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Celebrate Rivers Day at the Village on Sunday
At the main entrance to the Burnaby Village Museum, a wooden bridge crosses a beautiful brook.
Visitors often stop to enjoy the sounds of the water, and to watch for wildlife.
They are looking at Deer Lake Brook, the only outflow of Deer Lake, and the only connection between Deer Lake and Burnaby Lake.
The creek supports a diversity of wildlife, from crayfish to herons, and even salmon. In 2012, salmon came from the Fraser River, through the Brunette River to Burnaby Lake, and from Burnaby Lake through Deer Lake Brook to Deer Lake. Hundreds of adult salmon returned to spawn in the creeks around Deer Lake, thanks to many habitat restoration projects over the past two decades.
A celebration of Burnaby’s rivers and streams will be held this Sunday, Sept. 29, when the Village is hosting World Rivers Day.
Burnaby was the first local government to formally proclaim BC Rivers Day, a provincial event that started back in 1980. In 2004, BC Rivers Day went on to become World Rivers Day, an international event that includes more than 60 countries.
The event at the Burnaby Village Museum is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Activities include live music, crafts, and demonstrations. The “Nylon Zoo” will lead children in dress-up, parades, and interactive storytelling inside a large inflatable fish. The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC will be operating an artificial fish pond for visitors, while staff from the Vancouver Aquarium invite visitors to explore live touch pools. The Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society has a live bird display planned.
City staff and volunteers will provide information about Burnaby waterways, parks, and wildlife. Conservation groups including the Stanley Park Ecological Society, North Shore Black Bear Society, and the Coastal Painted Turtle Group will also have displays and information.
The Burnaby Village Museum is located at 6501 Deer Lake Ave. For more information about the event, call 604-297-4565, or visit the museum’s website at www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca.
Lisa Codd is curator at Burnaby Village Museum.