World Oceans Day is June 8

 Nova Scotia

Please email details of your event to

Board (at) or Deb.A 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 6-9, 2019 – 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 5 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 2019!  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.

5th Annual World Oceans Day Festival June 6-9 

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

Schedule  of Events

June 6, Thursday- Frolic’n Folk Pub – Bras d’Or Trivia – 8 pm

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

   June 8, Saturday - 10- am Iona Beach Hike and Clean Up  

                               10-4-Biadh is Baile | Highland Fare Day, Highland Village

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

                            8-12– Dance, Iona Legion 19 years &over Music by Full Circle

June 9, Sunday– World Oceans Day – Iona Port – Àros na Mara The Great Trail Centre. Displays, Demonstrations, Food and Entertainment.  Theme: Together We Can Protect and Restore Our Ocean

9-11:30 - Think Tank Breakfast -Weather Mesonet Discussion ,Wheelhouse Café, Grand Narrows, reserved seating, $15 per person contact: Randy Pointkoski

12-4pm Àros na Mara World Oceans Day – Iona Port Àros na Mara Great Trail Centre  Theme: Together We Can Protect and Restore Our Ocean

2-4  Calum Cille | St. Columba Day– Highland Village

Please check: for further updates.


Salmon Run / La montée du saumon

  • Saturday, June 1, 2019 11:00 AM
    Sunday, June 2, 2019 9:00 AM
  • Salmon Pools Trail 16654 Cabot Trail Petit Étang, NS, B0E 2M0 Canada (map)

Two-day race schedule:
June 1 11:00 a.m. Parr Run - 5 km run/walk at the Salmon Pools trail (the first 50 runners registered are guaranteed a t-shirt) To register:
2:00 p.m. Smolt Run - 9 km run at the Salmon Pools trail To register:
2:30 p.m. Fry Run - 2 km run/walk at the Chéticamp campground No registration required
3:00 p.m. Alevin Run - Short circuit for 3-6 year olds at the Chéticamp campground
No registration required June 2 9:00 a.m. Big Salmon Run - 9 km run on the Acadian trail
To register:

Event by Nova Scotia Trail Running, the Chéticamp River and Margaree River Salmon Associations, SchoolsPlus, Big Spruce Brewing and Ocean Tracking Network.

Contact: Cape Breton Highland National Park

Antigonish, NOVA SCOTIA

6th Annual World Oceans Day Event

Explore the Marine Touch Tanks. Hand on

Fun for the whole family, with live marine organisms !

June 8, 2019, 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.

Cow Bay, Nova Scotia

Cow Bay Beach Shoreline CleanUp & BBQ

  • Sunday, June 9, 2019 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
  • The Moose 1287 Cow Bay Road Cow Bay

The Surfing Association of Nova Scotia presents their annual beach clean up. This year two separate locations are being serviced; Lawrencetown Beach and Cow Bay Beach. Community members will take to Cow Bay Beach on Sunday June 9th for a morning clean up followed by a BBQ picnic and prizes provided by Kannon Beach and Brother Clothing. Gloves and bags will be provided. Wear comfy clothing!

Event by Surfing Association of Nova Scotia, Kannon Beach, Brother Clothing

Event contact: Jillian Morris 902.266.5011

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Canadian Oceans Forum

  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019
  • 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
  • NSCC Ivany Campus 80 Mawiomi Place Dartmouth Canada (map)

How and Why We Map the Ocean Geographic information system (GIS) technology, which has long provided effective solutions for integrating, visualizing and analyzing information about land, is now being similarly applied to oceans. Our ability to measure change in the oceans—including open ocean, nearshore and coast—is increasing, not only because of improved measuring devices and scientific techniques, but also because new GIS technology is aiding us in better understanding this dynamic environment. Join us at the Canadian Oceans Fourm and discover ways muli-dimensional data and web apps can help yo put scientific information to work in your organization. Consider the potential of sharing knolwledge across disciplines and collaborating with multiple stakeholders. Work with the ocean GIS community as it forges new and better concepts in ocean analytics and applications towards ocean sustainability. In addtion to this, day 2 will include a hands-on-workshop where you will work with GIS technology benefiting oceans communities. Learn about collecting data, integrating and sharing with other sources, and services that help us understand the ocean.
Event by Esri Canada
Event contact:  Mary Elias  416.386.3658

