World Oceans Day is June 8

Nova Scotia

Please email details of your event to

Board (at) or DebA at

and we will post your event for others in your area to see and for others across the country who are seeking ideas. Together We Can Make A Difference.

In past years Nova Scotia has hosted many events including schools, libraries, museums, churches and community groups. Please check with your local event calendars and check back with this page for updates.

Schools across Nova Scotia hold events and students earn the Ocean Hero certificate. Congratulations to our teachers and students in Nova Scotia !

Oceans Week Events Calendar

Please Note: we do not promote events held at zoos or aquariums where healthy animals are held captive for financial gain, nor do we accept donations from these businesses. We do promote events held by rescue and release centers.

Museums, Science & Marine Centres  

Please check with your local museum and science & marine centres for events scheduled. We will post information as we receive it.

Subaquatic Society of Canada

The Subaquatic Society of Canada (SSC), an association of divers, conduct shoreline clean ups coast to coast. Please check with your national and local chapter for details. Thank you to all SSC member for their dedication to preserving waterways!

Fisheries & Oceans Canada

Each year Fisheries & Oceans Canada hosts events across Canada. As the events for this year come available we will post them.

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)

Hosts World Oceans Day events.


Please check your local Library and check back here for details of events planned for this year, as libraries in Canada have hosted events in the previous years and have communicated that they are planning events for this year to celebrate World Oceans Day. We will post events as specific information comes to us. Thank you to all Libraries!


Students are earning the Ocean Hero Certificate. Thank you to teachers, parents and students!



Àros na Mara World Oceans Day Festival – June 7-10, 2018 – The Port of Iona and the Barra Strait, overlooking the beautiful Bras d’Or Lake, comes alive with festivities acknowledging World Oceans Day. This is our 4 th year acknowledging and celebrating this world wide UNESCO designated event.  World Ocean Day will be celebrated on Sunday, June 10 th .  

We are pleased our Festival has been chosen by Destination Cape Breton as one to attend in 2018!  This will be a family-fun and ocean-themed festival for people to enjoy scientific and interactive displays, children’s games, and informative marine  oriented  demonstrations.  Festival goers can sample locally crafted specialties while being entertained by some of Cape Breton’s finest Celtic performers. Join us  while enjoying and learning about the Bras d’Or Lake. 

4th Annual World Oceans Day Festival June 7-10th

Theme: Prevent Plastic Pollution and Encourage Solutions for a Healthy Ocean

Schedule  of Events

June 7, Thursday- Frolic’n Folk Pub – Bras d’Or Trivia – 8 pm

   June 8, Friday – Branch #124, Iona Legion – 6-7pm Supper (Fish) and   Entertainment – 7-9pm for under 19, after 9pm 19 years and over

   June 9, Saturday - 10- am Iona Beach Hike and Clean Up  

                               11-2-Market at the Iona Port

                               5-8 -  Cèilidh at The Frolic’n Folk Pub

                            8-12– Dance, Iona Legion 19 years &over

June 10, Sunday– World Oceans Day – Iona Port – Àros na Mara The Great Trail Centre

9-12 – Think Tank Breakfast – Grand Narrows –   Theme: Beauty, Science  and Eco-tourism at the Barra Strait.(limited seating)

12- Official opening of World Oceans Day – Iona Port –   Àros na Mara The Great Trail Centre

                              12-4 Event continues until 4 pm.

Please check: for further updates.


Antigonish, NOVA SCOTIA

5th Annual World Oceans Day Event

Explore the Marine Touch Tanks. Hand on

Fun with live marine organisms !

June 9, 2018, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

St. Francis Xavier University, Biology Dept., J. Bruce Brown Building 2320 Notre Dame Ave., Antigonish, Nova Scotia

The event will promote ocean awareness to younger generations and to the general public. There will be a lot to see and learn about different species of sea urchins, sea stars, brittle stars, sand dollars, sea anemones, hermit crabs, decorator crabs, whelks, blue lobsters, horseshoe crabs, whale bones, sharks jaws and much more. Displays will also include a sea weed station, a conservation station, a shark station, a dolphin communication station, piping plover conservation station, fossil station and a live plankton station. A hands-on fun experience for the whole family!

