The Horsefly River Roundtable invites all to the annual Horsefly River Salmon Festival on Saturday and Sunday Sept. 27 and 28.
Activities will be happening across the bridge in downtown Horsefly from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Both days will be filled with arts and crafts for children of all ages, including traditional arts with Secwepmec Elders, and Gyotaku — traditional Japanese fish printing, says event spokesperson Marin Patenaude.
“Local river interpreters and Department of Fishries and Oceans representatives will be there to answer questions regarding the status of the river, what you can do to help, and any of your watershed related questions, and local vendors will be selling food, coffee and wares including delicious bannock,” Patenaude says.
Pateneaude says Horsefly has recently upgraded its fully accessible Horsefly Salmon Habitat Trail to the spawning channels.
Arts on the Fly Festival Society will be hosting an evening of music and dance at the Horsefly Community Hall Saturday evening.
There is plenty of camping space along the Horsefly River, so plan to stay the weekend, Patenaude says. All the weekend’s events are free, including camping.
This year’s Salmon Festival is a collaborative event sponsored by the Horsefly River Roundtable, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society.