Shoreline Cleanup; Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up

  • Saturday, June 8, 2019 8:00 AM 1:00 PM
  • Alderney Landing Farmers Market 2 Ochterloney Street Dartmouth Halifax (map)

We will be at the Alderney Landing Farmers Market hosting a litter clean-up along the shoreline and talking about the effects of litter in our oceans & waterways. Event By Nova Scotia Adopt-A-Highway Program Association

Event contact: Amy Langille 902.957.1912

Touch Tank Hut Season Opening

  • Saturday, June 8, 2019 9:00 AM 10:00 AM
  • Touch Tank 2 Ochterloney Street Dartmouth, NS, B2Y 4W1

Join the Back to the Sea Society for their second season of the Touch Tank Hut. Come visit this miniature marine interpretive centre featuring two large touch tanks filled with local intertidal life. There will also be face painting and shell crafts! Admission for this special opening day is by donation.
Event by Back to the Sea Society. Event contact: Magali Gregoire

Sup 'N' Cider Clean-Up

  • Sunday, June 9, 2019 3:00 PM 6:00 PM
  • Lake Banook, Paddlers Cove 300 Prince Albert Road Dartmouth, NS, B2Y 4J2

We will kick-off the clean up at SUP Monkey (Paddler's Cove, Lake Banook) at 3pm with boards, paddles, life jackets, bags and gloves supplied by SUP Monkey. After the clean-up, you're invited to enjoy the rest of the evening (5pm +) at Lake City Cider (35 Portland Street) for a pint/flight and pizza in appreciation of your hard work!

Event by SUP Monkey and Lake City Cider, Event contact: Jenn Currie

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 9, 2019  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.

Lower Prospect, Nova Scotia

Plastics Issues, Seacology by Kayak

  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019
  • 5:00 PM 8:00 PM
  • East Coast Outfitters 2017 Lower Prospect Road Lower Prospect, NS, B3T 1Y8 Canada (map)

We all use too much plastic, and inevitably a lot of it ends up in the ocean. Plastic is toxic, and as marine debris, it kills sea creatures in many different ways, including entanglement, digestive blockages, and poisoning. It also negatively impacts human health as it works its way up the food chain. We need to find creative solutions for this problem by imagining new ways to reuse and re-purpose this material. Come join Interdisciplinary PhD candidate and artist Jennifer MacLatchy and marine scientist Alexandra Vance in discussing this important issue.

Event by East Coast Outfitters

Event contact: Jennifer MacLatchy 902.489.1307

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

LaHave Islands Beach Clean Up

Saturday June 8, 2019  9am - 1pm.

Crescent Beach Rd, Lunenburg, NS.

Event by Cape LaHave Adventures

Event contact:  Tissy Bolivar 902.693.2023  

We are celebrating World Oceans Day with a paddling beach clean-up

adventure in the LaHave Islands! Come join us! We will meet on the

mainland and paddle to the beaches of Cape LaHave Island, removing any

garbage we find along the way. Bring your own sea kayak, SUP, dory or

canoe, plus snacks and drinking water. Motorized boat support is

organized by the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg to help

remove garbage we gather. Bring your own gloves, water and snacks. This

event is FREE! Participants get a fun day on the water + FREE homemade

ice cream from Ploughman's Lunch!! How good is that?! Discounted

sea kayak rentals available from Cape LaHave Adventures. Advanced

reservations required. $25 includes paddle, lifejacket, skirt and dry

bag. To reserve a kayak rental, contact Cape LaHave Adventures

at or (902) 693-2023. When: Saturday June

8th, 2019, 9:00am to 1:00pm. Please allow time for gearing up so we can

depart promptly at 9:00 am. Weather permitting. Meeting point: Crescent Beach (Please carpool or park at the larger parking lot on the west end (mainland side) of the beach and walk to the meeting point on the East end)

Lunenburg Oceans Day

  • Saturday, June 8, 2019 10:00 AM 4:00 PM
  • 68 Bluenose Drive Lunenburg, NS, B0J 2C0

10am – 12pm: Lunenburg Town & Shoreline Cleanup @ Coastal Action Office (37 Tannery Road)
1pm – 4pm: Waterfront Event – Booths & Activities @ Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
Event by Coastal Action Foundation

Event contact: Alexa Goodman 514.941.7996


Halifax, Nova Scotia

Threats Of Our Oceans

June 7, 2019   10am - 3pm    

The Maritime Aboriginal Peoples Council (MAPC) has developed an underwater threats activity that will be set up inside of the gazebo at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax Nova Scotia on June 7th, 2019. MAPC will be displaying various threats that marine animals face every day - fishing gear, plastic pollution, pipelines/subsea cables, decrease in prey availability, underwater noise etc. and participants will travel through these threats as they move through the exhibit. Additionally, we have two adjacent smaller activities: one that highlights the impacts of ocean acidifcation on animals with a calcium carbonate exoskeleton and another which allows participants to look through microscopes at the structure of various beach finds, such as seaweed, shells, and sand.

