Canada C3 is a former Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker that is cruising from coast to coast to coast, starting in Toronto and ending in Victoria. Here the ship is sailing into Prince Rupert harbour on Sept.26. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)

Tour Update: Canada C3 expedition kicks off West Coast leg in Prince Rupert

Educational visits and tours available for the public on the former Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker

Three coasts in 150 days, and Prince Rupert is the first stop for the Canada C3 icebreaker along the West Coast route.

The C3 ship is a former Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker that set sail in Toronto on June 1 and will end its journey in Victoria on Oct. 28. It’s scheduled to stay in the Rupert harbour from Sept. 29 until Oct. 2, when it will sail toward Haida Gwaii, Hartley Bay and Bella Bella.

Tours are available to the public from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cow Bay Marina in Prince Rupert on Saturday, Sept. 30.

“One of our partners is Parks Canada. We’re visiting as many national parks and marine protected areas as we can and also working with the Haida,” said expedition leader Geoff Green. One of the members on his expedition team, Gen Gay, is from Masset.

The expedition is one of the biggest Canada 150 signature projects that aims to share stories from Indigenous people in the north and along the eastern and western coastlines. It is intended to build a deeper understanding of Canada’s northern and coastal history, and to expand knowledge of its diverse and remote environment.

“Increasingly we need to start acting like an ocean nation to take responsibility for what that means,” said Green. “A coastal community like Prince Rupert understands that more than other places in the country. We’ve been hearing stories pretty much every day since we left Toronto the challenges coastal communities face.”

The C3 will moor in Prince Rupert after a long trip around Alaska. A new group will then fly in to join the last leg to Victoria. More than 5,000 people applied to travel aboard the C3 ship for approximately 200 spots (not all at the same time). There are 15 legs of the journey that range from seven to 12 days.

Smithers-based Juno Award winner Alex Cuba was on Leg 2 from Montreal to Baie-Comeau. He was a part of a song collaboration “River of Nations.”

At each leg, the boat takes on a new group of Canadians that represent a portion of society: youth ambassadors, Indigenous leaders, people with disabilities, newcomers to Canada, business leaders, musicians and politicians.

“We can’t wait to get to Prince Rupert and we’re looking forward to seeing sharing the Canada C3 journey with them,” Green said.

The C3 team plans to visit schools, and will offer a ship tour during selected times, which the Northern View will post online once the information is available.


shannon.lough@thenorthernview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Canada C3 project

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs to meet today with federal and B.C. governments

Nationwide rail and road blockades have been popping up for weeks

51 health professionals send letter to Trudeau, Horgan panning Coastal GasLink

They point to studies about the health and climate change risks from pipeline

The good, the bad and the odd for Smithers in the provinical budget

Acting Mayor Gladys Atrill and a local financial planner break down the budget

14 arrested at blocked rail line in northern B.C., police say

But a Gitxsan hereditary chief says 14 were arrested, as fight over natural gas pipeline continues

B.C. residents in Wet’suwet’en territory have right to police presence: Public Safety Minister

Nevertheless, Bill Blair said officials remain ‘very anxious’ for the barricades to come down

Chinatowns across Canada report drop in business due to new coronavirus fears

Around the world, about 81,000 people have become ill with the virus

VIDEO: Province promotes ‘lifting each other up’ on 13th annual Pink Shirt Day

Students, MLAs, community members gathered at B.C. Parliament Buildings Wednesday

Prepare for new coronavirus like an emergency, health minister advises

About 81,000 people around the world have now become ill with COVID-19

Winnipeg police investigating graffiti on RCMP and other buildings

Manitoba Justice Minister Cliff Cullen denounced the vandalism

B.C. seniors’ watchdog calls for better oversight after recent problems at Retirement Concepts care homes

‘There is no financial incentive right now to be a good operator’ - Isobel Mackenzie

Trucking company fined $175K for Kootenay creek fuel spill

Decision handed down last Friday in Nelson court

B.C. city rebrands with new logo, cheeky slogan

‘Langford, where it all happens’ is the City’s new slogan

B.C. Liberals call for ban on foreign funds to pipeline protesters

Sierra Club, Wilderness Committee back Coastal GasLink blockades

Most Read