Celebrate our local waterways at World Rivers Day
Join us for this free family-friendly event and learn about our local waterways and restoration efforts to help protect these environments. Activities include demonstrations, displays, tours, activities, crafts and live entertainment.
If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and contribute to ecosystem restoration of our creeks and streams, sign up to volunteer for an invasive plant pull at Burnaby Village Museum! We’re partnering with the Lower Mainland Green Team to remove invasive English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry from the stream on the museum grounds.
In 1980, Burnaby resident and river conservationist, Mark Angelo, founded BC Rivers Day in an effort to raise awareness about the importance that rivers play in our environments as well as the need for better river management to protect these vital resources.
In 1993, the City of Burnaby was the first municipality in BC to proclaim BC Rivers Day. Since then, the City works with community partners to host an annual community event.
Thousands of Canadians now celebrate each year making this Canada’s largest river appreciation event. In 2005, the United Nations established World Rivers Day which is now a global event to celebrate rivers each year on the fourth Sunday of every September.
“Rivers are the arteries of our planet; they are lifelines in the truest sense.” – Mark Angelo
Mark Angelo, a Burnaby resident, is the founder of BC Rivers Day and World Rivers Day. He is an avid river conservationist and has been recognized by his effort throughout Canada, receiving awards, recognitions and even the Order of Canada for his river conservation efforts.
The Burnaby Streamkeeper and stewardship groups are dedicated to protecting Burnaby’s waterways and watersheds. These committed group of volunteers dedicate their time to monitor, enhance and advocate for the protection of waterways as well as adjacent streamside riparian areas that support aquatic life.
Do you want to be a steward of your watershed or find out where to watch the salmon spawn?
Check out the Burnaby Streamkeepers program page to see a list of active streamkeeper groups to contact for more information.