The name Coquitlam comes from the Coast Salish word “kʷikʷəƛ̓əm,” which means “red fish up the river.” Here you can witness the salmon run, one of Mother Nature’s greatest displays, as salmon make their final journey upstream to their birthing grounds.
In Coquitlam, you can be treated to a close-up view of the salmon run each fall. Watch for chum from early- to mid-October to early November, and coho from late October to late December.
After spending much of their adult lives at sea, thousands of fish return to the local waterways to spawn. Duck into the Hoy Creek Trail that leads to Hoy Creek Hatchery for some prime lookout spots along the water. Other good locations in City Centre to view this natural phenomenon include the trails along the Coquitlam River and along Scott Creek off Guildford Way.
Salmon Leave Home
Celebrate the release of young coho salmon into the creek to start their journey to the Pacific Ocean and learn about Coquitlam’s history involving salmon. This free family event takes place each May at Hoy Creek Fish Hatchery.
Salmon Come Home
Celebrate the return of the salmon during the salmon run at this free family event each October at Hoy Creek Fish Hatchery. Entertainment includes live salmon demonstrations, music, interactive children’s activities, food and educational exhibits.