BC Rivers Day: Creating Waves of Change

Since 1980, thousands of British Columbians have celebrated BC Rivers Day on the fourth Sunday of September each year, making it Canada’s largest river appreciation event. 

Recreation clubs, conservation organizations, community groups, schools, local governments and others come together each year to host events throughout the province that both celebrate and build public awareness for British Columbia's waterways. 

Our waterways are incredibly important, yet rivers and freshwater ecosystems are among the most at-risk ecosystems on the planet. They are threatened by urbanization, pollution, industrial development, invasive species, damming, excessive water extraction and climate change. BC Rivers Day is a much-needed day to help increase community awareness about our local waterways through celebration, making a difference for clean water, rivers and communities across British Columbia.

Danielle, our BC Organizer, was able to attend the Quw'utsun Sta'lo' Skweyul / Cowichan River Day, taking place on Cowichan Tribes' land. The Quw’utsun River is the heartbeat of the Cowichan People since time immemorial and is a provincially and nationally designated heritage river. Attendees were able to learn about the river through story-telling, Tzinquaw Dancers, Cowichan Tribes Culture, Pacific NW Raptor birds and fun hands-on activities, including one run by Danielle!

Danielle's table at the Quw’utsun River event, where she shared information about CodeBlue BC, our plan to secure and sustain BC's fresh water sources forever.

Highlights of the stories people told when asked about their home waters. 

The Cowichan Fish Hatchery at work in the river.

Biologists hard at work. 

Attendees exploring the river via canoe. 

Folks enjoying the event. 

Our watersheds are the source of our health, well-being and natural wealth. Join the thousands of British Columbians who are taking action to ensure they're potected today for our children and for our grandchildren. Visit codebluebc.ca for more information.