Rivers Day Returns After Four Year Hiatus
Prince George, B.C. – It’s a province-wide celebration and its returning to Prince George next month.
BC Rivers Day will take place September 25 at Cottonwood Island Park from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. It’s been organized by the Spruce City Wildlife Association (SCWA), Recycling and Environmental Action Planning Society (REAPS), and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).
The event was formally known as the BC Rivers Day Music Festival and ran from 2000 to 2012 before running its course.
“It kind of petered out because volunteers moved away, interest from volunteers helping on the committee kind of died off,” says Terri McClymont, executive director at REAPS.
“So we’re really excited to resurrect it and this is going to be a celebration of our rivers and since we’re on the Fraser and Nechako it’s a great opportunity to get down there and see how we interact with the rivers recreationally and stewardship wise.”
That means the festivities will have less emphasis on music and instead focus on the importance of water and what it does for us.
“Local First Nations will be officially opening the ceremonies for us and there will be events up the Nechako River which will end up at our fish hatchery,” says SCWA president Steve Hamilton. “It’ll be an all-ages event. Families are more than welcome and encouraged.”
He says some of the events include a fly fishing lesson, First Nations storytelling, displays, and children’s arts activities.
For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/riversday.