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FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010

Weekend Adventurer: Celebrate British Columbia's Rivers and Waterways

March 14th is the International Day of Action for Rivers which creates awareness for the plight of rivers around the World - enjoy the beauty of British Columbia's regional, provincial and national parks which strive to protect creeks, streams and rivers for our future generations and are a large part of the history of the Province and its exploration.

British Columbia is home to Canada's tenth largest waterway, the Fraser River as well as several hundred other creeks, rivers, streams, ponds and lakes that offer fish, fresh water and other benefits which we depend on and enjoy. March 14th is International Day of Action for Rivers where the World celebrates its waterways and works to protect them.British Columbia's many rivers add to the beauty of the province and provide energy, food and water to hundreds of communities.

British Columbia has done much work to preserve the headwaters of its major rivers as well as many creeks and streams which wind their way down from our surrounding mountains. Why not spend the day visiting some of these beautiful parks:

  • Capilano River Regional Park in North Vancouver
  • Lynn Headwaters Park (and Lynn Canyon Park) in North Vancouver
  • Kanaka Creek Regional Park in Maple Ridge
  • Pitt Lake Region in Pitt Meadows
  • Stave Lake and Region in Mission

New projects to encourage fish populations in our local streams are also an important initiative and the Lower Mainland has several fish hatcheries which are open to visitors to enjoy such as the Capilano River Fish Hatchery in North Vancouver, the Bell Irving Fish Hatchery in Kanaka Creek Regional Park in Maple Ridge and the Old Stanley Park Zoo Hatchery with information boards following the stream from the hatching tank to the Seawall where it empties out into the Burrard Inlet.

Also check out New Westminster, its riverside boardwalk with interesting information on the Fraser River, its importance and history as well as the nearby Fraser River Discovery Centre which is the best place to learn about British Columbia's longest river which flows 1,375 km from Mt. Robson to the Pacific Ocean.

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