In summer 2021 we’re launching overnight kayak adventure camps… each camp will be an unforgettable week filled with adventure, exploration, challenges, and fun!
Experience the beauty of our spectacular Pacific Ocean setting while paddling in the heart of the southern Gulf Islands, one of the premiere kayaking locations in the world. Paddle through sunlit seas, explore new beaches, camp under the stars, and even see the magical glow of phosphorescence – an incredible phenomenon – in the ocean water late in the evening.
Make new friends and new discoveries on this incredible West Coast adventure, as part of a small group community with trained leaders who love what they do and really care.
Here Are The Details:
Location: Camp Qwanoes & Southern Gulf Islands
Overview: After spending the first night at Qwanoes Beach on Sunburst Shores, campers will spend a full day at Camp Qwanoes enjoying the Aqua-Park and paddlesurfing at Qwanoes Beach, and practicing kayak strokes and rescues. On Tuesday morning, set off on an exciting multi-day ocean kayaking wilderness expedition that will conclude back at Qwanoes Beach on Friday afternoon!
Dates & Ages: Please see the “rates and Dates” below.
Times: Each camp runs from Sunday Afternoon to Friday Evening
Campers from Vancouver Island
You’ll register at Camp Qwanoes between 3:30 and 3:45 pm on the first day and leave between 5:15 and 5:30 pm on the closing day. Transportation is not provided for Island campers.
Campers from the Lower Mainland
You can be confident knowing that for 55 years we have made getting to Qwanoes easy and hassle-free! Simply meet at the Tsawwassen ferry terminal at 11:15 am on the first day and check-in with our experienced adult camp representative. We will board the 12:45 pm sailing as a group and provide supervision on the ferry. On the closing day, you will return on the 8:15 pm sailing from Duke Point to Tsawwassen.
Cost: $769 (plus GST) per week per camper (all meals provided)
Weather-Permitting: The kayaks may not be used in unfavourable weather conditions, but note that the best weather conditions of the year happen in July and August when the SeaQuest camps are running!
For Peace of Mind: The water classification zone around Qwanoes is CLASS 1: gentle tours in non-challenging protected waters with limited wind effect, little or no current, easy landings, and ready access to land-based assistance. SeaQuest leaders will have Paddle Canada instructor certification, first aid and CPR training, and swimming will be supervised by a NLS-certified lifeguard. Trips will have a 5:1 ratio of campers to leaders.
COVID-19 Information: TNote that the BC PHO’s orders concerning overnight camps for children and youth do not apply to wilderness expeditions. The SeaQuest trips meet the Outdoor Council of Canada’s definition of wilderness expeditions. Please note that due to COVID-19 requirements, each camper must bring their own one-person tent, personal food utensils (plus cup, bowl, plate), water bottle, and masks. A COVID-19 safety plan specifically designed for SeaQuest will be in place.
A full packing list will be sent upon registration or is available upon request. It will include items like an appropriate sleeping bag, etc.
Please Note: Campers must be physically and emotionally fit, well rested, and well nourished prior to the trip, and able to take on the challenge of a multi-day overnight kayaking trip. Campers must pass a basic swim test at Qwanoes to take part in SeaQuest (or at a minimum demonstrate the ability to be comfortable in deep water while wearing a lifejacket).
Day Camp AND Kayak Adventure Camp? Campers are welcome to register for both a Day Camp week in summer 2021 PLUS one SeaQuest Kayak Adventure Camp!