Celebrate the return of salmon to local creeks this fall with free, fun and educational self-guided activities.
While the traditional Salmon Come Home event at Hoy Creek Hatchery will not take place this year, you can plan your own outing to watch the salmon battle their way back to their spawning grounds. Coquitlam has several salmon-viewing spots, with one of the best being Hoy Creek Linear Park, where new interpretive signs have been installed.
To help guide your family fun, check out this map of salmon-viewing locations along with a scavenger hunt to help you explore nature and have fun.
While exploring the community this fall, please remember to support our Coquitlam businesses by shopping, enjoying a meal out or picking up takeout.
Be Safe Outdoors and Be Bear Smart
While enjoying the outdoors be aware, listen and watch for bears:
Look for posted signs about animal activity. If you spot a bear, make a wide detour and leave the area the way that you came.
Look for bear signs like tracks, droppings, overturned rocks, rotten trees torn apart, clawed or bitten trees, bear trails, fresh diggings or trampled vegetation. These signs may indicate the bear is still in the area.
Make noises by talking to each other, singing or clapping your hands near streams to let a bear know of your presence.
Keep dogs on a leash so they cannot chase or antagonize a bear causing it to be aggressive.
If you see a bear:
Stop and remain calm. Often, if the bear has found a food source, do not disturb .
Give bears their space - stay at least 100 metres away.
Don’t scream, yell or run.
Talk in a low and calm voice while backing away slowly.
Keep away from the bear and warn others to do the same.