For 25 years the Port Moody Ecological Society has been holding the Fingerling Festival. This was the first year that we have heard about it and since I take every opportunity to teach the kiddos (homeschooling mom here) we packed up to check it out this past Saturday.
Located at the Noons Creek Hatchery this festival allows children and parents to help release chum into the creek where they will start their 4-year lifecycle journey.
The festival started at 11 am and although we had full intentions to leave early having a newborn puts a spin on plans these days. I would highly recommend arriving at least 30mins early due to parking. It is located behind the skating arena which has a large parking lot but it filled quickly as there was no parking left when we arrived at 11.
Once we finally found parking a little up the street we went straight inside as Bobs & Lolo were playing at 11:30.
Bobs & Lolo has been performing for the festival for many years. My kids aren’t ones to get up and participate in songs while in public but inside they enjoy it.
We decided to wander off a little bit before the performance was over so we could get a head start on the other many activities they had.
From Science World, to The Reptile Guy and Even The Aquarium the kids had a lot of fun interacting with all the booths.
After the kids had their fill we headed down to the hatchery to pick up our buckets full of chum. The volunteers were amazing at guiding us to a spot to release and were very patient with me as I had to make sure I got the shots of the kids releasing these guys into the creek.
They also had live entertainment outside the entire time with cotton candy for sale along with hot dogs and other goodies for a quick lunch. We had packed our own as we weren’t sure what to expect.
It was the perfect quick little educational. I am very much looking forward to attending nex year!
Bobs & Lolo actually have a new app available for download that helps children learn the 4-year lifecycle of a salmon. You can read more about it here.