Earth Day is on April 22nd and the environment is celebrated in Vancouver that week and later in April with the Party for the Planet and other events.
Other Earth Day activities include special events in Stanley Park, Everett Crowley Park, North Vancouver, Coquitlam, Langley, Maple Ridge, Chilliwack and elsewhere. Some of the events involve gardening and other cleanup activities. Other events are educational. Some take the form of an environment-related protest.
Earth Day itself takes place on April 22nd, which in 2022 is a Friday. Some Lower Mainland Earth Day events happen on the official day, but many take place on the weekend. In the case of Party for the Planet, it occurs on April 30th in 2022, so more than a week later!
See below for details about Earth Day events happening in 2022 as well as in past years.
Earth Day Celebrations in Vancouver
In normal years, Party for the Planet is definitely the largest Earth Day event in the Lower Mainland. There are smaller events that usually happen as well
Click on any of the links below for information about a specific event or topic, or continue reading to learn about all of the region’s various events celebrating planet earth.
Environmental Events in New West | Party for the Planet | Earth Day in Stanley Park | Declaration for Action Protest | Earth Day at Everett Crowley Park | Earth Day Virtual Run | Earth Day in North Vancouver | Earth Day in Coquitlam | Earth Day in Langley | Earth Day in Maple Ridge | Earth Day in Chilliwack | Earth Day Parade | Pilgrimage to Burns Bog | Tips & Advice | Other Information
(Note: Event dates, locations and other details are subject to change. See official event websites for exact information.)
Environmental Events in New Westminster
The Fraser River Discovery Centre is an environment-related attraction at the waterfront in New Westminster. It hosts various events over the course of the year including its Super Saturdays and River Basin Days events. Although not actually branded as “Earth Day” events, the venue offers some great environmental activities in April.
On Saturday, April 23rd, Super Saturdays offers fun family-friendly activities at the facility. We mention this because most other Earth Day events are happening on the same day in 2022, and the Fraser River Discovery Centre hosts these kinds of events numerous times throughout the year. For them, Earth Day and environmental stewardship aren’t important just one day of the year!
Also happening this April, and on a day when another Lower Mainland Earth Day event is happening, River Basin Days this month involves a guided walking tour at Brae Island Regional Park (so in Langley, not New Westminster).
For a list of other special events and activities hosted by the attraction, see the Fraser River Discovery Centre’s Calendar of Events.
Party for the Planet
Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in the spring, Party for the Planet was cancelled in 2020. It happened as a virtual event in 2021, but returns as an in-person event in 2022.
Party for the Planet takes place on Saturday, April 30th, 2022. So, the same as the last few years, it’s not actually going to be on Earth Day itself. The venue is Surrey’s City Hall Plaza at 13450-104th Avenue.
Concerts and performances take place at a number of different stages throughout the day. There are also environmental workshops, plants and arts vendors and plenty of food trucks.
In 2019 the event was smaller than in previous years and, rather than a big-name headlining performer, the entertainment was with just a variety of smaller local groups. 2022 details are similar.
See our article about Party for the Planet to learn more about the event.
Earth Day in Stanley Park
The Stanley Park Ecology Society hosts a fairly “down-to-earth” event most years in the area of Stanley Park’s Nature House. The venue is located on the southeast shore of Lost Lagoon at the north end of Alberni Street (so close to the edge of the park and the city).
Earth Day activities at the Stanley Park Ecology Society usually happen on the Saturday either just before or just after April 22nd. After not occurring in 2020 or 2021, the event returns on April 23rd, 2022.
Things to do at the Stanley Park event include guided walks through the park’s wetlands and Great Blue Heron colonies. There is also the opportunity to dig out some invasive species and enjoy some arts and crafts.
The 2022 event is based out of Stanley Park Brewing Restaurant and Brewpub. After the day’s events there are free samples of the brewery’s new non-alcoholic beers.
See the Stanley Park Ecology Society website for more information.
