The SRA sponsors and/or participates in a number of events throughout the year. These include fundraisers such as the annual Duck Race in May and Dinner Auction in September. Others are educational or informational such as monthly talks by guest speakers. And there are community spirit events such as river cleanups, fish stocking and "rock throwing".
Note: "Rock throwing" events involve adjustment of rocks and stones in the stream in order to establish a distinct channel, clear out pools or repair previously installed structures.
Note: Due to COVID 19 restrictions, many of our regular events have been cancelled. Board meetings and the AGM have been modified to an online format.
Current & Upcoming Events
World Rivers Day: Sunday Sept 26
International World Rivers Day
World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world’s waterways. It highlights the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness and encourages the improved stewardship of rivers around the world.
“Rivers are the arteries of our planet; they are lifelines in the truest sense.”
~ Mark Angelo
To celebrate World Rivers Day, the SRA has put together a full day of events and activities for people of all ages. Events will take place at the:
Sackville Heights Community Centre
Bedford Sackville Connector Greenway
Fish ladder on the Sackville River at Hefler's Forest Products (230 Lucasville Rd.)
Sackville Heights Community Centre
9 AM Children's River Stories & Crafts (Gym)
Kids can join Ann (a retired elementary school teacher) in the gym for river-related stories and crafts.
10 AM Official Opening (Gym)
Grand opening with Sackville MLA and newly minted Minister of Fisheries & Aquaculture, Steve Craig!
10:15 AM Fly Tying and Fishing Demonstration (Gym)
Watch fly tiers at their craft and try your hand at casting with a fly rod.
1 PM Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! (Gym)
Come have a look at and learn about some of the creepy crawlies that live in the Sackville Rivers! Ann will have live samples of some of the insects, larvae, leeches, snails etc... that are critical to the health of river ecosystems.
3 PM Kids' Games & Snacks
Ecologically and environmentally themed games for young kids on the soccer field next door.
4 PM Film Screening (50 Plus Room)
We will be screening the documentary: Atlantic Salmon - Lost at Sea. The film takes viewers on an epic journey through the oceanic kingdom of the Atlantic Salmon in an attempt to unravel the mystery of their life at sea. (55 mins)
On the Trails
11 AM Trail Walk 1: The Importance of Wetlands
Meet SRA Trails Coordinator David Waugh at the Bedford end of the Bedford-Sackville Connector Greenway (near the True North Diner).
2 PM Trail Walk 2: The Importance of Whole Watershed Management
This walk along the Sackville Greenway will be facilitated by SRA Trails Coordinator David Waugh and Mimi O'Handley, Wetlands & Water Officer for the Ecology Action Centre. Meet at KFC corner of Sackville and Riverside Drives
Visit to the Fish Ladder
12 - 2 PM The Fish Ladder at Hefler Forest Products
Did you know that there is a substantial waterfall on the Sackville River? In 1990 DFO and SRA collaborated to build a ladder to facilitate fish migration. Come view the falls, the ladder, learn how the ladder works and how it helps SRA monitor fish populations.
Roughly 20 - 25 minute tours will be given between 12 & 2 PM. Meet at the gate of Hefler Forest Products, 230 Lucasville Rd. on the hour and half hour.