Bedford Basin Women's Learn to Sail Workshop

  • Bedford Basin yacht club

    Maritime Museum 

    June 7, 2019, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm  FREE
    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!

Sea Level Rise: Panel Discussion

  • Wednesday, June 5, 2019
  • 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Maritime Museum of the Atlantic 1675 Lower Water Street Halifax, NS, B3J 1S3 Canada (map)

Hosted by Blue Line Initiative, this event will answer your questions on how Halifax is navigating the threat of sea level rise. Our pannelists of experts include a scientific voice, a former CNN meteorologist, a city planner and a private developer. To keep you on your toes while engaging in meaningful conversation, this event will be emceed by local comedian, Dan Hendricken. Please visit Blue Line Initiative on Facebook and Instagram to see the release of the panellists and to submit questions you have for them!

Event by Blue Line Initiative
Event contact: Ronnie Noonan 902.999.5128  

Mapping The Ocean Floor with NSCC Applied Oceans Research Group

June 4, 2019   7pm  at Maritime Museum

Threats to our Oceans

  • Friday, June 7, 2019 at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
  • 10:00 AM 11:00 AM

Join the Maritime Aboriginal Peoples Council (MAPC) at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to explore some of the threats that marine animals face every day. On June 7, 2019, MAPC will be highlighting fishing pressure (intentional and not), underwater noise, loss of prey availability, marine pollution, ocean acidification and more. Act as your favourite sea creature and experience the marine world through their eyes as we transform the gazebo and bring the underwater on land. MAPC is excited to see everyone at the Oceans Day event at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and hope you'll join us in becoming Ocean SuperStars!

Event by Maritime Aboriginal Peoples Council

Event Contact: Vanessa Mitchell 902.895.2982

Discovery Centre

  • Discovery Centre (map)

Touch Pool Animation. Learn about life in the sea at the Discovery Centre!

Film: Sharkwater Extinction and Q&A

  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019
  • 6:30 PM 8:30 PM
  • Porter Auditorium, Dalhousie 1233 Lemarchant Street Halifax, NS, B3H 3P6

For Oceans Weeks 2019 ShARCC is proud to team up with Greenpeace Halifax to host a screening of SHARKWATER Extinction. The evening will kick off with a short presentation on local shark species and conservation efforts, followed by Sharkwater and a Q&A by local shark experts from our team. Join us in honoring the late Rob Stewart and his final documentary on his mission to raise awareness and push conservation efforts for one of the oceans most threatened group of species.

Event by Sharks of the Atlantic Research and Conservation Centre (ShARCC) / Greenpeace Halifax

Event contact: Kirsti Burnett 902.234.0824

Film: Dolphin Man

  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019
  • 6:30 PM 8:30 PM
  • Halifax Central Library 5440 Spring Garden Road Halifax, NS, B3J 1E9 Canada (map)

The Halifax Freediving Club will host a free, public screening of the documentary film "Dolphin Man". Freediving is the the purest way in which humans can connect with the ocean, reconnecting with their aquatic origins on a single breath. Join us to watch this film about the life and legacy of legendary freediver Jacques Mayol who transformed the way we freedive today. The film will be followed by a general discussion on freediving, with specific reference to freediving in Nova Scotia. Doors open at 6:30pm, event duration 2hrs.

Event by Halifax Freediving Club

Event contact: Jared Cloutier 902.401.9231

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 5, 2019 9:30-10:30pm FREE

A Plastic Ocean   acclaimed documentary film June 5 at Good Robot Brewing 2736 Robie Street Halifax, NS Sponsored by: Good Robot Brewing.   Scientists around the world have said this is the most important film of our time.

Plastic Ocean screening: "If it was happening in one gyre, they suspected it was happening in all of them. But the filmmakers needed experts to prove it. Scientists were brought in at each stage to analyze the findings from one part of the story to add their data to the overall report on the five gyres. In the center of the Pacific Ocean gyre researchers found more plastic than plankton. A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us."

