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JUNE 1 - 9, 2024

Get Ready for
Ocean Week 2024 Festivals!

Celebrate Ocean Week at the Gorge Waterway Nature House

Saturday, June 1st

World Ocean Day Celebration in Sidney

Sunday, June 2nd

World Ocean Day at Fisherman's Wharf 

Sunday, June 9th

Planning an Ocean Week event? Add it to our calendar here!


Jesse Dool

Ocean Week Victoria is a collaboration among local community organizations to help people learn and care about our big blue backyard. Ocean Week events include educational and recreational activities that explore and interact with the ocean.


A person digging a plot of a beach into a bucket

We are excited for you to join us for Ocean Week this year! Our Activity Calendar has a broad range of in-person and virtual events and fun activities for all ages.

There are lots of opportunities to get involved!


A phone recording a video of people at the beach

Our video library showcases work from our community's students, organizations, businesses, and more! Be sure to watch all the amazing videos that were created just for Ocean Week Victoria!


Ocean Week Victoria is a Regional Hub with Ocean Week Canada



Ocean Week Victoria is a volunteer initiative to bring our wider community together around World Oceans Day (WOD). 


The celebration of World Oceans Day dates back to the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit. Here, a team from Canada's International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) proposed an annual Oceans Day to create a voice for the oceans, to empower those who live and work in coastal communities, and to strengthen the management and stewardship of the ocean.

Each year, the United Nations selects a theme to engage the global community and organizes a WOD program that can be viewed online. Click the button below to learn more about this year’s theme or watch previous years' programs. 

Breaching Humpback in Salish Sea - Brend


We acknowledge and respect the Lekwungen-speaking Peoples on whose traditional and unceded territories we work, plan and play, and the Songhees, Esquimalt, T’Sou-ke, WSANEC and other First Nations peoples whose historical relationships with the land and ocean continue to this day.


We hope and intend that this shared Ocean Week Victoria initiative will grow and develop in ways that are respectful and inclusive of all peoples and cultures who come together on the southern end of Vancouver Island.  

Victoria waterfront image linking to land acknowledgement video

A Sign of Lekwungen, one of seven carvings that mark places of cultural significance to the First Peoples in Victoria.


To build community partnerships and support local events and activities that celebrate World Ocean Day.

The ocean means many things to many people.

We eat from it.

We work and play on and in it.

It supplies most of our oxygen.

We get our weather from it,

no matter where we live.

And it contains somewhere between

500,000 and 10 million marine species.

We, and all life on this planet,

need a healthy global ocean.

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