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Upcoming Salmon Events - Fall 2015
Friday, 11 September 2015

Campbell River: Haig-Brown Festival

Celebrate the lives of noted conservationist, writer and fly fisherman Roderick Haig-Brown and his wife Ann Elmore, on Sunday, September 13 from noon to 4 pm in Campbell River at the Haig-Brown Festival. Roderick Haig-Brown was a Director of The Nature Trust of BC. The festival celebrates the ideals of the Haig-Brown family which include conservation and community involvement, and acknowledges those in the community who have contributed to these ideals. Stewardship awards are presented by the City of Campbell River, followed by Haig-Brown readings, fly tying and fly casting events.  There are crafts and games for children, as well as musical entertainment, art displays and food.  Free admission for the entire event !Click here for the event website.


West Vancouver: Coho Festival

Join the Coho Society of the North Shore on Sunday, September 13th from 11 am - 6 pm at Ambleside Park, West Vancouver. The festival is a celebration of environmental protection and nature’s annual miracle of salmon returning to North Shore rivers and streams.

The festival begins with a traditional blessing and welcoming ceremony from the Squamish Nation whose traditional lands encompass the festival site. Local celebrities and well-known chefs will serve more than1900 barbecued salmon meals.  Enjoy your food along with a beverage in the Save On Foods Coho Garden. In addition to these events, North Shore residents and visitors will be treated to live music, environmental exhibits, First Nation displays and some great new activities and treasures to be found in the Kids Park held on Ambleside Beach. Click here for the festival website.


Coquitlam: Treefest

Bring the entire family to this annual celebration of trees on Saturday, September 19, 2015, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm at  Riverview Hospital Grounds located at 2601 Lougheed Highway in the parking lot of the Henry Esson Young building.  

Enjoy a host of FREE activities including:

  • Guided tree tours every hour from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Tour of the Heritage Buildings (exterior only) by well-known heritage consultant Donald Luxton
  • Children’s crafts and activities
  • History bus tours featuring people who have interesting stories to tell of their time working or living at Riverview/Essondale. (Bus seating is very limited and a minimum donation of $2 per person is suggested).
  • Blackberry Tea in the Serenity Garden hosted by volunteers from the Maple Creek Streamkeepers
  • SPARC antique radio museum will be open for visitors

Click here for the event website.


Coquitlam: Fraserfest

We all live in a watershed. Come celebrate the Coquitlam River Watershed at FraserFEST, a province-wide series of family-friendly festivals in communities along the banks of the Fraser River on Sunday,September 20, 2015, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm Colony Farm Regional Park, Coquitlam, BC. Participants can learn about the Fraser River’s history, culture, and the issues threatening its health, as well as solutions for change. Enjoy live music, educational booths and art projects and more! Check the website for the details.


Kelowna: Kokanee Salmon Festival

Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 20 from 11 am. to 3 pm  at Mission Creek Regional Park in Kelowna. Join people of all ages in learning about salmon spawning, conservation, and local heritage. For more details, click here.


North Shore: Seymour Salmonid Society Open House

Attend the  Seymour Salmonid Society's annual open house Sunday, September 20 from 10 am. to 3 pm  at  the Seymour River Hatchery near North Vancouver. Enjoy a fun-filled day while learning more about how you can support salmon! Enjoy educational tours, a barbeque, and kids games and prizes. The society is offering free bus rides to the hatchery from Rice Lake Gate Parking. For more details, click here.


