Our annual Salmon Leave Home event is held annually on the first Sunday in May to celebrate the release of our coho smolts. Our activities get underway at 11am and run through 2pm at the Hoy Creek Hatchery, where the public is invited to help release our coho smolts into Hoy Creek. In 2017 we'll celebrate on May 7th.
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!
It's a great family event, and takes place rain or shine! Location via Google maps. 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.
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.