salmon runThis year's Salmon Celebration will feature live music, salmon tasting, and on site interpretation of the salmon migration at Owen Sound's Mill Dam and Fish Ladder on Sunday, October 1st from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

The event, now in its fifth year, will include music by local performers Bill Henry and Dan McGee playing fiddle, banjo and flute. Tastings of fresh Georgian Bay salmon provided by the Sydenham Sportsmen's Association will be prepared by Chef Zach Keeshig and students from Georgian College's culinary program.

Chef Zach is offering smoked salmon with foraged greens and wild ginger, while the Georgian College students will prepare their special "popcorn salmon" with cranberry ketchup. The event is free but donations for the salmon preparation and entertainment are appreciated.

Interested in learning more about the salmon's journey and how they travel up the fish ladder to spawn? Guides from At Last Adventures and the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority and Foundation will be on hand at the Salmon Celebration to help interpret this fascinating rite of passage. Salmon are one of the few fish that spawn only once, then die in the act of creating new life.

This year's salmon migration is in full swing and provides great family entertainment, attracting throngs of onlookers each fall, many travelling a great distance to see the spectacle.

Parking for the Salmon Celebration will be available the Bruce Grey Child and Family Services lot on 2nd Avenue East near 6th Street East, a short walk from the event. Limited parking is also available at the Mill Dam, off 2nd Avenue West.

The Salmon Celebration is one of the highlights of the Owen Sound Salmon Tour, a self-guided eco-tour following the salmon up the Sydenham River from the harbour to Inglis Falls. Guided tours are also available. Visit for details.

The tour is also available on our new mapping application, at

source: media release, City of Owen Sound




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