Event contact: Alex Ross  506.467.4791

The Blue Revolution: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Friday, June 7, 2019
  • 7:00 PM 8:30 PM
  • Weldon Law Building 6061 University Ave Halifax Canada (map)

15th Annual Elisabeth Mann Borgese Lecture. Keynote Speaker: Ms. Renee Sauve, Acting Director General of External Relations Directoate, Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Panel Speakers: Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee, Director, Too Big To Ignore Partnership, MUN; Dr. Susanna Fuller, Senior Project Manager, Oceans North; Ms. Sigrid Kuehnemund, Vice President, Oceans Conservation, WWF       Event contact:

Lawrencetown Beach Shoreline CleanUp & BBQ

  • Saturday, June 8, 2019 6:00 PM 8:00 PM
  • Lawrencetown Provincial Park Halifax

The Surfing Association of Nova Scotia presents their annual beach clean up. This year two separate locations are being serviced; Lawrencetown Beach and Cow Bay Beach. Community members will take to the birthplace of surfing in Nova Scotia, Lawrencetown Beach, on Ocean Day for a dusk clean up followed by a BBQ picnic on the beach. Gloves and bags will be provided. Wear comfy, warm clothing!
Event by Surfing Association of Nova Scotia
Event contact: Jillian Morris 902.266.5011

Shoreline Cleanup   Sir Sanford Flemming Park, June 9, 2019. Thank you to CIBC Employees for doing this shoreline cleanup ! 

Swing into Oceans Week

  • Saturday, June 1, 2019
  • 12:00 PM 4:00 PM
  • Halifax Boardwalk Halifax Canada (map)

Swing into Oceans Week Activities:

Swing dancing on the waterfront

Marine Animal face painting

Hear how a whale hears

       A simple device made from a metal coat hanger, string and a fork to   demonstrate what noise in the ocean is like for whales. We will be making this.

Cardboard shark game

SOC table and whale tail

Event by Sustainable Oceans

Event Contact: Priyanka Vaskey 902.210.5620

Ocean Art Contest

  • Sunday, June 2, 2019
  • 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Ecology Action Centre, 2705 Fern Lane, Halifax, NS, B3K 4L3 Canada (map)

The intent of this art contest is to encourage our coastal community to think about their relationship with the ocean and what the oceans mean to them. Each art piece will be collected and displayed in an exhibit during Ocean's Week. The attending public will then vote for the best submission in each of two categories (young and mature). My hope is to award the best two pieces in each category with a prize for their submission. I am doing a call out to local elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as local artists.

Event by Ocean Bridge
Event contact: Kayoung Heo 902.306.0987

Ocean's Week Bike Ride

  • Wednesday, June 5, 2019
  • 5:00 PM 9:00 PM

Love oceans and bikes? Then this event is for you! Join us for an easy coastal ride along the Halifax Waterfront. Along the way we will make stops to discuss natural and urban coastal areas and issues with our coastal expert. The official* ride will depart from the Drunken Lamp posts at Bishops Landing, through to Point Pleasant Park and end at the Discovery Centre to check out the Nick Hawkins photo exhibit. *For those that need a bike to participate, please get in touch by June 4 and we will meet at Bike Again to arrange a bike for you and ride together down to Bishop's Landing for the 6:00pm start (limited number available).
Event by Ecology Action Centre
Event contact: Ashleigh Boers 902.429.0209

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

DIY Wastefree Workshop: Cleaning Products

  • The Tare Shop 5539 Cornwallis Street Halifax Canada (map)

How to make your own waste-free cleaning products (Laundry detergent & all-purpose cleaner)
Event by The Tare Shop / Our Positive Planet
Event contact: Kate Pepler 902.717.3396

DIY Wastefree Workshop : Make toothpaste/deodorant

  • Sunday, June 9, 2019  10:00 AM 12:00 PM
  • The Tare Shop 5539 Cornwallis St Halifax Canada (map)

How to make your own waste free hygiene products – Toothpaste, Deodorant

Event by The Tare Shop / Stop Trashing It
Event contact: Kate Pepler 902.717.3396

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.

Constellate Storytelling | "Serendipity"

  • Sunday, June 9, 2019 8:00 PM 10:00 PM
  • At Good Robot Brewing 2736 Robie St, Halifax

A live storytelling event, connecting community members through stories about the ocean.

