All ages are welcome to join us at Ecole Puntledge Park School on Thursday, October 12th from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. for our 2nd Annual “Salmon Day Festival”.
This celebration of “all things salmon” follows up on the success of last year’s format, combining an after-school public event with an Open House for parents and families.
Fun, free activities for all ages will include an aboriginal welcome, musical acts by kids, smoked salmon (and bannock) served to everyone, and traditional storytelling inside a giant, inflatable salmon with Angela Brown from Vancouver’s Nylon Zoo.

Photo: Storyteller Angela Brown, with her “Nylon Zoo” (photo supplied)

Educational displays and hands-on activities will be presented by groups including Project Watershed, The Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans, Comox Valley Nature, and Hand-In-Hand Early Years Nature Education, who will be making art from fish prints!
Morrison Creek Stream Keepers will also conduct spawning tours during the event.  Pinks have now arrived in high numbers in Morrison Creek, one of the most active spawning streams in the Valley, which crosses the school’s property only steps from the front door. To learn more about this remarkable annual migration into the Headwaters and how the creek channels are maintained, please sign up for the walking tours at the Stream Keepers table, and wear decent footwear as needed.
Don’t miss Tracy Kobus’ beautiful mural on the front of the school, depicting Coho heading upstream in a setting of maples and douglas fir, along with ravens, tree frogs and the Morrison Creek lamprey – as well as the salmon-themed student displays inside as part of the school’s Open House.
Note that Salmon Day activities are rain-or-shine (displays will move under cover in poor weather).  We recommend parking in the neighbourhood to walk on to the school grounds at 401 Willemar.
This project is made possible with generous support from Morrison Creek Stream Keepers, SD71’s Aboriginal Education program, the Community Arts Workshop Society and the Ecole Puntledge Park PAC.
For more information, contact the school at EcolePuntledge.ca.
Dan Vie

Community Arts Workshop for Ecole Puntledge Park Elementary

Photo:  Dave Davies of the DFO, with the very popular “Salmon Survivors” Wheel of Fortune. Photo Credit: Pamela Powell.