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Pilgrimage to Burns Bog marks Earth Day

Annual family-friendly event set for Delta Nature Reserve next Sunday

Celebrate Earth Day with a calm, music-filled walk through two kilometres of nature.

On the nearest Sunday to Earth Day, the Burns Bog Conservation Society hosts a cross-cultural pilgrimage in the Delta Nature Reserve, the only part of Burns Bog that’s open to the public.

Set for Sunday, April 27 at 1 p.m., the pilgrimage begins at the entrance of the Delta Nature Reserve, accessed via the Planet Ice parking lot. The journey is both wheelchair and stroller friendly.

Burns Bog is North America’s largest wilderness area in an urban setting. It is the largest reserved peat bog on the West Coast of North America, a remnant of the last Ice Age.

Burns Bog is home to many unique and endangered species, like the Sandhill crane and the red-backed Vole. It’s a place where you can come to renew your spirit, mind and body.

This year’s event features Bellingham’s Dr. Frank James, who will give a brief overview on our health and bog health. His focus is the impact of coal on our health. James got involved after a colleague expressed her concern over the potential impact of coal dust on her young patients.

Daughters of the Drum and Singers of the Sacred Web will share musical performances.

Girl Guide cookies will be for sale along with Burns Bog merchandise. The Scott 72 Centre Cobs bakery will be offering free baked goods and Silver Springs Water Co. in Surrey will supply water.

The first pilgrimage was in 1998 from Deas Island Regional Park to the Vancouver Landfill.

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