Video: What it takes to monitor the water in False Creek year-round

Video: What it takes to monitor the water in False Creek year-round

Check out our new video that gives you the behind-the-scenes of what it takes to monitor the water in False Creek year-round!

Fraser River Cleanup may be the largest event of its kind in B.C.

Fraser River Cleanup may be the largest event of its kind in B.C.

Chilliwack Progress, Jennifer Feinberg

Aim is to surpass record of 700 volunteers but it will be a success no matter what say organizers

Organizers of the Fraser River Cleanup may be able to lay claim to hosting the largest river cleanup in B.C.

Help clean the Fraser River's banks before spring floods wash garbage into the Salish Sea

Help clean the Fraser River's banks before spring floods wash garbage into the Salish Sea

The Georgia Straight, Martin Dunphy 

If you'd like to top up your good-karma levels to coincide with the arrival of nice weather, head down to the banks of the Fraser River the week after the spring equinox.

How Shoreline Cleanups Benefit Communities and Local Ecosystems

How Shoreline Cleanups Benefit Communities and Local Ecosystems

By Julia Pepler

When the founders of the Annual Fraser River Cleanup planned their first event at Gill Bar in 2007 it was out of necessity. Gill Bar had become a dumping ground for old washing machines, barrels full of unknown materials, mattresses, and more. This first cleanup brought in just over a dozen concerned citizens who wanted to lend a hand for the sake of the local ecosystem.

The Case for Cold Water Swimming

The Case for Cold Water Swimming

By Julia Pepler

The idea of jumping into an icy body of water gives me instant butterflies. More and more, I’ve heard of the health benefits of swimming in cold water. Whether or not those are true, I know one thing for sure: swimming in cold water provides unique opportunities to connect with local waterways and with your body in a new way.

Dipping My Cup in Arctic Waters

Dipping My Cup in Arctic Waters

By Julia Pepler

When I was 18 years old I got the opportunity to go on a 52-day canoe trip with my summer camp. Alongside 7 other campers and 2 leaders, we travelled to our starting point on Tibbitt Lake in the Northwest Territories. 

A Rare Opportunity for a Healthier Salish Sea

A Rare Opportunity for a Healthier Salish Sea

By guest writer Zack Shoom

Metro Vancouver is facing one of the greatest opportunities in recent history to prevent toxins and microplastics from entering the Fraser River and Salish Sea: an upgrade to our region's largest wastewater treatment plant. 

Can saltwater freeze?

Can saltwater freeze?

By Julia Pepler

Growing up in Ontario, I’ve always thought freshwater lakes freeze and oceans don’t. But in this recent cold snap in Vancouver, I’ve noticed a thin layer of ice in False Creek...a salty inlet. So what’s the deal?

The Crystalline Waters of Skeleton Lake

The Crystalline Waters of Skeleton Lake

Watermark by Katie Moore

For as long as I can remember I have had a deep connection to water. It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment that sparked my love for the water because it has been deeply ingrained in my life since I was young. But thinking back to my childhood, I suppose my love for the water all began from visiting our family friends’ cottage every summer on Skeleton Lake in the Muskoka region of Ontario.

3 Resolutions You Can Make to Protect Our Waters

3 Resolutions You Can Make to Protect Our Waters

By Julia Pepler

A new year and new decade bring reflection, new beginnings, and for many, resolutions. Beyond making resolutions for our health and our communities, we’ve come up with three simple changes you can make to help protect our waters.

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