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Steveston Salmon Festival cancelled

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:59 PDT, Tue April 14, 2020

A Canada Day tradition won’t be held this summer—for the first time in 75 years.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Steveston Community Society board of directors voted unanimously to cancel the 2020 Steveston Salmon festival, which was scheduled to be held July 1.

“The decision to cancel this year’s event was not an easy one to make,” said Steveston Community Society president Alan Sakai. “There are hundreds of volunteers, artists, vendors and support staff required to host this event that has been attended by up to 80,000 visitors in recent years. In light of the current COVID-19 protocols put in place by BC provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, cancelling this year’s event was determined to be the most responsible decision to make at this time.”

Originally a community event that has evolved into one of the largest Canada Day celebrations in the country, the Steveston Salmon Festival is the signature event of the Steveston Community Society, a volunteer-led association dedicated to maintaining Steveston’s pioneering spirit by providing cultural, social and recreational opportunities for all the community.

Other options are being explored to recognize and celebrate Canada Day in alternate ways.

More information about the Steveston Salmon Festival at

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