Information can be found at the website Country Parent dot ca or copy/paste this link:

Email: Regina

Antigonish, Nova Scotia

    Storytelling activity on oceans
    Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library, NS
    June 4, 2018, 10:00 am
    Description: Reading, activities, stories and crafts for children 3 to 6 years of age. We will discuss plastic pollution in oceans. Spaces are limited. To register, call:  902-863-2486.

Guysborough, Nova Scotia


Cyril Ward Memorial Library is hosting a Guest speaker, crafts and education. More details to follow. Location: 27 Pleasant Street
Guysborough, NS  B0H 1N0   Tel/Fax: (902) 533-3586

Dorts Cove Beach Clean Up

Saturday June 10, 2017 @ 1:00 p.m.

8548 Marine Drive, Dorts Cove, Guysborough   Organizer: Lois Ann Dort

Kingsburg, Nova Scotia

Hirtle's Beach Clean Up
June 10, 2018  Thank you for CIBC Employees for doing this shoreline cleanup

Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia

Beach Cleanup at Lawrencetown Beach (meet at Beach Hut) And Cow Bay, Sat June 2, 2018 10am to 12 noon. We encourage you to bring your own reusable gloves in an effort to cut down on waste. We will also have bags & gloves donated by Clean Foundation for all volunteers.

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

COMMUNITY PADDLE & ISLAND CLEANUP  Friday June 1, 2018  9am to 1pm Meeting at the far end of Crescent Beach. You can bring your own kayak or canoe and join us free of charge. We are also offering sea kayak rentals as discounted rates of $30/pp. To reserve a kayak contact or 902-693-2023. Registration is required with MODL, 902-530-3285. Bad weather back up date is Friday, June 22. Bring your lunch and water. 

Join in Family Fun, Education. The event will touch on the following themes:Marine biodiversity, Marine pollution, Participate in a community cleanup, Pledge to eliminate or lower your use of single use plastic bags/bottles, Share your commitment on social media. Dory Rides, Fun Ocean Crafts for all ages, Wooden Schooner Tours, Family Activities !

Location: Lunenburg Waterfront, 68 Bluenose Drive, Lunenburg, NS, Contact:



Organized by: Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation 

Lunenburg Heritage & Marine Stewardship Project

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Bedford Basin Women's Learn to Sail Workshop

  • Bedford Basin yacht club

    Maritime Museum of the Atlantic World Oceans Day Event

    June 8, 2018, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
    Dept of Fisheries and Oceans staff from Oceans Management, Science and Species at Risk will be attending the World Oceans Day event - The Ocean + You at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Come learn from our experts and check out some of our cool hands on activities!  


    • (The Wave) Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (map)

Bubbles instead of balloons, with the Canadian Sea Turtle Network & the Discovery Centre!

Discovery Centre

  • Discovery Centre (map)

Learn about life in the sea at the Discovery Centre!

Bluefin: Documentary Screening

June 07, 2018 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

* FREE * All are welcome.
Location: Paul O'Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library 
Public screening of award-winning documentary, Bluefin, created by PEI filmmaker , John Hopkins, hosted by Ocean Tracking Network (OTN). The screening would be followed by a panel discussion with the director, representatives from academia and fishing industry. The runtime for the film is 54 minutes for a total timeframe, followed by a panel discussion. OTN will obtain screening rights, granted by the National Film Board, for this film.
For more information contact:
Anja Samardzic (902) 494 4405

A Plastic Ocean doc film June 6, 2018  6:30pm-8:30pm FREE

A Plastic Ocean   acclaimed documentary film June 8 at Dalhousie University,  McCain Building , 6135 University Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia,  Sponsored by: Plastic Oceans Canada, Greenpeace Halifax and Ecology Action Centre .  Scientists around the world have said this is the most important film of our time.

Shoreline Cleanup   Sir Sanford Flemming Park, June 10, 2018. Thank you to CIBC Employees for doing this shoreline cleanup !

