Salmon are legendary on the West Coast. Our Northwest Native cultures revered the running of the salmon as it represented not only the cycle of life, but sustenance for their people who caught the fish. Fish were carved it into totems and jewelry, painted and the basis for stories that became legends in this area. During Salmon season on Vancouver’s North Shore, you can see artwork, feast on a salmon barbecue, go salmon fishing, attend the Coho Festival, pick up some smoked salmon, hike the fish spawning trails and even visit a Capilano Salmon Hatchery.
The Coho Festival takes place every September at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver.
This Coho Festival is fun for all ages: kids activities, live entertainment, famous salmon BBQ, and interactive learning about the environment, salmon, and other wildlife.
Capilano Salmon Hatchery
At the Capilano Salmon Hatchery, located just off Capilano Road, you can witness the marvel of the returning salmon for FREE.
There is a small Interpretive Centre where you can watch the salmon climb the fish ladder, and read about salmon life cycle and migration.
Go for a Hike
If you want to get an up close look at local salmon, try hiking the local Salmon Spawning trails. The Capilano Pacific Trail is an easy hike that starts in Ambleside Park, and continues through Capilano River Regional Park to the Capilano Salmon Hatchery, Cleveland Dam and Capilano Lake.
Distance: 15 km return. Allow 4 hours.
Learn about our native culture on a tour with Takaya Tours in a 25-foot ocean going canoe. Paddle the protected waters of the Burrard Inlet and Indian Arm, while guides from the Coast Salish Nation sing songs, tell legends and point out ancient village sites. The tours are designed for people of all ages and fitness levels. Salmon barbecues are available at the end of tours for group bookings.
If you want the thrill of catching a fish Sewell’s Marina in Horseshoe Bay offers salmon fishing charters. Experienced guides will take you to some of the prime local fishing locations.
Salmon season runs from April through late-September on Vancouver’s North Shore.
Places to Eat Salmon
Eat salmon seaside at the Pier Seven restaurant, located on the boardwalk of the historic Shipyards in North Vancouver. The waterfront location has great views of the waterfront and the city of Vancouver.
At this time of year local restaurants are serving up their salmon specialties. From salmon benny in the morning, to salmon salad for lunch, to a salmon burger or sushi for dinner you must try a few of our local favourites.
> See more favourite local spots to eat salmon
Salmon Public Art
North Vancouver is home to over 100 public artworks spread across the North Shore marking gateways, animating streetscapes and integrated into the natural environment.
Public art can be found in libraries, along nature trails and public walkways, in parks and shopping plazas. Each piece is an original, one-of-a-kind work that is specifically created to reflect and express North Vancouver’s local heritage, culture and environment.
Shop For Native Art
Photo credit: Spirit Gallery
Spirit Gallery in Horseshoe Bay
Open Monday to Thursday: 9:30am to 6pm. Fridays & Saturdays 9am to 7pm. Sundays 10am to 6 pm
Art gallery and gift shop featuring Northwest Coast Native Art of British Columbia.
6408 Bay Street, West Vancouver (Horseshoe Bay)
Khot-La Cha Art Gallery & Gift Shop
Open Monday to Saturday 10-5pm
Authentic North West Native artwork.
270 Whonoak Street, North Vancouver