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Oct 09, 2019 Return to Headlines

Expanded Salmon Come Home Event Sunday, Oct. 20

by Colleen Smith |

COQUITLAM, BC, Oct. 9, 2019 – Coquitlam residents are invited to celebrate the annual fall return of chum and coho salmon to Hoy Creek at the popular Salmon Come Home event held on Sunday, Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Event Details
Co-hosted by the City of Coquitlam and Hoy-Scott Watershed Society, the free family event has an expanded site this year.

  • New this year are expanded interactive exhibits, musical entertainment, children’s crafts, activities, face painting and food vendors.
  • BC Taco, the Jerk Shack, and Spirit Bear Mobile Café will be at Pinetree Community Centre rear parking lot (1260 Pinetree Way) located immediately adjacent to one of the pedestrian entry paths to Hoy Creek Trail.
  • Hoy Creek Hatchery has streamside live salmon viewing, informative talks, expanded hatchery tours, crafts and the always-popular Nylon Zoo kids’ costume parade.
  • Visitors can enjoy a 'Watershed Walk' and a children's scavenger hunt between the hatchery and Pinetree Community Centre rear parking lot along the Hoy Creek Linear Park Trail that will also be populated with with informative signs about the Hoy Creek watershed. 

Attendees are advised to dress for the weather, as the event runs rain or shine. 

Location & Parking
The Hoy Creek Hatchery is located in Hoy Creek Linear Park, west of the City Centre Aquatic Complex, 1210 Pinetree Way (Pinetree and Guildford Way) and Pinetree Community Centre is located at 1260 Pinetree Way, just north of Douglas College.

Free parking is available at Coquitlam City Hall, Pinetree Community Centre and Douglas College. Both Pinetree Community Centre and the Hoy Creek Hatchery are also a 7-minute walk from the Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain Station.

Visitors are encouraged to start their visit at Pinetree Community Centre and enjoy the 'Watershed Walk' to the hatchery.

Visitors can use this handy event map to assist with their visit. More information is available at www.coquitlam.ca/salmoncomehome and  www.hoyscottcreeks.org

Background 
Salmon Come Home is an annual event in Coquitlam and 2019 is its 26th year. Visitors can witness the return of chum and coho salmon to the creek where they spawn after living most of their adult lives at sea. Prime viewing of the returning salmon is from mid-October to early November from various locations in Hoy Creek Linear Park.

Media contact:
Steffanie Warriner 
Manager, Environmental Services
City of Coquitlam
604-927-3536
swarriner@coquitlam.ca