Salmon Come Home

Most years, the City along with the Hoy-Scott Watershed Society celebrate the return of salmon to local creeks in the fall 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. 

Salmon Come Home (EVENT FULL)

Due to the high demand and limited event spaces due to Covid event planning guidelines, the spaces are all full. 

We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding. Please take the time to enjoy any number of the amazing salmon-viewing locations and participate in a nature scavenger hunt as you explore our outdoors - all the details are below. 

Salmon Spawning Viewing Map and Scavenger Hunt

To help guide your family fun, check out this map of salmon-viewing locations (PDF) along with a scavenger hunt to help you explore nature and have fun. Every year the number of salmon who return varies. You may be able to spot chum, chinook, or Coho salmon this fall.

While exploring the community, please remember to support our Coquitlam businesses by shopping, enjoying a meal out or picking up takeout. Don't forget to always pack out what you pack in, do not leave garbage. It's unsightly and it serves as an attractant to wild animals, especially bears.

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.