Welcome all to Swáywi (Ambleside Park)!

Sunday September 8, 2019

11am – 6pm

Join us as we celebrate a very special year… our 40th Anniversary along with the Year of the Salmon.

(Find out more www.yearofthesalmon.org)

The Coho Festival will start off early with the Coho Run that leaves Kitsilano at 9am and runners appear at the festival site around 9:45pm.  The Coho Swim’s course is at Ambleside Beach and starts at 9am.  Come cheer on the athletes!

Unfortunately the Coho Walk is CANCELLED for 2019.

Main Stage Entertainment

Presented by 

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11:00 – 11:45am Coho Runners Breakfast & Medal Presentations
12:00 – 12:50pm Cannery Row – New Orleans style blues
1:00 – 1:45pm Opening message by Master of Ceremonies Dan Burritt of the CBC
Welcoming Speech by Squamish Nation leader and the
traditional “Blessing of the Salmon” ceremony.
2:00 – 2:55pm Mostly Marley – Reggae hits
3:10 – 4:15pm The Adam Woodall Band – a local favourite
4:30 – 5:55pm Doug and The Slugs – a Canadian favourite
6:00pm Closing Remarks

Kids Zone

Presented by:

Entertainment, Activities & Fun Stuff!

The SEASPAN Kids Zone will have the  ever-popular Climb 5 Climbing Wall, and little ones will have a bouncy good time in the Save On Foods castle. There will be lots of live entertainment including 16-year-old Ashley Pater who brings her folk-pop style music that tells a story with lots of fun energy and new this year is our special guests Welh Tima Kexwusem Squamish Nation Dance Group.   Play a tune in Don Kline’s Ukulele workshop.  Kids can participate with Champions Kickboxing and Martial Arts Academy and learn some cool moves from the Vanleena Dance team. Check out the Meinhardts cookie decorating, wooden anchor and the SandFunz craft stations. The Red Fox Society Youth Leaders help kids learn stilt-walking, diablo, flower sticks and more,  Make sure you stop by the Mehndi & More Henna Artist station – great for teens & adults too.

11:00 – 11:30 am Champions Way of Life – Martial Arts
11:30 – 12noon Vanleena Dance Studios
12noon- 12:30 pm Welh Tima Kexwusem Squamish Nation Dance Group
12:30 – 1:00 pm Champions Way of Life – Martial Arts
1:00 – 1:30 pm Vanleena Dance Studios
1:30 – 2:00 pm Ashley Pater – folk-pop -music that tells a story with fun energy
2:00 – 2:30 pm Welh Tima Kexwusem Squamish Nation Dance Group
2:30 – 2:45pm Mascot Dance Party
3:00 – 4:00 pm Ashley Pater – folk-pop -music that tells a story with fun energy
4:00 – 4:30 pm Don Kline – Ukulele Workshop

Dining Garden

Presented by 

SOF_BCs Very Own

 11:15am – 5:30pm

Purchase tickets in the Dining Garden.  All proceeds are used to support wild salmon habitats on the North Shore.     

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


Make sure you leave room for North Vancouver’s best natural ice cream

from Earnest Ice Cream!

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. Drinking water will be available on-site but please bring your own bottle!  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!

Free Bike Registration

Offered by West Vancouver Police.  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 

11:00-11:30 AM

“Sustainable Initiatives in our local Tug, Barge and Ferry operations”

The talk will highlight Seaspan’s sustainable operations of our fleet, now and into the future. Topics include the clean operating hybrid electric/LNG Ferries, safe and efficient movement of goods, use of environmentally friendly products on board and vessel underwater noise reduction efforts. Presented by Darryl Lawes, Environmental Manager, Seaspan.


11:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

 “Killer Whales in Crisis: Threats Facing the Recovery of BC’s Most Iconic Animals” 

British Columbia is home to two salmon-eating populations of killer whales (orcas) known as “northern residents” and “southern residents”.  These populations are listed as threatened and endangered, respectively.  The southern resident killer whales are the most critically imperiled of the two; currently, only 74 southern resident killer whales remain.  Resident killer whales face a multitude of threats, including reduce prey availability, vessel strike and disturbance, and exposure to marine contaminants.  Come learn more about the threats facing these iconic animals, the research that is being conducted, and the ways in which you can get involved in their conservation. Presented by: Jessica Scott, BC Cetacean Sighting Network Manager and Applied Research Biologist, Ocean Wise Conservation Association.


12:00 – 12:30 P.M.

