The Coho Festival is held the second Sunday in September and features our famous Coho Salmon Barbecue, the Coho Garden, Stewardship Zone, Kids Zone, Main Stage, the Squamish Nation Village. The day starts with a Coho Run, Coho Swim, pancake breakfast and much more.
The Save On Foods Salmon Barbecue has been the cornerstone of the Coho Festival since it’s inception in 1979. Most years we feature wild Coho Salmon that is local and/or sustainably harvested. The meal is rounded out with BC corn on the cob and locally grown salad. All plates and utensils are either made from recycled material and/or recyclable.
The Coho Garden offers local craft beers, cider and premium wines. Pick up your salmon dinner, grab a beverage and enjoy the waterfront view all while tapping your toe to the live band on the main stage. As we are a family event children 9 and under may accompany their parents into the Coho Garden.
Enjoy Vancouver’s favourite band Doug and the Slugs on the Western Stevedoring/Neptune Main Stage. Check schedule for more live entertainment.
The Stewardship Zone has over 20 exhibitors who are all involved in rejuvenating, maintaining and improving our streams, rivers, oceans, parks and forests for now and generations to come. Guests of all ages will learn more about the environment and how to be better stewards of what we have. A must see at the festival.
The Seaspan Kids Zone is filled with fun activities for children of all ages. The theme is centred around education, art & culture and outdoor activities. Try out the climbing wall!
The Squamish Nation will again be participating in the festival welcoming all to Swáywi (Ambleside Park). The Squamish Nation Village display unique traditions and cultures including their interconnections and relationship to the salmon.
With help from WCS Recycling we send over 5000 pounds of organic and compostable material to be composted and 600 pound of recyclables to be recycled a 99% diversion rate each year.
The continued focus of the Coho Festival is the education on the protection of fish and their environment. The festival is now primarily a fundraising event to assist North Shore stewardship groups’ efforts to rebuild, repair and maintain salmon and other aquatic species and their habitats. It is an event where we celebrate the return of our salmon and can all learn how to be better stewards of our communities and our planet.