Event by Sustainable Oceans Conference. Event is 19+
Event contact: Emily Vaniderstine

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!

Blue Line Initiative Unveiling

  • Saturday, June 1, 2019 7:30 AM
    Sunday, June 9, 2019 8:30 AM
  • Halifax boardwalk Halifax boardwalk Halifax Canada (map)

We have decals for our logo (a wave) to put up all over the waterfront to highlight the urgency of sea-level rise.

Event contact; Olivia Barry 902.293-7677

Cow Bay Beach Shoreline CleanUp & BBQ

  • Sunday, June 9, 2019 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
  • The Moose 1287 Cow Bay Road Cow Bay

The Surfing Association of Nova Scotia presents their annual beach clean up. This year two separate locations are being serviced; Lawrencetown Beach and Cow Bay Beach. Community members will take to Cow Bay Beach on Sunday June 9th for a morning clean up followed by a BBQ picnic and prizes provided by Kannon Beach and Brother Clothing. Gloves and bags will be provided. Wear comfy clothing!

Event by Surfing Association of Nova Scotia, Kannon Beach, Brother Clothing

Event contact: Jillian Morris 902.266.5011

Sambro Creek, Nova Scotia

Sambro Creek Beach Clean-up

  • Saturday, June 1, 2019
  • 3:00 PM 5:00 PM
  • 220 Sambro Creek Road Sambro Creek, NS, B3V 1L8 Canada (map)

The Spryfield Business Commission in partnership with the Royal Bank, Herring Cove Road Branch, is sponsoring a beach clean-up of the iconic Crystal Crescent Beach in Sambro Creek, N. S., which will include a BBQ for all volunteers who participate in the clean-up. Volunteers will receive a free event T-shirt for participating as well.

Event by Spryfield Business Commission / RBC Herring Cove Road Branch
Event contact: Bruce Holland 902.452.7472

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

Summerville, Nova Scotia

World Oceans Day Cooking Class Package, June 7, 2019  6:30 pm to June 8, 2019 11am. Demo Class & Accommodations Package: $285+HST/2 ppl
Celebrate World Oceans Day with a cooking class featuring sustainably farmed seafood. This package includes: 2 Demo Class Registrations, Dinner on Friday (in your class), Accommodations & Breakfast!

Sustainable Aquaculture Class Friday at 6:30 pm
Learn to create three great dishes with sustainably farmed seafood:
• NS Mussels cooked in Garlic, Onion & Tidal Bay Wine, served with Baguette
• Selva Shrimp Salad with Avocado, Greens & Citrus Vinaigrette 

• Sustainable Blue Salmon Tacos with Spiced Cucumber Salsa
• Flying Apron Luscious Lemon Tart

Sit back, relax and let Chef Chris make your dinner! In our demo classes you get to watch and learn from the Chef over 2 hours. Share a full meal with your classmates during the demo and take home the recipes for the dishes made in the class. Our beautiful Cookery School kitchen is licensed so you may order local beer and wine from our drink list to enjoy during your class.

After your class, retire to your beautiful Inn room for the night. A hot, fresh breakfast is included.

Call to book your spot (902-633-2300). Preregistration and prepayment or credit card confirmation is required at the time of booking. Cancellation policy for packages: 7 days prior to the class.

Minimum of 6 participants (3 packages) is required to run the class and the maximum class size is 10 students, only 5 packages are available!

Terrance Bay, Nova Scotia

Terrance Bay Wharf, Dive Against Debris June 8, 2019  11am. Bring a mesh bag please. Organized by Ocean Tracking Network and Torpedo Rays Dive Club.

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

World Oceans Week at White Point: June 1 – 9

10 days of events: Saturday, June 1st - Sunday, June 9th

W.O.W. … it’s World Ocean Week!
We’re surrounded by the ocean and our 91st year spent with our nearest and dearest friend, the Atlantic Ocean! Join us as we take a deep dive into ‘Beautiful Blue’ with a week full of guest speakers, experiences and adventures that will bring you up close, personal and intimate with the ocean. We’re thrilled to join forces with the World Oceans Day organization and Oceans Week Halifax here in Nova Scotia, collectively offering our events among the largest collection of events ever!

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

Contact: Donna Hatt

Our list is growing, but this will get you started!

