Ocean Week Canada is a national celebration of ocean events, learning, and engagement held during the week of World Oceans Day (June 8). Through these activities and events we strengthen our understanding and our bond with our great blue backyard.

In 2024, Ocean Week Canada is taking place from June 1 to 9.

What’s happening in Átl’ḵa7tsem / Howe Sound this week to celebrate? Check out the links below!

Ocean Week events around Átl’ḵa7tsem / Howe Sound

Sunshine Coast Ocean Festival

June 2-9

The Sunshine Coast Conservation Association is hosting several events throughout the week, both in-person and virtually.

Events calendar: www.sunshinecoastoceanfestival.ca/events

Film screening: Patrick and the Whale

June 2 at 7pm, Sunshine Coast Arts Centre


Forage Fish & Eelgrass

June 5 from 10:30am – 12:00pm, Friendship Park in Sechelt


World Oceans Day Celebration

Sunday June 8 from 12 – 4pm, Friendship Park, Sechelt


Film screening: Deep Rising

June 8 at 7pm, Sunshine Coast Arts Centre


Nemo talks 

June 3 – 7, online


Beaches of Thormanby Cleanup

June 5 from 11am-5pm, Thormanby Island


Ocean Week Beach Discovery – Seymour Bay Beach

June 9 from 12 – 2pm, Bowen Island

Meet the sea creatures and plants that are our next door neighbours on Seymour Bay Beach. Join the naturalists from the Bowen Nature Club and the Bowen Conservancy as they lead a beach discovery activity where you will carefully collect and release some of the hardy marine plants and creatures that live in the intertidal zone.

Contact: Will Husby Register by at least 2 days before event: bowennatureclub@gmail.com

World Ocean Day Celebration – Tide Pools Aquarium

June 8, Gibsons

Celebrate World Oceans Day at the Tide Pools Aquarium with free admission on June 8th. They will be launching the Raincoast Ocean Listening Stationso you can ‘hear’ what’s going on in our local ocean. From whale sounds to boat traffice, this interactive exhibit will help you understand the wonder and the challenges of underwater noise.


Ore and Orcas: the Remediation of Howe Sound | Átl’ḵa7tsem

Daily until February 2025, Britannia Mine Museum

Learn how copper contamination impacted the marine food chain and how remediation efforts now protect it. This unique display includes specimens from the Howe Sound ecosystem, including a real killer whale skeleton!


OceanWise Pop Up Dinners

June 5 & 8 from 6-9pm, Vancouver

Ocean Wise is hosting two pop-up dinners next week in Vancouver with top chefs, Will Lew and Ned Bell on Wednesday, June 5th and Saturday, June 8th.

These dinners will feature exclusive curated menus using only sustainable Ocean Wise recommended seafood. These multi-course dinners will highlight British Columbia and Canada’s oceans and the incredible seafood that nourishes us.

June 5: www.eventbrite.ca/e/ocean-wise-pop-up-dinner-x-chef-will-lew-tickets-894491527237

June 8: www.eventbrite.ca/e/ocean-wise-pop-up-dinner-x-chef-ned-bell-tickets-894487665687

Sedge Planting 

June 7 & 8 from 11am-2pm, Squamish Estuary

The Squamish River Watershed Society is planting Lynbye’s sedges to help restore the sedge marsh in the Squamish Estuary.

Join them on Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th from 11am to 2pm! Stop by, enjoy the beautiful view, and learn about ongoing work in the estuary.


Pacific Science Enterprise Centre (PSEC) open house

June 8 from 9:30am-2:30pm, West Vancouver

The Department of Fisheries & Oceans Canada (DFO) Pacific Science Enterprise Centre (PSEC) is hosting an open house on World Oceans Day. Swing by for a tour of the Kelp Nursury or Plastics Lab!