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This is a place for students and educators to continue to learn about Canada's waterways, from coast to coast to coast! Share photos, find teaching resources, play a few games, send us your questions, connect with one another, and learn about the water that allows survival for so much life!

Keep an eye out for the AquaVan in your community!

The AquaVan 150 team travelled across Canada in celebration of 150 years of confederation.  The map shows the route we took and all of the stops we made.  Check out our gallery to see pictures of the AquaVan in action!  The AquaVan will be visiting Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd in September 2018 and on to the Victoria area in October.

Our Schedule for 2019 is now confirmed:

January - March  Lower Mainland, BC

April                          Thompson-Okanagan, BC

May-June               Saskatchewan (and maybe Manitoba!)

July- August         Lower Mainland (or stay in Manitoba)

September - October        Northwestern BC (Prince Rupert and Kitimat)

November             Northern Vancouver Island

December              Lower Mainland

Post Activities for Teachers & Students

If you are a teacher looking for student-facing activities for K-7, click over to our Ocean Literacy - Elementary classroom. Our Ocean Literacy - Middle and Secondary classrooms are coming soon! You can also check out our Teacher Resources section for lesson plans and other activities. If you are looking for some ideas where you can take action check out our Ocean Action classroom, or visit the Shoreline Cleanup website to register for a shoreline cleanup near you - or sign up to run a clean up event in your community!

Would you like the AquaVan to visit your community?

The first step is to let us know you're interested! Please email the team at mobile@ocean.org and we will let you know when our next visit to your community might be.   We are currently developing our schedule for 2019.

If you are in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba and you would like to book the AquaVan for your school, please get in touch with us at 604-659-3488 or mobile@ocean.org.

Keep in touch!

Check out our gallery - if we have been to your community, share your photos with us!

You can follow the Vancouver Aquarium's FaceBook Page or check out our live updates on Twitter.
Tweet to us at #aquavan or post any photos of your interaction with our AquaVan on Instagram or Facebook #AquaVan @oceanwise !


The contest runs from Thursday October 4 - Wednesday October 31, 2018.  To enter the contest:  post a photo of your students working with our plasticedkit to Instagram or Twitter.  Use the hashtags #BeatPlasticPollution #CombattreLaPollutionPlastique #oceanwise.  Prize includes the use of our new Marine Mammal AquaKit for one week including shipping to and from your location.

Contest rules:

- We will accept one entry per Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter account – multiple entries from the same account will be counted as a single entry.

- Contest opens at 1:15pm PST on October 4, 2018 and closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on October 31st, 2018. The draw will be on November 1, 2018 and the potential winner will be contacted and must respond within 48 hours to be declared a winner.

- To be eligible to enter, a person must be age 18 years or older at the time of entry, a resident in Canada excluding the Province of Quebec.

Win a the Marine Mammal AquaKit for a week - Contest Rules



“Win the Marine Mammal AquaKit for a week” (the “Contest”), presented by Ocean Wise Conservation Association (the “Sponsor”) begins at 12:00:01 AM (EST) on October  4th, 2018 and ends at 11:59:59 PM (EST) on October 31st, 2018 (the “Contest Period”). Ocean Wise Conservation Association reserve the right to terminate the Contest at their sole discretion, award no Prize if events beyond their reasonable control make continuation not feasible. The Sponsors also reserve the right to amend these rules unilaterally and without notice to entrants.


One (1) prize (the “Prize”) will be awarded consisting of one (1) continuous week long period use of the Marnine Mammal AquaKit. The value of the prize is $250 for 5 days and $200 for 4 days, plus shipping to and from winner's location.

The Prize must be accepted as awarded without substitution and is not transferable, not for resale and has no cash surrender value. The Sponsors reserve the right, in the event that the Prize or any component of the Prize cannot be awarded as described for any reason, to substitute another prize or component of a prize of equal value, without liability.

Prizes consist only of elements listed above and do not include transportation to/from Vancouver, accommodation or any other travel-related or other expenses.


By participating, the Contestant (“You”) agrees to be legally bound by these contest rules (the “Rules”) and by the interpretation of the Rules by the Sponsors, and You represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of the Sponsors as final and binding as they relate to the content of this Contest.

The Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest should virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other cause beyond the Sponsors’ control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Contest. In such case, the Sponsors may select the winning entry (the “Winner”) from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by the Sponsors. The Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or website or violates the Rules.

TO ENTER THE CONTEST: There is (1) one way to enter the Contest:

You may submit no more than a total of one entry per Instagram or Twitter account during the contest period.

Entries must include #OceanWise and #BeatPlasticPollution and #CombattreLaPollutionPlastique. Your account must be switched to public in order to be considered. The entry must fulfill all contest requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the Rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of the Sponsors.

By entering the Contest, You represent and warrant that your entry is an original work of authorship and does not violate any third party’s proprietary or intellectual property rights. If your entry infringes upon the intellectual property right of another, You will be disqualified at the sole discretion of the Sponsors. If the content of your entry is claimed to constitute infringement of any proprietary or intellectual proprietary rights of any third party, You shall, at your sole expense, defend or settle against such claims. You shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Sponsors from and against any suit, proceeding, claims, liability, loss, damage, costs or expense, which the Sponsors may incur, suffer, or be required to pay arising out of such infringement or suspected infringement of any third party’s right.


