Burnaby World Rivers Day is a day to celebrate our local waterways, increase community awareness of their importance to our ecosystems and encourage conservation through improved stewardship.
This year, celebrate World Rivers Day by:
- taking part in an ecosystem restoration event
- exploring local streams, rivers and lakes while staying on marked trails
- learning about the important indigenous history of Burnaby
Ecosystem restoration event
Led by Lower Mainland Green Team
Event date: September 25 and 26
Time: 11:45 am-3 pm
Location: Ron McLean Park | Map
Join the Lower Mainland Green Team and the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society in removing invasive plant species in the Byrne Creek watershed. Participants will get hands on experience in identifying invasive plant species and learning techniques on their removal. Events are free but registration is required. All ages and experience levels are welcome.
Explore streams, rivers and lakes
Did you know that Burnaby has over 90 creeks, two lakes, and a river within its geographic boundaries? Print or download the Waterways of Burnaby Map to learn about the creeks, rivers and lakes in your neighbourhood.
Please note: if you are exploring Burnaby’s waterways, remember to always stay on marked trails to avoid damaging the natural vegetation next to streams.
Burnaby recognizes the importance of environmentally sensitive areas and works with developments to enhance streamside habitat, daylight sections of formerly piped creeks, remove invasive plant species and plant native vegetation to support biodiversity. Check out our interactive ecosystem restoration map for some examples of successful projects that have been completed through community development.
Burnaby’s streams, rivers and lakes play an important role in providing healthy, thriving ecosystems that support a vast diversity of life. Learn about the essential function waterways have in nature and how restoration efforts can bring back salmon to spawn by watching the short films below.
Watch as Mark Angelo engages children from Burnaby’s Gilpin Elementary School with nature and demonstrates the importance of protecting their local environments.
Learn how the installation of the Cariboo Dam Fish Ladder, along with improved fish habitat, has resulted in the return of salmon to the Brunette River and Stoney Creek.
This short film features the story of the preservation of the Brunette River and how its restoration has brought salmon back to the river to spawn.
This short film features the story of the historic modifications to Burnaby Lake and how the lake was saved through restoration efforts, public awareness, and education.
Dedicated members of our community volunteer their time to monitor, enhance and advocate for the protection of Burnaby’s waterways and aquatic life that they support. Burnaby recognizes and thanks these vital stewardship groups for their continuous hard work and commitment to conserving our ecosystems for generations to come.
Contact the Planning Department to see how you can join your nearest Streamkeeper group.
In 1980, Mark Angelo, Burnaby resident and river conservationist, founded BC Rivers Day in an effort to raise awareness about the important value that rivers play in our environments as well as the need for better river management to protect these vital resources. Thousands of Canadians now celebrate each year, making this Canada’s largest river appreciation event.
The City of Burnaby is proud to have been the first municipality to recognize BC River’s day in 1993 and has teamed with our community partners every year since to deliver a community festival.
Read the Indigenous History in Burnaby Resource Guide to learn about the historic use of Burnaby’s waterways by the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwxw̱ú7mesh speaking peoples.
Listen to the live Neighbourhood Speaker Series webinar, The Legend of Deer Lake and Indigenous Histories of Burnaby by John Preissl, who shares stories of the Legend of Deer Lake, traditional gathering practices in the Burnaby Lake Watershed and more.
The Cariboo Heights Forest Preservation Society advocates and educates for the preservation of a large second growth forest, located south of the Brunette River and between North road and Cariboo Road. Much of this forest is currently zoned for development. Significant for its local history and diversity of native plants and wildlife, this forest is a sanctuary for both people and nature.
Fours small creeks drain from the forest into the Brunette River, The forest is the last natural unprotected area in the Brunette River watershed and is critical for maintaining water quality for fish such as juvenile coho, endangered Coastal Cutthroat trout and Nootsack Dace.
Learn more about us:
Silver Creek Streamkeepers (SCS) is a small but dedicated community volunteer group committed to protecting, preserving and enhancing our salmon-bearing stream and the habitat it provides for fish, birds and other wildlife. Silver Creek is a small stream that has its headwaters on the campus of Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Burnaby and flows through protected and residential areas, light industrial and commercial areas, draining into the Brunette River which then flows to the Fraser River and on to the Pacific Ocean. It is home to several species of salmon, cutthroat trout and the endangered Western Painted Turtle. SCS was formed in 2002, and the group has two core members (Ed and Nancy von Euw) and several additional volunteers from time to time as needed and available.
Our normal stream-keeping activities include monitoring water quality and stream health, alerting City of Burnaby staff of any water quality concerns, invasive plant removal (e.g., himalayan blackberry, ivy), planting of native plants (e.g., ferns, cedar trees), removal of fish passage obstructions (e.g., beaver dams, blocked culverts), removal of garbage and debris and spawning salmon counting. In addition to the work within Silver Creek, SCS also assists Oceans and Fisheries Canada with the operation of the fish ladder, fish counter and fish trap (for the local hatchery) at Cariboo Dam located on the Brunette River just below its confluence with Silver Creek.
SCS collaborates regularly with other organizations such as the Stoney Creek Environmental Committee (e.g., the annual streamkeepers roundtable), Fisheries and Oceans Canada (e.g., juvenile fish release, operation of fish ladder at Cariboo Dam), City of Burnaby (e.g., review of development initiatives that may impact the stream such as the gondola at SFU, TransMountain Pipeline tank farm), SFU and UBC (various research projects).
To learn more about us:
- email: [email protected]
The Stoney Creek Environment Committee (SCEC) is a registered non-profit society under BC Nature, dedicated to protecting, preserving and enhancing the natural habitat and wildlife of the Stoney Creek watershed.
The SCEC has been active since 1995, and for years was guided by the tireless efforts of Jennifer Atchison, whose energy and passion continue to inspire and drive the group’s activities today.
Our projects and partnerships bring together a community of volunteers to:
- preserve Stoney Creek as a showcase of urban salmon-bearing streams
- maintain the water and habitat quality for both the fish and wildlife of the area
- raise public awareness of natural urban corridors and to bring people and nature together
- provide opportunities for environmental education in the outdoor classroom that is Stoney Creek
- promote partnership between the various stakeholders who are active in the area
You can also find the SCEC hosting and attending community events such as the Great Salmon Send-Off and BC Rivers Day. Our video features Luka, a twelve-year old member of the SCEC. You can learn more about Luka on his YouTube channel and the following article.
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