You probably drive by them daily. This Sunday you can check out Alouette River and Kanaka Creek close up, as Maple Ridge’s two river conservation groups celebrate Ridge Meadows Rivers Day.
The event coincides with World Rivers Day that marks a global acknowledgement of the role rivers play across the planet.
At the Rivers Heritage Centre at the north end of 248th Street, starting at 11 a.m., there will be live entertainment, a barbecue lunch, enviro displays and games and crafts.
“For the first time, Tim Horton’s Community Cruiser will be on hand to provide coffee, hot chocolate and treats, and the Metro Vancouver Water Wagon will be out “talking tap” water, says the Alouette River Management Society.
For young fishers, the fishing pond will also be back so kids can try to catch a rainbow trout. The event is free except for tickets need for the food and games.
Closer to town, the Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society, Metro Vancouver Parks and Bell-Irving Hatchery will be hosting Kanaka Connections at Kanaka Creek Regional Park, at the Riverfront section on Lougheed Highway at the Haney Bypass.
Voyageur canoe tours to the Fraser River along with stewardship displays will be part of the family event.
Kanaka Connections also starts at 11 a.m and both events run until 3 p.m. Admission is free. Call 604-970-8404.