Coho Festival in West Vancouver

For over 30 years now the Coho Society of the North Shore has been celebrating the return of the Coho salmon to our local rivers and streams. This annual event, which takes place every September, is marked by a community wide celebration at Ambleside Park which includes the Coho Walk / Run and the very popular salmon barbecue. Delicious for all the right reasons, community leaders are only too happy to volunteer their time to come on out and cook up a storm. Display booths, live music, entertainment and more are all part of the day which goes to promote the preservation of the salmonid species while raising awareness about the importance of protecting the delicate riparian areas which are a signature part of our home town. Big thanks to Dee Gandhi for his photo help.

01 – Keeping things cooking over at the salmon grill are West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce president Gabrielle Loren, left, and Jane Kellette.

02 – And with their salmon flippers crossed in preparation, West Vancouver fire chief Jim Cook and West Vancouver Chamber executive director Leagh Gabriel get ready to feed the crowd.

03 – Performing live for the festival, members of The Wilds strike all the right chords. From left: Brain Newcombe (bass),  Kevin Wright (vocals, drums) , Holly Arntzen (vocals, dulcimer ) and David Sinclair (guitar).

04 – Family fun is also the name of the game today as Michael Ouochi entertains little Cayla Cham with an impressive display of balloon animals and art.

05 – Sunshine smiles from Sara Mckibben, left, and Karen Hamfeldt brighten an already perfect afternoon.

06 – We are family! Mieka Halliday Gunn, left, Ian Gunn and Graeme Halliday Gunn get the award for most festive outfits as they show their colourful spirit.

By Catherine Barr – September 9, 2012

Also as seen in print in the North Shore Outlook Newspaper (Black Press)


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