Tag Archives: salmon

The Coquitlam River

The Coquitlam River flows from Coquitlam Lake into the Fraser River — a distance of only fourteen kilometres. I’ve hiked its trails that span both sides of the river from Crystal Falls in its upper reaches to the estuary. Continue reading The Coquitlam River

Salmon come home festival

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Yesterday marked the annual Hoy Creek Salmon Come Home Festival. Usually, I pass only a handful of hikers along the Hoy Creek Trail but on this day, there must have been a couple of hundred. Continue reading Salmon come home festival

Early chum arrivals

I’ve been waiting for the end of the month when the salmon return. Yesterday however, I decided to go earlier to the lower end of Hoy Creek where salmon spawn because I hadn’t walked there in months. Continue reading Early chum arrivals

B.C.’s Japanese influence

You might be surprised there are oodles of Japanese restaurants here after the treatment Canadian Japanese received during the second world war: their property seized never to be given back; dumped into camps into interior B.C. till after the war. Continue reading B.C.’s Japanese influence

Scott Creek chum

When I lived against this creek in Coquitlam, I walked the trail weekly. There were fish symbols advising visitors to protect the salmon plastered along the trail. I used to peer into the clear stream and not see anything. I wasn’t aware back then that the salmon only arrived in fall. Continue reading Scott Creek chum

A fight for survival against the Yukon

Salmon travel from the Bering Sea, past Whitehorse along the Yukon River for close to 3 000 kilometres to spawn. I still can’t grasp how an animal could swim against the powerful Yukon current for what must take weeks. Continue reading A fight for survival against the Yukon