Coho Festival celebrates 36 years of environmental stewardship with a zero waste event!

Map of bus route

Coho Schedule 2015 

Started in 1980 as a local initiative by West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, the Annual Coho Festival has grown to be the major environmental happening on the North Shore.


The festival is presented by the Coho Society of the North Shore, as a celebration of environment protection and nature’s annual miracle of salmon returning to North Shore rivers and streams.

The 2015 Festival will be held Sunday, September 13th from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Ambleside Park, West Vancouver.

On Sunday, approximately 700 athletes turn out for the 14K Coho Run from Kitsilano Park to Ambleside Beach. The morning events also include the Coho Swim, an exciting open water swim. Over 80 swimmers are expected to be in the water which is sure to attract spectators! A large number of people also take part in the Coho Walk down the Capilano River to attend the event without needing to bring their car. (Visitors to the festival can also learn about many aspects of our environment by attending our new Tent Talks lectures. The Coast Salish Community Canoe family will arrive in a large war canoe after a paddle through Burrard Inlet to help with festival commencement ceremonies. Furthermore, visitors will also have an opportunity, by purchasing a ticket, to win a very valuable original Squamish Nation wood carving. Proceeds from the sale of these tickets will go directly to support the Seymour Salmonid Society in work being undertaken to remedy the catastrophic landslide that occurred earlier in 2015 that has blocked fish passage to the Seymour River Hatchery.

The official commencement of the festival begins with a traditional blessing and welcoming ceremony from the Squamish Nation whose traditional lands encompass the festival site. Local celebrities and well-known chefs will serve over 1900 barbecued salmon meals.  Enjoy your food along with a beverage in the Save On Foods Coho Garden. In addition to these events, North Shore residents and visitors will be treated to live music, environmental exhibits, First Nation displays and some great new activities and treasures to be found in the Kids Park held on Ambleside Beach. 

This festival is a zero waste event and organizers are asking citizens to carry out what they bring in, take transit, walk or bike to the festival. Visitors of all ages can learn ways to protecting and preserve our environment with the goal of becoming stewards of the environment. As stewards our goal is to bring wild salmon back to streams and rivers across the North Shore, Greater Vancouver and surrounding areas. This popular North Shore family affair will attract large crowds of local residents and visitors from across the Lower Mainland. Join in with the Coho Society to help raise awareness and funds for the mission to protect salmon streams for present and future generations.

Salmon BBQ at the Coho Festival
The Coho Festival Highlights include:

· Coho Run
· Coho Swim
· Coho Walk
· First Nations Village
· Famous Salmon barbecue
· Stewardship Zone with interactive environmental displays
· Visual arts exhibitions
· Live entertainment
· Kids' activities

Here is some coverage of the 2014 event.

Click here to view the 2014 Coho Festival Program Guide




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