BLUE MOUNTAIN WATERSHED TRUST FOUNDATION
After a year’s hiatus, the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust’s See the Salmon Run event is back: on Saturday, Sept. 25. The Collingwood/Town of Blue Mountains event is a chance for people of all ages to see scores of massive Chinook Salmon fight their way up Silver Creek on their annual spawning run.
This year’s event lands smack in the middle of the annual salmon migration. The last See the Salmon event saw 350+ adults and 200+ children in attendance; this year’s is expected to be just as popular.
The centrepiece of the event is a 20-minute socially distanced, self-guided nature hike through the woods along Silver Creek. Adults and children can stop at four locations where conservation experts from various organizations (Nottawasaga Conservation Authority, Georgian Bay Forever, The Pollinators, and the Georgian Triangle Anglers’ Association) will be on hand to add to your knowledge of fish migration and spawning, and stamp kids’ fish passport colouring books. At the end of the walk, there is a sheltered table for colouring and aquatic-themed storytime, as well as kids’ edutainment.
The event includes parking on-site and will take place at the Foley property, 609830 Side Rd 12 The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 0P5, just west of the intersection of 6th Street and Osler Bluff Road. It’s open to the public and has never disappointed in being both educational and a whole lot of fun for all ages. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or folding chairs for lunchtime, since socially distanced seating is limited.
Due to COVID protocols, tickets must be bought online via www.seethesalmon.ca for either 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. entry. Gourmet food trucks and The Collingwood Brewery beer stand will have food and drink for discounted purchase, while the Thornbury Bakery is providing a free children’s snack (mini cupcakes). There will also be complimentary water, juice, coffee and tea, as well as accessible washrooms.
We will be raffling off a Collingwood Adventure Voyages Sunset Cruise pass ($250 value). Elephant Thoughts and the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority will be there with a huge inflatable salmon and interactive games for children.
Entry is $10 for adults, and $5 for children five years of age and older, and $0 for ankle biters. More information and tickets are available via www.seethesalmon.ca.
Event sponsors include The Collingwood Nature League, the Thornbury Bakery, Collingwood Adventure Voyages, Red-Tailed Hawks Forest School, the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, The Pollinators, Georgian Bay Forever, Starbucks Collingwood and the Collingwood Brewery.
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 26 years, the Watershed Trust has dedicated itself to preserving and protecting the area’s wetlands, watercourses and wildlife corridors. This includes Silver Creek and the Silver Creek Wetland, a Provincially Significant wetland and 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.