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Gulf Islands Camping Expedition

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Sidney, BC, Canada 3 DAYS
MON 15 AUG 2022 - WED 17 AUG (UTC-08:00)

Explore the Salish Sea!

An introduction to paddling & navigating in a coastal environment. Get ready for a friendly overnight trip while discovering the waterways around BC's beautiful Southern Gulf Islands.

The 2-night/3-day SUP expedition will take place near Sidney, BC and includes 2 nights of self-supported camping at a remote island location reached by boat or paddleboard, depending upon conditions.

This trip is best for paddleboarders who are interested in exploring their coastlines for multiday overnight trips. Participants are introduced to paddling and navigating in a coastal environment with a loaded board, route planning, campsite selection, leave no trace camping practices and much more! As always, we place emphasis on knowledge, navigation and safety skills.

The scenic waters of the Saanich Peninsula including the more dynamic waters of the Southern Gulf Islands near Swartz Bay provide the backdrop for learning and exploring that will have you confidently and safely setting off on your own paddling adventures.

You can opt to receive the Paddle Canada Coastal Touring Level 1 Skills certification too! Just let Pam know and she will ensure all the material is covered for you.


  • Must feel comfortable Stand Up Paddle boarding at an easy pace (with rest breaks) for 3 to 4 hours per day with a fully loaded board
  • Advanced flatwater SUP certification or equivalent experience, skills and knowledge as assessed by the instructor. Paddlers need time and practice to sufficiently develop the skills learned in the prerequisite course before registering in this course. Please contact us if you are unsure if you meet the prerequisites.
  • No previous camping experience is necessary
  • Age restrictions 18+ (may consider mature 16+ who are strong paddlers)
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Over the course of 2 nights, we stay in campsites within the BC Marine Park. 

The campsite was a basecamp for both nights.

Amenities included picnic tables, bear-safe food storage, and a composting outhouse. The site was quite bare-bones and helped you feel more disconnected. 

While there are multiple sites in the same area, it is basically one large site area with ample room to spread out and set up your tent. There are a few large trees that offer shade. 

The site itself is relatively flat, backing onto the beach with great views of the water, ferries passing by, and sea wildlife. You can hear seals playing and hunting in the water while you eat dinner and watched the sunset.

Your guide will review all the site amenities and functions upon arrival as well as provide reminders for safe use where necessary. 

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Hi! I'm Pam!

I am a certified Paddle Canada SUP Basic & Advanced Flatwater Instructor, as well as a Coastal Touring 1 Instructor. My goal is to share a love of the ocean, from the perspective of paddling and ocean literacy in order to foster connections between people and between people and the sea. My teaching style emphasizes safety & technical skills while having fun in a positive, supportive environment.

Having studied Marine Biology at the University of Guelph & Commercial Photography at Sheridan College, I am blending my passions through teaching SUP in BC and ON. My love of the water has led me to many aquatic pursuits - canoeing as a child, competitive sailing, sprint canoe/kayak racing and long-distance Outrigger Canoe racing before discovering the sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding.

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If we get lucky, we may see some wildlife! This is a Pacific Harbour Seal, AKA Phoca vitulina richardsi. Did you know that the large eyes of harbour seals are protected by oily “tears” that help them see in deep dark waters? We will be paddling in a biodiverse region of BC so our chances for viewing a variety of sea birds and marine mammals is pretty good!
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Girls On Boards Donation

Price : Bring cash if you would like to make a donation.
As a licensed provider of Girls On Boards events, all of our other trips and programs contribute a donation towards this program. You can learn more here: 
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Paddleboard Gear Rental

Price : $160+ 12% tax
Rentals of paddleboard, paddle, leash, throw bag with tow line and PFD for 3 days. 
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What to Bring

For this SUP adventure, we are keepin' it simple! Click here to access and print your packing list. 

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Sidney, BC, Canada
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