Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Some Whale tales to come at this years first ever North Coast Whale Festival April 14th

The North Coast Convention Centre is going to be whale watchers Central next month, as the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network hosts the North Coast's First Annual Whale Festival.

The all day, family friendly event will take place on Saturday, April 14th from 10 to 4 PM and offers up a number of displays and presentations to help educate North Coast residents on many themes of the marine life found just a few metres away in Prince Rupert harbour and beyond.

Those that take in the day can take part in a number of activities including:

Symbollically adopt a killer whale through the Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program

Examine Whale bones and other displays

Listen to whale acoustics

Learn how whales, dolphins, porpoises, and pinnipeds are rescued

Learn more about Initiatives in the North to protect marine mammmals

Explore Species identification techniques

Participate in cetacean research through the BC Cetacean Sightings Network

Take the Plastic Wise pledge

And play any number of Games, scavenger hunts, win prizes and collect give aways.

The North Coast Convention Centre at Chances will be the host
for the First Annual North Coast Whale Festival on April 14th

As well as the list of activities for the day,  the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network will expand on their Speaker Series, with three guest speakers lined up for the mid April event.

11 AM -- Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard, speaking on the biology of Killer Whales

12:30  Dr. Teresa (Sm'hayetsk) Ryan exploring themes of Ancestral Knowledge and sustainable resource management

2 PM  Kathy Heise reviewing the threats facing marine mammals

More on the guest speakers and other elements of the Whale Festival can be found here.

The North Coast Whale Fest will shift to an evening
event at Prince Rupert's Wheelhouse Brewing

In addition to the family friendly items of the daytime, the evening also features an festivities at Prince Rupert's Wheelhouse Brewery.

With the Atlin Terminal's Fukusaku serving up a sustainable seafood sampler of Ocean Wise options, all to be washed down with a Special Wheehouse beer for the occasion, the Killer Wit.

Tickets for the Whale Festival's evening event cost 15 dollars and can be purchased at Fukasaku or the Wheelhouse. 

The evening events are limited to those of legal age.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the New North Coast Ecology Centre Society.

A good cross section of organizations and local sponsors have stepped up to help bring the First Annual Whale Festival to the North Coast Convention Centre (at the Chances building)

In addition to the Federal government and a range of Ocean related groups, Included among those lending a hand for this years event are: DP World, the Port of Prince Rupert, Wheelhouse Brewing, Fukasaku, Much Gusto Catering, Adventure Tours and Bulkley Valley Wholesale

You can keep up to date on any late additions to the day's program through the Facebook Event page that has been created for the event.

For more items related to Community events on the North Coast see our archive page here.

To return to the most recent blog posting of the day, click here.

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