Urban Salmon is the first documented photography project featuring salmonids in the urban environment. Documenting the fish and their natural habitat in various Metropolitan Vancouver watersheds over two years.
After almost 30 years, millions of dollars and many hours of volunteer work, British Columbians can now claim back such an important symbol to their waters. Coming from the Fraser River every October, the fish swim along the Brunette River, Burnaby Lake and spread through the many creeks, reaching Vancouver from Still Creek.
Although the restoration of the watersheds and Urban Salmon are not unknown to most people and many are aware of the importance of a peaceful existence with wildlife, many don’t realise how close urban wildlife is to them.
There are no more salmon runs like 100 years ago, where “one could walk over fish” in the Brunette River, but Vancouverites can definitely still enjoy a beautiful run, with hundreds – even thousands – of fish, just a few bus stops away from their homes.