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