Fingerling Festival 2012: Swim Salmon Swim!


Fingerling Festival 2012 Port Moody Ecological Society

The Port Moody Ecological Society‘s Fingerling Festival is a fabulous, free, family event. It’s an annual favourite for many people not only in Port Moody, but all across the Tri-Cities and from surrounding communities as well. On May 5, 2012 from 11:00am – 3:00pm, over 4000 people of all ages will help release young salmon from the Noons Creek Hatchery into Noons Creek. This year, the Ecological Society is celebrating our community’s rich cultural diversity with a multi-language banner providing instructions on releasing the young salmon into Noons Creek. They invited members of the Tri-Cities community to contribute and have received over 20 translations to date.

This popular community event provides an opportunity for the young and young-at-heart to help release 40,000 young salmon into Noons Creek for their four-year journey at sea. It all kicks off at 11:00am, when Rev. David Spence will bless the salmon at the hatchery. The fun just keeps growing from there. Head into the adjacent Port Moody Skating Arena for a broad variety of displays will provide opportunities to learn more about community initiatives and environmental stewardship. Over 50 organizations will have informative displays and interactive children’s activities, including Habitat for Humanity and Wildlife Rescue. Plus the always-popular Bobs & Lolo will be on hand, performing two free concerts at 11:30am and 1:30pm.

The Fingerling Festival will include fund-raising raffles and a hot dog stand. Funds raised will be used to help operate the hatchery, offer school programs, and maintain a water quality testing laboratory.

Parking at the Port Moody Recreation Complex is limited – especially on the day of the festival. People are encouraged to carpool, use public transit or cycle to the event.

If you can help out with the festival, the Port Moody Ecological Society wants to hear from you. To find out more email them at portmoodyecologicalsociety@hotmail.com, or drop by the hatchery any morning between 9:00 and 11:00am.

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