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RiverFest returns to New West with days of free events

What's happening Around Town? RiverFest runs Sept. 20 to 25
The Lucille Johnstone workboat parade is just one of the events taking place in New West for RiverFest 2022.

RiverFest features a week of in-person and live events – all focused on the Fraser River.

Metro Vancouver’s biggest celebration of the environmental, economic and socio-cultural importance of the Fraser River includes a variety of free family events from Sept. 20 to 25.

“We always look forward to RiverFest, which is our biggest event of the year,” said Stephen Bruyneel, Fraser River Discovery Centre’s director of external relations and development. “This year there will be a full week of free events and activities – online and in-person – with a continued focus on meeting COVID-19 health and safety protocols.”

One of this year’s offerings include an online presentation about Birds of the Fraser River Basin, featuring ornithologist, author, filmmaker and artist Rob Butler, on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.

The Westminster Quay boardwalk and Fraser River Discovery Centre will feature a jam-packed day of family fun on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities will include the Family Fun Zone inside the FRDC and live music and entertainment featuring Katari Taiko, Andy the Musical Scientist, Coastal Wolfpack and Royal Academy of Punjab on the boardwalk stage.

A variety of boats will put on a show in the Fraser River in the Lucille Johnstone Workboat Parade on the Fraser River at 2:15 p.m.

Quayside walking tours will take place on Saturday, and Sunday.

Global Container Terminals, which operates GCT Deltaport in Tsawwassen and is one of the region’s largest maritime employers, has joined on as the presenting sponsor of RiverFest.

"Supporting a strong, safe, sustainable, working waterfront and healthy communities are core values to GCT,” said Eric Waltz, president of Global Container Terminals Canada, in a news release. “We're pleased to join with FRDC and other partners to celebrate this essential connection to the waterfront.”

Bruyneel said Fraser River Discovery Centre wouldn’t be able to put on an event of this magnitude without GCT’s support.

“The Fraser River means so much to all of us for so many reasons, but sometimes I think we take it for granted. We hope people will come down during the week to not only have fun, but also increase their understanding of – and help us celebrate – the living, working Fraser River.”

Details about all of this year’s RiverFest events – as well as advance signup for some events – can be found at