To be eligible to enter, a person must be age 18 years or older at the time of entry and a resident in Canada (excluding the Province of Quebec). You cannot be an employee or director (current or retired) of Ocean Wise Conservation Association, their affiliated companies, agents, advertising or promotional agencies, domiciled with any such person, or a member of the immediate family of any such person. “Immediate family” means a spouse of any such employee, or any parent, child, grandparent, grandchild or sibling of any such employee or the spouse of any such person.


Entries will be reviewed for composition, content/originality, technical quality and visual impact by a panel of judges appointed at the sole discretion of the Sponsors, consisting of employees from Ocean Wise Conservation Association on November 1, 2018 (the “Draw Date”). Odds of being declared a winner depend on the total number of eligible entries. The selected entrant or his/her parent or legal guardian if eighteen (18) years of age or under will be contacted within forty-eight (48) hours of the Draw Date. No correspondence will be entered into except with the selected entrant. If the Sponsors or their agent, acting reasonably, cannot contact the selected entrant within forty-eight (48) hours of the Draw Date, another entry will be selected by the judging panel. The Sponsors or their agent will then make reasonable efforts to contact that person within forty-eight (48) hours, failing which another name will be drawn, and so on, until a selected entrant is contacted or there are no more eligible entries. The Sponsors will not be responsible for failed attempts to contact the selected entrant. The Sponsors reserve the right to reschedule the Draw Date.


The selected entrant must sign and return within two (2) business days of notification a declaration and release form prepared by the Sponsor which, among other things: (i) confirms compliance with these Rules and acceptance of the Prize as awarded; and (ii) agrees to release the Promotion Entities against any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses arising from any liability in connection with this Contest, the selected entrant's participation therein and/or the awarding and use/misuse of the Prize or any portion thereof; (iii) agrees to the publication, reproduction and/or other use of his/her Entry, name, voice, statements about the Contest and/or photograph or other likeness without further notice or compensation, in any publicity or advertisement carried out by the Sponsor in any manner whatsoever, including print, broadcast or the Internet. If a selected entrant: (i) cannot be contacted by email within three (3) attempts or two (2) business days of the selection date, or there is a return of any notification as undeliverable; or (ii) fails to return the properly executed Contest documents within the specified time; then he/she will be disqualified and will forfeit his/her opportunity to be a winner (and to receive the Prize) and the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to name another winner.

Rights Granted by You:

By entering the Contest, You understand and agree that the Sponsors, anyone acting on behalf of the Sponsors, and the Sponsors’ licensees, successors, and assigns, shall have the right, where permitted by law, to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use in any media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity and throughout the World, without limitation, your entry, name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image, statements about the Contest, and biographical information for news, publicity, information, trade, advertising, public relations, and promotional purposes without any further compensation, credit, notice, review, or consent.

By entering the Contest, the Winner consents to the use of his/her name, address (city and province) and/or photograph without further remuneration, in connection with any publicity carried out by or on behalf of the Sponsors in connection with this Contest.


The Sponsors respect your right to privacy. Personal information collected from entrants will only be used by the Sponsors to administer the Contest and in the manner described in these Contest Rules and, only if consent is given at the time of entry, to provide the entrants with information regarding upcoming promotions and/or events from the Sponsors. For more information regarding the manner of collection, use and disclosure of personal information by the Sponsors, please visithttps://ocean.org/privacy-policy/

This Contest is subject to all federal, provincial (excluding Quebec) and municipal laws and regulations.

This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Questions about the Contest may be directed to: Children & Youth Programs at 604-659-3493 or by email at camps@ocean.org


I have read, fully understand and agree to these Contest Rules. I understand that I will give up rights by indicating my acceptance here by electronic means. I am eligible to participate and have accepted the Contest terms freely and voluntarily without any inducement or duress, or assurance or guarantee being made to me. I represent and warrant that I have the legal right to grant the photo use rights I am granting herein. I own copyright in the submitted photograph and have not transferred copyright to any other person or entity. I intend my electronic acceptance to be an indication of my complete and unconditional release of all liability to the greatest extent allowed by law.

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What is your wish for Canada's waterways for the next 150 years?

From national hope to a local focus, this is your opportunity to add your voice and imagination to a growing conversation. Share the changes that will build on our success to improve our communities and country.

AquaVan150 is partnering with Explore150's #Wish150 initiative to collect your wishes! We'll be launching a visualization to showcase your wishes on-site at the Aquarium later this year.

#Wish150 is open to all during 2017. At the end of the year and throughout the year during our exhibition events, your wishes will be shared with the federal government, community organizations, fellow Canadians and citizens of the world.

Latest #Wish150 #Oceanwishes

This ariclte is a home run, pure and simple!

Made by Anonymous

I wish there was more ice in the ocean and that we could stand on it.

Made by Maxx in Richmond, BC

I wish that people would stop polluting the ocean.

Made by Sofia in Richmond, BC

I wish that there was no more litter

Made by Raymond in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

No pollution!

Made by Nathan

I wish there were more fish in the ocean and a fish generator at the bottom.

Made by Dejan

More animals in the ocean!

Made by Jason in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

More octopi!

Made by Ryan in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

I wish there was no pollution in the water.

Made by Maelie in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada