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Thursday, May 9th, 2019

Guest Speaker: Ben Hendricks

"Sonic Superpowers: Listening into the World of the Whales in the Great Bear Fjord system". 

Presentation by Dr. Ben Hendricks 

UVic/Gitga'at First Nation/North Coast Cetacean Society/ WWF-Canada


Prince Rupert Public Library @ 7pm: Free Event!

"The ocean is a world of sound. Where light fails to penetrate the deep, acoustics is the primary tool for whales to communicate, find pray, avoid predators, navigate, and attract mates. Whales are masters of sound and they are vulnerable to noise that humans generate through marine exploration and vessel traffic."

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

Whale Festival 


Prince Rupert Convention Centre (Below Chances)

10am - 3pm

  • Opening ceremony by the Northern Lights dancers!

  • Build a full-size killer whale skeleton

  • Interactive displays and activities

  • Face painting and crafts for kids

  • Prizes!



Build-A-Whale is an interactive program that aims to educate participants about marine biology, anatomy, evolutionary science and conservation. The program is hands-on and engaging as the audience assists in constructing the skeleton of an offshore killer whale and participating in several fun educational activties and games. Build-A-Whale is well traveled and well loved as she has visited facilities across Canada such as schools, markets, festivals, aquariums, elderly homes and more. 

Build-A-Whale is part of Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society who will lead this program for local schools in Prince Rupert and at the Whale Festival before continuing on with the killer whale to visit schools in Kitimat and Terrace and beyond.

Saturday, May 11th: Evening, 2019

Chowder & Dance Party Fundraiser

  • Sustainable seafood chowder prepared by Dai Fukasaku – with scallops donated from Great Bear Scallops (Coastal Shellfish) and locally brewed beer at the Wheelhouse

  • Two seatings available: 5pm and 6:30pm

  • Advance tickets: $25, purchase at Fukasaku or Wheelhouse 

  • Live music @ 9pm with The Dearly Departed 

  • Wheelhouse Brewing feature beer: Killer Witt

Sunday, May 12th, 2019 

Free Movie: Humpback Whales

Cineplex Cinemas 2pm

Join us at the Cineplex for a free matinee, beverage and popcorn on Mothers Day's to enjoy the family friendly Humpback Whale Documentary filmed by MacGillivray Freeman films.

Narrated by two-time Golden Globe nominee Ewan McGregor, Humpback Whales is an extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammals. Set in the spectacular waters of Alaska, Hawaii and Tonga, this ocean adventure offers audiences an up-close look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young. Captured for the first time with IMAX 3D cameras, and found in every ocean on earth, humpbacks were nearly driven to extinction 50 years ago, but today are making a slow but remarkable recovery. Join a team of researchers as they unlock the secrets of the humpback and find out why humpbacks are the most acrobatic of all whales, why they sing their haunting songs, and why these intelligent, 55-foot, 50-ton animals migrate up to 10,000 miles round-trip every year.


#whales of Prince Rupert

Scavenger Hunt


  • Instagram


DP World, AltaGas, Port of Prince Rupert, Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Ridley Island Terminals, Coastal Shellfish,

Fukasaku of Prince Rupert, Wheelhouse Brewing

Thank you!

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

Sonic Sea: Film Screening &

Expert Panel

Lester Centre for the Arts


  • Film about ocean noises screened with special appearance by film producer Michael Jasny

  • In partnership with the Port of Prince Rupert and the North Coast Cetacean Research Initiative

  • Free admission!

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

North Coast Marine Speaker Series: Kirk Hart

Coast Mountain College

7:30 pm

  • Resurrection of the North Coast Marine Speaker Series, a public lecture series on marine science topics

  • In partnership with the North Coast Cetacean Research Initiative

  • Lecture on Kirk's upcoming research on the Rhinocerous Auklets of nearby Lucy Island

  • Lucy Island, located in Chatham Sound near Prince Rupert, is a nationally important nesting area for these sea birds

  • Thirty people attended this lecture

November 9th to 13th, 2020

'How Well do you Know the North Coast?' Online Trivia Contest

Facebook and Instagram


  • Daily trivia questions and prize draws

  • Answer the questions right and enter to win local prizes

  • Prizes from Essential Coast, The Marine Detective, Whale Fest, and Brooke Adams

November 23rd to December 11th, 2020

North Coast Ecology Centre Survey

NCECS Website and Social Media Accounts


  • Short survey with questions about centre design preferences and pricing options

  • Prize draw attached to enter to win artwork by Leah Pipe, $100 gift card to the Crest Hotel, and 'What Bears Teach Us' by Sarah Elmeligi & John Marriott

  • Received great engagement with over 330 surveys filled out


The North Coast Ecology Centre Society aims to create a permanent education centre in Prince Rupert that highlights the region’s ecological richness.

Website photos by Megan Baker, Brandon Broderick, Caitlin Birdsall, Chloe Hahn.

North Coast Ecology Centre Society. 2103 Seal Cove Circle, Prince Rupert, BC.