Now’s your chance to learn more about your big blue back yard!
World Ocean Day is celebrated every year on June 8 and it’s all about collaborative conservation. What better way to celebrate than to join us at Fisherman’s Wharf for World Ocean Day 2023 on Sunday, June 11?
This educational, family-friendly celebration brings hundreds of people to Fisherman’s Wharf to check out all things ocean-related, including live divers, touch tanks, crafts, watershed models and flying killer whales!
What started as a small gathering with divers and a few local conservation groups has grown into a large yearly event that includes over 20 different organizations. The event is organized by Eagle Wing Tours and the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority.
Let’s celebrate together!
We’re very excited to welcome everyone for this ninth annual celebration at Fisherman’s Wharf! You can learn all about the many different local organizations making a difference in education, conservation and research in the Salish Sea and beyond.
We’ll also be hosting one of Canadian Geographic’s giant floor maps which allows participants to better understand our local watersheds and how we’re all connected to the ocean. This is a fun learning opportunity not to be missed!
This year’s schedule is as follows:
- 11 a.m. opening/dancers
- 11:30 a.m. Seaquaria divers
- 12:30 p.m. RCM-SAR man overboard drills
- 1 p.m. author Mark Leiren-Young reading
- 1:30 p.m. Seaquaria divers
- 2:30 p.m. author Mark Leiren-Young reading
Who will be there?
Participants at the 2023 World Ocean Day celebrations at Fisherman’s Wharf include:
- lək̓ʷəŋən Traditional Dancers
- Canadian Orca Rescue Society
- Royal BC Museum
- Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea
- Ocean Wise
- World Fisheries Trust
- Seaquaria Ocean Education
- Cetus Research & Conservation Society
- Peninsula Streams Society
- Galiano Conservancy
- Georgia Strait Alliance
- Pacific Wild
- Ocean Networks Canada
- SeaChange Marine Conservation Society
- Author Mark Leiren-Young of Skaana
- RCM-SAR Unit 35
- Surfrider Foundation — UVic Student Club
- Gorge Waterway Action Society
- UVic Geography, Community Mapping Class
- Engage with Nature-Based Solutions
- Salt Legacy
- Ocean Week Victoria
- Capital Regional District
- Canadian Wildlife Federation
- Greater Victoria Harbour Authority
- Eagle Wing Tours
Explore Fisherman’s Wharf!
And don’t forget that there are plenty of other things to do and see while you’re at Fisherman’s Wharf. This colourful waterfront community includes a multitude of outdoor eateries and ecotourism activities including kayaking and whale watching!
About Ocean Week Victoria
But wait, there’s more! There’s so much to learn about the ocean that we’ve expanded to a whole week of festivities!
Ocean Week Victoria runs June 2-11 and is a volunteer collaboration among businesses, non-profits, scientists, educators, artists and others to help people learn and care about their big blue back yard. Events include educational and recreational activities that explore and interact with the ocean.
There is an activity calendar of in-person and virtual events, fun activities and resources for all ages. There are plenty of opportunities for you and your family to get involved!
About Ocean Week Canada
Ocean awareness is growing! Ocean Week Canada is a coast-to-coast, 10-day celebration of ocean events, learning and engagement. This national event recognizes the importance of the ocean in our daily lives, and how local waterways connect us all with the ocean.