BC Rivers Day | Endangered Rivers

37th annual BC Rivers Day celebrated on September 24th 2017


Communities all over British Columbia celebrated BC Rivers Day this year. To see all the great events and celebrations of rivers, click on the "Find an Event" option above.

Thousands of British Columbians celebrate BC Rivers Day on the last Sunday in September each year, making it Canada's largest river appreciation event.

BC Rivers Day generates public awareness about British Columbia's waterways. Recreational clubs, conservation organizations, community groups, schools, and local governments host BC Rivers Day events across the province.

ORC has seen the event grow exponentially over the past 30 years. This growth can be attributed to British Columbians' growing concern for the state of local waterways.

BC Rivers Day provides a positive opportunity for diverse groups to show why BC waterways are important. Planned events celebrate the following river values:

cultural  •  ecological  •  historical  •  aesthetic  •  recreational

Past Rivers Day events include:

  • River Clean-ups
  • Riverside nature walks
  • School projects
  • Community festivals
  • Habitat enhancement
  • Paddle trips Art exhibitions

This year's BC Rivers Day coincides with World Rivers Day. Click here to find out more about this initiative.


Mark Angelo, Founder of BC Rivers Day, ORC Rivers Chair

MARK ANGELO is a renowned river conservationist, paddler, teacher, and writer. Mark is the former head of the BCIT Fish, Wildlife, and Recreation Program and is broadly viewed as one of North America’s preeminent river conservationists. Mark is the Rivers Chair of ORC and founder of BC Rivers Day. In 2001, Mark received his country’s highest honour, the Order of Canada, for his river conservation efforts both at home and abroad and in the same year, took Rivers Day to the national level. Among his other honours are the Order of British Columbia, the National Recreational Fisheries Award, and Canada’s National River Conservation Award.

Thank you to the Sponsors of past River's Day Celebrations
Pacific Salmon Foundation



Rivers Day exhibit in
Burnaby's Foreshore Park


Learn about rivers
from ORC

Garbage collected
from an urban stream

To find out more information on BC Rivers Day, and how you can get involved, check out the following links: