Lunenburg Ocean Centre
Our plan is evolving
The Lunenburg Ocean Centre (LOC) is a prospective multi-purpose facility in E’se’katik or “place of clams” (Lunenburg) in the land of Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia).
The LOC is designed to help foster healthy connections between the Ocean and communities. It is a place to facilitate communication needed to share knowledge, learn together, and collaborate on ocean-related issues through development of effective and innovative solutions.
What is an ocean centre?
An ocean centre is a facility, often located by the sea, that offers educational, research, and recreational opportunities for people to deepen their connection with the Ocean.
Typically, ocean centres feature interactive exhibits, educational programs, and workspace for projects exploring topics such as fisheries, marine biology, oceanography, ocean tourism, conservation, and sustainability.
They can offer research facilities and programs for scientists to work with other marine professionals and knowledge holders.
Ocean centres often serve as community gathering spaces for events, workshops, and other activities related to the Ocean and coastal environments.
- Public engagement through interactive displays in partnership the Discovery Centre
- Experiential education, with several youth camps planned for Summer 2023!
- Ocean sector workforce training and development
- Room of requirement for special events (seminars, workshops, community events, and more)
- Communal workspace with meeting room and professional workstations (aka "hot desks") available to rent
Adjacent facilities provide workshop space and vessel berths.
Lunenburg's world-class local mariners facilitate cost-effective access to the coastal ocean.
“The youth of South Shore Nova Scotia really need a science based and ocean tech driven hub to spark early interest in our region’s and perhaps the planet’s most important area of research.” Dov Bercovici - Discovery Centre, President and CEO
Sustainable Ocean Economy
The recently renovated Zwicker and Company Warehouse (Zwicker Building) on Lunenburg's working waterfront is the planned home for the LOC.
If arriving by sea, the nearest aid to navigation is lateral buoy (green) E77. The physical address is 146 Bluenose Drive.
The location is ideal for facilitating access to the coastal ocean environment and to provide public engagement with ocean information and industries.
SOAR was the successful applicant to Build Nova Scotia's competitive Business Development Opportunity.
We were selected due to being in strategic alignment with several goals laid out in the Lunenburg Waterfront Master Plan for 2019 – 2023 along with the highest community, social, and economic impact and enabling a boon to ocean research and innovation capacity for the region.
Our proposal was bolstered by over 20 letters of support from ocean sector organizations, including:
ABCO | Bluenose II | Bluenose Academy | Clearwater Seafoods | Coastal Action | Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq | COVE | Dalhousie University | Discovery Centre International | FORCE | Ironbound Rigging and Marine Services | Lunenburg Board of Trade | Lunenburg Ocean Adventures | Lunenburg School of the Arts | Lunenburg Whale Watching and Marine | Mahone Islands Conservation Association (MICA) | Memorial University | Mi’kmaw Conservation Group | Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) | Nova Scotia Sea School | Ocean Sonics | Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) | OCEARCH | South Shore Waldorf School | Tell Tale Productions Inc. | XOCEAN
Want to get involved?
Please read on!
Join the school of fish!
- Youth camps planned for 2023
- Display space for not-for-profit and/or charitable organizations and other groups of knowledge holders that conduct ocean research, education, and/or conservation.
- Development and delivery of education, training, and research programs
Recognition will be provided through adding a fish (of many shapes, sizes, and sources) to our donor wall.
More information coming soon!
Please contact us to discuss if this is of interest to you.
- Dedicated space for displays on the publicly accessible main floor to connect with visitors to the LOC
- Contribute to youth experiential learning and workforce development programs
- Discounts with local marine service providers
- Helping to sustain the working waterfront and create ocean sector employment in rural coastal communities
- Access to workshop, wharves and floating docks for vessel berthing (fees apply)
- Opportunity to partake in build out with Discovery Centre
- Attribution for your enabling support though our donor wall, website, press releases, and other materials.
Please see contact us for more details.