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Coquitlam's long love of salmon charted in new archives exhibit

'There and Back Again: A Salmon's Tale' is the latest online display by the Coquitlam Archives.
Hoy 2007
An image from Salmon Leave Home in 2007 at the rearing pond at the Hoy–Scott Creek hatchery in Coquitlam.

You can take a look at the history of salmon in Coquitlam in a new online exhibit organized by the city’s archives staff.

Titled There and Back Again: A Salmon’s Tale, the digital display charts the area’s connection to the fish, from the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nation, whose name means “red fish up the river,” to the current restoration work of stream stewards.

The exhibit highlights the efforts by the Coquitlam Optimists Club and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in and around Hoy and Scott creeks.

In 1995, streamkeepers updated an aging trout-rearing facility in the Hoy Creek Linear Park; by 2002, the Hoy–Scott Watershed Society was born and, today, it continues to raise awareness of salmon in its creeks.

In 2020, the society handed over its records to the Coquitlam Archives for preservation.

To take a look at the society’s physical documents, make an appointment by calling 604-927-3900 or emailing archives@coquitlam.ca, or dropping in to the Coquitlam Archives office (in the same building as the City Centre library branch) from Tuesday to Thursday, noon to 4 p.m.