HG Rec Summer Day Camps

Haida Gwaii Recreation has been providing affordable, in-town summer day camps for local youth ages 5* – 12 years for over 40 years!  In our camps, we combine a weekly theme with fun activities that include sport, art, and getting outside, along with healthy snacks & engaging workshops delivered by local instructors (Camp Specialists).

NEW IN 2023:

  • Our Summer Camps will have a new minimum age of 5* years or completed Kindergarten, up to maximum age 12 years.
  • We are committed to supporting partner in-town camps, amplifying the opportunity for recreational childcare in our communities. We will aid in ScienceAl!ve registration in 2023 via our website.

Stay tuned for camp dates and themes!

TENTATIVE DATES in 2023 for HG Rec Day Camps (Ages 5 – 12 years):

  • Week 1: July 3 – 7th – Skidegate/Daajing Giids
  • Week 2: July 10 – 14th – Skidegate/Daajing Giids
  • Week 1: July 17 – 21st – K’il Kun – Sandspit
  • Week 2: July 24th – July 28th – K’il Kun – Sandspit
  • Week 1/2: July 31 – Aug 4th – ‘Wáan Kún – Port Clements
  • August 8th – 12th – NO CAMP! 🙂
  • Week 1: August 14th – 18th – Masset/Gaw Tlagée* HG Rec also in ‘Wáan Kún – Port Clements supporting Science Al!ve programming
  • Week 2: August 21st – 25th – Masset/Gaw Tlagée


  • Week 1: Mini Movers – Active Living

Join our Summer Camp staff for this movement-based summer camp, where the emphasis is on growing physical literacy and getting outside to promote active living for life! In addition to sport and play, our trained staff will take campers on engaging nature walks, lead sports, stretch, obstacle & agility courses and activities that build teamwork and fundamental skills. They will bring campers in to help prepare their own healthy snacks, understand the importance of hydration, and will incorporate “active art” projects. We find these options really help those kids that can’t sit still for traditional projects to get moving and create with their peers! From nature weaving to catapult painting, we’re inspiring a generation of “mini movers”!

  • Week 2: Tiny Travelers – Community Action 

This week of camp is all about change-making and “travelling the globe”! Youth will teach one another, build upon leadership skills, and work together to find solutions to unique issues locally and abroad. They will share and educate their communities, spreading acceptance and understanding, through the use of. art installations, food, and other creative works. The focus of this camp is to support youth-led advocacy and education, and find some fun ways to help our “tiny travellers” learn to be stewards of our home and the world!

*We do not provide lunch. Please make sure your child/ren do come prepared with food + reusable water bottle.

Haawa – Háw’aa – Thank You to our funders who make this program accessible for Haida Gwaii families: Gwaii Trust Society & Canada Summer Jobs. Haida Gwaii Recreation recognizes that we live, work, & play on the unceded, ancestral territory of the Haida Nation.

What to Expect at Camp this Summer

Let’s get outside this summer and embark on scavenger hunts, play in the sand, run relays together, visit community gardens, explore the intertidal, celebrate with a end-of-week celebration, and more! Open to ages 5 to 12 years on Haida Gwaii.


The deadline for registration is 4:00PM PDT the Friday before camp or when camp registration is full. Drop-in will be available ONLY if there is space (maximum registration is not met). 

Our staff will do our best to accommodate all ages and abilities in our programs. Once we’re aware of ages and skill levels of registrants, we will adjust programming to meet the needs. Families can work with us to hire a support worker so their child/ren can attend. If you have special requests, please e-mail the coordinator directly at coordinator@hgrec.com well in advance or call 250-637-1192 and we’ll do our best to help accommodate!

DATE(S): **No camp on stat holidays**


  • TBD

WAITLIST: To be placed on a waitlist, please e-mail registration details (name of child/ren, age(s), community) to info@hgrec.com.

COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN: The COVID-19 Safety Plan will be on-site and sent it to all registrants, as well as posted on our website (www.hgrec.com/covid-19/).

CANCELLATION POLICY: Full refund with 7 days advance notice or if absence due to illness. For children unable to attend due to illness, a package will still be available for parents/guardians to pick-up at the camp OR we will provide refund if notice given directly to the Rec Coordinator. Please do not bring your child/ren to camp if you or someone in the household shows signs of illness. Pre-screening will be done daily.

Science Al!ve Summer Camps

Science Al!ve camp dates are:

  • Skidegate- July 31- Aug. 4
  • K’il Kun – Sandspit- Aug. 8-11
  • Gaw Tlagée – Masset (Tahayghen Elementary)- Aug 14-18
  • Gaw Tlagée – Old Massett (Kwiiyaans Community Hall)- Aug 21-25

Science Al!ve, c/o Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Applied Sciences, aims to dispel stereotypes in the field of science and engineering and work towards achieving diversity and inclusion. Our programs create a safe space for participants to explore experiential STEAM education and develop an understanding of how STEAM is all around us. In each session, participants will be faced with a ‘challenge’ that they work together and solve, all while exploring a concept within STEAM and directly applying it.

🧬 THEME THIS YEAR is Body Systems & Digital Skills 🔬

Age(s): Grades 4 – 7 (MUST HAVE COMPLETED GRADE 4 in 2023!)

Cost: FREE, space limited (10 online), registration will open May 1st

Science Al!ve camp dates are:

  • Skidegate- July 31- Aug. 4
  • K’il Kun – Sandspit- Aug. 8-11
  • Gaw Tlagée – Masset (Tahayghen Elementary)- Aug 14-18
  • Gaw Tlagée – Old Massett (Kwiiyaans Community Hall)- Aug 21-25

Funded in part by:

Register your child/ren for one of our camps today!


The Haida Gwaii Recreation Commission is a non-profit society operated by a volunteer board of directors. If you’re interested in being a part of our team, either as a volunteer or an instructor, fill out the form below. Our mandate is to provide recreational opportunities to all communities on Haida Gwaii.