Chilliwack: Vedder River Clean-Up

Celebrate World Rivers Day 2015 with The Nature Trust of BC and join the Chilliwack Vedder Clean Up Society river clean-up Sunday, September 27 from from 9:30 am to noon followed by a volunteer appreciation BBQ. Everyone is invited to the Chilliwack Fish and Game Club House at 48685 Chilliwack Lake Road. Registration begins at 8:30 am. The river clean-up will take place followed by entertainment and draw prizes. If you would like to join The Nature Trust volunteer team, please contact Jocelyn Wood at jocelyn.wood.fwr@gmail.com


Maple Ridge: World Rivers Day

On Sunday, September 27, 2015,  11 am - 3 pm  at the Kanaka Creek Regional Park, Maple Ridge celebrate World Rivers Day with canoe tours, children’s activities and stewardship displays. Allow 1.5 hours to complete all activities. Meet at the riverfront south of Lougheed Highway and River Road, Maple Ridge. This is a free, all-ages, drop-in event.  For more information call K.E.E.P.S at 604-970-8404. Presented by Kanaka Education and Environmental Partnership Society (K.E.E.P.S.) and Metro Vancouver.


Rivers and Trails Festival and Blis Yoga Festival

Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 27, 2015 for the Rivers and Trails Festival now expanding to include a wellness festival! Come out to celebrate a healthy watershed and a healthy you!  More information available at: Rivers and Trails Festival and Tola Yoga's Bliss Festival website. 

In 2012 this unique festival was expanded to two park locations with a great outcome and the 2015 planning team is continuing the expansion of this festival. 

Festival activities will start at 10am in Lions Park (2300 Lions Way) and will include:

  • Outdoor Yoga classesOutdoor Yoga
  • Music by Chersea
  • Art activities
  • Salmon release
  • Tree plantings
  • Children’s stations with a passport program and opportunities to win prizes.

Activities will begin at noon in Peace Park (1470 Kebet Way) where there will be:

  • Children’s games
  • Concession
  • Art activities
  • Entertainment and barge access onto the Fraser River provided by Harken Towing.
  • Paddle wheeler loadingFrom this barge, river tours will be available aboard the SS Native Paddle wheeler, for $2 per person on a first come, first served basis. A limited number of tickets are available only at Peace Park. 

Check out the website for a complete itinerary of the festival!

Coquitlam: Salmon Come Home

On Sunday,October 25, 2015, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm join City of Coquitlam and the Hoy/Scott Creek Watershed Society to welcome the salmon home! Come by the Hoy Creek Hatchery for family friendly activities, including in-stream live salmon demos, musical entertainment, habitat restoration (planting), interactive children’s activities, food, and educational exhibits. Approximately 2000 people came out in 2014 and there was a good show of chum salmon in the stream. Prime viewing is middle of October through early November. Click here for the event website.

Hyde Creek Salmon Festival

On November 15, 2015, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm join the Hyde Creek Watershed Society at their 16th Annual Hyde Creek Salmon Festival. Special thanks to co-sponsor City of Port Coquitlam and to Fortis BC, Port Metro Vancouver and Vancity-Port Coquitlam for also sponsoring this event. This is a Free Family Event Located indoors and out at: Hyde Creek Recreation Centre - 1379 Laurier Avenue Hyde Creek Education Centre & Hatchery - 3636 Coast Meridian Road. Click here for the event website.

Salmon Festival activities include:   

  • Informative and interactive environmental displays and exhibits
  • Live raptors, and amazing animal artifacts are 2 interesting presentations
  • Salmon Hatchery tours & nature walks
  • See the salmon close up with  in-stream salmon demonstrations and salmon dissections
  • Crafts, face painting, Home Depot bird house project, build a bee box, learn about urban beekeeping & honey extraction, decorate a salmon cookie
  • Learn about our local walking & running trails with the Running Room
  • Lions BBQ with salmon burgers, salmon chowder and hot dogs
  • Nylon Zoo with the giant inflatable fish & costumes has 4 children’s shows
  • Fundraising Raffle has many incredible prizes including, an evening at the Giggle Dam Theatre, Fraser River Safari boat trip, fishing rods, a downrigger, hand crafted doll and chocolate salmon courtesy of Charlies Chocolate Factory
  • Free Car Parking or Ride Your Bike – we have free valet-style safe bicycle parking