Whale Fest 2019:

On May 6-12, 2019 over 2300 people participated in Whale Fest activities.


During Whale Fest 2019, we were able to engage North Coast communities in learning about the whales that call our water and the surrounding marine environment, home.

The three pillars of the festival were: Educate, Elevate and Explore. With this in mind, we were able to provide a week of exciting, interactive activities for a diverse audience.

Activities Included:

  1. “Build-a-whale” program allowed students to articulate a real killer whale skeleton while learning about their life history and physiology.

  2. An art contest with the theme of “What makes a Healthy Ocean?” - Submissions were displayed at the Saturday festival event.

  3. The #whalesofrupert scavenger hunt ran throughout the week and brought families and friends together to explore the whale icons in the community with the chance of winning whale watching tickets.

  4. Dr. Ben Hendricks presented a fascinating and entertaining talk on “Sonic Superpowers: Listening into the World of Whales in the Great Bear Fjord System".

  5. A free family-friendly documentary “Humpback Whales” screened at the local movie theatre on Mother’s Day with free admission.


The resounding feedback received through the success of this event is that there is a considerable appetite for nature education on the North Coast.


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. info@northcoastecologycentresociety.com