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Environment Week

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

The 2021 Burnaby Environment Week will be from Sunday, May 30 to Saturday, June 5. To align with the Provincial Public Health Order on social distancing, there will be no public gatherings held this year. 

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

Environment Week Events

Burnaby Repair Café

Saturday, June 5
10 AM-12 PM

Broken? Let’s fix it! A Repair Café, traditionally held in-person, is a community event where the public can learn how to repair broken household items with guidance from experienced volunteers in a variety of different fields. The goal of Repair Cafés are to promote environmental sustainability and to divert waste from the landfill by repairing and reusing household items, as opposed to throwing them away. 

Due to COVID-19, the in-person event has been modified to be delivered virtually through the Zoom video conferencing platform. The virtual format of the event will provide an opportunity for community interaction and collaboration while giving participants the chance to repair their household items under the guidance of repair experts. Some examples of broken household items that participants can bring to the virtual event include electronics, small appliances, textiles, jewelry, woodwork and bikes.

The virtual Repair Café is free but registration is required. Please see the Metro Vancouver Repair Café website for more information.

Nature Walks 

Celebrate Environment week by enjoying a guided walk through the beauty of Burnaby’s park spaces! Socially-distanced nature walks are back and available this week through our WebReg system. 

Deer Lake Heron's Colony
Sunday, May 30, 10:30AM-12 PM | 16+
Fee: $5
Register online 

Since 2005, Great Blue Herons have returned annually to the Deer Lake Rookery, where many young are raised amidst the challenges of human disturbance, habitat loss, and eagle predation. Join Dannie Piezas from the Stanley Park Ecology Society on this guided walk to view this modern-day dinosaur and its local habitat. Bring your own binoculars!

Get to Know Local Plants
Saturday, June 5, 10 AM-12 PM | 16+
Fee: $5
Register online 

Walk around Deer Lake with Tasha Murray of the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver, and discover the native and introduced plants found at Deer Lake Park and around Burnaby. Deer Lake Park’s special features will also be highlighted on this walk. Participants must be able to walk 4 km; the event runs rain or shine so please dress appropriately for the weather. Please bring water and any plant guides you may have.

Go By Bike Week 

Monday, May 31 – Sunday, June 6

Go by Bike Week (formerly Bike to Work Week) is a week long event that encourages everyone to ride their bike anywhere and everywhere. To align with Provincial Health Orders, there will be no in-person stations this year as the event will be fully digital. Teams can be created online with trips and kilometers tracked through the Go By Bike Week website for a chance to win some great prizes. 

The Commuter Challenge

Sunday, May 30 – Saturday, June 5 

The Commuter Challenge is a separate week long competition that encourages the use of other modes of transportation, other than single occupancy vehicles. The Commuter Challenge provides metrics for your sustainable commute, such as distance travelled and greenhouse gas emissions avoided. Individuals, employees or workplaces can register to track their environmental impact on the Commuter Challenge website with prizes awarded for teams and individuals.  

Eco-Sculpture Display 

Burnaby’s Eco-Sculpture program brings together communities with art, education, environmental awareness and horticulture while fostering appreciation and long-term support for Burnaby Parks. The theme for the Environment Week eco-sculpture is “Swimming Salmon,” to bring awareness to Burnaby’s salmon-bearing watercourses and to encourage stewardship for the conservation of our creeks, streams, rivers and lakes. The eco-sculpture display will be installed at City Hall from May 30 through to the end of September.