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Environment Week

Environment Week logoBurnaby Environment Week is a week long program of environmentally-themed community activities held in early June to coincide with Canadian Environment Week and United Nations World Environment Day on June 5. The City and our community partners aim to deliver activities that are family oriented, informative and encourage community participation.

Schedule of Events — June 2 to June 10, 2018

Free events! Pre-registration is required for some of the activities listed below.

Hats Off Day crowd

Pop-up Activity at Hats Off Day

June 2, 9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Burnaby Heights

Hats Off Day is Burnaby’s largest street festival. It is organized by the Heights Merchants Association. Visit the festival and look for the City’s Environment Week display to learn about ecological restoration projects and examples of environmental sustainability in the City of Burnaby.

Still Creek Watershed Tour

Still Creek Watershed Bicycle Tour

June 3, 9:30-11:30 AM
Departing from Renfrew Skytrain Station in Vancouver, ends at Burnaby City Hall
This guided bicycle tour along the Central Valley Greenway and urban trails is presented by Still Moon Arts Society and the City of Burnaby. Learn the history of Still Creek and environmental enhancement projects at stops along the way. Registration required, space is limited. Contact the Planning Department at 604-294-7420 to register.

Burnaby Lake

Mandarin Language Nature Tour of Burnaby Lake Regional Park

June 3, 3:00-5:00 PM
Meet at the Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue

This tour is presented by the Green Club (Joseph Lin) and will consist of a guided nature walk, in the Mandarin language, on trails within Burnaby Lake Regional Park. Participants will learn about the ecology of Burnaby Lake and the plants and animals that live there.

Deer Lake Canoeing

Guided Canoe Trips on Deer Lake

June 5 - Sorry, both sessions are full
Session 1: 6:00-7:00 PM
Barcode 472702
Session 2: 7:15-8:15 PM Barcode 472703 
Meet at Deer Lake Park, parking lot off of Sperling Avenue
Pre-registration required. Trips are for ages 10 years and older; children aged 10 to 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and waivers must be signed by all participants (parent must sign for those under 19 years old). To register, contact any Burnaby Recreation Centre, or visit www.burnaby.ca/webreg and use the barcodes noted above.

Farmers Market

Pop-up Activity at Burnaby Artisan Farmers’ Market

June 9, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
Burnaby City Hall, 4949 Canada Way

The market will host an enviro-festival! Look for the Environment Week display along with several other environmental exhibitors. The Burnaby Artisan Farmers' Market takes place in the north parking lot of City Hall, Saturdays from May through October.


Eco-Centre Open House

June 9, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
4855 Still Creek Drive

Learn about what we accept, where materials go, and help close the loop on food scraps recycling by picking up a free bag of compost. Limit of two bags of compost per residential property (proof of Burnaby residency required). Limited supplies available first come, first served.

Car Trunk Sale

Car Trunk Sale

June 9, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
Bill Copeland Sports Centre, 3676
Kensington Avenue
This annual event encourages waste reduction by promoting reuse of ordinary household items. Shop for bargains and treasures! Free admission for buyers.

Wild About Burnaby Lake

Wild About Burnaby Lake

June 10, 12:00-4:00 PM
Meet at Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion, 6871 Roberts Street

Learn how to bring more nature to Burnaby with free workshops, invasive species pulls and exhibits by environmental stewardship partners. Cash only charity barbecue provided by the Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society. For more information, visit www.burnabylakepark.ca or view the event poster.


Great Blue Heron Colony Tour

Sorry, this event is now full
June 10, 8:00-10:00 AM
Meet at the Shadbolt Centre of the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue

Registration is required. Experience Burnaby’s great blue heron colony at the height of the season. Join us for a talk and tour to view these incredible birds at Deer Lake Park. A species at risk in BC, the Pacific great blue heron is usually very sensitive to human disturbance, but this colony has formed right in the heart of the city. Learn more about the triumphs and trials that the heron families face throughout the season through a short indoor presentation and then get a firsthand look at the nesting birds on a tour of the colony. Bring binoculars if you have them. 

Travel "Green" During Environment Week

Bike to Work Week

May 28 to June 3
Bike to Work Week is a community event promoted across Metro Vancouver by HUB Cycling. Burnaby residents and workplaces are encouraged to participate by registering online and recording commutes to work. There are many prizes for participating, including a grand prize of a trip for 2 to Portugal! Logging your trips online also helps HUB Cycling work with the City of Burnaby and other local governments to improve cycling infrastructure.

Commuter Challenge

June 3 to June 9
The Commuter Challenge, brought to you by BEST - Better Environmentally Sound Transportation, is a fun and friendly competition between individuals and workplaces that encourages active transportation and takes place across Canada. Participants take transit, ride share, car share, walk, cycle or work from home. By tracking their commutes online, participants see their total number of CO2 emissions avoided, fuel saved and calories burned. Find out how to register. Log your commutes and be eligible to win some great prizes.

Please note: The City-wide Garage Sale event will not be taking place in 2018. We thank you for your participation over the years.

Have any questions? Contact the City of Burnaby Planning Department at 604-294-7400 or planning@burnaby.ca.