June 1: Nautical re-purposed Rope Wreath Making Workshop
Come re-use fishing line/rope and make a “Turks Head Knot” Wreath with Artist of White Point, Daphne of  Knotty Girl Rope  in West Dublin, just up the shore from us! The Turks Head Knot was used in the past by fisherman around poles, oars and masts. The knot we will be making will be flattened out which will give it a completely different look. Paired with our workshop will be a glass of Nova Scotia libation – Nova Scotia’s Tidal Bay of course carefully selected to complement our wreath AND lobster-infused munchies, of course! Daphne has been working with re-purposed rope for the past six years. As the fisherman switch out their gear, she will trade them a basket or mat for a load of the used rope, keeping it out of the landfill, and using it to make original pieces for both decorative and practical uses.

Turks Head Knot Wreath Workshop
Saturday June 1st 2:30-4:30pm
$49 plus tax per person
Limited seats. Register by calling 800.565.5068 ext 1 or email

  • All materials to make a Turks Head Knot Wreath to take home
  • glass of Nova Scotia libation – selected by our instructor
  • lobster-infused munchies prepared by Chef Alan and his team
    *Must be 19 years of age to participate

Wednesday June 5th: Piping Plover Guardian Walk
4:00pm meet on the Oceanfront Lawn to get started at 4pm.
Lace up your beach shoes and grab your binoculars and join Wendy, our staff Piping Plover Monitoring Guardian as she introduces you to our pair of endangered Piping Plovers. Banded in 2017, Mom X2 and Dad U3 have been returning to our beach to nest every year since – and they are back for 2019! On May 21st we confirmed they have a nest with 4 eggs – we are cheering for them and hopeful that we will see chicks around Father’s Day!

We’ve been so fortunate to host and be champions for a nest every year since 2012. Now  that we know  X2 and U3 are here an safe, we’re on the look out for their 2017 chick, M0 along with our 2014 banded Plovers, Papa ‘EP’ and his chicks ‘E4’, ‘E2’, ‘ET’ and ‘EL’ .
NOTE: We will be walking to the far end of the beach, sand and cobble stone surface, be sure to wear proper footwear and weather gear. Bring along binoculars (if you have them) and your camera!

Saturday June 8th WORLD OCEANS DAY Celebrations
SURF-abration will be back with a twist or two for you to make a splash!
We’re getting INTO the ocean – come along!
It’s FREE – stay and play in the ocean with us.

Celebrate World Oceans Day on Saturday June 8th with  introductory, complimentary ways to play in the ocean !
2pm: Join Matt Delong of Candlebox Kayaking

Experience “Whitewater of the Sea”. 6 participants will join Matt at the boathouse at 2pm. Beginning at the Lake and then moving to the ocean, this session will involve white water kayaks !  Oh what fun !!
RESERVE your complimentary spot contact Darlene at White Point’s  Recreation Office   902 354-2711 Ext 395 or email

4:15pm: Surf it up with Rossignol Surf Shop!
Join two surf instructors from Rossignol Surf Shop for a one hour surf lesson!  Hang Ten!
8 participants will meet at 4:15 at the Boathouse to suit up, get your board and do some ‘land training’ before heading to the sea for an hour of fun !!
RESERVE your complimentary spot contact Darlene at White Point’s  Recreation Office   902 354-2711 Ext 395 or email

Sunday June 9th: Boat Tour & Picnic to Coffin Island
Noon – 3pm
Celebrate World Oceans Week by getting out on the ocean and visiting Coffin Island in Liverpool Bay with us! We’re heading out on the JKC with Lobster Fisherman Captain Brad Crouse from his home port of East Berlin Wharf. Landing on the Island for Lunch (included) we’ll set off an adventure to explore the cobblestone shoreline of the Island, discovering the shorebirds and maybe hike to the Lighthouse. Linger longer around the bonfire roasting marshmallows and s’mores as Capt. Crouse recalls tales from being out at sea, working and living here in this bay!
Cost: $65 plus tax, includes Boxed Lunch, return trip to Coffin Island from East Berlin Wharf
Min 8ppl, Max 12ppl
Pair it with your overnight stay call to reserve at 800-565-5068 ext 1.

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Featured Event Package

SEA’Scape Getaway Package

Shaped by the Sea, our SEA’scape package invites you to sample our way of life! This package includes 2 nights at White Point enveloped by the ocean surf orchestra and all your meals during your stay.

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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