Coho Festival in West Vancouver, Plus Other Places to Buy Wild BC Salmon

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( If you’re a fan of local, wild salmon, you’ll want to check out the Coho Festival at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver on the weekend of September 8 and 9. The event is the main annual fundraiser for the Coho Society of the North Shore, a volunteer-based group that works to protect and revitalize North Shore waterways and the salmon that live in them.

The Coho Festival provides a great chance to learn about the local salmon we have access to in BC. There will be live entertainment, kids’ activities, educational displays that explain how local salmon live in and move through our waterways, and, of course, a barbecue featuring fresh, local, wild salmon. The salmon served is Ocean Wise and Ecotrust Certified wild Coho salmon from Haida Gwaii.

More active types may want to check out the Coho Run, the Coho Walk, or the Coho Swim, all on Sunday, September 9. The 14 km run starts at Kits beach and ends at the Coho Festival site in Ambleside park. The run fee is $50, with all net proceeds going to support the Coho Society’s activities. The walk has 4.5 or 8.5 routes, both starting from the Cleveland Dam, that allow you to follow the route young salmon take as they leave the hatchery and make their way to the ocean. The swim has a $50 registration fee that includes breakfast, and offers 1.5 or 3 km options starting and ending at Ambleside Park.

Where To Buy Local, Wild Salmon in Vancouver

If you want to get your hands on some fresh, local, wild salmon but you’re not close enough to check out the festival, you can find a list of wild salmon sellers on the website of the BC Salmon Marketing Council. For the freshest salmon available in the Vancouver area, they suggest buying straight off the dock at Steveston Harbour or False Creek. They also provide links for processors, stores (small shops and big retailers), and wholesale distributors where you can buy local, wild salmon, as well as options for mail order. You may also be able to find local wild salmon at your neighbourhood farmers’ market. Don’t be shy about asking sellers where the fish comes from, and confirming that it is wild, not farmed.

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