Themes in 2019

The UN designated theme is Gender and the Ocean.The Annual Conservation Focus by The Ocean Project is: “Together we can protect and restore our Ocean” with a focus on demonstrating leadership in preventing plastic pollution and sharing solutions that inspire and activate the global community.

The idea for World Oceans Day was first conceptualized in 1992 at the Earth Summit: United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  It was a team from Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD), a federal crown corporation, that conceptualized and first proposed a global Oceans Day.  With consulting support from an NGO, the Ocean Institute of Canada, the first Oceans Day was convened at the NGO Global Forum of the Earth Summit, the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro.  In 2008, the United Nations formally acknowledged and adopted June 8th as World Oceans Day.  Learn more about World Oceans Day history visit the UNESCO website here.  Read more about the birth of World Oceans Day in 1992 from a CaNOE member that was there right here!

Since 1992, World Oceans Day has been celebrated across Canada.  A nation surrounded by oceans on three coasts, we sure have plenty of reason to celebrate! As leaders in ocean education and the promotion of ocean literacy in Canada, CaNOE is working to share World Oceans Day celebrations across the nation and provide connections to resources for the future.

World Oceans Day

Run by The Ocean Project, this website is THE resource for everything and anything World Oceans Day.  With promotional materials, educational resources, and an international Youth Advisory Council, The Ocean Project keeps the conversation going all year round.

UN World Oceans Day

As the birthplace of World Oceans Day, the UN has continued their support by providing resources, running a photo competition, and gathering events from around the globe.

Oceans Week HFX

As of 2016, World Oceans Day in Halifax, Nova Scotia has expanded from one day to a whole week of community-run events. With each year the number of events has grown, with plans on national expansion in the future.

World Oceans Day Canada

World Oceans Day Canada website acts as a hub for World Oceans Day in Canada resources, activities, and events. It is the place to go for all the things you need to have a fin-tastic World Oceans Day! Outside of World Oceans Day, you can become an Ocean Hero (with a certificate!) through their unique program!

CaNOE has collected ocean literacy resources for the classroom that you can find in our Educational Resources Library.

Canadian organizations have come together to create the Ocean Plastics Education Toolkit for elementary, middle school, and high school, the perfect way to incorporate this year’s Conservation Focus in the classroom.

Every year The Ocean Project creates gorgeous, brand new posters that are free to use in a variety of styles and languages.  Find them here.

 If you are planning an event for World Oceans Day, make sure to check out this guide on event organization tips.

Check out the below events submitted by our members. If you have an event you would like us to add, fill out the form here.

British Columbia

EventDate and TimeLocationHosted ByLink
World Oceans DaySaturday, June 8, 10am-3pm PDTEsquimalt Gorge Park, Victoria, BCWorld Fisheries Trust and the Township of Esquimalt
World Oceans DaySunday, June 2, 11:00am-3:00pm PDTSidney, British ColumbiaShaw Centre for the Salish
World Oceans Day SailJune 8thOak Bay Marina, VictoriaVictoria Sailing Co-op
Field trippers: In Seine!Saturday, June 8, 1:30-3:30pm PDTWillows Beach, VictoriaRoyal BC Museum
World Oceans Day at Fisherman's WharfSunday, June 9, 11am-4pm PDTFisherman's Wharf, Victoria BCEagleWing Tours and Greater Victoria Harbour Authority
Orcas at World Oceans DaySunday, June 9Canadian Orca Rescue SocietyFisherman's Wharf, Victoria BC
World Oceans Day Celebration 2019: Gender and the OceanSaturday June 8th, 10:30am-2:30pm PDTHinge Park, Vancouver, British ColumbiaUnited Nations Association in Canada--Vancouver Branch, Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, City of Vancouver, Surfrider Vancouver
Let's Mobilize for Ocean Protection!June 5, 2019 7:00-9:00pm PTVancouver, British ColumbiaNature Canada, CPAWS-BC and David Suzuki Foundation
World Oceans DaySaturday June 8th, 10:00am PDTEsquimalt Gorge Park, British ColumbiaWorld Fisheries Trust


