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The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, is one of the largest direct action conservation programs in Canada. A conservation partnership by Ocean Wise and WWF, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup aims to promote understanding of shoreline litter issues by engaging Canadians to rehabilitate shorelines through cleanups.
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A Crest for a Shoreline Cleanup

Over 100,000 cleanup crests and counting for the Girl Guides of Canada and Scouts Canada.

Did you know that hundreds of thousands of youth have participated in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup?  Across Canada, many fantastic youth teams take part, including two national youth-service agencies Girl Guides of Canada and Scouts Canada. If you were a scout or a guide, you might remember receiving a crest for taking part in an […]

Posted on April 12, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
What Exactly is Plogging?

Take multi-tasking to the extreme with squatting, running and cleaning the environment.

Call us trend followers, but as soon as we here at the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup heard about plogging, we immediately jumped on board. The new fitness craze, started in Sweden, combines picking up litter with jogging. Hence: plogging. It can be done solo or with a team of friends and colleagues. It’s all about […]

Posted on March 27, 2018 2 min read Continue reading
Shoreline Spotlight: A Monstrous Clean

Allow us to introduce you to Alan Roy. He’s been leading shoreline cleanups for more than 20 years in Toronto. Last year, he introduced his volunteers to a brand new clean-up mascot: the Tyrannosaurus Rex, now a common feature on his clean-up posters. As he prepares for the 26th anniversary of his popular Colonel Samuel […]

Posted on March 19, 2018 4 min read Continue reading
Plastics Top Our Shoreline Litter List

Tiny plastic and foam fragments topped the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup’s annual “Dirty Dozen” list, which reports on the types of litter most commonly found on Canada’s marine and freshwater shores. More than 330,000 tiny pieces of plastic and foam debris were collected by Shoreline Cleanup volunteers – from 1,849 cleanups that covered nearly 3,000 […]

Posted on February 22, 2018 2 min read Continue reading
Shoreline Spotlight: Instagrammable Beach Trash

Working as a kayak guide in Lower Prospect, Nova Scotia, Jennifer MacLatchy began to collect marine debris she came across while paddling. Surprised by the amount of litter she collected, Jennifer used her artistic background to document the finds and post them to social media. Three years later, she’s amassed hundreds of beach-trash photos on Instagram, […]

Posted on February 9, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
Douglas Coupland's Vortex Coming to Vancouver Aquarium

Internationally-renowned author, artist, and designer Douglas Coupland is collaborating with Ocean Wise to highlight ocean plastic pollution in a new major sculpture exhibition that will be unveiled at Vancouver Aquarium on May 18, 2018. Plastic has been apart of Coupland’s creative process for decades. The year-long installation, Vortex, will immerse Aquarium visitors in a contemplative, emotive, and […]

Posted on January 30, 2018 3 min read Continue reading
New Name, Same Commitment to Shorelines

On World Ocean’s Day, June 8, 2017, the Vancouver Aquarium expanded to become Ocean Wise: a global ocean conservation organization focused on protecting and restoring our world’s oceans. And now the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup will be housed under the Ocean Wise umbrella, too. Soon, you’ll start seeing Ocean Wise on the Shoreline Cleanup website, materials […]

Posted on January 29, 2018 2 min read Continue reading
Shoreline Spotlight: One Man vs. the Microplastics

Today is the 10-year anniversary of a cargo-train derailment near Chuck Hutterli’s town of Mountain Bay, Ontario. Those rail cars contained nurdles — small beads of virgin plastic, about the size of a lentil,  that are melted into new plastic products. Billions of microplastics spilled into Lake Superior that day and Chuck has been fighting […]

Posted on January 21, 2018 3 min read Continue reading

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