Vancouver's Top 5 Dog-Friendly Beaches

Jul 12, 2019

By Emmalee Biebl

We know that water quality can affect human health but what about the health of our beloved furry friends? Vancouver has some amazing off-leash dog parks with water access but, just like humans, dogs’ health can be impacted by bacteria in the water. Before you head out to any of these doggie beaches check out Swim Guide to find up-to-date info about their water quality.

Faces of Swim Drink Fish: Patricia and John

Jul 5, 2019

By Julia Pepler

The Swim Drink Fish movement is one that grows every day with more people getting inspired to connect with their local water bodies and protect what they love. As our movement grows, we meet people with their own unique connections and stories to tell. Our new series, Faces of Swim Drink Fish, will celebrate those who have become a part of our movement locally in Vancouver and have joined us in ensuring swimmable, drinkable, fishable water for all.

What You Should Know Before Visiting the Beach this Summer

Jun 28, 2019

By Julia Pepler

As summer heats up, one of the best ways to cool off is by the water. There are countless ways to ensure your trip to the beach is one for the books. Take the time before you head down to the water to check Swim Guide in order to easily find the closest beaches, know at a glance which ones are safe for swimming, and share your love of the water with friends and family.

Celebrating Environmental Leadership in Canada

Jun 11, 2019

For Canadian Environment Week we are taking the time to appreciate the diverse and resilient natural environment that Canadians are fortunate to experience. More importantly, we are celebrating those who protect this natural environment—leaders who protect the wildlife, rivers, lakes, and oceans that we so fundamentally depend on. One of these fearless leaders is our Riverkeeper and Partnership Lead for Swim Drink Fish, Lauren Hornor.

Read These 7 Books to Connect with Water on a Deeper Level

May 1, 2019

By Julia Pepler

There’s no denying that our team is a passionate group of water nerds. Over the years we have collected a roster of books that help us connect to water, whether we are landlocked and dreaming of open water or craving a good read that motivates us in our mission of swimmable, drinkable, fishable water for all. Writing and art provide a powerful connection that teleports us to the water and ignites a passion for protecting our precious resource. The books below helped us connect to Canada’s beautiful water bodies and appreciate just how precious they are, we hope they do the same for you.

Uncovering the Mystery of Vancouver’s Lost Streams

Apr 9, 2019

By Julia Pepler

Recently, I was biking along 6th Avenue when I heard the rushing of water next to a roundabout. I pulled over to confirm that I was indeed hearing water below the street. This piqued my curiosity. When I got home, I began researching the area and learned that it’s home to an underground stream. What is more, I found that there are dozens of streams hidden out of sight and that Vancouver was once home to a thriving population of Pacific Salmon1. But I still had a lot of questions: What effect did these streams have on the environment? Why did the salmon disappear? Can we bring them back and “rewild” Vancouver?

Hidden cameras fight illegal dumping that costs taxpayers millions each year

Mar 29, 2019

Officials dream up new ways to track down people who sully rivers, forests

CBC News, Yvette Brend

The spring melt in B.C. uncovers crocuses — and garbage, by the truckload in some spots.

We’ve removed over 130 tonnes of garbage from the Fraser River, which is HUGE!

Mar 27, 2019

By Julia Pepler

Last Saturday we held the 12th Annual Fraser River Cleanup with Woodtone on the banks of the Fraser River in Chilliwack, our biggest cleanup to date. Thanks to the help of 700 hard-working volunteers we removed 6.5 tonnes of garbage, bringing our total over the past 12 years to 130 tonnes of garbage removed from the Fraser River and its watershed. That’s equivalent to the weight of 98 grizzly bears!

Several tonnes of garbage hauled in during Fraser River Cleanup in Chilliwack

Mar 24, 2019

A total of 700 volunteers flocked to the shores of the Fraser River to help with the cleanup

The Progress, Jenna Huack

Hundreds of people lined the shores of the Fraser River for the 12th annual Fraser River Cleanup on Saturday.

Thanks to our supporters

  • Lush
  • MEC
  • Patagonia
  • Smak
  • Tides
  • Sitka
  • Woodtone
  • TD Friends of the Environment
  • Telus
  • Progressive Waste Solutions
  • Ocean Ambassadors
  • RBC Blue Water Project
  • BC Hydro
  • DM Foundation
  • City of North Vancouver
  • Jack Johnson
  • Flowlink