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Celebrate World Rivers Day at Burnaby Village Museum

With more than 90 unique waterways, Burnaby is the perfect setting for a World Rivers Day event that celebrates our watersheds and highlights the need to protect and enhance our local rivers and streams.

The 2019 World Rivers Day celebration is at the Burnaby Village Museum on September 22, and the theme is “Waterways in our Community.”

Families will have the chance learn about stream stewardship from local experts through hands-on activities in Deer Lake Brook. The brook runs through the museum property, connecting Deer Lake with Burnaby Lake, and is one of Burnaby’s most ecologically sensitive waterways. The fun continues all afternoon with performances by Juno-nominated GinaLina and ventriloquist Kellie Haines, as well as a crafts area where kids can create a delicate fish windsock.

It all started here

World Rivers Day is now celebrated by millions of people each year in more than 70 countries worldwide, but not everyone knows that it started right here in Burnaby. Renowned conservationist and Burnaby resident Mark Angelo started BC Rivers Day in 1980, and later expanded it and transformed it into the international event we now know as World Rivers Day. 

Since then, the efforts of Angelo, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, hundreds of local volunteer streamkeepers, and effective stream protection and enhancement policy from the City of Burnaby, salmon have returned to Burnaby’s streams and creeks. As Angelo has always emphasized: “Never give up on any waterway.”

“Burnaby’s rivers and streams represent an incredible natural legacy that we can all be proud of,” said Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley. “World Rivers Day is an excellent opportunity for people to learn to protect our waterways now and for the future.”

Full schedule of World Rivers Day events and activities in Burnaby: World Rivers Day 

For more information contact:
Mark Sloat
Environmental Planner, Planning & Building
604-297-7530 | mark.sloat@burnaby.ca

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