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Salmon Festival to welcome people Friday

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:29 PDT, Tue June 28, 2022

The 75th anniversary Steveston Salmon Festival returns in-person this Friday (July 1), starting at 10 a.m.

Running until 4 p.m., this is the first live festival since 2019 and takes place across Steveston Village, with live music, art, and food for the whole family.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie will welcome people and Jasmine Bharucha will perform O Canada on the main community stage at 12:30 p.m. The welcome will be livestreamed online through the Steveston Salmon Festival website for those wishing to enjoy the ceremony at home.

This year’s festival takes place across four zones, each of which features a combination of food trucks, local food options, performers, exhibitions, and pop-up stages.

The Garry Point Zone at Garry Point Park will host food trucks, local exhibitors, and games.

The Village Zone follows the waterfront and includes Moncton Street, which will be closed to traffic from Second Avenue to Bayview Street from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors will be able to enjoy music and performances across four stages, and also can take a break in a sensory-friendly space inside the Nikka Building.

The Community Zone encompasses the Steveston Community Centre and surrounding areas. Families can cool down at the water park at Sammy’s Fun Zone, shop at the Market Place, and take in some art and natural beauty at the Art Show and Horticulture Show. Performances will be held in multiple locations, including Sherwood Forest and the main community stage. Anyone interested in sharing a favourite memory of Steveston can contribute at the video pop-up booth outside the Steveston Tram.

The Britannia Zone at the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site will include opportunities to learn about Steveston’s rich multicultural history and visit food trucks and a pop-up stage.

A festival shuttle heading both east and west between the zones will be available throughout the day. There will be a bike valet at the Steveston Community Centre and Gulf of Georgia Cannery, for those wishing to store their bikes, strollers, or other self-propelled vehicles.

Families looking for additional fun can try the Sammy Selfie Challenge. Festival-goers are encouraged to find the 10 numbered Sammy Selfie Stops, located across the festival grounds. Anyone who shares their photo on Instagram using the #MySammySelfie hashtag will be automatically entered to win a prize. The first five contestants who are able to snap a selfie with all 10 numbered Sammy Selfie Stops will win a special grand prize.

While the Steveston Salmon Festival transitions back to an in-person event for the first time in three years, the annual Canada Day fireworks remain on hold. While one of the city’s most popular events, organizers felt it best to postpone them for another year to support public safety and enable visitors and the community to adjust to the move from virtual to in-person gatherings.

To learn more about this year’s event, including a full list of food vendors and performers, visit

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