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BC Rivers Day 2017 (September 24th)

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For the past 12 years, the last Sunday in September has marked BC National River Day. We are proud to say that it’s the largest and most important river appreciation event in Canada. Thousands come out to local events organized by recreational clubs, conservation organizations, community groups, schools, and local governments.

Click HERE for more information on how you can get involved in organizing your own community visit.

Here is a list of Rivers Day events happening across Metro Vancouver: 
24th Annual Ridge Meadows Rivers Day

Highlights: Fun and interactive displays, music, entertaining children’s activities and a children’s trout fishing pond. Admisson is free to entrants, with some activities requiring nominal purchase. You will be able to visit environmentally-themed exhibitor booths, watch live music, enjoy lunch, and go on a forest and riverside walks.
Location: Allco Fish Hatchery and Rivers Heritage Centre
24959 Alouette RoadMaple Ridge
Date: Sunday 24 September 2017
Time: 11 am- 3 pm

World Rivers Day

Highlights: Paddle down the Fraser River with professional guides. Join a flotilla of Voyageurs, canoes, kayaks, and rafts that will travel 22 kms from historic Yale to Hope. During the paddle, cultural guide Sonny McHalsie will be pointing out ancient rock paintings and village sites, and will share some of the stories and traditions that define the cultural wealth of this stretch of the Fraser.Type of Event: Paddling trips
Location: Fraser River – Yale, BC to Hope, BCYale, BC to Hope, BC
Start Date: Sunday 24 September 2017
Time: 8:00 am- 4:30 pm

World Rivers Day at Still Creek

Highlights: Come and enjoy a speaker series and habitat enhancement projects& learn about water quality testing. Families can participate in arts and crafts, snacks, & kick up their heels to musical performances.Location: Renfrew Ravine Park 29th Ave. and Atlin St.Vancouver
Start Date: Sunday 24 September 2017
Time: 9 am- 1 pm

Guided Walk in Cougar Canyon

Highlights: Cougar Creek Streamkeepers (North Delta / Surrey BC) will host a guided walk in Cougar Canyon on World Rivers Day. The walk starts at the low end of the canyon, near the remains of the old Burns Bog peat processing plant on Westview Drive. The walking “path” is not maintained, so be ready for mud, slippery slopes and climbing over large fallen trees. Lots of Natural fun to be had!Type of Event: Riverside nature walks
Location: Westview Drive Rain Garden, on Westview Drive in North Delta, 1 block south of 72 Avenue. Surrey
Start Date: Sunday 24 September 2017
Time: 2 pm- 4 pm

Kilby’s BC Rivers Day

Highlights: Celebrate BC Rivers Day at the confluence of the Fraser and Harrison rivers in Harrison Mills. Highlighting the many values of our two rivers by increasing public awareness & stewardship through interactive activities, interpretive walks & talks.Type of Event: Community festivals
Location: 215 Kilby RoadHarrison Mills
Start Date: Sunday 24 September 2017
Time: 11 am- 3 am

Rivers Day at the Burnaby Village Museum

Highlights:  free family-friendly celebration includes demonstrations, displays, tours, activities, crafts and music. Plus the Village, Carousel (rides $1.25 each) and Ice Cream Parlour will be open. Children’s artist Ginalina as headlining musical performer More information can be found online
Location: Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby)
Start Date: Sunday 24 September 2017
Time: 11:00 am- 4:30 pm

Riverfest: Inspired by the Fraser

Highlights: FREE family-friendly festival along the mighty Fraser River. RiverFest 2017 will include: vendors whose products embody the Fraser, a diverse assortment of exhibitors, children’s activities, and live music & brand new, world-class Working River Project exhibition. The Working River Project was launched in 2015 with the goal of telling the economic story of the living, working Fraser River through the FRDC’s sustainability lens.
Location: The Westminster Quay BoardwalkNew Westminister
Start Date: Saturday 23 September 2017

Rivers Day Cleanup sponsored by Chilliwack / Vedder River Cleanup Society

Highlights: In celebration of BC Rivers Day this is the largest cleanup of the year! Registration opens at 8:30 am, and BBQ starts at 12:30pm. Prize raffle begins at 1pm (ish) and you must be present to win! Check out exhibitors like the Waterwealth Project, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, City of Chilliwack, Fraser Valley Regional District, Fraser Riverkeepers, Fraser Valley Salmon Society and more to help educate about this amazing river valley we play and live in. All registered participants can enjoy the BBQ lunch and additional refreshments from the great folks at Tim Hortons and the Chilliwack Water Store. Don’t forget your water bottle or a travel mug so you can partake in the refreshments.
Location: Chilliwack Fish and Game Club (48685 Chilliwack Lake Rd.)Chilliwack)
Start Date: Sunday 24 September 2017
Time: 8:30 am- 2 pm

Langley BC Rivers Day Festival

Highlights: The organizers work hard to ensure that BC Rivers Day is as entertaining and educational as possible. Featuring a live musical performance by Bobs and Lolo, FREE organic hotdog BBQ, interactive displays and activity booths including costume parade, electric cars, wildlife displays, birdhouse building, gold panning and so much more! Tons of family fun- don’t miss it! Ride your bike and receive valet parking! Free admission, no registration required.
Location: Derek Doubleday Arboretum, 21200 Fraser HwyLangley
Date: Sunday 24 September
Time: 11:00 am- 3:00 pm

Squamish Rivers Day

Highlights: 2 celebrations will be happening in Squamish, during the day displays and activities at McNaughton Park including a stream clean up, weed pull, barbecue, and fry release; in the evening watch short videos on Squamish rivers and Howe Sound.
Location 1 10-2 McNaughton Park (Valleycliffe) 7-9
Location 2: 7-9 Brackendale Art GallerySquamish
Date: Sunday 24 September 2017
Time: 10 am- 9 pm

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