This weekend, hundreds of people will be teaming up with the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre and WWF-Canada to clean up local shorelines through our annual celebration events for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited.

These events, open to the public, provide people with a simple way to be part of the clean shoreline movement — no bags required, no organizing needed, just show up and clean up. In Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Halifax, we will have supplies at the ready for volunteers as they arrive, and after picking up garbage all morning, participants will be treated to a free lunch and door prizes.

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 (Halifax, N.S.).

Last year more than 700 people attended our celebration events across Canada, removing 1,284 kilograms of litter from our shorelines, and this year we hope the beat this number.

In 2015 so far, more than 50,000 Canadians have registered to clean more than 1,700 shorelines across the country. Each and every one of these cleanups contributes to keeping Canada’s lakes, rivers, streams and oceans clean and healthy. Our celebrations event are held in conjunction with the majority of International Coastal Cleanups happening on Saturday, September 19. Thousands of people from around the world will be heading out to their own shoreline to protect it from shoreline litter by the simple act of picking up garbage.

This year’s Shoreline Cleanup runs until Nov. 30, 2015; there are still many sites across the Canada in need of site coordinators and participants. To find a site to clean up or more information on the largest direct-action environmental program in Canada, visit

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