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Nanaimo Port Authority Hosts Open House for Canada C3, a 150-Day Coast to Coast Expedition, Saturday, October 21st

Nanaimo Port Authority Hosts Open House for Canada C3, a 150-Day Coast to Coast Expedition, Saturday, October 21st

Canada C3

Canada C3 Research Vessel connecting 150 Day voyage to celebrate Canada’s 150 years

Oct 18, 2017
The Nanaimo Port Authority will host a Canada C3 Expedition Open House – Saturday, October 21st . Stop by the Visiting Vessel Pier – Mills Landing from 2-4PM to learn about the 150-day sailing journey connecting Canadians on Canada’s east, north and west coasts.

The Canada C3
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 inflatables (small boats), advanced navigation equipment, research labs, multiple decks and a top deck observation area, our vessel is purpose-built for passenger experiences in remote environments.

Canada C3 is a signature project for Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation in 2017. The centrepiece is an epic 150-day sailing journey from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage that is connecting Canadians from coast to coast to coast and inspiring a deeper understanding of our land, our peoples and the past, present and future of our country.

“We are proud to host the Canada C3 as part of Canada 150 celebrations, connecting Canadians from coastal communities,“ comments Ewan Moir, CEO of the Nanaimo Port Authority. “It is through events like this that we can provide an opportunity to strengthen on-going relationships and a deeper understanding of our local and national community.”

300 Canadians – 150 days – Three Coasts
The expedition is divided into 15 legs and has a cross-section of Canadian society on board, including scientists, artists, Indigenous Elders, historians, community leaders, youth, journalists and educators. These diverse and accomplished Canadians are connecting with communities, conducting research, creating art and music and together celebrating Canada.

Connecting Canadians
Over the course of the 150-day journey, the Canada C3 team and participants onboard will provide a lens through which Canadians can experience our country’s coastline. Through the power of multimedia and digital platforms, we are sharing the stories of people we meet en route and engaging the voices of all Canadians in national discussions covering Canada C3’s key themes: Diversity and Inclusion, Reconciliation, Youth Engagement and the Environment.

The Canada C3 journey is giving Canadians new perspectives, triggering unexpected connections and sparking fresh ideas on how to build a better Canada.

As the ship travels from coast to coast to coast, more and more Canadians add their voices to Canada C3 through our events in coastal communities, cross-Canada Museum Hubs, interactive map, live video and more. Through contributions from every corner of the country, all ages and all walks of life, Canada C3 has become a meeting place and platform that leads to long-lasting and meaningful connections, understanding, stories, art, music, scientific research and many important legacies for generations to come.

Route of Canada C3 Expedition- June to October 2017
The Nanaimo Port Authority is one of 18 Port Authorities across Canada, established under the Canada Marine Act, to promote and support the National, Regional and local economy and to ensure a safe and secure harbour for cargo operations.

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For more Information Contact:
David Mailloux – Manager, Communications & Public Affairs
Nanaimo Port Authority 250-753-4146