BC Parks is excited to be partnering once again with the Vancouver Aquarium as a conservation supporter of the WWF’s Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup! Since 1994, over 700,000 participants from coast to coast have removed nearly 1.2 million kilos of garbage from Canada’s shorelines. 2017 marks the sixth year BC parks has supported this conservation effort. Our staff, along with volunteers and community partners, will be hosting cleanup events throughout the year.
Never attended or hosted a Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup before? Take a look at this fun video captured by the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup crew from BC’s West Coast Trail.
August marks the anniversary of our West Coast Trail shoreline cleanup. Perhaps time for another visit? #shorelinecleanup
Posted by Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup on Wednesday, August 16, 2017
(Video via the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup Facebook page.)
Highlights from last year include three cleanups at Cultus Lake resulting in over 2,500 lbs of garbage being removed. Twelve coves and bays were cleared of Styrofoam blocks from Ruby Lake Lagoon. Surfrider Foundation hosted events in Nuchatlitz Provincial Park, as well as China Beach, French Beach and Sombrio Beach. The Highlander Marine Services, along with students of Sk’aadgaa Naay and Chief Matthews Schools, spent countless hours gathering and piling debris from forests and beaches at Duu Guusd Protected Area. Read more highlights and get inspired from last year’s events here.
If you are a community group interested in organizing a Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup event for 2017, please contact your local BC Parks staff or email BCParks.Volunteers@gov.bc.ca for details on funding and how to apply.