Polaris Canoe

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Let the expedition begin...



Summer 2020 dates coming soon!

AGES: 14-16 (Co-ed)
COST: $975 +GST


The Polaris Canoe program is a 10-day outdoor adventure for youth, designed to develop outdoor strengths, foundational leadership skills and explore the incredible Howe Sound region. From the sea to the mountains, Polaris Canoe is for youth wanting to be outside, push themselves and discover the leaders that they are capable of becoming. Some canoe experience is advised, please contact marissa@fircom.ca if you have questions about your level of experience.

After a few days of preparation at Camp Fircom, campers will depart north by canoe into the Howe Sound and, depending on the weather, campers may paddle north towards Squamish or circumnavigate Gambier Island. Polaris Canoe will practice a variety of technical skills such as fire and shelter building, leave-no-trace camping principles, camp cooking, group management and more.

While on trip, Polaris Canoe campers will also discuss & practice various inter-personal skills and qualities of a leader, such as non-violent communication, conflict resolution and effective teamwork, and how to utilize these skills in their daily lives. With guidance and support, participants will have the chance to reflect on their own interpretations of spirituality and its role in our lives. Youth will be invited to explore the importance of ceremony and tradition in their lives and within the mini-community we form on trip.

Why go on an expedition-style camp?

Unlike sports camp, community day programs or the traditional sleep-away summer camp, an expedition-style camp fully immerses youth in a new experience. Getting outside and pushing the boundaries of their comfort zone, young people can begin to explore their personal strengths and areas for growth in an environment supported by competent and trained staff as well as other young people who are also experiencing something new and exciting. This is the exact environment to encourage young people to become more independent, empathetic, skilled, confident, and competent which are the best things we can hope our young people to be.




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Packing List

Food at camp

Daily Schedule


Checking In/Out

All campers must be signed in & out by their legal guardian, unless we have received written permission in advance.

Boat Departures

Water taxis departure times will be posted in advance of the 2020 summer season.

Our passenger-only water taxis depart from the public dock in Horseshoe Bay.


Polaris Canoe campers will be staying in camping tents that Fircom will provide.

Unanswered questions?

Check out our FAQ section or email us at info@fircom.ca


The opportunity given by new experiences, friendships and diversityβ€” plus in a beautiful safe place; it really is a great camp for all.

- Summer Camp Parent, 2018