“Microplastics & Marine Life”

Plastic in our oceans is increasing at an exponential rate. So much so, it is estimated that at our continued rate of consumption, plastic in the oceans could outweigh fish by the year 2050. Plastic does not biodegrade; it simply breaks apart into smaller and smaller pieces—called microplastics. Microplastics are mistakenly eaten by many different animals, which may have impacts to the future health of marine food webs. This talk will focus on the current research on this marine pollutant and the potential effects it has to marine life including salmon. Presented by Rhiannon Moore, Researcher, Ocean Wise Plastics Lab.


12:30 – 1:00 P.M.

“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. The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project (SSMSP) is a $20+ million transboundary effort carried out over five years in partnership with Seattle-based non-profit Long Live the Kings. Learn about some of the key results of this research, information on the novel methodologies utilized, and our proposed actions and next steps. Presented by Dr. Isobel Pearsall, project co-ordinator for the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project.  


2:30 – 3:00 P.M.

“What we have learned from the Coho story”

Coho were so abundant in the Strait of Georgia in the 1970s that there was no need for management. By the early 1990s the recreational fishery had collapsed. It took about 20 years, but Coho fishing now gets better every year. The explanation for what happened is that we did not understand the mechanisms regulating Coho abundance and it is this understanding that is now essential for Chinook salmon. Also learn about some preliminary findings from a recent expedition I led with scientists from around the Pacific Rim to the Gulf of Alaska as part of salmon conservation activities related to the ‘International Year of the Salmon’. Presented by: Dr. Richard Beamish, Dr. Richard Beamish, C.M., O.B.C, Ph.D., D.Sc., F.R.S.C. , Emeritus Scientist at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, B.C.


3:00 – 3:30 P.M.

“Fraser River Rockslide Update- Will Salmon Ever Recover?”

In response to a significant landslide discovered in a narrow portion of the Fraser River near Big Bar, just north of Lillooet, B.C.,individuals from the Government of British Columbia, the Government of Canada, and First Nations have been working collaboratively to transport as many salmon upstream as possible and to re-establish natural passage. The situation is complex because the landslide occurred in a remote section of the Fraser River, with steep canyon walls and turbulent, swift-moving water. The site is also not accessible by existing public roads. Ongoing efforts to pass as many fish upstream as possible include capture and transport by helicopter and rock manipulation to re-establish natural fish passage. Presented by: Lee McCabe, Project Engineer, Fisheries and Oceans Canada


Squamish Nation Village

  • The Squamish Nation Canoe Family will give their traditional “Blessing of the Salmon” at the Opening Ceremonies, and at the Village, Nation Ambassadors will share stories, kids can make a salmon necklace or fish hat!  Nature Walks will be lead by Lacey Baker – tsitsayxemaat and will leave the Village at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.   Also at the Squamish Nation Village enter the draw for a stunning Salmon carving and Sterling Silver Salmon bracelet designed and donated by Richard E. Baker of the Squamish Nation!
  • The Squamish Ocean Canoe Family will be part of the Blessing of the Salmon.
  • Kids can make a salmon necklace or salmon hat!

Stewardship Zone Exhibitors

  • BC Cetacean Sightings Network
  • Blue Dot Movement
  • British Pacific Properties
  • Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society – (CPAWS)
  • Cheakamus Centre (Outdoor School)
  • DFO – Adult Salmon Tank Truck
  • DFO – Ground Fish Display
  • DFO – Hovercraft
  • DFO – Aquaculter
  • District of North Vancouver – Water Conservation
  • District of West Vancouver – Invasive Species
  • Encorp – Return-It
  • Force of Nature
  • Friends of Cypress Park
  • Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers
  • Metro Vancouver Air Quality
  • North Shore Black Bear Society
  • North Shore Cultural Map
  • North Shore Fish & Game Club – MacKay Creek
  • North Shore Fruit Tree Project
  • North Shore Streamkeepers Society
  • Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society
  • North Vancouver Museum
  • Ocean Ambassadors
  • Oceanwise
  • Old Growth Conservancy Society
  • Pacific Streamkeeper Federation
  • Paulene Johnston Outdoor School
  • Raincoast Conservation Foundation
  • Recycle BC
  • Seacology – Salt Water Touch Tank
  • Seymour Salmonid Society (Hatchery)
  • Vancouver Aquarium – Marine Mammal Rescue Centre
  • Vancouver Aquarium – Engaging Seniors
  • Watershed Watch Salmon Society
  • West Coast Environmental Law
  • West Van Streamkeepers Society
  • Western Purple Martin Association
  • Wild Bird Trust