One of our favourite events each year in the V3H is the Port Moody Ecological Society‘s Fingerling Festival. This fabulous, free, family event draws people not only from Port Moody, but from all across the Tri-Cities and surrounding communities as well.
On May 4, 2013 from 11:00am-3:00pm, children of all ages will head to Noons Creek Hatcher to help release 40,000 juvenile chum salmon into Noons Creek. In the process, you’ll be helping these fish begin their four-year journey out to sea. You’ll also have a chance to visit the hatchery, with its fish-rearing pond and restored wetland. But this event offers much more than just a chance to release salmon. Next door in the skating rink you’ll find displays to help you learn more about about community initiatives and environmental stewardship. And by popular demand, Bobs and Lolo will be back again to give performances at 11:30am and 1:30pm in the arena.
If you’re hungry, stop by the hot dog tent, where proceeds from sales will go to the hatchery. And be sure to buy a raffle ticket, too. The Port Moody Ecological Society is a 100% volunteer-operated teaching hatchery that raises coho and chum salmon. They have been teaching water quality testing for over 15 years, and they provide community outreach and school programs all year long. Any tickets you buy will be for a great cause – plus, you could win some great prizes!
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.
As a volunteer-run organization, the Port Moody Ecological Society is always looking for people who can help them in their work. At the moment, they especially need volunteers to help out with the Fingerling Festival. To find out more about that, go here. Also, anytime you’d like to learn more about the hatchery, you can drop by their location on Noons Creek any morning between 9:00 and 11:00am.
See you at the festival!