The Return of the Salmon Festival 2002
by Lisa Stewart, Tofino
The Central Westcoast Forest Society, in partnership with Pacific Rim
National Park Reserve and many community partners, invites you to the
3rd Annual Return of the Salmon Festival set for Sunday, October 27th
See wild Pacific salmon returning to spawn in creeks restored through
grassroots effort. Taste gourmet West Coast seafood. Browse the displays,
listen to the interpretive shows, learn about one of Canada's
most precious resources. Share a fun and informative day with your
The Return of the Salmon Festival will be hosted by Pacific Rim National
Park Reserve at the Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre. The official
opening ceremony will take place at 11 am in the centre's theatre
or in the parking lot if weather permits. Two new signs for the Fisheries
Restoration Interpretive Drive will be unveiled at the ceremony.
Guided salmon watching tours via shuttle service will take place
to Salmon Creek and to the Thornton Creek Hatchery. The first tour
leave after the opening ceremonies at 11:30 am with tours to follow
every half hour until the last tour of the day at 2 pm. With travel
time, the tours will be approximately 90 minutes in length.
The festival will offer informative films and slide shows in the
Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre theatre and an educational and fun
fair with booths set up by many different organizations and businesses
including the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, BC Salmon Marketing Council,
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Bamfield Marine Station and many others.
Games, displays, demonstrations, and fun activities will be the focus
of the fair.
Lunch will be available on site at the festival, at no charge, thanks
to the efforts of Tofino's Wickaninnish Inn/Pointe Restaurant
and generous local sponsors.
The festival will continue until 4 pm, giving people just enough
time to get to the Wickaninnish Inn and Pointe Restaurant in Tofino
evening for the 3rd Annual Wine Maker's Gourmet Fundraising Dinner
with proceeds to the Central Westcoast Forest Society and the Tofino
Salmon Enhancement Society. The featured winery this year is Burrowing
Owl from Oliver, BC. (Tickets are limited.)
On Saturday, October 26 an evening of information will be offered
with special guests visiting the West Coast for the festival. The special
evening will take place at the Ucluelet Athletic Centre (UAC Hall)
at 7 pm. Refreshments are provided at no
The Return of the Salmon Festival is an exciting idea that wouldn't
be possible without a great deal of cooperation and commitment from
area groups, businesses, and individuals," says Len Dziama, General
Manager of the CWFS.
It's a win-win situation. We get to educate people about salmon,
we get to talk about the important work of the society and its partners,
and by making it an annual event, with the communities‚ help,
we can hopefully extend this area's tourism season."