Canada is home to some of the most beautiful shorelines in the world. One group is helping to clean up a few of the iconic shorelines and vistas of Western Canada by taking part in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. From Whistler Mountain in B.C. all the way to the Rocky Mountains bordering B.C. and Alberta, these volunteers are uniting for their shorelines.
The Sustainability Committees of Fairmont Canada’s Western Mountain Region coordinated efforts on September 6 to celebrate their local waters and participate in a green act for the environment. Their four teams led cleanups along their local lake shorelines of Lost Lake (Fairmont Chateau Whistler), Two Jack Lake (Fairmont Banff Springs), Lake Louise (Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise), and Lac Beauvert (Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge).
Site Coordinators Mortimer Capriles (Lake Louise) and Amanda Caine (Lac Beauvert) shared a bit about how making a positive impact in the place you love can unify teams no matter the distance:
What are your connections to the shoreline?
MC: We take pride in taking care of our beautiful Lake Louise by performing four Shoreline Cleanups a year, checking the water quality of the lake three times per year, and recycling all the cigarette waste and refundable beverage containers from the shores of the lake.
AC: Our team is fortunate that most of us live here so it is very important to everyone that we take care of the grounds and the lakes. There are 12 species of fish in Lac Beauvert as well as loons and Canada geese. This lake is so important to the ecosystem of Jasper National Park.
What is your favourite part of cleaning your shoreline?
MC: Making a positive impact in the community and sharing the experience with the rest of the hotel’s team.
AC: My favourite part of the cleanup was the sense of community that comes from taking pride in where you live. While making our way around the lake a lot of our team had the opportunity to engage and explain to the guests that as a part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup we were caring for our lake and making sure that everyone gets to experience Jasper Park Lodge at its most beautiful.
What did you find on this year’s cleanup? Any unusual items?
MC: The most common items for the four sites were cigarette butts, wrappers, and various picnic/food related items. An unusual item we found at Lake Louise was a Canada Dry bottle from the 90s.
Any tips for someone else interested in organizing a cleanup with fellow colleagues in offices across the country?
MC: Organize a Sustainability Committee with volunteers willing to make a difference in the community. Motivation and a positive attitude are super important components for a successful cleanup!
Take action on your shoreline today! Cleanups can happen anytime of year (even the fall and winter), anywhere land connects to water, search the Lead a Cleanup map to find the shoreline near you.
The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, is one of the largest direct action conservation programs in Canada. A conservation initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre and WWF-Canada, the Shoreline Cleanup aims to promote understanding of shoreline litter issues by engaging Canadians to rehabilitate shoreline areas through cleanups. Find out more at www.shorelinecleanup.ca