Make the Most of What’s Left of Summer

As the days grow shorter and the air hints at autumn, it’s an ideal time to make the most of what’s left of summer. Parks Canada has put together a selection of activities that are perfect for families on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

Learn About Indigenous Languages and Cultures

September 30 is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Indigenous Languages are an essential part of Canadian culture and society. It’s crucial to preserve them as outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action. Consider learning about the local First Nations language and culture. The W̱SÁNEĆ Nations and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve collaborate to create programs like the Coast Salish Campfire Programs at SMONEĆTEN Campground (every Saturday at 7 pm in August) near Sidney to further people’s understanding of Coast Salish Culture. There are also self-guided activities like the ḰENES SOȽ Whale Trail at ṮEḴTEḴSEN (East Point) on Saturna Island.

Experience Festivals

Many communities hold cultural festivals and events at the end of summer, showcasing their traditions and heritage. On September 9 and 10, Parks Canada and Arts & Culture Colwood Society present the “In Sight Festival”. This event features music, art activities for children, aerial acrobatics, visual art exhibitions, Indigenous artists and dancers, en plein air painting and delicious food. Let’s celebrate diversity, build friendships, connect with nature and engage with our local community in Colwood’s beautiful oceanfront setting. Admission is free.

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Visit Local Attractions

Take advantage of the quieter end-of-summer days to visit local attractions. Like Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site in Colwood or the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea in Sidney. Gulf Islands National Park Reserve’s interpreters offer daily programs until the end of August at the Shaw Centre. Entry fees apply.

As summer comes to an end, take the opportunity to explore new things to enrich your life and foster a more inclusive and interconnected society.

For information about learning experiences offered by Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, visit To find out more about programs and events at Fort Rodd and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites, visit

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