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To celebrate the annual Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, volunteers came out from coast to coast to clean their community beaches, lakes, rivers and streams last weekend. WWF Canada and the Vancouver Aquarium hosted six celebration events across the country in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and St. John’s, all contributing to the International Coastal Cleanup, the world’s largest cleanup. We saw hundreds of volunteers, staff members, and our partner sponsors all come out to lend a hand.

Here’s a snapshot of what 785 volunteers collected in just one weekend:

Vancouver: Iona Beach Regional Park

  • 262 people attended including B.C. Minister of the Environment, Mary Polak
  • 623 kilograms of litter collected
  • 150 garbage bags filled, 21 of which were filled with recycled material
  • Most unusual items found: plastic dinosaur, plastic piggy bank, construction material
Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Piggybank anyone?

Toronto: Woodbine Beach Park

  • 160 people attended
  • 38 bags of garbage and 44 bags of recycling collected
  • 75 kilograms of cigarette butts found
  • Most unusual items found: beach umbrella, puzzle pieces, toy shovel
David Miller, President and CEO of WWF-Canada, and the Panda join hundreds of volunteers in removing litter from Woodbine Beach Park in Toronto.

David Miller, President and CEO of WWF-Canada, and the Panda join hundreds of volunteers in removing litter from Woodbine Beach Park in Toronto.

Ottawa: Parliament Hill Shoreline, Ottawa River

  • 55 people attended
  • 20 bags of garbage collected
  • Most unusual items found: fishing rod, tackle box, Styrofoam
Ottawa shoreline cleanup, Vancouver Aquarium

The Panda, Ottawa Redblacks’ Big Joe and volunteers at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

Montreal: Verdun Auditorium

  • 85 people attended
  • 31 bags of garbage and 9 bags of recycling collected
  • Most unusual items found: rubber shoe, tires
Shoreline cleanups in Montreal.

Montreal volunteers come together to cleanup shorelines.

Halifax: Point Pleasant Park

  • 195 people attended
  • 136 kilograms of garbage and 20 kilograms of recycling collected
  • Most unusual items found: fishing gear, bottle caps, tractor tire, fencing
Great Canadian Shoreline Research Halifax

Claire Vaughan, left, and Jennifer Gardner, right, pose with a large truck tire they dug out of the beach at Point Pleasant Park.

St. John’s: St. Philip’s Shoreline 

  • 28 people attended
  • 10 bags of garbage filled
  • 28 kilograms of garbage total
  • Most unusual items found: office chair leg, straws, cigar tips
Local Spiderman joins volunteers in cleaning up St Philip’s Shoreline in St. John’s. © Stephanie Nicholl / WWF-Canada.

Local Spiderman joins volunteers in cleaning up St Philip’s Shoreline in St. John’s. © Stephanie Nicholl / WWF-Canada.

Other cleanups organized by local site coordinators also took place all around Canada this past weekend and will continue to happen through the end of October. So far, we have over 50,869 people and 1,732 sites registered for the fall and spring cleanups. Shoreline litter affects us all. Gather a group of friends, family or coworkers and cleanup a shoreline in your community. Register for your Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup today!

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited is a joint conservation initiative led by the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF. For more information, please visit www.ShorelineCleanup.ca.

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