Kamloops, B.C. - The City of Kamloops is celebrating the 9th Annual Kamloops World Rivers Day on Sunday, September 24, in Riverside Park.
World Rivers Day is a free family event, running from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. This year’s activities will include arts and crafts, free face painting, a fishing pond, interactive booths, a bouncy castle for the kids, and games with the Customer Care and Patrol Team. There will also be local entertainment such as hoop dancing performances and a magic show. The shoreline cleanup will begin at 11:00 am, with the help of the ASK Wellness Society.
World Rivers Day is an opportunity to increase our awareness of water-related issues. The event promotes core values associated with sustainability, conservation, and river stewardship. World Rivers Day reminds us to appreciate the rivers that we use for drinking water, industry, agriculture, residential uses, and recreation. It also helps to develop further understanding of historical and cultural issues.
Interactive booths will be set up by local not-for-profit agencies and businesses to share information on how they support the environment and promote sustainability within our community. There will also be a sustainability water shed display.
Participants in this event include the following:
• BIG Little Science Centre
• Secwepemc Fisheries Commission
• Kamloops Makerspace
• Fisheries and Oceans Canada
• Kamloops Photo Arts Club
• Scouts Canada
• Local artist Kelly Perry
• Wild Salmon Caravan
• City of Kamloops Arborists
The event initially began in 1980, when Mark Angelo founded BC Rivers Day. In 2005, the event expanded to the entire world, creating World Rivers Day. In BC alone, close to 100,000 people participate in this event every year.
For more information about the event, please contact Jaimi Garbutt, Sustainability Educator, City of Kamloops, at 250-828-3377.
Jaimi Garbutt, Sustainability Educator
City of Kamloops