1st 2020 Tree Tour - MARCH 29

All Tours are Postponed until the world is a safer place for people to gather!

Also Monthly Meetings are on hold.

Please stay safe & healthy.

Our health care workers are staying at Work for us
Please stay Home for them!!

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Treefest Needs NEW Leaders

Treefest is a community event about protecting, preserving and maintaining stewardship of the Riverview trees and environment. After 25 years of organizing and hosting the event, the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society (RHCS) is ready to hand over the reins of the leadership role to other interested community groups.

About Treefest
Treefest is held annually in September on the Riverview Lands. Treefest features guided tree and heritage tours and local environmental community groups. Although the event tends to occur in September, planning for the event starts as early as February in order to secure the schedule of guides for the tree and heritage tours and to arrange event site details with BC Housing. The City of Coquitlam, BC Housing and the Kwikwetlem First Nation are event partners.

For more information about Treefest, and to express an interest in leading a 2019 event, please contact Teri Madaisky at the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society.

Thank you, RHCS Executive
Telephone 604-290-9910 or email

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The Riverview Horticultural Centre Society, (RHCS). A non profit organization established in 1992 by a handful of enthusiastic Tri City residents, profoundly concerned at the time for the future preservation of the unique architectural beauty and a century of tree and plant evolution existing on the Riverview Lands. It was the original haven for mental health.

The decades have witnessed many changes on this beautiful 244 acre site and with the passing of time our executive has stood strong in our resolve to protect this site from the growing threat of development. However, today the majority of our executive are looking for an infusion of new energy to carry the torch we have kept burning for the past 25 years . In our hearts our love for the Riverview Lands will never wane and that is why we are now reaching out for your help.

We need new ideas, new leadership, we need an infusion of youthful energy, enthusiastic in the realization that the value of this incredible oasis of unique tree and animal diversity in the midst of an exploding population must not to be lost to further development.

Please, if you are able to share your time, if you have leadership skills, if you have youthful energy and if preservation of green space within city limits is important to you… please call us today!

We need your help to realize a successful conclusion to this very important cause.

Thank you, RHCS Executive
Telephone 604-290-9910 or email

As a Society we were very disappointed with the BC Housing document,
lets stop market housing & commercial construction that is not directly related to Mental Health issues.

Read a short summary of what is wrong with the BC Housing vision results: click here

The type of development BC Housing is proposing would be the eventual death of the trees in our World Class Arboretum. This type of development has no place on these lands. Why can the government not be forward thinking & see that our needs as a society will only multiply over the years. Our need for mental health space & a space where these beautiful old trees in a parklike setting can become a place for all to enjoy the serenity.
Once it is gone it can NEVER be replaced. How would Vancouver feel if they started to build a complete Community in Stanley Park?

Not enough time to read the very long Report?
Have a look at this 1 page of possible comments to submit or use as a starter for your own comments.

The future (or the destruction) of Riverview?
January 7, 2016: Greens Scene-Elaine Golds-Tricity News

It is important that each of us express our opinion while critical decisions are still to be made. Once again, we need to send a message that the Riverview Lands should remain in public ownership and accessible, that they should continue to be dedicated to the needs of the mentally ill,
and that the Heritage Trees, Buildings, and Landscapes should be preserved.

In the past, people have spoken strongly against market housing on the Riverview site - we hope the provincial government is listening as an important ecological, horticultural, and historical treasure would be lost forever.  We can’t allow this to happen.
Stay current and Ready to Act for the Riverview Site.


2016 - 2017 BC Housing continues to Remove Trees for Safety, Construction areas etc.!

December - Announcement of BC Housing Vision for Riverview Lands: Vision

September - GREEN SCENE: Save the trees, save the buildings, save Riverview - The extreme drought of this summer — which now, thankfully, seems to be over — has posed challenges for the fabulous tree collection at Riverview. - See more at:

September - LETTER: Neglect hurt trees on Riverview site
The Editor, On Saturday, Sept. 19, I attended the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society’s 2015 Treefest celebration, not having visited Riverview since the drought/windstorm of the summer.
See more at:

July 9, 2015 - Panel Discussion topic videos now available-site removed by Gov.

June 17, 2015 - Watch the 4th open house video! -site removed by Gov.

May 20, 2015 - Third Open House Report Now Available -site removed by Gov.

Presented to BC Housing & the Renewing Riverview Consultants:

2014 COQUITLAM Health Campus:
The City of Coquitlam retained Dr. John Higenbottam to translate their long-held vision for the Riverview Lands as a place for healing and caring into required programs, services and associated facilities.
The result is the creation of Into the Future: The Coquitlam Health Campus

BC Housing Visioning Process
To View what BC HOUSING is Planning - go to RENEWINGRIVERVIEW.COM

Heritage Canada Foundation Releases
2012 Top Ten Endangered Places -

- Riverview top of list for the 2012
The Heritage Canada Foundation (HCF) June 27 released its Top Ten Endangered Places and Worst Losses Lists drawing attention to architectural and heritage sites in Canada either threatened with demolition or already lost.
June 27, 2012 - The Heritage Canada Foundation (HCF) has released its Top Ten Endangered Places and Worst Losses Lists drawing attention to architectural and heritage sites in Canada either threatened with demolition or already lost. The Endangered Places List, compiled from nominations received as well as from news items that HCF has been following and reporting on throughout the year from west to east.- Tricity News

Val Adolph has written a very imformative article in the 'BC History Magazine'
To Read a Preview of the Article click here

Please see Appreciating the Heritage of Riverview Hospital,
an article published in Elaine Golds’ biweekly columnin the TriCity News on May 4, 2012

or click here for pdf

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