Coho Festival

The 40th annual Coho Festival, hosted by the Coho Society of the North Shore, got underway on Sunday, Sept. 8 with swimmers gamely taking on the chilly waters off Ambleside Park in the 1.5-kilometre or three-km Coho Swim. Runners hit their stride as they left Vancouver’s Kitsilano Beach for a scenic 14-km run to Ambleside. In this, the International Year of the Salmon, the Coho Festival is key in raising public awareness of the threats to the fisheries environment and assisting local groups in salmon stewardship. This year’s festival featured CBC news anchor Dan Burritt as MC and the Squamish Nation Canoe Family giving a Blessing of the Salmon at the opening ceremonies. cohosociety.com

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