Friday, June 23, 2023

Opening of Waterfront visitors space makes for Phase 1 for plans for North Coast Ecology Centre

The North Coast Ecology Centre Container at the
Lax Süülda Container Market is now open for a
summer season of fun and learning in Prince Rupert

As we outlined earlier this week, the North Coast Ecology Centre has opened their much anticipated space on the Promenade area of the Cow Bay waterfront area.

That with their Blue Container exhibition space as part of the Lax Süülda Container Market, that a partnership with Tourism Prince Rupert.  

The permanent space is a follow up to last years successful Pop Up Ecology Centre program, with the new space offering up additional space to showcase the range of exhibits that they have in mind for the summer season.

The North Coast Ecology Society introduced their new space to the public officially yesterday, with an information release that outlines what the focus will be this summer and the scope of partners that helped them put their space in place.

The North Coast Ecology Centre is a place where locals and tourists can come to learn about the incredible aquatic and terrestrial ecology of the region. Visitors to the centre can come face-to-face with marine invertebrates like sea cucumbers, anemones and crabs showcased in the five salt water exhibits, get their hands wet in the touch tank, explore artifacts from local land mammals, and learn from knowledgeable, local staff and volunteers that bring coastal ecology to life. 

Phase 1 of the Centre was made possible thanks to significant funding from the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Community Investment Fund and support from presenting sponsor DP World. Khtada Environmental Services LP, McElhanney Ltd, Pembina Pipeline Corporation, Trigon Pacific Terminals Ltd., Hatfield Consultants, Pinnacle/Drax, Northern Savings Credit Union, Seaspan, and other local businesses and organizations also contributed to make this project a reality this year. 

Sandra Penner, the Co-Chair of the North Coast Ecology Centre Society, shared some of the excitement for their organization at this next stage of the program in Prince Rupert. 

“We are thrilled to be moving forward with this next stage of a seasonal Ecology Centre in Prince Rupert. This first phase will provide a building block upon which we can grow into the future. We hope this will be a space to engage the entire community and our visitors in learning about the nature around them here on the North Coast” 

The Centre is open to the public from Thursday- Sunday's from 9AM to 4PM as well on all Cruise Ship call days through to September.

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children, and $20 for families. Season passes are also available for locals who’d like to visit multiple times this summer. 

The Society also notes that Free passes will be available for check out at the local library, and a sponsored free weekend will also occur later this summer.

Find out more about their space at the Lax Süülda Container Market from their website or their social media stream.

More notes on Tourism themes for the Northwest can be reviewed from our archive pages.

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