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FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 2010

2010 World Ocean Day in British Columbia

First celebrated in 2009, World Ocean Day is observed on June 8th around the globe to bring attention to the ocean's inhabitants, its importance and the bounty it provides. British Columbia's coastline borders the Pacific Ocean and there are many events throughout the province to explore in celebration of World Ocean Day. Visit local aquariums, release Salmon into the ocean at fish hatcheries, talk to naturalists and divers and even enjoy tasty sustainable seafood dishes all while learning about the vast world that lives underneath the waters of British Columbia!

World Ocean Day is June 8th, 2010 and there are plenty of places to celebrate throughout British Columbia!

  • WORLD OCEANS WEEK FESTIVAL AT THE VANCOUVER AQUARIUM | June 5th - 13th | 9:30am - 5:00pm (full schedule) | 845 Avison Way, Vancouver, Stanley Park (map) | Free - $22 | Enjoy an Oceanwise Salmon Barbecue, entertainment, visit your favourite animals at the Aquarium and celebrate Tiqa and Nala's (the Beluga calves) birthdays on June 7th and 10th - free admission on those two days for people with the same birthdays!

  • WORLD OCEAN DAY IN SURREY | June 6th | 11:00am - 2:00pm | Blackie Spit Park, South Surrey (map) | Free | Bring the whole family to the beach for an Ocean Celebration! Check out our guided beach explorations, interactive booths, live entertainment, story times, crafts, and more!

  • 18TH ANNUAL COHO BON VOYAGE @ BOWEN ISLAND | June 6th | 11:00am - 3:00pm | Crippen Regional Park Fish Hatchery, Bowen Island (map) | Free | Join this annual Bowen Island salmon celebration. Release young salmon, take a guided tour of the Terminal Creek Fish Hatchery and discover the ecological importance of the salmon life cycle.

  • Explore and learn about the many fascinating creatures that live
in our oceans during World Ocean Day! WOLD OCEANS DAY AT THE GORGE WATERWAY DISCOVERY CENTRE | June 6th | 1:00pm - 3:00pm (Gorge Waterway Discovery Centre: 11:00am - 4:00pm) | Kinsman Gorge Park, Victoria (map) | By Donation | Celebrate World Oceans Day with activities including canoe trips, interpretive walks, face painting, crafts, bird surveys and water monitoring, education displays, see ocean animals and more!

  • WORLD OCEAN DAY AT SIDNEY | June 6th | 11:00am - 3:00pm | Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, 9811 Seaport Place, Sidney (map) | Celebrate World Oceans Day in Sidney at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre! Enjoy exhibits, displays and entertainment in the park as well as an underwater camera! There will be divers on the waterfront and naturalists on the beach.

You can also celebrate World Ocean Day on your own by checking out the shoreline at low tide, visiting a local ocean beach or checking out the Blue Whale skeleton at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum on preview June 19th!

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