The 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 Fluvarium 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 Fluvarium is run by the Quidi Vidi/Rennie’s River Development Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental education and freshwater ecology.
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, conservation and enhancement of freshwater ecosystems of the Northeast Avalon region of Newfoundland and Labrador. The QVRRDF operates The Fluvarium as a public centre for environmental excellence.
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.