Celebrating BC and World Rivers Day: September 21-24
Established in 1980, BC Rivers Day is a province-wide event that attracts hundreds of thousands of people to more than 100 local events each year. The success of this event in British Columbia led to the establishment of World Rivers Day in 2005, and on the last weekend of September, countries worldwide will come together to celebrate the many values of our waterways.
In 2003, the Fraser River Discovery Centre hosted its first festival on the New Westminster riverfront in honour of the Fraser River. Since its inception, the festival has continued to grow steadily with new and exciting components that highlight and celebrate the environmental, economic, and socio-cultural importance of the Fraser River.
Thursday, September 22 the FRDC will host the Canadian Premiere of YAKONA, a Paul Collins and Anlo Sepulveda film. YAKONA tells the story of Texas’s San Marcos River and its relationship with the world around it. The film previously debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014 and has won five awards since its release. For more information check out the YAKONA tab.
Friday, September 23 the Fraser River Discovery Centre will host the unveiling of the 2016 *click* photos of the fraser exhibit. The *click* exhibit will be accompanied by the Living, Working River Art Exhibition. More information about the exhibit can be found under the *click* tab.
On Saturday, September 24, the 14th edition of RiverFest will deck out the boardwalk with art; historical, environmental and conservation exhibits; engaging activities in the Bosa Family Fun Zone; the famous Lucille Johnstone Workboat Parade; and live music overlooking the beautiful Fraser River.
Presented by Port of Vancouver, RiverFest is a FREE family-friendly festival, and a great way to enjoy a beautiful fall day along the mighty Fraser River. Visit the Schedule of Events page for up-to-date information and a complete list of activities and events that will be happening throughout the festival on Saturday, September 24th.
We wish to advise everyone attending RiverFest 2016 that staff and volunteer photographers will be snapping pictures and taking videos of all the fun everyone is having throughout the festival. Selected images will be used in promotional materials of future RiverFest events. Thank you for your support, and don't forget to bring your biggest smile!
How to Get Here
Festival goers are encouraged to take public transit, walk, or bike to the event. The Westminster Quay Boardwalk is just a quick 5-minute walk from the New Westminster skytrain station.
Need to drive? There will be free parking in the City’s Multi-level Parkade during RiverFest on Saturday, accessible off Columbia at 4th Street. Alternatively, the Rotary Club will be collecting donations for parking in the Inn at the Quay/River Market west parking lot.