Each week of the Challenge has highlighted one of the UN Ocean Decade Challenges. We hope you’ll take a second to reflect on your own coastal connection journey over the past 10 weeks as we’ve worked together to virtually explore Canada’s coastline from the Great Lakes to Atlantic Canada in the first year of this challenge!
Join us on a virtual journey counterclockwise around Canada, following the flow of water from the Great Lakes out to the Atlantic Ocean, around the Arctic coastline, down along the Pacific Coast, and back across the prairies. Our ‘start line’ will be Thunder Bay, Ontario (June 3rd) and our ‘finish line’ will be Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba (September 8th).
Along the way, we will virtually travel to a selection of diverse communities. As we track our kilometres, we will reach ‘checkpoints’, unlocking stories, videos, and photos about the locations reached.
You will also receive a virtual postcard from each checkpoint that you can download and share on social media using the hashtags #CoastalConnectionChallenge and #OWC2022. By sharing these postcards on social media, you will be entered to win prizes along the way! We also encourage you to share photos of you at your local waterbodies, exploring the many ways that YOU are connected to the ocean.
Canada’s coastline and watersheds are immense—but together, we can make the journey and discover that we are all connected to the ocean and each other through watersheds.
The Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition, together with all Coastal Connection Challenge partner organizations, would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) Network and their Training Workshop Fund.