Protecting the environment • Connecting communities • Embarking on adventure
A youth-led discovery of Canadian waters and the ships that sail them
Starting Fall of 2020, Ships2Shores is inviting young people to learn about and explore coastlines and waterways across Canada. Ships2Shores is a youth-led initiative providing opportunities for young people both on ships in summer 2021, on shores and online to share knowledge and experiences of sailing, coastal communities and their people, and environmentally significant areas, marine economy, history and heritage and civic engagement and youth service.
Share your views and experiences with thousands of youth across the country and act on our collective responsibility to our oceans, lakes and rivers. Participate in arts projects, social media challenges and online events, and keep an eye on ships2shores.ca and social media for unique online activities and educational engagement to come!
Coming from all across Canada, our young crew aged 16 to 29 can be just about anyone and everyone. With a focus on Canada’s oceans, lakes and rivers, we are gathering together a group of tall ship sailors, professional mariners, artists, scientists, students, and community leaders to educate, entertain, challenge, and have fun!
Ships2Shores is committed to addressing the socioeconomic barriers associated with marine programming to encourage equitable access for all youth. The Ships2Shores Sailing Access Fund allows youth who would otherwise not be able to participate to experience the adventure and wonder of sailing by covering some or all fees associated with participation in sail training programs. Ships2Shores promotes diversity and inclusion aboard participating vessels and encourages all eligible youth to apply, regardless of ability, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.
The details of the Sailing Access Fund are in development and will be released December 2020. Head to the Sailing Access Fund page to contact us for more details.
Beginning in Fall 2020, join the challenge to explore and protect your local coastlines! Earn points by documenting environmental and historic landmarks in our Coastal Scavenger Hunt. Earn extra points by posting Coastal Alerts documenting environmental hazards or issues you see along the way. Share photos of your Scavenger Hunt finds and Coastal Alerts on social media and post them to the Ships2Shores Chart Table. Keep track of your progress and see what other people are finding across the country. New Scavenger Hunt lists and challenges will be released seasonally, so there will always be something new to discover!