Join the Hoy-Scott Watershed Society on Sunday, May 6 for Salmon Leave Home at the Hoy Creek Hatchery located in the woods behind Douglas College north of Guildford Way in Coquitlam. Salmon Leave Home provides the community the opportunity to help release coho smolts into Hoy Creek. The salmon are approximately 17 months old and can range in length from 4 to 8 inches. Since their incubation, they have been living in a freshwater stream environment at hatchery.
The annual event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will go 'rain or shine'. Society volunteers will net and bucket the fish from the rearing pond, and children of all ages will carry the buckets a short distance to the creek to release the salmon.
From there, the smolts begin their journey to the sea via Hoy Creek, then Scott Creek, then Coquitlam River, then the Fraser River, and finally into the Strait of Georgia at the Pacific Ocean!
This free family event will also offer educational activities. Let us know your coming, or invite your family and friends on our Facebook event page.
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. It's a short 10 minute walk from the Douglas-Lafarge Lake skytrain station.
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.
To find the exact location simply Google, "Hoy Creek Hatchery."
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.