The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup!

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The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre’s award-winning AquaVan is making a splash in our community with live marine animals from British Columbia’s coast! Our AquaVan Educators will facilitate learning through  hands-on exploration of aquatic life from around the world. Touch a sea star, examine a hermit crab and discover the connections between our aquatic life, the environment, and ourselves.

On Sunday July 30th, AquaVan 150 will be stationed at Parks Canada Visitor’s Centre parking lot (north St. Mary’s Island) from 10am – 12pm with a unique selection of artefacts and live animals! Help make a difference with the AquaVan in your community by participating in the Shoreline Clean-up with Clean North. Sign-in on site at the AquaVan.

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup empowers all Canadians to take action for healthy waterways by taking part in shoreline clean-ups. The Shoreline Cleanup is a national program of the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF-Canada. Clean-ups can take place any time of year, anywhere land connects to water, including rivers, lakes, streams and beaches.

This year to date 22,373 kg of litter has been collected in 785 events along 1555 km of shoreline.

You may also register ahead online at shorelinecleanup.ca

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 will also cover topics such as local history and regional environmental issues.

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