As part of the celebrations for Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Vancouver Aquarium’s AquaVan 150: Connecting Communities to Coastlines program visited Sault Ste. Marie Sunday at the Sault Ste. Marie Canal. Sault Ste. Marie is one of 150 stops the traveling exhibit will make this year.
AquaVan 150 is the first-ever cross-Canada road trip for the mobile education program in its 22-year history, and provided hands-on learning 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.
To inspire healthier oceans, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, a conservation initiative by the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF-Canada, partnered with Clean North and EcoSuperior to host shoreline cleanups at these events.
The AquaVan features a 28-foot trailer, 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 also cover topics such as local history and regional environmental issues.