International Declaration for Action Protest
Another Earth Day event taking place in Vancouver in 2022 is the International Declaration for Action! This year everyone is invited to join a rally and march at Vancouver City Hall between 4:30 and 6:00 pm on Friday, April 22nd. The building is located at 453 West 12th Avenue.
The demonstration is put together by a number of environmental organizations who want to help change the way things are going. In celebration of Earth Day, this movement hopes to spark change and force a reduction of carbon emissions. For more information about the rally and march, click 2022 International Declaration for Action.
Earth Day at Everett Crowley Park
The Champlain Heights Community Centre hosts a special Earth Day event in South Vancouver most years. In 2022 activities take place on Saturday, April 23rd, from 11:00 am until 3:00 in the afternoon.
The community centre’s address is 3350 Maquinna Drive. The event takes place outdoors at Everett Crowley Park. Weather permitting, between 200 and 300 people show up most years.
Activities in 2022 include the community planting of flowering native shrubs, interpretive walks, and a drumming circle. Free refreshments are also served most years. Don’t forget to take your gardening gloves!
For more information visit the Champlain Heights Community Centre website.
Earth Day Virtual Run
One way to celebrate Earth Day is by participating in the Earth Day Virtual Run. The run isn’t the same as other runs that take place throughout the year. This run is actually a great way of giving back. With each person who registers to run in 2022, one tree is planted somewhere in nature through the One Tree Planted charity.
Registration is open from January 1st until April 21st this year, and all participants run on April 22nd. There are different distances available including 5 km, 10 km and a half marathon. Since the run is virtual, participants can run at any location. Registration costs about $30. To learn more, click Earth Day Virtual Run 2022.
Earth Day in North Vancouver
In 2019 Earth Day was celebrated with workshops, games and an invasive plant removal work party in North Vancouver at Loutet Farm in Loutet Park at 1400 Rufus Avenue.
The 2022 edition is a bit smaller-scale but includes educational information booths and some free activities to enjoy. The event takes place on Saturday, April 23rd, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Mosquito Creek Park. Click Earth Day in North Vancouver for more details about 2022 activities.
In years when there isn’t a global pandemic, the event is a smaller gathering of dedicated folk of all ages. Tools and snacks are provided. Workshops in 2019 included a drop-in session of sculptural mushroom cultivation with artist Willoughby Arevalo. There was also a workshop on planning a garden and seed starting presented by the Edible Garden Project.
Earth Day in Coquitlam
There is an Earth Day Clean-Up happening in Coquitlam in 2022. The United Way BC initiative takes place on April 22nd from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm. This year, the event is at Mackin Park, located at 1046 Brunette Avenue.
Everyone is invited to help clean the beloved city park. The event begins with an orientation by the Coquitlam Park Spark team. Then, everyone who attends starts cleaning the park. All cleaning equipment is supplied by Hi Neighbour. Water and snacks are also available.
For more information about the event or to register now, click Earth Day Clean-Up at Mackin Park.
COQUITLAM FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL BLOCK PARTY
Another event taking place in Coquitlam soon is the Coquitlam Community Block Party. It takes place at Town Centre Park in 2022 on the weekend of May 7th and 8th. At the free event there are food trucks, live music performances and family-friendly activities!
Earth Day in Langley
The City of Langley and the Langley Environmental Partners Society host a new Earth Day celebration in 2022. The event takes place in Douglas Park which is located at 5403-5409 206th Street. Celebrations are scheduled for Saturday, April 23rd, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
There are a few different things to do at the event this year. Activities include interactive workshops about foraging and gardening that begin at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm. There are also garden tours, product giveaways and picnic opportunities at the park.
To learn more about the event see the Langley City website.
LANGLEY COMMUNITY DAY
Another event taking place in Langley soon is Langley Community Day. Expect to see lots of food trucks, live music and family-friendly activities there! It takes place in 2022 on Saturday, June 18th.
Earth Day in Maple Ridge
The 2022 edition of Earth Day in Maple Ridge is a return to normal with events at the Memorial Peace Park from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 23rd.
