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RiverFest 2023


Museum Music Nature & outdoors Performance Science & technology Tour
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Fraser River Discovery Centre

788 Quayside Dr.

New Westminster, BC

Directions: Parking at the FRDC is limited due to construction. Please consider taking transit. The closest parking lots are at 1000 Quayside Drive, 777 Columbia Street, and on Front Street.


Free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible, has gender-neutral washrooms, and is a relaxed performance.


Celebrate World Rivers Day and BC Rivers Day at the FRDC! Brought to you by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, proudly representing the Port of Vancouver, RiverFest is a family-friendly festival taking place from Sept 20th to 24th.

Saturday, Sept 23:

Soak up live performances as you stroll the New West Quay where local organizations will share their expertise in the Exhibitor Expo and New West Craft makers will showcase their wares.

In addition, the Samson V Museum will be open for visitors to interact with maritime community members aboard the vessel!

Finally, head over to Sapperton Landing Park on the ferry, presented by Tourism New West, for the Vancouver Wooden Boat Society’s Small Boat Rendezvous! There will be a kid’s boat building area and hands-on demonstrations.

Sunday, Sept 24:

Celebrate BC Rivers Day, presented by Rivershed Society of BC, with a series of 40-min guided tours presented by and Royal Canadian Legion Br. #2. Binoculars will be available for use during the program.

Shuttle service, presented by TransLink, from the Fraser River Discovery Centre and back will be offered for some of the guided walks on Sunday, Sept 24th. We encourage you to visit the Family Fun Zone at the FRDC before or after your tour to take advantage of all the excitement! If you live near the tour location or prefer your own method of transit, feel free to meet us there once you have pre-registered.



Fraser River Discovery Centre Society

The Fraser River Discovery Centre (FRDC) is a not-for-profit interpretive centre whose mission is to bring together the many voices of the Fraser, to discover, celebrate, and inspire passionate stewards of the river.

The FRDC has two floors of interactive exhibits and hosts education and public programs as well as special events. In 2020 the FRDC entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Musqueam Indian Band with the intent to develop the Fraser River Discovery Centre as xʷtatəl̕ləm, a Place of Learning about the Indigenous heritage and teachings of the Fraser River. The FRDC is a perfect stop along the New Westminster boardwalk and a unique window into the past, present, and future of the mighty Fraser River!