SPRING BREAK AT THE FRDC!

The Fraser River Discovery Centre’s health and safety protocols comply with the latest health orders and restrictions from the BC Health Authority. Click HERE to read our Visitor Code of Conduct.

We are open Wed – Sat, 10AM-4PM. Drop by and discover the Fraser!

Take a break and spring into the Discovery Centre! This Spring Break, the FRDC is excited to offer two weeks of interactive family-friendly activities, tours, and online programs from Saturday, March 13th to Sunday, March 28th!

On site, we will run interactive activity stations that share our love for the mighty Fraser River in different ways.

Our staff and volunteers will also offer FRDC Exhibit Tours and Quayside Walking Tours, which provide different ways to explore the Fraser River’s economic, environmental, and cultural contributions to the province!

Finally, we will share our online educational programs, FRDC@HOME, featuring DIY craft videos and new episodes of our Sit Spot series, which invite our community to engage with the natural beauty of the Fraser Watershed in new and creative ways!

With so much to see and do, you are sure to find something to try out!

Register for programs and tours HERE!

General Information

  • Interactive programs are offered at various dates/times throughout Spring Break – see program descriptions below for details.
  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Program registration includes admission to the Centre. Pay online when you register, and explore the galleries afterwards!
  • Individual group size is limited to 1 immediate household of up to five (5) individuals.
  • While inside the Discovery Centre, groups are asked to follow physical distancing guidelines whenever possible.
  • Masks are required for all visitors aged six (6) or older.

FACILITATED PROGRAMS

Wax-Paper Watersheds – Saturday, March 13th

The Fraser River is surrounded by an area of land called a Watershed. In geography, a watershed is like a sink, with the Fraser as its drain. As rain and snow fall into this region, it collects in the rivers that crisscross the landscape, eventually flowing into the Salish Sea. In this activity, we’ll create our very own mini-watersheds and observe how the shape of the landscape and the presence of cities and wildlife affects where the waters flow!

Animal Artifacts – Monday, March 15th & Monday, March 22nd

Get up close and personal with some of British Columbia’s most iconic wildlife with our collection of replica skulls, scat, and tracks! Ever wanted to compare your hand with a grizzly bear pawprint? Interested in learning why owls can move their heads 270 degrees? Well now you can! All artifacts are sanitized after each visitor and are safe to touch.  

Sustainable Fishing Challenge – Wednesday, March 17th & Wednesday, March 24th

From the Upper Fraser to the Salish Sea, the Fraser has supported Indigenous fishing communities since time immemorial. Over time, they have been joined by recreational and commercial fishing industries and today the Greater Vancouver area is the centre of fishing activity in  British Columbia! However, these industries are putting a lot of pressure on the river’s fish populations, and if we are not careful, we risk damaging the balance of our river’s ecosystems! In this activity, take on our fishing challenge game while learning all about sustainable fishing in the Fraser River!

Clay Fish Creations – Saturday, March 20th & Saturday, March 27th

Did you know that the Fraser River is the most productive salmon-supporting river in Canada? All five species of Pacific Salmon call the mighty Fraser home, as well as many other species including rainbow and brook trout, eulachon, and longfin smelt!

All of these fish rely on the Fraser remaining healthy and sustainable for their species to survive, and in this activity, we will be exploring the characteristics of a healthy river system before making our very own fish out of clay!

NOTE: Make sure to bring a container to take your fish home in at the end of your visit. We recommend a shoe box! 

 

Register for these programs HERE!

GUIDED TOURS

FRDC Exhibit Tour

The FRDC is filled with snapshots of the countless stories told by those who live and work along the Fraser River, and we are pleased to share these stories with you in our Exhibit Tour! Join us as we guide you through both floors of the Centre’s gallery space while offering unique insights and anecdotes that bring our exhibits to life!

Please note that building tours are intended for an older audience.

Tour Details & COVID-19 safety:

  • Tours are offered Wednesdays – Fridays at 12pm and 2pm through Spring Break.
  • Pre-Registration is required
  • Registration is limited to one (1) household group per tour.
  • Tours are typically 1.5 hours long and fully guided.
  • Cost is $5.00 plus regular admission to the Centre. Tour fee waived for children aged twelve (12) and under.
  • While inside the Centre, please follow physical distancing guidelines whenever possible.
  • Masks are required for all visitors aged six (6) or older.

Quayside Walking Tour

Come and learn about the biodiversity, commerce, and culture of the Fraser River on our guided Quayside Walking Tour! Join our river educator Mike Hoyer and take a stroll down the New West boardwalk to learn some fascinating facts about BC’s longest river! Suitable for all ages!

Please note that quayside tours take place outdoors, so dress for the weather.

Tour Details & COVID-19 safety:

  • Tours are offered Wednesdays – Sundays at 10:30am through Spring Break.
  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Registration is limited to three (3) groups per tour. Drop-ins are accepted but only if there is available space!
  • Tours are typically 1 hour long and fully guided.
  • Cost is $5.00 per person. Free for children aged twelve (12) and under.
  • While on the boardwalk, please follow physical distancing guidelines whenever possible.
  • Masks are required for all visitors aged six (6) or older.

Register for these Tours HERE!

ONLINE PROGRAMS – FRDC@HOME!

In addition to onsite activities during Spring Break, the FRDC is excited to share its newest FRDC@HOME program series: Sit Spots!

In our busy lives, it’s easy to take for granted the beautiful and vibrant natural world that surrounds us. If you pause and take a look around, you might be surprised by what you notice!

In our last sit spot video, FRDC staff introduced participants to Sound Mapping our surroundings, an observation technique that helped us open our ears to the natural world around us!

This Spring Break join us as we continue to discover new ways to explore and appreciate our amazing watershed! We will also be sharing FRDC@HOME craft videos from our archive that you can follow along with from the comfort of your own home!