16th Annual Hyde Creek Salmon Festival

Hyde Creek Salmon Festival 2015

Each fall from October to December, the Coho and Chum salmon make marathon journeys from the ocean back to Hyde Creek. They are coming back to their birthplace to lay and fertilize their eggs. It is the end of these spawning salmons’ lifespans.

Celebrating the return of the salmon and their amazing life-cycle, a Port Coquitlam group of volunteer streamkeepers organized the first Hyde Creek Salmon Festival back in 1999. This family event of educational displays and interactive exhibits promotes environmental awareness, protection and stewardship in fun and
fascinating ways. The Festival is the largest environmental festival held in the Lower Mainland annually.

This year it’s happening on Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 11:00am – 3:00pm. The 16th Annual Hyde Creek Salmon Festival will see more than 5000 visitors enjoy a day of exploring, experiencing and learning about the salmon and wildlife in a fish-bearing watershed located within the cities of Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam.

Highlights of the 16th annual festival will include:

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada displaying live salmon (up close!)
  • Orphaned Wildlife Society (OWL) exhibiting a live eagle
  • Salmon dissections and microscope investigations
  • A gigantic “blue fish” with live storyteller and interactive costumes
  • Face painting and cookie decorating for the young-at-heart
  • Refreshments at the fundraising BBQ
  • Looking for local flora and fauna on a guided nature walk
  • Visiting an operating salmon hatchery
  • The chance to win exciting prizes at the raffle table
  • Free secure bicycle, baby buggy and wagon parking by BEST (Better Environmentally Sound Transportation).

The festival is co-sponsored by the City of Port Coquitlam and will be held at the Port Coquitlam Recreation Centre and the Hyde Creek Education Centre & Hatchery in Port Coquitlam. The two venues are linked by a short trail along Hyde Creek, which will be well-marked by colourful banners.

Thirty years ago, a small group of family and friends began working out of a backyard on Hyde Creek with a bathtub and home-made incubators. Their goal was to help the diminishing Coho salmon population. Collectively, these streamkeepers evolved into The Hyde Creek Watershed Society. Today they operate a salmon enhancement hatchery and the largest education centre in British Columbia run by volunteers. For more information on the event and the work done by the Hyde Creek Watershed Society, visit their website at www.hydecreek.org.

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