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World Rivers Day

Burnaby Celebration 2013

World Rivers Day is a global event celebrating rivers in Canada and around the world. 2013 will be the 9th anniversary of World Rivers Day and 33rd annual Rivers Day in BC.

When: September 29, 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM (opening ceremony at 1:00 PM)
Location: Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Avenue
Directions & Parking: Getting here

Did you know that Deer Lake Brook, one of Burnaby’s many ecologically significant streams, flows right through the museum grounds? You are invited to join us to learn more about Burnaby’s natural heritage, as well as other environmentally themed programs and initiatives from the city and members of the community.

This is a FREE community event for families and people of all ages. All of the regular museum displays and facilities will be open, including the carousel ($2.21 per ride).

View the Detailed Programming Schedule and Description of Burnaby World Rivers Day participants.


The following activities specific to World Rivers Day are planned:

Live Music

by Headwater and Celticalia

The Nylon Zoo

The Nylon Zoo is a choreographed participatory event— kids become the dancers and performers! Fly like a bird, hop as a frog or rabbit, twirl in a rainbow cape, swim like a fish. It's an interactive story event as children and parents enter a giant, inflatable storytelling theatre.

Learn to Fish! with the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC (FFSBC) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to the enhancement and conservation of BC's freshwater fish resources for the benefit of the public. The Society delivers the provincial fish stocking program to support sport fishing, offers a range of conservation services to protect wild fish, and promotes the importance of sport fishing and fish conservation to the public.

Led by staff from the FFSBC, children can try and fish for live rainbow trout in the artificial pond set up on the museum grounds. Participants will learn about fishing techniques, proper fish handling and ethics, and the connection between streams and rivers, fish habitat and the fish we eat.

Vancouver Aquarium, Aquazone Community Program

Join Vancouver Aquarium educators in an interactive display exploring artifacts and live animals (in ‘touch’ tubs) living in marine habitats of BC’s coast. Discover connections between yourself, aquatic life and the environment.

Make Vintage Fish Hats with the Stream of Dreams Murals Society

The Stream of Dreams Murals Society provides environmental education and is noted for its award-winning watershed education through community art program “fish on fences” — helping people understand the connection between themselves and the watershed in which they live.

Make a Vintage Fish Hats! Kids can pencil crayon designs on the double fish and decorate them with salmon life cycle stickers. Stream of Dreams staples the tail together to make a cool hat which can be proudly worn to all the other great events of the day!

O.W.L. Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society

The Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society is a non-profit organization whose volunteers are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned birds of prey.

A live bird display is planned. Details coming soon….

Eco-sculptures Display

Eco-sculpture is a modern form of horticulture also known as “topiary.” Rather than relying on stone and chisel, eco-sculptors create art from nature. Recognizing a unique opportunity, the City of Burnaby is taking the lead in bringing eco-sculpture to the West Coast through installations and workshops.

Eco Village (Village)

Stroll through our tent village of interactive, community displays. Learn about your natural environment by talking to members of local community partners and City staff.

City of Burnaby

Meet staff from the City’s Engineering, Planning and Parks departments and learn more about local streams and rivers in Burnaby, the city’s recycling and water conservation programs and invasive species management programs. You can also receive an update about the development of the City’s new Environmental Sustainability Strategy.

Byrne Creek Streamkeepers

These volunteers monitor the health of Byrne Creek that drains a large urban watershed along the south slope of Burnaby, BC, runs through a beautiful ravine park and spawning habitat, and into the Fraser River. Streamkeepers help maintain the creek through community projects and public education, and monitor its rejuvenated populations of coho salmon, chum salmon and cutthroat trout.

Burnaby Lake Park Association

The Burnaby Lake Park Association (BLPA) is dedicated to preserving, protecting and enhancing the Park’s natural environment, while advocating respect, appreciation and enjoyment of the park’s natural attributes and recreational resources. This regional park, right in the heart of Burnaby, is a place to reconnect with the natural world without leaving the city. The area is a stunning wildlife sanctuary where birdwatchers regularly spot great blue herons, bald eagles, belted kingfishers, osprey and even rarer birds such as the small green-backed heron.

North Shore Black Bear Society

The aim of the North Shore Black Bear Society is to reduce human-bear encounters through education, cooperation, and community support.

Coastal Painted Turtle Group

Conducting recovery activities and engaging in stewardship for the Endangered Western Painted Turtle on the South Coast of BC, this group has recently undertaken an enhancement project on Deer Lake Brook, which flows through the museum grounds.

Stanley Park Ecological Society

Co-Existing with Coyotes is a Stanley Park Ecological Society program that aims to reduce conflict between people, pets and coyotes. Their relatively recent arrival to Vancouver brought an increase in human contact with coyotes, leaving a great need for public awareness. Established in 2001, in cooperation with the Vancouver Park Board and BC’s Ministry of Environment, it is the longest standing coyote co-existence program in North America, and continues to grow and serve people, pets, and coyotes through public and school presentations, park signage, brochures and an information phone line answered seven days a week.

Co-Existing with Coyotes Coordinator, Dan Straken, will lead an interpretive walk around our very own Deer Lake Brook in the Village.