincial Parks in BC.
When kids go to overnight camp, they develop a sense of independence, new skills and friends while unplugging from their digital & urban world to connect with nature and simply to have fun. Imagine your kid(s) swimming, preparing a fabulous dinner, hiking, exploring, building, creating, dreaming, laughing and just enjoying the precious moments of being a kid at camp.
Why Send Your Kids To BIKE GOURMET SUMMER CAMP?
- 100% focus on connecting kids with our local forests and enjoying the best overnight gourmet cooking and biking camp.
- Explore the incredible farm fields, forests and trails of the Galiano Island.
- Kids partake in making savoury and delicious dinners and evening snacks under the guidance of our chef.
- Comfortable tent accommodation at Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park.
- Introduction to the basics outdoor education, bike touring, paddle boarding, ecology, forest conservation and more.
- 24 hour support and supervision by experienced and skilled leaders.
- Swimming every single day!
- Oh La La La Kids Wellness and Spa Night, right by the ocean.
- Visiting organic and local farms, berry picking and connecting with Galiano Island stewards of conservation.
- Night hike and evening field games.
- Maximum of 15 campers.
It's a Life-Changing Experience
A typical day at Bike Gourmet Camp
7:00am – Wake-up and do forest yoga
7:30am – Get ready
8:00am – Prepare for breakfast
8:30am – Breakfast
9:00am – Clean up tents, pack up lunch and prepare for full day adventure
9:15am – Camper meeting and review day
9:30am – Camp wide warm up activity and check bikes
10:00am – Bike tour part of Gailano Island.
12:30pm – Lunch
1:30pm – Return to camp and rest time
2:30pm – Ocean time (paddle board and swim)
4:00pm – Prepare for dinner
5:30pm – Dinner & clean up
7:00pm – Triple D Event (Delicious and Decadent Dessert Making)
8:30/9:00pm – Sunset camp activity
9:30pm – Brush teeth and story time
10:00pm – Lights out
It's a Life-Changing Experience
FAQ About Bike Gourmet:
How skilled of a bike rider does my child need to be? Do they bring their own bike?
Campers need to have the basic bike riding skills (please review our bike riding assessment chart) before coming to Bike Gourmet Camp. We are renting bikes for campers who do not have their own bikes but we encourage campers bring their own bike. During the bike camp week, we are teaching bike safety, riding skills and maintenance. During our morning bike tours of Galiano Island, campers are supervised by instructors and follow strict bike touring protocols.
Which water activities are a part of Bike Gourmet?
The afternoons are spent paddle boarding, beach combing and playing in the water. Paddle boards come with safety equipment and supervision by instructors. The park offers excellent water for exploring shallow shorelines.
Gourmet cooking? Tell me more!
Campers work with our outdoor Chef in preparing a gourmet dinner from sourcing food (menu and purchasing items), preparation (chopping, cooking), consumption (dinner time) and cleaning (washing dishes). Campers are given hands on experiences in working with instructors to prepare breakfast, lunch and evening snack. Besides enjoying the delicious food, campers will learn about food security and literacy, healthy eating and food safety.
Where is drop-off and pick-up?
Our drop off and pick up location is Tsawwasseen Ferry Terminal where our instructors will meet campers and their parents. Campers will walk their bikes onto the ferry and bags will be loaded up by BC Ferries baggage staff. When campers and instructors arrive at Sturdies Bay, Galiano, our truck will be there to load up their bags and campers ride to Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park with instructors. We have a truck on the island for safety and logistical purposes. Campers will use their bikes are their main form of touring the island.
SafetyRegardless of a participant ’s level of comfort and outdoor skills, it is safer to travel in a group and it is much safer to have an experienced instructor supporting them. Our team always prioritizes planning, preparing, and most importantly, teaching participants how to be safe in the wilderness.
FoodA well-nourished body makes a significant impact on a person’s experience in times of physical and/or mental exertion. Participants will learn how to pack and prepare healthy and holistic meals in our camp kitchens, suited for all diets.
Fitness CapacitiesIf you are concerned about yours or your child’s physical readiness to attend one of our Fireside camps/expeditions, please contact us directly. We modify our experiences based on the participants' abilities and capacities. Relax and let us work together to make an informed and shared decision.
We do our best to understand the present and future impacts of climate change. We provide thoughtful discussions and rationale of why we all must do our best to minimize our carbon use including ways to reduce food waste, non-recyclable materials and more. We take public transit or walk as much as possible, and respect nature by reducing our ecological footprints.
Indigenous PeopleWe acknowledge that we are visitors of the traditional lands of Indigenous People. We ask permission to visit and explore their lands while also inviting local First Nations to participate in our camps, share their knowledge and provide a space to collaborate. Fireside Adventures recognizes the unceded traditional lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
Small Group Focused & MobileWe purposely place restrictions on group size (minimum 8 and maximum 15) of participants as believe less means more in regards to providing an enriched and meaningful experience for each participant. We are not defined by one permanent location as we are rooted in the belief that adventure and learning come from exploring the lands and water around us.
Place and Inquiry Based
All of our selected locations for our camps and expeditions are purposely chosen to provide a platform for inquiry and experiential learning, to learn through the natural world and its significance in relation to culture, geography, history, people and environment.
Social and Emotional LearningWe create a safe place so participants can develop and enhance their resiliency, independence and self-efficacy. We weave learning opportunities throughout our programs for participants to improve the skills necessary to manage and understand their emotions and their relationships.
We are inclusive of all genders, races, cultures, languages, shapes, sizes, colours, abilities and capacities. Those who arrive on the first day of the camp/expedition are important characters of the shared experienced that is to begin. It is a privilege to be the characters in each other's stories and experiences, not our right.