At the Maple Ridge celebrations there is a Freecycle event where people can bring their gently-used sports equipment, toys, books and clothing. At the same time and place they can find great “new-to-them” treasures to take home, all for free. Also at the event there is live entertainment, a selection of food trucks and a number of farmers’ market vendors.
For more information about the 2022 event check out the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society website.
Earth Day in Chilliwack
The Chilliwack Vedder River Cleanup Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping the Chilliwack Vedder River clean. In 2022, the organization hosts an April River Cleanup event on Saturday, April 23rd, so just one day after Earth Day.
The event takes place at the Chilliwack Fish and Game Protection Association located at 48685 Chilliwack Lake Road. Everyone is asked to arrive between 8:30 and 9:30 am to register and pick up cleaning supplies. Then, everyone is free to clean the river until 1:30 pm at the latest. There are prizes available to win as well.
To learn more about the event, see the April River Cleanup Facebook page.
CHILLIWACK FOOD TRUCK BLOCK PARTY
Another event taking place in Chilliwack soon is the Chilliwack Community Block Party. Hosted by the Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival, the Fraser Valley event happens at the Chilliwack Coliseum on the weekend of June 4th and 5th. Admission is free!
Vancouver Earth Day Parade
The annual Earth Day Parade & Festival is a small student-organized event that usually takes place along Commercial Drive on the Saturday just before April 22nd. It usually starts at around 1 pm.
For 2019, the celebration happened on April 20th. In 2020 it was scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 18th. Due to concerns about the coronavirus, however, the event that year was cancelled. There was no parade again in 2021. It doesn’t look like it’s happening in 2022 either. Hopefully it’ll be back again another year.
In years when it does happen, students from Windermere High School’s Youth for Climate Justice put on the event. The procession goes from the corner of Commercial Drive and Broadway to Grandview Park. After the parade, at the park, there are usually speakers and live entertainment.
Click Earth Day Parade for more information, including a video on the event.
Pilgrimage to Burns Bog
The Earth Day Pilgrimage to Burns Bog usually takes place at the Delta Nature Reserve at 10389 Nordel Court. Access to the area is at the edge of the Ice Planet parking lot.
In 2020 the event was scheduled to happen on Sunday April 19th from 1:30 until 4 pm. It was cancelled, however, due to COVID-19. The pilgrimage didn’t happen as a live in-person event in 2021 either. Hopefully the event is possible in 2022, but it doesn’t look like it is. If not this year, then maybe again in 2023.
In years when it does take place, at the family-friendly event there is singing, drumming and dancing while participants walk together through the trails of the park.
In 2019 the event’s keynote speaker was Abhayjeet Singh Sachal who is an activist and co-founder of Break the Divide. Entertainment in 2020 was going to include music with Aline LaFlamme & the Daughters of the Drum as well as Susan Summers & the Sacred Web Singers.
The Delta Nature Reserve is located in northeast Delta off Nordel Court and Nordel Way just south of Annacis Island. In years when it does take place, the event starts at the northern end of the reserve not far from Delta’s Planet Ice facility’s parking lot.
Click Burns Bog Pilgrimage for more information.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your Earth Day experience.
TIP #1: It’s Earth Day, so don’t drive your Hummer to the event. Ride your bike or take public transit if you can instead!
TIP #2: If you’re out in Surrey anyway for the Party for the Planet event, consider dropping by beautiful Bear Creek Park. The spring flowers are starting to come out, so it’s another perfect place to celebrate Earth Day. If you’ve never been, it’s worth visiting.
TIP #3: Do something nice for the environment – join an invasive weed pull in your neighbourhood, go for a bicycle ride, turn off your lights early in the evening and go green for the day.
TIP #4: Although Earth Day is on April 22nd, most events take place on either the weekend before or after. If not a lot is happening on the official day in your neighbourhood, do your own thing – get outdoors and explore a park or other place in nature!
For ideas on other things to do in April, check out the following:
- Vancouver’s April Calendar
- Free April Events
- Festivals & Events Calendar
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Metro Vancouver’s Top 100 Places