National Water Week hits Chilliwack

March 17 to 22 is Canada Water Week with a number of events planned in Chilliwack. Here WaterWealth Project campaigners encourage people to get out and vote during the May 2013 provincial election. - Paul J. Henderson
March 17 to 22 is Canada Water Week with a number of events planned in Chilliwack. Here WaterWealth Project campaigners encourage people to get out and vote during the May 2013 provincial election.
— image credit: Paul J. Henderson

Chilliwack’s WaterWealth Project is hosting a number of local events during Canada Water Week, March 17 to 22.

Canada Water Week is an annual coast-to-coast-to-coast event to celebrate and educate about the freshwater systems that all Canadians rely on.

“We’re really excited to bring Canada Water Week to our home town again this year,” said Natalie Jones, community organizer with the WaterWealth Project.

This year’s local events kick off Monday at 11 a.m. with a “Get to Know Your Home Waters Walk” near the Peach Ponds beside the Vedder River.

Jones says Rachel Drennan from the Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition will speak about habitat restoration and spawning channels at Peach Ponds, which itself is a reconstructed habitat.

There will also be a First Nations perspective, explaining the history and the contemporary relationship with the Vedder River.

And because the Trans Mountain oil pipeline runs right underneath the Peach Ponds, Jones said there will also be a community member familiar with Kinder Morgan’s proposal to twin the pipeline who will talk to visitors.

Other events during Water Week include a showing of Edward Burtynsky’s new film Watermark, and the week culminates in a community celebration to coincide with United Nations’ World Water Day on Saturday.

“In the Fraser Valley, we just have so much water wealth to celebrate and take care of, so events like this are a great way for the community to get together and have fun while also building the knowledge, relationships and passion necessary to care for the waters we all need to keep protected for the long term,” said WaterWealth director Sheila Muxlow.

WaterWealth’s Canada Water Week events include:

• March 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Get to Know Your Home Waters Walk — meet at Vedder Rotary Trail parking lot at the south end of Peach Rd. Family friendly, wear good walking shoes, dress for the weather, cancelled in the event of "heavy" rain (call to confirm with Natalie if any doubt, 604-798-8990).

• March 17, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

A Water Film Night: Watermark — 7201 Vedder Rd., building 10 (Sto:lo Research and Resource Management Centre). Family friendly, light refreshments provided, wheelchair accessible venue, newly released and award-winning film from Edward Burtynsky.

• March 19, 7 to 9 p.m.

Water Champions Cafe — Sardis Secondary School (TBC), 45460 Stevenson Rd. Childcare available (please confirm your family's need w/ Natalie, 604-798-8990), light refreshments provided, wheelchair accessible venue.

• March 21, 4 to 9 p.m.

Wet Your Whistle Happy Hour(s) + Pub Night — Major League Pub, 45768 Gaetz St. Art raffle, info tables with many water-focused community organizations, $1 from all drinks sold between 6 and 9 p.m. (excluding specials) goes to support WaterWealth.

• March 22, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

World Water Day Community Celebration – Theme: Water & Energy — Central Community Park, 45951 Victoria Ave. Family friendly, live entertainment, rain or shine, wear blue, bring signs and show your water pride.

• Complete event listing and details can be found at

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