Canada 150: Vancouver Aquarium’s AquaVan 150 Tour Brings Ocean Education to Northern Ontario

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As part of the celebrations for Canada’s 150th anniversary, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre’s AquaVan 150: Connecting Communities to Coastlines program will be visiting schools and community members in Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury from May 9 – May 12. AquaVan 150 is the first-ever cross-Canada road trip for the mobile education program in its 22-year history.

Over seven months, this signature project will celebrate Canada’s milestone year at 150 stops. It will deliver fully interactive and immersive programming to Canadians of all ages, focusing on the impacts humans are having on our rivers, lakes and oceans and the role Canadians can play to ensure they are healthy and abundant for future generations.

The AquaVan will visit the following locations on this tour:

Thunder Bay
· May 9: Algonquin Avenue Public School and Westmount Public School

Sault Ste. Marie
· May 11: Pinewood Public School and Parkwood Public School

Sudbury
· May 12: MacLeod Public School and Princess Anne Public School

The AquaVan features a 28-foot mobile aquarium, with resident creatures including sea stars, sea cucumbers, crabs and sea anemones, among other invertebrates from the Pacific Coast. These animals serve as ambassadors for aquatic life and help to bring the ocean to Canadians, regardless of where they live. In addition to getting hands-on at these touch tanks, programming will also cover topics such as local history and regional environmental issues.

Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre and its AquaVan team is proud to be part of the Canada 150 celebrations and thanks the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Government of Canada for helping to fund the AquaVan 150: Connecting Communities to Coastlines tour.