Fingerling Festival 2014: Hooray for Salmon!

Port Moody Fingerling Festival 2014

Our family loves the Port Moody Ecological Society‘s Fingerling Festival. Every year we make a point of attending with our children, who take delight in the event. This fabulous, free, family event draws people not only from Port Moody, but from all across the Tri-Cities and surrounding communities as well. In fact, more than over 4,500 people of all ages come out every year.

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Salmon ready to be released

On May 3, 2014 from 11:00am-3:00pm, children of all ages will head to Noons Creek Hatchery 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 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.

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Bobs and Lolo entertain the adoring crowd of kids

If you’re hungry, stop by the hot dog tent, where proceeds from sales will go to the hatchery. Visit the more than 60 exhibitors in the hockey rink, which is taken over each year for the day for our festival. Adults and kids alike can learn about our local environment and how to take care of it. There are crafts, games, puzzles, interactive exhibits and more. And new this year, Miss Teenage British Columbia, Natasha Smith, will be the inaugural ‘Youth Ambassador’. All in all, it’s a hands-on experience that helps foster children’s love of the environment. The Port Moody Ecological Society hopes they’ll carry this love throughout their lives.

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Blessing the salmon

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. If you can provide sponsorship, buy a hot dog, or volunteer, they would love to hear from you. If you can volunteer on the day of the festival, visit 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.

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. See you there!

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