Every spring, the annual Burnaby Environment Week takes place, coinciding with Canadian Environment Week and the United Nations World Environment Day on June 5. Its aim is to deliver family-oriented and environmentally themed activities.
A free opening festival takes place today from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the outer courtyard at Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way). Visitors can check out special exhibits, like a booth setup by Emotive to raise awareness of electric vehicles in B.C., listen to live music, and win prizes from an hourly draw. Those who get hungry can grab some hot food as well as fresh produce from the adjacent Burnaby Artisan Farmers’ Market.
Other standouts include joining the Burnaby Lake Park Association Weedbusters on May 28 to help remove invasive plants in the park; tagging along a Mandarin language nature tour of the Burnaby Mountain Conservation area (May 28); exploring some of the bike routes around Deer Lake Parkway Urban Trail with HUB cycling (June 1); taking a guided canoe trip around Deer Lake (June 6); and doing some bird watching, specifically of Burnaby’s great blue heron colony (June 11).
Parking at city hall is limited, but there are available spots across the street at the high school. Seeing as how it is Environment Week, however, public transit, cycling and/or walking make great, and green, transportation alternatives. Busses and the SkyTrain services the Burnaby City Hall area quite frequently.
A little about sister event World Environment Day: started in 1974 and celebrated in over 100 countries, the campaign revolves around raising awareness on environmental issues such as pollution, global warming and sustainability. Each year a host country and theme are picked — this year is Canada and “connecting people to nature,” respectively.
For a complete lineup of Burnaby Environment Week events, visit www.burnaby.ca/environmentweek.