At Sea to Sky Outdoor School, we are honored and grateful to teach, live and learn on the unceded territory of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation.
Sea to Sky Outdoor School operates from two sites — YMCA Camp Elphinstone on the Sunshine Coast and Camp Fircom on Gambier Island.
Both sites are located on Howe Sound, Canada's southern-most fjord, just north-west of Vancouver. The Sunshine Coast is approximately 40 minutes by ferry or water taxi from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. Although Sea To Sky's two 'campuses' are easily accessible from Vancouver, both locations leave students, parents and teachers feeling they have come to a wilderness setting.
Sunshine Coast campus
YMCA Camp Elphinstone
YMCA Camp Elphinstone is our Outdoor School site on the Sunshine Coast, just 2 km north of Langdale Ferry terminal. This campus provides a cluster of winterized cabins & lodges, a rec hall and cafeteria for our fall and spring season programs. The buildings sit on a large, flat grassy upland overlooking a beautiful ocean front shoreline.
The campus looks east across Thornborough Channel to Gambier Island. Surrounding the camp facility are 400 acres of diverse ecology including forest, rocky bluff, a salmon bearing creek and intertidal environments — an ideal classroom setting.
From Langdale Ferry Terminal, student groups can take an adventurous overland route to campus or paddle in our large voyageur canoes along the shoreline.
Gambier Island campus
Camp Fircom is our Outdoor School campus on Gambier Island.
The facility is bordered by a spectacular granite shoreline covered in a fir-arbutus forest. Halkett Bay Marine Park is adjacent to the site.
Camp Fircom is a newly renovated facility with comfortable new cabins and lodge accommodations as well as a beautiful dining hall and state of the art washrooms with shower facilities designed to handle large groups.
From here Sea to Sky makes use of an amazing classroom of big trees, creeks, wilderness beaches, high mossy bluffs and protected parkland.
Water taxis from Horseshoe Bay or from Langdale arrive at the end of the government dock where students have a short 5 minute walk through big trees to our campus at Camp Fircom.