A four-day overnight wilderness kids camp for the wild ones (that’s right we are talking about your kids) wanting to explore, discover, get dirty, cannonball and play in the wildness of Gambier Island, the heart of Howe Sound. It is all about being a kid who is playing in the ocean and hiking forests.
Why Fireside’s Howe Sound Ocean Kids Camp?
Most kids want to escape the big smoke of the city and some even want to escape from their parents. Fireside’s Howe Sound Ocean Kids Camp is a small group, rustic and yet comfortable camping experience where kids will hike the trails, snorkel along the shorelines and paddle within Halkett Bay. Showers not required (but brushing your teeth and washing your hands are!).
Campers will participate in wilderness cooking lesson, sleep in tents, play outside a minimum of 10 hours per day, use an outhouse and have the best Tom Sawyer and Huckle Berry Finn experience possible – all while being supervised and guided by our excellent instructors.
Program DetailsDate: July 19 – 22, 2018 (Thursday to Sunday)
Monday Drop –off 9:00am and Friday Pick-up 3:00pm
Drop-off: Thursday July 19, 2018 @ Government Dock, Horseshoe Bay
Pick-up: Sunday July 22, 2018 @ Government Dock, Horseshoe Bay
Kids Ages: 4 to 12
Winter Rate: February 16th to March 31st 2018 $400.00 CDN plus 5% tax.
Spring/Summer Rate: April 1st 2018 onwards $475.00 CDN plus 5% tax
Includes: Camper instruction & supervision, fireside t-shirt, all meals, tent accommodation, access to paddleboards, water taxi from Horseshoe Bay to Halkett Bay.
Grab the Winter Rate Before March 31st
Howe Sound Ocean Camp Highlights
- Four days of camping on a gulf island (Gambier Island) within the amazing Halkett Bay Provincial Park (25 minute water taxi ride from Horseshoe Bay)
- Explore the magical coast line by paddle boards and hiking trails
- Swimming and snorkeling supported by one of our lifeguard/instructor
- Mud baths and forest games
- No showers – there’s an entire ocean to clean up for 4 days
- Lots of shade and sun
- Outdoor meals – delicious and nutritious meals prepared by our wilderness cuisine chef. Kid friendly meals and kids help with dishes!
A well-nourished body makes a significant impact on a person’s experience in times of physical and/or mental exertion. Campers learn how to pack and prepare for camp meals and how to cook in a “forest” kitchen. While at camp, our campers nourish their bodies with healthy and holistic foods suited to all diets.
It is safer to travel in a group and it is much safer to have guides supporting you regardless of a camper perceived level of comfort and outdoor skill set. Our team puts a lot of effort into planning, preparing and most importantly, teaching campers how to be safe at camp.
If there is a concern about a camper’s physical readiness to attend one of our summer camp programs, please contact us directly. We modify our experiences based on people's abilities and capacities. Relax and let us work together to make an informed and shared decision.
Grab the Winter Rate Before March 31st
Campers are not allowed to use phones, computers, watches and wear fancy jewellery while at camp. We lead trips with absolute respect for all religions, wellness practices and cultures. In particular we do our upmost best to demonstrate our respect for Indigenous people of Canada as we are visitors traveling within their rightful lands.
What to Bring and Wear
Miscellaneous - Must Brings
- Small day backpack (for day hikes)
- Large bag (to bring and take all your stuff away)
- Sleeping bag & pillow
- Head lamp with extra batteries
- Reading/writing material
- Medication (2 of everything is case of damage or loss of medication during trip)
- Water bottle
Clothing - Must Brings
- Rain Jacket
- Warm Jacket/Fleece
- 1 pair of hikers
- Outdoor sandals with back strap
- Long pants - no jeans
- Long sleeved shirt
- Swimming suit
- Sun hat
All in Travel Size (Bold Must Bring)
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- Sun Block
- Bug Repellent
- Feminine Hygiene Products
- Eye Care (if required)
- Aloe Vera Cream
- Nail Clippers
- Go Pro
- Snorkel and mask
- Fishing rod
- Camp chair
Do Not Bring
- Portable video games or cell phone (no digital devices)
- Big bulky clothes
- Inappropriate clothing After Shave
- Hair Dryer or Hair Products
- Anything that requires electricity to operate
A Typical Day At Fireside’s Ocean Camp
- 7:00am – Wake-up and our famous Polar Bear dip
- 7:30am – Ocean’s Best – the hilarious and spontaneous way to wake oneself up
- 8:00am – Prepare for breakfast
- 8:30am – Breakfast
- 9:00am – Clean up site/tents and prepare for full day of adventure
- 9:15am – Howe Sound Morning Activity (snorkeling, raft building, cannon ball competition)
- 12:00pm – Lunch (either on the ocean or on the trail)
- 12:30pm – Magic Spot (30 minute reflection time)
- 1:15pm – Afternoon Gambier Adventure (paddle boarding, hike to Gambier Lake)
- 4:30pm – Camper Choice (fort building, bracelet making, fishing, paddling swimming)
- 5:30pm – Prepare for dinner
- 6:30pm – Evening activity
- 8:30pm – Sunset watch with campfire
- 9:30pm – Brush teeth & story time…wait for the stars to come out
About Our Programs
Do you know what it is like when a person has limited direction, opportunities, motivation and/or plans for the summer or even in life? It can create an unbearable experience for them and those around them; it increases the chance of lost potential for them.