The Quidi Vidi/Rennie’s River Development Foundation (QVRRDF) operates The Fluvarium as a public centre for environmental excellence. QVRRDF was established as a registered non-profit charitable organization in 1985. 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.

The Fluvarium 1990