This volunteer group, aided by the City, the Coquitlam Optimists Club, and the Department of Fisheries Canada, was called the Hoy Creek Streamkeepers, circa 1992, and would eventually become known as the Hoy-Scott Watershed Society (HSWS). In 2002, the Society was established and registered with an updated mandate that extended beyond Hoy Creek to nearby areas, including Scott Creek.
Beyond raising salmon and facilitating the annual release and return of these fish, the Society performs stream and trail cleanup, plants trees and other native vegetation to provide a canopy for the creeks, removes invasive species like Himalayan blackberry, and offers tours of the hatchery facilities, among other activities.
The hatchery site itself is probably best known for the annual festivals hosted there which celebrate the epic journeys that salmon take at the beginning and end of their life cycles. These are the Salmon Leave Home (or Fry Release) and Salmon Come Home festivals, which take place rain or shine in May and October/November, respectively.
In 2020, the Hoy-Scott Watershed Society transferred its records from their office to the City of Coquitlam Archives.
From Chicken to Trout to Salmon
The property that now houses the salmon hatchery near Town Centre has a long history of supporting livestock and wildlife. Dorothy Morse Davidson recollects in Coquitlam 100 Years that in 1921, her father, Frederick Morse, moved to Coquitlam and bought the property from Fred Maudsley to build a chicken farm.