Adopt-a-Fish Salmon Release | All Ages

This annual event lends a helping hand to the next generation of McDonald Creek Coho Salmon and teaches people about the lifecycle of these iconic fish and the pressures facing them. Elementary-aged school children will have the opportunity to release a one-year-old Coho Salmon (called a smolt) into McDonald Creek to begin its life in the wild.

Children can pick up their Salmon Adoption Certificate outside the Library and cross the street to Memorial Park to release a juvenile salmon into McDonald Creek. The Streamkeepers Society will be on hand to answer questions, provide information and assist with the release of the salmon, which are raised by Department of Fisheries and Oceans staff at the Capilano River Hatchery and transported to McDonald Creek on the day of the event.      

The Library also has a great collection of salmon and other fish resources — here’s a list of just some of what is available:

Adopt-a-Fish is open to elementary-aged school children and their families and will proceed rain or shine. No registration is required. 

This program is held in partnership with West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society, the Coho Society of the North Shore and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. 

Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

For more information, visit or call the Youth Department at 604.925.7408.

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