International Bog Days at Burns Bog

Monday, July 20th, 2009 — 8:19am PDT
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Burns Bog DayNext Sunday is the 18th annual International Bog Days celebration and to get in the spirit, Burns Bog in Delta is hosting a festival including entertainment, food, exhibits, and interpretive tours.

“International Bog Days are happening, once again, this summer on July 25th and 26th, 2009. International Bog Day began in Scotland 13 years ago to celebrate the world’s bogs. This day raises awareness about the need to protect these precious ecosystems as well as the benefits of bogs to the health of our planet. This fun filled day is ideal for people of all ages looking to have a good time with family and friends.” [Burns Bog]

The entertainment line up includes…

  • 10:30 Eliza and MC: Welcome, outline days events
  • 10:30 – 12:00 Doghouse
  • 12:10-12:50 Max Tell
  • 1:00-2:00 Mukutano Singing and Drumming Group
  • 2:10-2:35 Desert Rayne Dancers
  • 2:40-2:50 PFA Bhangra Dancers
  • 2:50-3:00 Sukh Dhaliwal
  • 3:00-3:15 Raging Grannies
  • 3:30 Closing Remarks, free draw
  • At 40 square kilometers, Burns Borg is the largest domed peat bog on the West Coast of North America and is a vital part of our region’s ecosystem. The Burns Bog Conservation Society is comprised of concerned citizens whose goal is to preserve the bog forever. They also host fundraisers and events that include anything from book sales to summer camps and fun runs.

    burns bog
    Photo credit: penmachine on Flickr

    Some quick bog facts:

  • Peat bogs store and filter 10% of the world’s fresh water.
  • A recent United Nations report estimates the preservation and restoration of peat bogs can reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 10%.
  • Burns Bog Day will serve to education the public about this precious resource as well as provide more information about how to preserve this land. Sunday’s festivities are entirely free to enjoy and to raise funds for the society there will also be a prize raffle and Rock for the Bog performance on Saturday [PDF]. Download the official poster here [PDF] and stop by the Great Pacific Forum to participate next weekend.

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    • Enter here to win tickets to Le Concert Spirituel Baroque Orchestra Suites (until Sept 19)
    • Enter here to win tickets to the Coquitlam Express hockey games this weekend (until Sept 20)
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    1. Ernie says:

      The International Bog Days are lots of fun… Walking tours of the bog, live music, lots of booths of informative vendors or public services… Come on out! And thanks for giving us a plug, Miss 604.

    2. Stella says:

      I went to the event last year, it was a lot of fun! I really enjoyed the entertainment. The tours were great as well.

    3. Sarah says:

      Same here! I’ve gone to the past two Bog Days. They always have something different every year. This year I’ve heard it’s gonna be bigger and better than ever. I can’t wait!

    4. […] Burns Bog is the largest domed peet bog on the West Coast of North America and is vital to our entire region’s ecosystem. Over the last 40 years, it has been used as a landfill by the City of Vancouver although what they are now proposing is even more vile. [City of Vancouver] proposes to deposit 85,000 cubic metres, or 8,500 dump-truck loads, of sewage sludge (they call it “biosolids”) from the Iona treatment plant onto the landfill’s 12-hectare Phase One closure site. Vancouver has applied in writing to the Ministry of Environment for an amendment of its landfill operational certificate so the sludge from Iona can be used. It said shortages of regular subsoil approved under the original certificate led to its application to use the sludge. [The Province] […]

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