/R E P E A T -- Media Alert/Special Event - Largest Community Festival on the North Shore


                              The Coho Festival
                   Celebrating Nature's Annual Miracle of
                     Salmon Returning to the North Shore


                          Sunday, September 7, 2008
                                  9am - 6pm


                       Ambleside Park, West Vancouver

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - Started in 1980 as a local initiative by West
Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, this popular North Shore affair attracts large
family oriented crowds of local residents and visitors from across the Lower
Mainland and elsewhere.
    The venue is West Vancouver's Ambleside Park adjacent to the mouth of the
Capilano River. Here you will find the finish lines for two great events - the
14 kilometre Coho Run (9am start) from Kitsilano over the Lions Gate Bridge,
and the Coho Family Walk (10am - 2pm) down the Capilano River itself from high
above at the Cleveland Dam.
    In the park itself, kids and parents enjoy a famous Salmon Barbeque meal,
cooked to perfection by Celebrity Chefs. And at 2 PM Members of the Squamish
Nation perform the traditional blessing of the salmon ceremony.

                             Schedule of Events

                    9:00 am run
                    starts         Link to Coho Run Information
    COHO RUN                       more info at cohorun.ca
                    buses at
                    7:45 am
    COHO WALK       10-2:00 pm     Link to Coho Walk Information
                                   Come and enjoy our famous Salmon Barbeque
                                   meal, cooked to perfection by our
                                   Celebrity Chefs.

    SALMON          Ambleside      2007 Menu:
    BARBECUE        11:00-6pm
                                   -  Salmon Dinner- includes bun, corn,
                                   -  Child's Portion
                                   -  Salmon and Bun
                                   -  Delux Hot Dog
                                   -  Salad
                                   -  Pop, Juice, Potato Chips
    KID'S           Ambleside      Come and check out all the fun and
    ACTIVITIES      All Day        exciting kid's activities.
                                   -  Streamkeepers
                                   -  Groundfish displays
    BEACH & FIELD   Ambleside      -  Coast Guard Hovercraft
    ACTIVITIES      All Day        -  Fisheries and Oceans Canada Beach
                                   -  Many more events
                                   -  Prizes for Runners
                                      (immediately following Run at approx.
    MAIN STAGE      Ambleside         9:45am)
    ENTERTAINMENT   12-6pm         -  Visual Arts Awards
                                   -  Blessing of the Salmon
                                   -  Flow Riders Biking Demo
    BEER&WINE       Ambleside      Come and enjoy a refreshing beverage at
    GARDEN          12-6pm         the beach. This year wine is being served
                                   as well as beer.
    BLESSING OF THE Ambleside      Presented by the members of the
    SALMON CEREMONY 2pm            Squamish Nation.
    SCHOOL          Park Royal     Elementary School students display their
    ART             North Shore    South Mall salmon artwork in Park Royal
    DISPLAY                        South Mall. Sept. 2nd-8th.
    STUDENTS'       North Shore    North Shore School students man Coho
    TAG DAY         Shopping       Festival booths in local Malls to collect
                    Malls          donations for salmonid enhancement
                                   projects. Students wear Coho Festival
                                   'bib' for identification. Sept. 15th

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Andrew Pottinger, (604)

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