Rainbow Warrior coming ‘home’ to British Columbia

Feature story - August 19, 2013
Although it hasn’t ever been in Canada, the new Rainbow Warrior’s arrival in B.C. this October marks an unofficial homecoming for the Greenpeace flagship. A world wide symbol of peace and environmental stewardship, the Rainbow Warrior will arrive in Victoria on October 4th before making the journey to North Vancouver the following week.

“While the Rainbow Warrior has an international crew and has spent two years travelling the world, she means something special to Canadians,” said Stephanie Goodwin, B.C. director for Greenpeace Canada. “It’s fitting that she is coming to British Columbia, the birthplace of Greenpeace, to bring messages of hope and environmental responsibility.”

Built in 2011, the third version of the Rainbow Warrior is Greenpeace’s first purpose-built campaigning vessel, capable of sending images from the high seas to people all around the world. She is also equipped with unique features, like water treatment facilities, that make her one of the most environmentally-friendly ships at sea. 

With a 55 meter high mast and over 1,200 square meters of sail she’s also a tremendously efficient sailing vessel.

The man who coined the term “Greenpeace,” Bill Darnell, is among the organization’s founders excited about the Warrior’s arrival in B.C. “The organization began in Vancouver 42 years ago when we sailed our first ship to stop nuclear testing on Amchitka Island,” he said. “It’s great to see a Greenpeace ship on the west coast again as we continue building a better world.”

There will be plenty of opportunity for interested members of the public to see the ship for themselves, with public tours being held in both Victoria and North Vancouver.

“People might think of the Rainbow Warrior as an action-oriented vessel, campaigning for solutions to environmental crimes on the high seas and precious places like the rainforests,” said Goodwin. “We’re proud of our history and our successes and we invite people to visit the ship, connect with Greenpeace and get involved in the environmental issues we face now.”

For people living far from the B.C. coast, a just-announced contest might make it easier for them to also climb aboard. Go to greenpeace.ca/arcticchallenge to find out how you can volunteer aboard the Rainbow Warrior while she’s in B.C.

Public tours dates/times:

Saturday, October 5th and Sunday, October 6th – Victoria Harbour’s Ship Point Pier (Inner Harbour), 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday, October 11th and Saturday, October 12th – North Vancouver’s Burrard Dry Dock Pier (beside Londsdale Quay), 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

All event times and locations are subject to change. Please visit http://www.greenpeace.org/shiptour for the latest information and for a more detailed schedule of events for the Rainbow Warrior.