River Days

River Days

Below you will find some international days about celebrating rivers and water in Canada and around the world. Each day has a special significance and reminds us of the important role rivers play in our ecosystems and our lives.

World Water Day – March 22nd

World Water Day is observed internationally and acknowledges the importance of clean, accessible water as a human right. This day is to raise awareness for the lack of access to water in some parts of the world and a call for global action to help provide it. In Canada, we are lucky to have our rivers and lakes to provide freshwater, and many other rivers around the world play this vital role. 


Canadian Rivers Day – June, Second Sunday

This day began in 2002 to promote public awareness of the Canada’s rivers and the role we have to play in preserving them. Participating in rivers day spreads the message that rivers play an irreplaceable role in maintaining healthy ecosystems.


World Rivers Day – September, Fourth Sunday

World Rivers Day celebrates the world’s waterways. It highlights the many values of rivers and the role they play in a healthy planet. It strives to increase public awareness about what people can do to help rivers and around the world, and encourages action to be taken.