C3 vessel to make local stops – Ontario News

C3 vessel to make local stops – Ontario News

A former icebreaker sailing to all three of Canada’s coasts will make a stop in Brockville and Prescott in June.


Councillor David LeSueur told fellow Brockville councillors this week the Canada C3, which stands for “Coast to Coast to Coast,” will stop here on the first leg of its journey around the nation as it marks Canada’s 150th anniversary.


The vessel is taking on Canadians from all walks of life for each leg of its voyage, with the first leg taking it from Toronto to Montreal.


“They’d like to tour the Aquatarium and have schoolkids there,” said LeSueur.


The councillor said he also hopes to give the crew a tour of the historic railway tunnel and arrange a Brockville Yacht Club sail-past.


“It’s a great opportunity for us to showcase Brockville,” said LeSueur.


Peter Wall, a spokesman for the Canada C3 project, confirmed the ship will arrive in Brockville on the evening of Tuesday, June 6, and depart on the afternoon of the next day, then spend part of the day and night in Prescott.


The Canada C3, a former Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker, is sailing to Victoria, B.C., via the Atlantic Ocean and the Northwest Passage.


“(It’s) 150 days at sea for 150 years of Canada,” said Wall.


The journey will be divided into 15 legs, said Wall, adding the trip is open to Canadians aged 18 and over.


“At each of the 15 legs, there’s a different cross-section of members of the public who are coming on board.”


While this project does not involve students on the ship, it is an initiative of the non-profit Students on Ice Foundation, which usually educates youth about the importance of the…

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