Saturday September 23: See the Salmon Run Event in Collingwood
Major salmon migration event includes nature walk with conservation experts, gourmet meal, FREE kids lunch and entertainment
News release from the Blue Mountain Trust Foundation
In the wake of last year’s resounding success, the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust is holding See the Salmon Run for a second year from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, September 23rd. The Collingwood/Town of Blue Mountains event is a chance for people of all ages to see hundreds of Chinook Salmon fight their way up Silver Creek on their annual spawning run.
This year’s event has been bumped up a week to land smack in the middle of the annual salmon migration. Last year’s event saw 180+ adults and 80+ children in attendance; this year’s is expected to bring even more crowds. It’s an event that will include a gourmet lunch put on by Men with Knives, as well as local brews by the Collingwood Brewery and a FREE kids’ lunch. Elephant Thoughts and the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority will be there with a huge inflatable salmon, turtle and gut hut, interactive games for children, as well as giant inflatable balls called zorbs that they can climb into and bounce around.
The centrepiece of the event is a 20-minute self-guided nature hike through the woods along Silver Creek. Adults and kids can stop at 4 locations where conservation experts from various organizations will be on hand to add to your knowledge of fish migration and spawning, and stamp kids’ fish ‘passports’.
The event includes parking on-site and will take place at the Foley property, 609830 12th Sideroad, Town of Blue Mountains, just west of the intersection of 6th Street and Osler Bluff Road. It’s open to the public and promises to be both educational and a whole lot of fun for all ages. Event sponsors include Kolapore Springs Fishery, the Gosling Foundation, the Nature League and Red-tailed Hawk Forest School.
Event tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite and more information is available at www.seethesalmon.ca.
About The Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation
The Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation (Watershed Trust), Ontario’s first watershed trust, was founded in 1994. During the past 22 years, the Watershed Trust has dedicated itself to the task of protecting the Silver Creek and its Wetland, one of the region’s most valuable natural features. The Silver Creek Watershed offers $10.5 million worth of non-market ecological services to the province each year.
The mandate of the Watershed Trust is to “develop awareness and promote partnerships that are required in order to successfully implement watershed planning in the Blue Mountain watersheds”.
The Watershed Trust is a grassroots, all-volunteer organization supported by donations and fundraising. The organization exists in order to raise awareness of and protect watercourses in the Collingwood/Blue Mountains area including Silver, Townline, Batteaux and Black Ash Creeks; the Beaver and Pretty Rivers; and Indian Brook.