Oceans Week in Halifax: June 2 to 11     Family Fun, Education

Oceans and You

  • Friday, June 8, 2018
  • 10:00am 3:00pm
  • Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

This is a FREE all day, child-friendly event at the museum, bringing together over 30 organizations with exhibits, activities and displays - attracting hundreds throughout the day!

Join us on the boardwalk to kick off Oceans Week in Halifax!

For more information, contact:
Ian Mullan

Doors Open Halifax

  • Sun, Jun 3, 2018 10:00am to 4pm
  • Steele Ocean Sciences Building

Steele Ocean Sciences Building 
Home to world-class scientists and talented students working to better understand our mysterious and complex global ocean.

CERC.OCEAN research group,  Ocean Frontier Institute Ocean Tracking Network Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR)  and the Aquatron Laboratory  – will demonstrate how they join forces with scientific groups around the world and work together to better understand the ocean and how it’s changing over time.

You'll enjoy hands-on ocean-themed activities while talking with Halifax scientists and students who are tracking marine life through the ocean, working to make marine transportation safer, and studying how changes in the Northwest Atlantic waters just off our coast can impact the whole planet’s climate system.

Follow us online for updates on what’s to come:
@DalScience and @DalNews on Twitter
@DalScience on Instagram

When you're here, join the conversation online by tagging your Dal experience with the hashtags #DoorsOpenDal and #DoorsOpenHFX.

We’re thrilled to welcome the Halifax community into the Steele Ocean Sciences Building again and thank all our visitors for their passion, curiosity and support. Make sure to visit our campus again during next year’s Doors Open Halifax event. Dal is turning 200 years old in 2018 and we can't wait to celebrate with you!


Non-reserved parking spots in Dal-owned lots are free on weekends. Check out Dal's campus parking map  for lots near the Steele Ocean Sciences Building and plan your Doors Open Halifax route from there.

McNabs Island: Beach Clean Up

  • McNabs Island

Celebrate Environment Week and Oceans Day by helping us clean up McNabs Island Provincial Park! Over the past 27 years, our volunteers have collected more than 12,500 bags of garbage and recyclables from the beaches of McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park.

Two Departure Locations:
Halifax: Murphy's on the Water, Cable Wharf
Eastern Passage: A&M Sea Charters 87 Government Wharf Rd, Fisherman's Cove.

*** This is a FREE event but EVERYONE must PRE-REGISTER ***

For more information, contact or fill out the contact us form or call Faye (902-443-1749) or Cathy (434-2254) .
For updates, follow us on and @mcnabsisland on Twitter.

Note: Groups such as girl guides or other groups interested in helping with this popular event should contact the Friends of McNabs ahead of time.

Elisabeth Mann Borgese Ocean Lecture

  • Friday, June 8, 2018
  • 7:00pm 9:00pm

The Elisabeth Mann Borgese Ocean Lecture Series commemorates and celebrates the life and work of Elisabeth Mann Borgese , founder of the International Ocean Institute. Launched in 2005 to mark the 25th anniversary of the IOI Training Programme in Halifax, it aims to encourage the debate on oceans issues which was so dear to Elisabeth, by inviting internationally renowned speakers to discuss important and timely ocean-related topics. Through this lecture series, we hope to generate awareness among stakeholders, academics, students and the general public about important ocean issues.
The 13th annual ELISABETH MANN BORGESE OCEAN LECTURE  is planned for the evening of 8th June 2017 (World Oceans Day).


Join Efficiency Nova Scotia, Green Schools and guests at the Halifax Central Library for Energy Efficiency Day on June 3rd. This event is *FREE* and all families are welcome to come learn how to make their homes more energy efficient, comfortable and reduce their carbon footprint. The day will include workshops for all ages, including fun games and activities from Green Schools Nova Scotia, education seminars from the  Ecology Action Centre, and do-it-yourself workshops from experts in the energy efficiency industry. Learn have fun, save money and the environment - you'll be sure to leave feeling energized!

June 3, 2017  1pm to 4pm

Location: Halifax Central Library: 5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax NS

Email: Colleen Freak



Maritime Museum of the Atlantic WORLD OCEANS DAY

OCEAN & YOU EXHIBIT FREE  June 2, 2017  All day  Being held on the waterfront boardwalk at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. This is a FREE all day, kid-friendly event at the museum, bringing together over 30 organizations with exhibits, activities and displays - attracting hundreds throughout the day to kick off Oceans Week!

