The Vancouver Aquarium’s AquaVan, presented by BC Hydro, is hitting the road once again! Starting October 22, the AquaVan, in essence, the Aquarium’s “mobile aquarium,” will be bringing the wonders of the oceans to schools and community events in northern Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. Visiting Cumberland, Courtenay, Comox, Port Hardy and Powell River, AquaVan will provide a unique opportunity for approximately 1,000 children and 500 residents to discover the connections between marine environments, aquatic animals and themselves.

Although the ocean may be close for many residents in Vancouver Island, the AquaVan’s use of props will allow the participants to have up-close encounters with live sea animals, such as sea urchins, sea anemones, snails and sea stars, to help them learn more about the connection they have with our oceans, and what role they can have in marine life conservation.

Here’s the schedule of schools and communities where the AquaVan will be visiting:

Date School Community
October 22 Cumberland Elementary Cumberland
October 23 and 24 Valley View Elementary Courtenay
October 27 Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre (Community Event) Port Hardy
October 29 Aspen Park Elementary Comox
October 30 Arden Elementary Courtenay
November 1 NIDES Community School Courtenay
November 2 G.P Vanier Secondary School Courtenay
November 5 Brooks Secondary School Powell River (Sunshine Coast)

If you want the AquaVan to visit your area, check out this website for more information!

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