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A seasonal favourite activity for BC Ferries passengers is going to return to sailings starting tomorrow!

All summer, from June 14th – September 4th, ferry passengers can make their way to the outdoor passenger deck for a free educational presentation on Canada’s waters and the critters that live beneath the waves.

“The Coastal Naturalists are a highlight for many people who travel with us,” said Janet Carson, BC Ferries’ Vice President of Marketing & Customer Experience.

“We’re happy to offer this experience again this summer, on more sailings and at more terminals than ever before.”

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The free presentations run for roughly 20 minutes each and cover topics like what grows in a kelp forest, where to find a clam garden, the types of ‘superpowers’ that BC’s salmon have, and more.

In total, over 1,300 presentations have been scheduled for this summer, with the majority taking place between Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island.

Besides the onboard demonstrations, there will be Coastal Naturalists posted at five ferry terminals, Tsawwassen, Swartz Bay, Duke Point, Departure Bay, and Horseshoe Bay.

Moreover, since the presentations have become increasingly popular since their inception in 2005, BC Ferries is adding over 100 extra showings this year.

Since the Coastal Naturalists were first introduced 14 years ago, nearly 2,000,000 people have enjoyed one of the free educational programs. Every year, approximately 150,000 passengers take the time to learn a little bit more about our waters.

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“It is a sure sign of summer when Coastal Naturalists liven up BC Ferries travel by
sharing the wonders of the coast through on-board presentations and engagement at ferry
terminals,” said Helen Davies, Field Unit Superintendent for Parks Canada’s Coastal BC Field Unit.

“Parks Canada is proud to be a partner in this well-loved program and raise awareness
of the incredible cultural and natural resources visitors can discover…”

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