Earth Day: Cleaning our Shorelines and Building Community

Take a Hike hosted a shoreline cleanup as a part of the 1st annual Wild About Vancouver Outdoor Education Festival with the help of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and the Keep Vancouver Spectacular initiative.

Our students and staff from both Burnaby Vancouver programs teamed up with Take a Hike alumni and a group of community members. We spent the afternoon in the sunshine, cleaning the shoreline and park surrounding Habitat Island in Olympic Village.

Kate Le Souef, Manager of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup joined us to share why it’s important that we all participate in these clean-ups. We learned that the amount of junk food wrappers removed from our shorelines each year is enough for one person to eat takeout, every meal, for the next 100 years!

Our teams found an incredible amount of garbage in this area, 16 bags in total.

Some of the best finds were three pairs of women's dress shoes, a blanket and pillow, a teddy bear, and a whopping 500+ cigarette butts.

After checking out our finds, we all enjoyed an assortment of fresh organic fruit from our friends at SPUD Vancouver and granola bars and juice boxes from Nesters Market on Main Street.



Community Service