EventDate and TimeLocationHosted ByLink
Touch Tank Hut Opening Day!Saturday, June 8, 9am-5pm ADTDartmouth, Nova ScotiaBack to the Sea Society
Àros na Mara World Oceans Day Festival Festival: June 6-9 World Oceans Day Celebration: Sunday June 9, 12-4pm ADTIona, Barra Strait, Cape Breton, Nova ScotiaCentral Cape Breton Community Ventures
Sea Turtle Bubble PartyFriday June 7, 10am-12pm ADT"The Wave", Halifax Waterfront, Nova ScotiaCanadian Sea Turtle Network and the Discovery Centre
Getting to know our Harbourshed - Bedford Watershed Table LaunchSaturday June 8, 10am ADTBedford, NSAtlantic Harbours Program #RAH2050
The "Blue Revolution":Challenges and Opportunities Friday, June 7, 2019. 7 PM ADT Halifax, Nova ScotiaIOI-Canada in partnership with Oceans North, CWF, TBTI and WWF.
Cape Breton Weather Mesonet- Breakfast Table Weather DiscussionSunday June 9 9 AM to 11:30 AM ADTWheelhouse Cafe - Grand Narrows, Nova ScotiaWWW.CAPEBRETONWEATHER.CA
Threats to the underwater world with the Maritime Aboriginal Peoples Council, at Ocean Week Halifax 2019Friday, June 7, 2019, 10:00am ADT1675 Lower Water Street Halifax, Nova Scotia Ocean Week Halifax, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Basking Sharks: The Gentle Giants of the SeaWednesday June 5 2019, 7:30 PM ADTLincoln, New BrunswickCOJO Diving and Dive Buddies 4 Life


EventDate and TimeLocationHosted ByLink
Below the H2O Learning SeriesThursday, May 30, 7pm ESTToronto, ONRipley's Aquarium of Canada
World Oceans DaySaturday June 8, 9am-4pm ESTToronto, ONRipley's Aquarium of Canada


ÉvénementsDate LieuHôtelien électronique
Eau-Dacité Waterway Festival / Eau-Dacité Festival de L'Eau7 Juin de 17h (HAE)Montréal, Canada Eau-Dacité
Projection du documentaire "Chasseurs de phoques"6 Juin de 19h (HAE)Sainte-Foy, QuebecQuébec Océan ; Chasseurs de phoques
Atelier de vulgarisation scientifique7 Juin Rimouski, QuebecService de garde de l’École du Havre – Mont-St-Louis de Bic
Corvée de nettoyage printanière1 Juin de 9h (HAE)
Sainte-Flavie, QuebecParc de la rivière Mitis
Ensemble pour l'environnement!2 Juin de 9h (HAE)Québec, QuebecAPEL
Grand forum des communautés résilientes4 Juin de 9h (HAE)
Québec, QuebecGrand forum des communautés résilientes
L'art et la science pour la résilience4 Juin de 19h (HAE)Québec, QuebecRegroupement des organismes de bassins versants du Québec
APÉR'EAU: amour et eau fraîche, le secret d'une bonne bière5 Juin de 17h (HAE)Limoilou, QuebecGroupe d'éducation et d'écosurveillance de l'eau
Pêche en herbe avec le Comité ZIP Québec et Chaudière-Appalache9 Juin de 9h (HAE)Québec, QuebecZIP Québec
Trashtag Challenge avec David Suzuki12 Juin de 17h (HAE)Québec, QuebecFondation David Suzuki
Défi Saint-Laurent - Comité ZIP Rive-Nord de l'Estuaire8 Juin de 10h30 (HAE)Baie-Comeau, QuébecComité ZIP
Opération grand nettoyage (Gaspé)15 Juin de 9h (HAE)Gaspé, QuébecBrigade Verte du grand Gaspé
Colloque "J’ai le goût de l’eau" et gala Conserv’EAU7 Juin de 11h (HAE)Joliette, QuébecCARA
Fête de la rivière Mascouche9 Juin de 8h30 (HAE)Mascouche, QuébecConseil des bassins versants de Mille-Îles
Nettoyage à Terrebonne10 Juin de 18h (HAE); 11 Juin de 20h (HAE)Terrebonne, QuébecMission 100 tonnes
PÊCHE EN HERBE - ZIP Jacques-Cartier8 Juin de 9h (HAE)Pointe-Aux-Trembles, QuébecComité ZIP Jacques-Cartier
Un coup de pouce pour la nature!1 Juin de 13h (HAE)Montréal, QuébecGuepe