World Rivers Day, celebrating everything from rushing waterways to tributaries, creeks, brooks, and estuaries is coming up on Sunday and communities across the province – from Kamloops to New Westminster are hosting events for our own BC Rivers Day.
World Rivers Day in Coquitlam
Hosted at Coquitlam River Park (1190 Shaughnessy Street) on Sunday September 30th from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Explore the park and learn about local improvements to salmon runs. Tours are first-come first served and will run every half hour.
Rivers and Trails Festival
Celebrate in multiple locations around Port Coquitlam this Sunday September 30th starting at Lions Park (2300 Lions Way) for displays, a river clean-up, nature-inspired art stations, and a pancake breakfast at 10:00am. Peace Park (1470 Kebet Way) will host activities starting at 12:00pm including family entertainment, crafts, barbecue , and river tours aboard the SS Native Paddlewheeler on the Pitt River (tickets $2). A shuttle service will be running between the two locations from 11:30am to 3:45pm.
Burnaby 2012 Celebration at Guichon Creek
BCIT is getting a jump on festivities with their event on Wednesday, September 26th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. They will have a farmers market in the SW1 courtyard, fish release at 11:00am at Guichon Creek (west of BCIT’s East Gate), a Burnaby eco-sculpture exhibit, stream improvement information, environmental displays, live music and a barbecue. They’ll continue on Sunday, September 30th from 11:00am to 3:00pm with stream restoration activities.
RiverFest: Inspired by the Fraser
A free family event on Friday September 28th and Saturday 29th at Riverfront Park. They’ll have activities and entertainment including popular local acts like The Matinee, Washboard Union, and Headwater performing on Saturday. You can also book a Fraser River Harbour Tour on Saturday for $5 ($2 for kids) with proceeds benefitting the Fraser Alumni Association for leadership and maritime education programs for sea cadets.
Langley BC Rivers Day Festival
This free event will offer 35 interactive displays and activity booths at Williams Park (6595 238 St) on Sunday September 30th from 11:00am until 2:00pm. Enjoy the Stream Care Puppet Theatre, giant board games, on-site concession, family entertainment, and more.
A Poetic Walk in Stanley Park
The False Creek Watershed Society is hosting this walking tour on Saturday, September 29th at 10:00am along with 100,000 Poets for Change. The two hour stroll will feature poetry readings along the way.
World Rivers Day Renfrew Ravine
Evergreen BC, the Still Moon Arts Society, and the City of Vancouver host this event that will feature information about native plant species, water quality sampling, ravine trivia, and a short eco-history walk on Saturday September 29th from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.
World Rivers Day at Lynnmouth Park
Evergreen BC invites you to join the Lynnmouth Park Rehabilitation Project on Sunday September 30th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Meet up at 212 Brooksbank Ave to remove invasive blackberry and ivy and replace them with native plant species. Snacks and tools will be provided.
While it’s just a bit out of town, why not take a trip up the Sea to Sky to visit historic Britannia Mine for BC Rivers Day on Sunday September 30th from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Experiments will be running throughout the day along with demonstrations, trivia/quizzes, and a historical photo presentation.
Find a full list of events courtesy of the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC.