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Environment Week

Burnaby Environment Week is an annual week-long program of environmentally-themed community activities held in early June to coincide with Canadian Environment Week. City staff and our community partners aim to deliver activities that are family oriented, informative and encourage community participation.

2014 Environment Week ~ Saturday, May 31 to Saturday, June 7

Eco-Wise In Your CommunityThis year’s theme is Eco-Wise in Your Community, which encourages citizens to inform and empower themselves to incorporate new and environmentally friendly ideas and practices into their daily lives.


Detailed event and registration information is listed below or view the poster. All events and activities are offered free to the public. If you have questions about any events, please contact 604-294-7400 or planning@burnaby.ca.  



Saturday, May 31, 9am to 2pm. City of Burnaby, City Hall (4949 Canada Way), in the outer courtyard.

This is a free public event with environmental displays, live blue grass music by 5 on a String, prize draws, face painting and many other activities for kids and 200 free veggie burgers fresh from the BBQ. The weekly Burnaby Farmers Market will occur nearby, in the north parking lot.  Plan to attend both events!  1/2 hourly prize draws at the Environment Festival will include Farmers Market dollars that can be spent the same day!

logoSpecific activities include:

Complete the "My Green Goals" questionnaire and be eligible for prizes!  Winners of the "My Green Goals" Youth Contest will be announced (deadline May 16). For more information, visit www.burnaby.ca/ess-videocontest.

  • Guided tours of the nearby Great Blue Heron Colony.  Tours at 10am, 11am and 11:45am.  Bring binoculars.
  • Guided cycling tours by HUB: Your Cycling Connection.  Tours will follow existing urban trails, bike paths and the Central Valley Greenway from City Hall to the Open House at Burnaby's new Eco-Centre at 4800 Still Creek Drive.  Tours depart at 10am and 11:30am.  Bring your bike and park it in our free, secure bike parking for the event.
  • Bring your water bottles!  Metro Vancouver's Tap Water Team and Water Wagon will be offering mountain fresh water.
  • View live baby turtles with the Coastal Painted Turtle Project.
  • Learn about recycling and product stewardship from Encorp Pacific and Product Care.
  • Giant Green Map! Help us map our "Eco-Wise" City: Green businesses, local food, recycling and more! Hosted by the City of Burnaby and Burnaby Board of Trade, 9am to 2pm.

Burnaby City Hall is well served by signed bikeways and urban trails, with connections via the Central Valley Greenway to logoactivities at Still Creek Recycling Depot and Jim Lorimer Park. Check out the Burnaby Bike Map for more information. 

  • Secure bicycle parking: as part of the Environmental Festival, a free ‘coat check style’ bicycle valet service will be offered by BEST. Upon arrival, just drop off your bike and go and enjoy the festivities and the Farmer’s Market.



Burnaby Farmers' Market

Saturday, May 31, 9am to 2pm, Burnaby City Hall, 4949 Canada Way

At the same time as the Environment Festival, the regularly scheduled Burnaby Farmers' Market will take place in the north parking lot of City Hall.

Open House - Burnaby Eco-Centre / Recycling Depot

Saturday, May 31, 10am to 2pm, 4855 Still Creek Avenue

Learn more about Burnaby's new Eco-Centre, and municipal waste reduction programs.  Live entertainment and refreshments will be available.

Burnaby Garage Sale Day Event

The garage sale is now complete. Thank you to all the garage sale participants, see you next year!

Mandarin Language Nature Tour, Burnaby Lake Regional Park

Saturday, May 31, 3pm to 5pm, meet at the south end of Piper Road (at Winston Street)

Hosted by the Green Club and the Tzu Chi Foundation of Burnaby.

Mandarin Language Nature Tour


Guided Nature Tour of Deer Lake Park

Sunday, June 1, 7:30am to 9:30am, Departing from Burnaby City hall, outer courtyard

Join George Clulow, renowned bird expert and naturalist, for a guided tour of Deer Lake Park.  Bring binoculars and weather appropriate clothing.

Historical Walking Tour of Still Creek Watershed

Please register in advance for this tour by contacting the Burnaby Planning Department at 604-294-7530 or planning@burnaby.ca.

Sunday, June 1, 9am to 1pm, Departing at 9am from the Patterson SkyTrain station, one stop west of Metrotown.  Meet the tour guides at street level of this station.  Street parking may be limited at Patterson SkyTrain station.  If using a car, parking at Metrotown may be the best option.

What to bring: weather appropriate clothing and footwear, water if you get thirsty, and snacks.  Part of the tour will follow a path next to the stream, which may be muddy, depending on recent weather.  We will walk by stores, Starbucks, etc. and we can stop for snacks if needed.

Do I ned to pay for transit?  No! Cost of transit once on the tour will be covered for participants.

Join the Still Moon Arts Society and the City of Burnaby on a historic tour of Still Creek watershed by SkyTrain, bus and on foot.  The tour will depart from Patterson SkyTrain Station at 9am.  This area is the headwaters of Still Creek watershed.  Stop #1 will be in the Upper Watershed at Joyce Collingwood SkyTrain station for a brief tour of the neighbourhood, which was once a wetland / beaver dam complex.  Stop #2 will be at 29th Avenue SkyTrain Station to walk northward along (and within) Renfrew Ravine to Grandview Highway / Renfrew SkyTrain Station.  Stop #3 will be at Gilmore SkyTrain Station to walk a portion of the Lower Watershed where Still Creek flows next to recent redevelopments and the Central Valley Greenway.  The tour will end where the Central Valley Greenway meets Willingdon Avenue at about 12:20pm.  From there, regular bus service will take people back to Metrotown and Patterson SkyTrain Station or to Brentwood SkyTrain Station so that folks can get home for 1pm.

Tour participants will learn about the historical, ecological context of the different parts of Still Creek watershed.  A key narrative will be how the health of the watershed has improved to the point where salmon have recently returned to spawn in Still Creek.

Weed Busters at Burnaby Lake, Burnaby Lake Park Association

Sunday, June 1, 1pm to 4pm, Meet in the Avalon Avenue parking lot, off of Cariboo Road

The Burnaby Lake Park Association (BLPA) will host an invasive species removal of English Ivy and Lamium.  All members of the public are welcome to participate.


Covanta, Waste to Energy Facility, Guided Site Tour

Monday, June 2, noon to 1:15pm, 5150 Riverbend Drive, Burnaby

Participate in a guided tour of Metro Vancouver's waste to energy facility.  Limited number of tour spots available.  Register by 2014 May 29 for this tour by calling the Burnaby Planning Department at 604-294-7530 or planning@burnaby.ca.

'Burnaby's Beautiful Byrne Creek', a free public presentation

Monday, June 2, 7pm, Tommy Douglas Library, 7311 Kingsway

The Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society is pleased to present an entertaining and education talk about Byrne Creek watershed.  Come and enjoy gorgeous photos, posters and maps and fun stories about this urban oasis.


Free Guided Canoe Trips on Deer Lake

Tuesday, June 3, 6pm to 7pm, (Barcode 326060) and 7:15pm to 8:15pm (Barcode 326061), Deer Lake Park, parking lot off of Sperling Avenue

Pre-registration required.  Trips are for ages ten years andn older; children aged ten to fifteen must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and waivers must be signed by all participants (parent must sign for those under nineteen years).  To register, contact any Burnaby Recreation Centre, and provide the barcode noted above.  For more information, please contact 604-294-7224.

Weed Busters at Burnaby Lake, Burnaby Lake Park Association

Tuesday, June 3, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Meet in the Avalon Avenue parking lot, off of Cariboo Road

The Burnaby Lake Park Association (BLPA) will host an invasive species removal of English Ivy and Lamium.  This will be a continuation of the event from Sunday.  All members of the public are welcome to participate.


Part I: Green tour of UniverCity on Burnaby Mountain 

Part II: Open house with the Stoney Creek Environment Committee (SCEC)

Hosted by the SFU Environmental Science Student Union

Please register in advance for these tours by contacting the Burnaby Planning Department at 604-294-7530 or planning@burnaby.ca.

Part I: Wednesday, June 4, 4:30pm to 5:30pm, meet at the SFU Community Trust Office, #150 - 8960 University High Street

Join a guided 'green' tour of UniverCity, an award winning, mixed-use, transit-oriented community being developed adjacent to Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia.  SFU Community Trust is developing UniverCity as a model sustainable community, generating endowment wealth to support teaching and research at SFU.  More information at http://univercity.ca/.

Part II: Wednesday, June 4, 5:45pm, private bus departs from the SFU Community Trust Office and takes tour participants to the Jennifer Atchison Environment Centre at Stoney Creek Community School (2740 Beaverbrook Crescent).  Open house with light refreshments and field tour from 6:15 to 7:30pm.  Private bus takes participants back up to SFU / Burnaby Mountain.

The Stoney Creek Environment Committee is a group of Burnaby citizens working to protect, preserve and enhance the Stoney Creek watershed's natural habitat and wildlife.  Come and learn about their activities and recent projects they have undertaken.

Are you only available to attend one of these events?  No problem.  But, there will be a prize draw at the end of Part II for participants who attend both the UniverCity tour and the Stoney Creek Environment Committee open house.


'Wildlife Photograph Workshop' with Connor Stefanison

Thursday, June 5, 6:30pm to just after sunset (9:30pm), meet at Piper Spit boardwalk, Burnaby Lake Regional Park (end of Piper Avenue, off Winston Stret)

What to bring: camera, long and short lenses (or whatever you have), flash (optional), tripod (optional), bird seed (optional), appropriate clothing for the weather.

The workshop will offer tips and advice for aspiring nature and wildlife photographers of all interest and experience levels.  Participants will learn the basics of creating pleasing wildlife images by focusing on aspects such as composition, lighting, lens selection, and creative techniques.

Connor Stefanison is a Burnaby based wildlife photographer of considerable renown.  He is a recent recipient of an international award given to aspiring youth wildlife photographers between the ages of 22 to 26 years in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards.  The awarded images were part of a world-touring exhibition that included Victoria's Royal BC Museum.  Visit www.connorstefanison.com.


Documentary Film Screening, Bob Prittie Library

Hosted by the Green ideas Network and Burnaby Food First

Friday, June 6, 6:30pm, Bob Prittie Library, Metrotown, 6100 Willingdon Avenue, For admission, if possible, please bring one non-perishable food item for donation.

Join the Green Ideas Network (www.greenideasnetwork.org) and Burnaby Food First (http://burnabyfoodfirst.blogspot.ca) for the screening of two films about growing food, community and sustainability.  "The Sharing Farm" (14 min) is directed by Michael Gazetas and Keith Berhman, The Sharing Farm tells the story of a small group of determined volunteers and grandmothers whose fruit tree sharing project grew to include a community garden on some unused agricultural land.  "Edible City" (70 min) (www.ediblecitymovie.com) is a fun, fast-paced, documentary film that tells the stories of extraordinary people who are digging their hands into the dirt, working to transform their communities and doing something truly revolutionary: growing local Good Food systems that are socially just, environmentally sound, and economically resilient.  "Edible City" captures the inspirational spirit of a movement that's making real change - from edible education to grassroots activism to building local economies - and finding solutions to monumental problems.


Car Trunk Sale - Environment Week Edition

Saturday, June 7, 9am to 1pm, Bill Copeland Sports Centre

Call 604-297-4521 to register as a seller.  Admission is free for buyers.  More information.

CANCELLED - Neighbourhood Flea Market

Saturday, June 7, 9am to 1pm, Willingdon Community Centre, 1491 Carleton Avenue, just off of Gilmore Avenue and Douglas Road

The Environment Week Neighbourhood Flea Market encourages waste reduction and reuse of children's clothes, toys and other items.


Uncover Your Creeks: Citizen Science, Evergreen BC

Saturday, June 14, 10am to noon, Jim Lorimer Park, near Gilmore SkyTrain Station

Evergreen BC delivers the Uncover Your Creek Program (http://uncoveryourcreeks.ca) on the second Saturday of the month, March through August.  The program encourages Burnaby residents to participate in stream stewardship and the growing movement of 'citizen scientists' who are monitoring their streams and watersheds across North America.  Join Evergreen and learn about ecology and receive hands on training for managing invasive plants, planting native plants and monitoring water quality in Chub Creek.  Gloves, tools and refreshments provided.


Bike to Work Week, May 26 to June 1

This annual event takes place across Metro Vancouver and is organized by HUB (formerly the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition). Burnaby residents are encouraged to take part and win prizes! Registration details to follow.

Commuter Challenge, June 1 to 7

Hosted by Better Environmentally Sound Transportation, (BEST), Burnaby residents are encouraged to try an alternative mode of transportation for travelling to work at least once during this week, such as public transit, bicycle, car-pooling, or e-commuting. Register as an individual or your workplace. More information at www.commuterchallengebc.ca.