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Learn how the Fraser Canyon influences New Westminster’s weather

Did you know January is the windiest time of year along the Fraser Canyon?
In December, Metro Vancouver residents shared images of large ice floes on B.C.'s longest waterway, the Fraser River, in December 2021.

How does weather in the Fraser Canyon affect the Lower Mainland? You can find out at this month’s Super Saturdays at Fraser River Discovery Centre.

Next Saturday’s event – taking place at Fraser River discovery Centre – will be focusing on windy, winter weather.

“The Fraser Canyon is the windiest place along the Fraser River, and January is the windiest time of year there,” said Stephen Bruyneel, FRDC’s director of external relations and development. “At our first Super Saturday of 2023, visitors will learn how the Fraser Canyon influences weather in the Lower Mainland, including why we were so snowy this December.”

Super Saturdays is a regular series of public programs at Fraser River Discovery Centre that celebrate the living, working Fraser River.

At the Jan. 28 event, FRDC staff will be on hand to help guests learn about the windy weather by:

* Modelling cold, winter winds through the Fraser Canyon with hands-on science demonstrations;

* Designing the best fan to test the power of wind; and

* Identifying different cloud shapes and what they can tell us about the weather.

“All ages are welcome, but please note that these activities are best suited for families with children aged six to 11,” Bruyneel said. “COVID-19 safety protocols are also in place, including the need to pre-register.”

Fraser River Discovery Centre offers a variety of programs and displays related to the Mighty Fraser. It’s located at 788 Quayside Dr. on New Westminster’s waterfront.

Super Saturdays take place on the last Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are a series of public programs geared toward family-friendly activities, all focused on a different Fraser River topic each month.

Pre-registration for Super Saturdays includes paid admission to the Discovery Centre.

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