A unique Canadian expedition will sail into Cornwall on Thursday, June 8thas part of a 150-day journey along all three of Canada’s coasts.
The Canada C3 vessel – a Canada 150 signature project – will arrive at Cornwall Harbour at approximately 8 am and the ship’s crew will take part in a variety of activities throughout the day in celebration of World Oceans Day.
Cornwall is one of only 3 inland Ontario coastal communities that have been chosen for a visit by the Canada C3, with the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences hosting the ice breaker vessel and this special crew. Through this unprecedented journey, Canada C3 will celebrate our environment, share the stories of coastal communities, and connect Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
“Canada C3 will be a transformational journey that will spark and captivate our imagination and lead to a greater awareness and deeper understanding of Canada,” said Geoff Green, Canada C3 expedition leader and founder.
Access to the ship will be restricted, however there will be plenty of activities at the Harbour for those looking to participate in the festivities and get a closer look at the vessel.
The festivities will begin with a welcome ceremony with Cornwall and Akwesasne officials shortly after 8 am. From 10 am to 11 am there will be a variety of water and eco information exhibits set up for school groups and members of the public to visit. Crew members of the Canada C3 will also be on hand to speak with visitors.
That will be followed by a river and shoreline cleanup being spearheaded by the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences. This will involve cleaning up the shoreline from the Harbour east to the River Institute. Members of the Seaway Valley Divers will also work with the crew of the Polar Prince to recover debris out of the river in the area.
A fish research education station will be set up at the Harbour at 1:15 pm followed by a tour of the River Institute facility for members of the Canada C3 vessel.
“It promises to be an exciting day at the Harbour and I would encourage residents to stop by and welcome our special visitors to the community,” said Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy.
The Canada C3 expedition vessel is a 67 metre (220 ft) Canadian-flagged research icebreaker. A former Canadian Coast Guard vessel, she has a distinguished legacy serving Canada and Canadians. The vessel is connected to Canada and the world via the latest satellite technologies, enabling Canadians from coast to coast to coast to experience the Canada C3 journey. Outfitted with Zodiacs (small boats), advanced navigation equipment, research labs, multiple decks and a top deck observation area, the vessel is purpose-built for passenger experiences in remote environments.
For more information on the events or the shoreline cleanup exercise please contact the River Institute at (613) 936-6620.