What Is A Fluvarium?

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What is a Fluvarium?

The Suncor Energy Fluvarium is a public environmental education centre focusing on freshwater and riparian ecology.  The word Fluvarium is derived from the latin root “fluv” meaning flowing water.  Fluvarium therefore literally means “windows on a stream”, and aptly describes the nine large viewing windows that allow our guests a glimpse into a natural, freshwater habitat.

The with 3,200 square foot building also holds a naturally lit catering venue that is a popular spot for weddings, meetings, conferences and events.  The natural light from the two storey atrium and 14 windows transports guests to a natural retreat without ever leaving the city.

The Suncor Energy Fluvarium is run by the Quidi Vidi Rennie’s River Development Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental education and freshwater ecology.

 

The Quidi Vidi Rennie’s River Development Foundation

Vision

The Quidi Vidi Rennie’s River Development Foundation will engage the community, create awareness and inspire all to protect and conserve water resources. We will become the primary aquatic resource centre for the province.

Mission

The QVRRDF through education, advocacy and stewardship inspires the protection, conversation and enhancement of freshwater ecosystems if the Northeast Avalon region of Newfoundland and Labrador.  The QVRRDF operates Suncor Energy Fluvarium as a public centre of environmental excellence.

Our History

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Rennies River Pool 1947

The Quidi Vidi Rennie’s River Development Foundation (QVRRDF) operates the Suncor Energy Fluvarium as a public centre of environmental excellence.  QVRRDF was established as a registered non-profit charitable organization in 1985.  It was formed by a group of  It was formed by a group of interested individuals who were motivated to protect and enhance Rennie’s River, a major waterway flowing through the heart of St. John’s into Quidi Vidi Lake. QVRRDF started with a goal to build a walking trail along the meandering path of Rennie’s River. It was soon realized that the polluted river had to be cleaned up. A series of projects were undertaken including stream stabilization, general environmental restoration, and construction of a fish ladder. Over 7.5 km of walking trails, including boardwalks and look-out areas, were completed along the banks of Rennie’s River and around Quidi Vidi Lake. In 1990, The Fluvarium opened to the public. With a focus on environmental education, especially teaching children about water ecology, conservation and preservation, this facility features many unique attractions.

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The Fluvarium 1990

Its location and role as a natural environmental teaching resource is a powerful education, tourism and economic generator. The Fluvarium owes its existence and success to the efforts of many interested individuals who played a significant role in the formative years prior to 1990, including Shannie Duff, John Gibson, Stephen Herder, Paul Johnson, John O’Mara, John Perlin, Lewis Stoyles, and Brian Wood.