Location: 1675 Lower Water Street, Halifax  Contact: Richard MacMichael   902-424-8897


  • point pleasant park (map)


  • 1507 lower water street (map)



  • east coast outfitters (map)

Explore the coastline via kayak with East Coast Outfitters!

Let's Talk Sharks!

  • Halifax Seaport Market (map)

Learn about shark species & research happening in Nova Scotia!

Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia

SHORELINE CLEANUP  Saturday June 2, 2018  9:30AM

Meet at Sandy Cove Beach-Fundy Side  Contact:

Gulliver’s Cove cleanup is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 4, 2018

Westport, Nova Scotia

Brier Island Shore Line Sweep

Shoreline Cleanup   August 25th, 2018, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM   Meet Jessica at Pond Cove Camping Field

White Point, Nova Scotia

10 days of Events: Fri June 1, 2018 8:30am to Sun June 10, 2018 5pm

Surf-abration at White Point   June 08 @ 3:00 p.m.

White Point Beach Resort 75 White Point Beach Resort Rd, White Point, NS

Contact: Donna Hatt

- Whale of a Time, with a special visit from Brier Island Whale Watch
- White Point Plankton, Periwinkles and Predators Adventure with Gael Tours!
- Oceanside Yoga
- Deep Dive: 20 years later, a look at artificial reef, Matthew Atlantic in Port Mouton Bay
- Hike Seaside! Kejimkujik National Park & National Historic Site of Canada
- Piping Plover Stewardship Beach Walk
- Hike to the ‘point’ of White Point
- Brush by the Beach – an plein air edition of our Brush with Good Cheer!
- Celebrate the Sea Boat Tour with Capt. Brad Crouse, visit Coffin Island!
- After Dark by the Sea – a Dark Sky adventure
- PLUS June 7 – 10 it’s the Shelburne County Lobster Festival!

We’re proud to offer surfing here at White Point, and while our boards and wetsuits and Rossignol Surf Shop is open May – October, our surfers enjoy the Atlantic Ocean year-round. June 8th we’ll celebrate the ocean and the fun boarders enjoy on her.
Everyone is welcome – come visit, watch – and maybe even try – your hand at surfing. Bring the kids – we’d love to see families, teens, and adults out for the day. We are building an afternoon/evening filled with a tribute to all things surfing here in the UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve! What’s it like to surf White Point Beach? Make plans to spend the afternoon meeting and experiencing the ocean today. We’ve got a great agenda coming together, kicking off around 3pm and continuing until about 8:30pm. Spend the afternoon in & on the Atlantic Ocean!
~ Special guest, local Valley boy and Professional Nova Scotia Surfer, Logan Landry (read recent CBC article) will be on hand to demonstrate and chat about what it’s like to be from Nova Scotia and travel the world competing!
~Surf Association of Nova Scotia will be onsite and invite you to suit up and hit the waves with their instructors. And yes, getting into a wetsuit IS a sport! Sessions will be complimentary and meant to give you a taste of what it’s like to ride.
~ Meet Kite Boarder Andrew Hatfield from Yarmouth and learn about Kite Boarding, the equipment and how to get in on this new way to ride the ocean. With fingers crossed, we hope to have favourable winds so he can give us a demonstration too!

By evening, join us from 7 – 8:30/9pm for a Meet, Greet & Chat with a variety of guests!
In addition to those above, we’ll add:

~ Colin Machaffie, local photographer who captures some amazing shots of local surfers, year -round
~ Check out the works by our neighbour Surf Board Air-Brush artist Andrew Burgess
~ Meet adventurous surfers who surf here year-round!
Plus more!

BUT get ready to hit the waves yourself!
Make plans to come out for the afternoon and ‘try’ surfing for yourself, so you can truly appreciate what it takes to be a wave dancer!

Everyone is welcome to attend the afternoon and evening – it’s kinda like an Open House for the Atlantic Ocean!
We do ask that you RSVP so we know to expect you, email

World Oceans Day