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Canada C3 Expedition docks at Picton

The Canada C3 Expedition, a project developed in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, is to arrive in Picton Friday.

The C3 Expedition launched from Toronto Thursday, and is to dock in Picton on Friday, June 2nd until Saturday, June 3rd. Community members are encouraged to greet the C3 Expedition when it arrives at about 4pm at the PEC Yacht Club. The welcome ceremony is to start at 4:30pm.

The expedition consists of a 150-day, 23,000 kilometre sailing journey with scientists, artists, indigenous elders and historians on board over 89 stops during the journey from Toronto to Victoria, British Columbia via the Northwest Passage and touching communities from the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific coasts.

“Canada C3 will be a transformational journey that will spark and captivate our imagination and lead to a greater awareness and deeper understanding of Canada,” said Geoff Green, of the Students on Ice Foundation, who is expedition leader and founder. The foundation is an 18-year-old organization that leads student expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic, and a veteran of more than 125 expeditions.

The ship holds 64 passengers – 20 crew, 20 staff and 24 participants (including a rotating group of 33 students joining at various ports). It is funded by private and public partners, including the Canada 150 fund.

Canada C3 will explore the four key themes of Canada 150 on the expedition, which include diversity and inclusion, reconciliation, youth engagement and the environment. Many community events will take place throughout the 150-day voyage covering Canada’s coastline, including a two day stop in Picton.

Come Alive Outside has partnered with the County’s Recreation Outreach Centre and will provide youth ambassadors to show visitors around the County. Stops include Wellington Women’s Half Marathon and the Farmers’ Market, the Sandbanks Provincial Park dunes, and the Great Canadian Cheese Festival.

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