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Salmon Leave Home 2017 set for May 7th


 A father assists his son in releasing coho smolts into Hoy Creek during "Salmon Leave Home" 2016 (HSWS photo)

A father assists his son in releasing coho smolts into Hoy Creek during "Salmon Leave Home" 2016 (HSWS photo)

The Hoy-Scott Watershed Society's Salmon Leave Home event will be held on Sunday May 7th from 11am to 2pm.  This annual event is to celebrate the release of our coho smolts.  Activities take place in and around Hoy Creek Hatchery, where the public is invited to help release our coho smolts into Hoy Creek. 

The first 18 months of the life history of the coho salmon is spent in a freshwater stream environment.  HSWS volunteers incubate coho eggs and rear fry to the smolt stage in our rearing pond.  From the creek, the smolts begin their journey to the ocean: Hoy Creek → Scott Creek → Coquitlam River → Fraser River → Strait of Georgia / Pacific Ocean!  

This is a free and fun family event, and takes place rain or shine! 

The Hoy Creek Hatchery is located on Hoy Creek Trail, west of the City Centre Aquatic Complex at the corner of Pinetree and Guildford Way.  Aerial view. To find our exact location simply Google "Hoy Creek Hatchery."

Hoy Trail has a several entrances:

- Walk in from Princess Crescent;
- Walk in from behind Douglas College;
- Walk in from Guildford Way (between Johnson and Pinetree);
- Walk in from Walton Avenue, or behind Walton Elementary;
- Walk in from the foot of Lasalle Place.

Stay notified via our Facebook page and be sure to invite your family and friends!  Our event hashtag is #salmonleavehome, so if you attend, feel free to tweet or share, and check out what others are posting with our event hashtag.

(Photos from last year)