Canadian backpackers “clean up Portugal”

A backpacking Canadian couple is travelling to Portugal for a month-long cleanup along the historic pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostela.

Entitled ‘The Great Camino Cleanup’, their mission hopes to “draw attention to a worldwide issue by cleaning up a 650-kilometre European historic site”.

According to Canadian newspaper The Peterborough Examiner, the duo will be collecting rubbish between Lisbon and Santiago (in Spain) from next Wednesday (May 20) to Sunday, June 14.

Rochelle Archibald, the 28-year-old executive director of Canadian non-profit association ‘A Greener Future’, believes the mission will highlight litter-cleaning initiatives and make them more “attention grabbing”.

“It gets more people involved, because litter isn’t just a problem here, it’s a problem everywhere,” she explained.

Taking on the task with her 22-year-old boyfriend Michael Byrne, the pair will chart their progress on the association’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Archibald asks people to “stay tuned” to their social media pages as she and Byrne will be promoting cleanup activities along the route and hope to get locals onboard.

“We’re just trying to get people involved and get them to understand the impacts of litter and how it affects people and wildlife and our ecosystems,” she added.

The initiative is being sponsored by, a travel company that specialises in planning adventure tours on the Santiago trail – a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James (Santiago in Spanish) in Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain.

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