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Oct 13, 2017 Return to Headlines

View Spawning Salmon and the Stanley Cup in Coquitlam

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COQUITLAM, BC, Oct. 13, 2017 – Hockey fans and wildlife enthusiasts will be streaming in to Coquitlam’s City Centre in the coming weeks to view two major spectacles.

The NHL has selected Coquitlam Centre as its only B.C. stop for its North American Centennial celebration, set for Oct. 21-22, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The parking lot will be buzzing with eager crowds hoping to view the Stanley Cup and some of their hockey heroes, including Canucks alumni (names yet to be released).

Other main attractions include a 53-foot museum truck filled with hockey memorabilia and interactive displays, a virtual reality experience for fans that involves clearing the ice in a Zamboni, and a temporary rink on site for street hockey.

After getting your Canucks fix, take a short walk to Coquitlam’s Hoy or Scott creeks to view one of Mother Nature’s most fascinating displays.

See Salmon in the Wild
Thousands of salmon will fill our waterways in the coming months as they make their epic journey home to the creeks where they were born. Some will swim hundreds of kilometres, battling many obstacles and even leaping upstream through rushing water.

Whether you’re a young child, an international visitor seeing spawning salmon for the first time, or a seasoned wildlife spotter, this scene never fails to impress. Watch for chum from early to mid-October to early November and coho from late October to late December.

Where to View Spawning Salmon
For some prime viewing spots, head over to Coquitlam’s Hoy and Scott creeks. The trails surrounding Hoy Creek Hatchery are a great place to start, located a short walk from Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station.

Enter the trail between Pinetree Community Centre and Douglas College (Pinetree Way) and head south (left). The trail will lead you to Hoy Creek Salmon Hatchery and rearing pond with a footbridge with great views.  Another great viewing spot along Hoy Creek is the footbridge near the end of Lasalle Place. For Scott Creek, one spot to try is the Guildford Way platform bridge.

Interesting Fact: Coquitlam’s name comes from the Coast Salish word “Kwikwetlem,” which means “red fish up the river.” This refers to sockeye salmon in the Coquitlam River, once an important food source to the Kwikwetlem First Nation.

FREE EVENT: Salmon Come Home
Sunday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Celebrate the return of the salmon at this free family event at Hoy Creek Hatchery, located in Hoy Creek Linear Park, west of City Centre Aquatic Complex (closest street is Princess Cres.). Entertainment includes live salmon demonstrations, music, interactive children’s activities, food and educational exhibits.

Spot the Salmon Sculptures
In recognition of the salmon’s significance in Coquitlam, a series of 12 sculptures designed by Squamish Nation artist Jody Broomfield were placed throughout the city beginning in 2016. Each piece stands more than six feet high and has been decorated by a different local artist. Also spot the ‘Return of the Sockeye’ sculpture in Coquitlam Spirit Square, next to City Hall.

A Special Thank You
Thank you to all the community members and volunteers who work tirelessly to keep our waterways clean. Coquitlam residents are active participants in environmental protection, awareness and stewardship.  View a video of our environmental volunteers:

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Eric Kalnins
Tourism Manager, City of Coquitlam


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