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A River Runs Through Us

“It is wonderful to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw,

not because she is Canada

but because she’s something sublime that you were born into,

some great rugged power that you are a part of.”

-Emily Carr

Sometimes, in the bustle and hustle of our daily routines, we occasionally forget we live in one of the most environmentally charged countries on the planet. Just behind those coastal mountains, that we often take for granted, are a host of diverse habitats teeming with untamed wildlife and vibrant ecosystems. Supporting them are river systems that run into three separate oceans and carry, what is soon to be the worlds most sought after resource, across North America. The water from this network feeds life into our forests, provides us with drink and powers our cities. These rivers are the veins of life that carry our Canadian blood to every corner of our country.

"Mount Cheam and the Fraser River" by EJ Hughes

On September 26th, British Columbia will be celebrating BC Rivers Day, a day to acknowledge the mighty power, fluid beauty and environmentally vital traits of the river systems contained in British Columbia.

This is the 30th year BC will be celebrating this event. Activities have been planned across the province for this Sunday.

Here are a few of the events taking place around the Lower Mainland:

Langley

BC Rivers Day Festival – live music and interactive displays including salmon habitat demos, streamside tree-planting and  bird house building.

Location: Williams Park

Time: 11 am to 4 pm

North Vancouver

World Rivers Day – educational outing at the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. Focus is on salmon in the Seymour Valley.

Location: Rice Lake Gate

Time: 10 am to 2 pm

Port Coquitlam

Rivers and Trails Festival – organized trail ride through Peace Park, community displays, local entertainment and boat building.

Location: Peace Park (1470 Kebet Way)

Time: 12 pm to 4 pm

If none of these activities attract you, grab a group of friends or some family and head up to the mountains on your own. Find a stream or major waterway and spend 15 minutes or more admiring its environmental impact. We guarantee the experience will renew your appreciation for Canada’s river systems.

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