Discover Salmon

If you live in BC, chances are, there’s a link between you and wild salmon. We’re connected to these amazing fish in ways we rarely consider. As UNINTERRUPTED brings the beauty and challenge of a salmon migration to the heart of the city – we hope you’re captivated and more than a little curious about how salmon affect you.

A cornerstone species

In our urban lives it’s easy to adopt the mindset that people and salmon are separate, but in the Pacific Northwest, salmon are everywhere – literally. As they migrate from freshwater to the ocean and back home again to spawn, salmon nourish water, land, animals and people. Given their vast footprint, you can find their nutrients in nearly every part of our environment - from the trees in your local park to the glass of wine you enjoyed with dinner.

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Whales, birds and sea lions feed on salmon in the ocean; while bears, wolves, eagles and other wildlife feast on migrating salmon in river estuaries. After the salmon spawn, their remains renew the rainforest and transfer rich nutrients to forests and shorelines.

Salmon tick all the boxes: ecological bedrock, food source, economic driver, spiritual symbol, and artistic inspiration.

A cultural touchstone

Salmon have influenced human culture, nutrition, ecology, recreation, economies and politics – from ancient times onward. Salmon were an essential food supply for First Peoples for thousands of years. Their spiritual and cultural significance is embedded in today’s First Nations communities. As settlers arrived and BC grew, coastal and river communities were built around the salmon industry; tourism and recreational pursuits thrive upon them. No other Pacific species affects life in B.C. as deeply as salmon.

But wild salmon face growing threats at every stage. Their natural predators have always lurked in the water and onshore, but human interaction – through agriculture, urban sprawl, industrial development and climate change – has put many species of salmon at risk. Salmon are the anchor of our entire ecosystem. If these important fish are struggling, we’re all more vulnerable.

A salmon social summer

This summer, you can help to spread the word about wild salmon. Post our salmon shareables, tell your friends, and come swim with the sockeye under the Cambie Bridge.

If you’re inspired by the story of Pacific salmon, get involved! Throughout the Lower Mainland and across B.C. there is an impressive network of people who are supporting and protecting salmon – and we’ll be introducing them to you all summer long, right here at Uninterrupted.ca.

Feature Stories

Salmon Exhibit Swims into Sooke on Vancouver Island

A curator with the Sooke Region Museum takes a deep dive into the region’s history to create a new exhibit, Seeking Salmon and finds out just how much salmon have influenced the course of human history in the region – and vice versa.

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Ecologists reveal the mystery of the salmon-bear relationship

A groundbreaking study finds bears eat salmon-rich diets near Alberta border.

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Small Red Salmon: Coquitlam looks to live up to its name once again

For more than one hundred years Coquitlam went without sockeye salmon in its rivers. Now they’re coming back by water and by land.

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Beanies Reveal Seal Strategy

The seals are not going after just any salmon. They are targeting juvenile Coho and Chinook that are heading from freshwater out to the Salish Sea.

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UNINTERRUPTED: Now until Sept 24th

UNINTERRUPTED brings the heart of a wild salmon-bearing river to the heart of the city by transforming a downtown Vancouver bridge.

After dusk, audiences witness the extraordinary migration of wild Pacific salmon in a 30-minute cinematic spectacle that explores the connection between nature and our urban environments.

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