Festival News


October 2020

COVID 19 is still with us, but we hope it will be conquered in time for our 2021 Festival slated for August 6, 7 & 8, so we are working on plans for that.

March 2020

Due to COVID 19 the Salmon Festival was cancelled as recommended by the BC Government and Health Department for the safety of our spectators and volunteers.

September 30, 2018

Salmon Festival year end and it was a successful Festival.  Along with our popular Logging Sports event, our new event, the Highland Gathering was well attended and the weather cooperated.  Plans are now underway to hold the 2nd annual Highland Gathering and it is hoped to become a permanent event of the Salmon Festival.

November 13, 2017

Our AGM is over and we have 2 new Directors to help us plan SalmonFest 2018.  Preliminary plans are to add another major event to the annual Festival in August which will be the 2018 Campbell River Highland Gathering August 11 & 12

November 7, 2015 – Salmon Festival AGM

The Salmon Festival will be holding it’s AGM at 7 PM at Banners Restaurant in the Tyee Plaza.  This meeting is open to the public.

August 5, 2017

Only 6 more days until SalmonFest 2017 and our 50th Anniversary plans are ready for you to enjoy.

Our main event, Logging Sports, is shaping up with applications coming in from all over the world to compete in our World Class Competition.  This year we are hosting 3 World Championships, 7 Canadian Championships and 35, Youth (8-11), Teen (12-15) Novice, Intermediate, Ladies and Open (pros) events.  The highlight for our 50th is a Canada verses United Stated Competition to determine which country has the best competitors.

While you are watching the Logging Sports your children and teens (18 and under) attending the Festival can enjoy FREE activities in the Children’s area

Keeping with our name Salmon Festival, we will be offering Salmon Meals at a reasonable price or you can tantalize your taste buds at the various food booths

Along with the above there will be various displays and booths for you to check out

Admission is $2 on Friday and $5 on Saturday and Sunday

November 9, 2016

At our AGM our 50th Anniversary Logging Sports program was adopted and the Open, Ladies and mixed events on Sunday, August 13 will form part of a Canada / United States Challenge.  Canadian and American competitors will compete in various events to determine which country has the best competitors.  See our Logger Sports page for full details.

November 8, 2016 – AGM

The Annual General Meeting will be at Banners Restaurant in the Tyee Plazza at 7PM.  General public is welcome and if you have any ideas for us please let us know.  2017 will be The Salmon Festival’s 50th anniversary and we are planning a special Logging Sports Competition. Canadian men and women competitors against United States competitors to determine which country has the best.  We are hoping this event will be filmed by the Lumberjack Company for TSN.  More details of this event will follow our AGM.

August 5, 6 & 7 – SalmonFest 2016

Friday the 5th saw many families out to see the youth and teens compete in their divisions to win part of the $2,400.00 in prize money.  See logger Sports page for winners.  This was followed by the Media Challenge and Best in the Bush competitions.  After the Logging Sports entertainment was provided by Kenny Shaw

Saturday morning we were greeted by rain which continued until noon.  Although it did not dampen the spirits of the competitors, spectators made alternate plans. Although the afternoon was rain free the number of spectators was significantly lower.  The weather did not affect the competitors and the audience was treated to excellent competitions by Novice and Intermediate divisions at the Logger Sports and youth and teens enjoyed the FREE children’s activities.
After the Logger Sports the Festival goers were treated to a wrestling competition then music by the Peanut Gallery.

Sunday began with some clouds and it appeared the weather god was cooperating and spectators started arriving, but we were wrong.  By noon light showers began and the spectators coming dwindled.  Despite the occasional shower the Ladies and Pros put on a great Logger Sports competition and youth and teens had fun at the FREE children’s activities.

July 9, 2016 – Climbing Trees:

With the help of Discovery Crane and Wacor Holdings the new climbing trees were installed.

 May 28, 2016 – Climbing trees:

Despite the rain the climbing trees were debarked in preparation for the next phase.  Removing the old ones and standing up the new ones with the help of Discovery Crane.

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Bark removal in progress                      both logs debarked

May 18, 2016 – Climbing trees:

The climbing trees in the Logger Sports Grounds in Nunns Creek Park have reached the end of their life and need to be replaced. 2 new climbing trees were donated and arrived at the grounds on May 18. The trees now need to be debarked and set in place.  Trees and transport were courtesy of Storey Creek Trading, Fearless Log Hauling and Chinook Forest Products

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Tight turn into the grounds                     Ready to unload                                   On the ground

May 11, 2016 – Tables:

One of the mandates of the Salmon Festival is giving back to the Community by lending our assets to charitable events.  The Salmon Festival does not have many tables, so we borrow them from a Festival in Courtenay if they are available.  This results in a lot of transportation back and forth.  The Salmon Festival approached the Rotary Clubs in Campbell River it they could assist in purchasing tables for the Salmon festival to eliminate the constant transportation for events.  The Rotary Clubs agreed it was necessary for Campbell River charities to have access to tables and provide the funds to purchase 60 8 foot plastic tables.  On May 11 a cheque was presented to the Salmon Festival


Left to right:
George Nyman, President of C.R. Daybreak Rotary;
Philip Hicks, President C.R. Salmon festival;
Gary McLelan, President C.R, Rotary;
David Heath, Secretary C.R. Rotary.


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