Canada 150 – sailing expedition with kids’ activities

A cross-Canada sailing expedition will make a stop in Montreal on June 11 and there will be plenty of educational fun for by kids of all ages at the Redpath Museum

Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a country-wide sailing trip that will bring tons of fun for the whole family to experience. For 150 days, a group of Canadians will travel from coast to coast in an effort to spread awareness about diversity and inclusion, reconciliation, youth engagement and the environment. The Canada C3 project encourages Canadians to engage with their communities through educational and creative initiatives. The ship began its journey in Toronto on June 1 and will continue to make stops in harbours across the country until Oct. 27 when it moors in Victoria.

On June 11, it will sail into Montreal and the Redpath Museum is hosting tons of free family-friendly events. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., on the second floor of the museum, you’ll be able to check out a display of special marine specimen including the narwhal tusk, tiger shark jaw, and seal skin in a session organized by marine biologist Ingrid Chiraz. Meanwhile, in Room 106, you can learn about the ground-breaking research on invasive species and microplastic pollution with Rachael Ryan and student researchers from McGill University.

Younger audiences will want to head on over to Room 200, where they can watch puppets act out stories about marine animals. From 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium, you’ll be able to meet a research scientist and student ambassador from the ship who will tell you all about what they’re doing onboard as well as how it will affect Canadians.

At 3 p.m., kids ages 12 and up can catch a screening of Climate on the Edge, Part 4 of the Arctic Mission (NFB) series. The documentary film explains the science behind the trip as well as recent effects on Canadian climate via interviews with experts and footage of the melting Arctic permafrost.

At 3:15 p.m., children ages 5-9 will be able to follow the C3’s voyage on a giant floor map made by Canadian Geographic.

The Redpath Museum is a museum of natural history that is located on McGill University’s campus in downtown Montreal and all the activities are free. For more information, visit www.canadac3.ca.

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