Come and join us at this annual event which includes displays and activities provided by our volunteers, community groups and organizations, live entertainment and, of course, the main event: the opportunity to release young salmon into Stoney Creek.

The “GSSO” takes place on the second Saturday in May from 10am to 2pm in the grounds of the Stoney Creek Community School and has a strong reputation in the community, bringing a great turnout of participants and attendees, rain or shine!

GSSO 2018

This year’s event saw glorious sunshine for it’s 28th successive year. In addition to great weather, we had more exhibitors, enjoyable entertainment and good attendance. The main event – release of salmon fry into Stoney Creek – was particularly successful with the children in attendance. We also saw local politicians support us, including Deputy Mayor Dan Johnston, Larry Hayes from the Burnaby School Board, Katrina Chen MLA for Burnaby-Lougheed, Terry Beech MP for Burnaby North-Seymour and ex-MLA Richard Lee.

Many thanks to:
– our sponsors, without whom we would not be able to fund this event
– our exhibitors, who provide interesting exhibits to attract and occupy our attendees
– the Department of Fisheries and Oceans who provide the coho smolts for release
– the Sapperton Fish and Game Club for providing assistance with the fish release
– the City of Burnaby, for support in planning the event and helping to organize the day
– the Creekside Youth Group, for providing the catering
– the many high school students from Burnaby Mountain and Moscrop schools who volunteered around the site
– the children’s choir and others who provided entertainment for the day
– members of SCEC, who showed up on the day to help set up, host the SCEC booth and clean up afterwards
– and the planning committee, which meets monthly beginning in January and without whom this event just couldn’t take place


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GSSO 2019

Community Participation

Community groups and organizations who support the Stoney Creek Environment Committee and the environment are invited to provide a display for this event. We encourage demonstrations, games or activities that provide interactions for families and children. Tent space, tables and chairs can be provided as as required. Planning generally begins in January each year.

For further information and an application to participate in our next event in May 2019, please contact Pat Hargreaves at phargreaves60[@]

Previous GSSOs:

GSSO 2017

GSSO 2017 was a milestone year, our 27th annual Great Salmon Send-Off on Saturday May 13!

As in previous years we invited organizations and community groups who support the environment to join us with displays to promote and demonstrate their initiatives. We also encouraged the participation of provincial and local government representatives and organizations to support this great day.

This event has a strong reputation in the community and always brings a great turnout of people, families, and organizations – as proven at last year’s event, with umbrellas out in force!