Welcome all to Swáywi (Ambleside Park)!

Sunday September 10, 2017

11am – 6pm

Coho Festival 2017 Map

Main Stage Entertainment

Presented by 

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11:00 – 11:45am Coho Runners Breakfast & Medal Presentations
12:00pm – 12:50pm Viper Central – Blue Grass
1:00am- 1:45pm Opening message emcee Pam Bentley (Co-op Radio)
Welcoming Speech by Squamish Nation leader and the
traditional “Blessing of the Salmon” ceremony.
2:00pm – 2:45pm Four on The Floor  – playing a mix of Pop, Rock, and Top 40 hits.
3:00pm – 4:00pm Taylor James performs her rock, blues and alternative folk
4:00pm – 4:30pm Gary Comeau & Jerry Cook- The  Mardi Gras Minstrels
4:30pm – 5:55pm The ODDS – Come out to enjoy one of Canada’s favourite,
power-pop legend bands performing LIVE!
What could be  better than a  BBQ Salmon dinner with a beverage
 in the Save On Foods Dining Garden while overlooking the
 waterfront at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver – all while
listening to the rocking tunes from The ODDS!
6:00pm Closing Remarks

Kids Park Entertainment

11:30 am Champions Way of Life
12 noon Vanleena Dance Studios
12:30 pm Mike Battie – Street Entertainer
1:00 pm Mascot Dance Party
1:30 pm Nitrous Star – Hoopdancer
2:00 pm Champions Way of Life
2:30 pm Nitrous Star – Hoopdancer
3:00 pm Vanleena Dance Studios
3:30 pm Gary Comeau & Jerry Cook – The Mardi Gras Mistrels

Come watch Mike Battie entertain the crowd (may even include some fire!!), tap your toes to Gary Comeau & the Mardi Gras Mistrals.  Watch for Sylvia the Balloon Lady! We welcome everyone to watch or be mezmerized by the Hoopdance performer ‘Nitrous Star’, energize with Vanleena dancers & Champions Martial Arts Academy demonstrations.   Learn how to stilt-walk and pogo with the help of the Red Fox Society.

Kids park Activities & Fun Stuff!

Bouncy Castles, Climbing Wall, Sand Art Party, Henna Art,  magic and fire  – so much to enjoy!    Tickets need to be purchased from Kids Park Ticket booth.  but there’s also lots of fun stuff to do FREE !  All proceeds go to the Coho Society.

Dining Garden

Presented by 

SOF_BCs Very Own

 11:15am – 5:30pm


A grilled 6oz Wild Coho Salmon Fillet, salad with cherry tomatoes & choice of assorted dressings and fresh BC Corn on the Cob.


A grilled 6oz Wild Sockeye Salmon Fillet, served on a fresh baked bun

BC CORN-ON-THE-COB (with butter) $3
Purchase tickets in the Dining Garden.  All proceeds are used to support wild salmon habitats on the North Shore.

Environmentally Friendly Event

Zero Waste

The Coho Festival is a zero waste event. All products on site will be organic or recyclable, no products used at the festival will be headed to a landfill. We thank Green Chair who have helped to make this possible. Be environmentally responsible & come by bike, walk or take public transit.


Very limited parking on the site.  Plan ahead – come by bike, walk or take public transit.

Bike Lock-Up Area

Avoid parking woes and ride your bike to the event!  See location on map.

Free Bike Registration

Offered by West Vancouver Police. Find them in the Bike Valet area. They have joined a growing number of police agencies in BC partnering with 529 Garage, a community based bike registration and recovery service.  #endbiketheft

Tent Talks

Located in the big tent at the back of the Stewardship Zone 


“How the Squamish Streamkeepers brought Herring back to Howe Sound and False Creek”

Learn about local efforts to bring back herring, a cornerstone of the marine foodweb, including coho salmon. Presented by Dr. Jonn Matsen, Co-chair and herring coordinator, Squamish Streamkeepers Society.


“The B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network – cetaceans, citizen science and you”

If you’ve seen the misty blow of a whale or the fin of a dolphin recently, find out why the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network wants to know! Discover the whales, dolphins, porpoises, and sea turtles that inhabit B.C. waters. Learn how coastal citizens become citizen scientists by participating in marine conservancy and research. Presented by Jessica Torode, Coordinator, B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network.


“Seymour River Rockslide Mitigation Project”

Be inspired by local efforts to restore fish passage after the 2014 rockslide blocked the Seymour River. We guarantee it will be a blast!  Presented by Shaun Hollingsworth, President, Seymour Salmonid Society, and co-presenter Sasha Gale, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Seymour Salmonid Society.


“Salish Sea Marine Survival Project”

In 2013, the Pacific Salmon Foundation launched a landmark effort to help restore Chinook, Coho and Steelhead populations in the Strait of Georgia and Salish Sea. Find out some of the highlights of this research, including the role of seals in the decline of Coho and Chinook, state of the art research into salmon disease, the impacts of harmful algal blooms on juvenile salmon, and novel tagging methods that have shed light on salmon migration and mortality. Presented by Dr. Isobel Pearsall, project co-ordinator for the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project.

Coast Salish weaver Joy Joseph-McCullough created a wool piece during the festival. She also does cedar weaving work.


Squamish Nation Village

  • Squamish Nation Story Teller/Ambassador will share Squamish stories showcasing our sacred connection to the salmon, our History and sharing a Squamish Song
  • The Squamish Ocean Canoe Family will be part of the Blessing of the Salmon and will be paddling in if weather permits.

Stewardship Zone Exhibitors

  • BC Cetacean Sightings Network
  • BC Salmon Marketing Council
  • British Pacifi c Properties
  • Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society – (CPAWS)
  • Cheakamus Centre (Outdoor School)
  • DFO – Adult Salmon Tank Truck
  • DFO – Ground Fish Display
  • DFO – Hovercraft (Watch for them on the beach!)
  • District of North Vancouver – Water Conservation
  • Emotive
  • Friends of Cypress Park
  • Green Chair Recycling (Encorp Pacific)
  • Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre
  • Marine Mammal Rescue Centre
  • Metro Vancouver Regional Parks
  • Nature Kids BC
  • North Shore Black Bear Society
  • North Shore Fish & Game Club
  • North Shore Fruit Tree Project
  • North Shore Safety Council
  • North Shore Streamkeepers Society
  • Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society
  • Old Growth Conservancy Society
  • Pacific Streamkeeper Federation
  • Paulene Johnston Outdoor School
  • Raincoast Conservation Foundation
  • Saturna Island Marine Research – (SIMRES)
  • Seacology – Salt Water Touch Tank
  • Seymour Salmonid Society (Hatchery)
  • Watershed Watch Salmon Society
  • West Coast Environmental Law
  • West Van Nature House Society (Navy Jack)
  • West Van Shoreline Preservation
  • West Van Streamkeepers Society