Port Moody Foundation!

The Port Moody Ecological Society would like to gratefully acknowledge the Port Moody Foundation for their surprise donation to P.M.E.S. during our 25th Annual Fingerling Festival.  A long-term locally-spirited community partner, they are always looking for opportunities to foster partnerships and highlight the unique charm and characteristics of Port Moody.

Thank you so much!!!!!

Members of the Port Moody Foundation spring a wonderful surprise on PMES members Brian Wormald and Eric Olsen. A very generous donation to celebrate our 25 years of community partnering, education, outreach and salmon enhancement.

Members of the Port Moody Foundation spring a wonderful surprise on PMES President Brian Wormald and stalwart volunteer Eric Olsen. A very generous donation to celebrate our 25 years of community partnering, education, outreach and salmon enhancement.



The Port Moody Ecological Society would like to gratefully acknowledge Pacific Coast Terminals for their donation to P.M.E.S. to help sponsor the many aspects of our 25th Annual Fingerling Festival.  A long-term community partner, they are very locally-spirited and keen to continue fostering partnerships in the Port Moody area.

Thank you so much!!!!!

Jennifer McKinnon of Pacific Coast Terminals presents a donation cheque to Dave Bennie (PMES Vice-President) to help with the 25th Annual Noons Creek Fingerling Festival.

Jennifer McKinnon of Pacific Coast Terminals presents a donation cheque to Dave Bennie (PMES Vice-President) at the 25th Annual Noons Creek Fingerling Festival.

Bold Properties!

The Port Moody Ecological Society would like to gratefully acknowledge Bold Properties as a new community partner that provided major sponsorship of the iconic kids entertainers Bobs & Lolo at our 25th Annual Fingerling Festival.  A newer property developer to the region, they are very locally-spirited and keen to be a community partner.

Thank you so much!!!!!

Helen Shi of Bold Properties hands a donation to Dave Bennie (PMES Vice President) as major sponsor of Bobs & Lolo at the 25th Annual Fingerling Festival

Helen Shi of Bold Properties hands a donation to Dave Bennie (PMES Vice-President) at the Noons Creek hatchery, as the major sponsor of Bobs & Lolo at the 25th Annual Fingerling Festival

Say ‘Hello’ PoMo

Say-Hi-Passerby(PMF)We here at the Port Moody Ecological Society like to think of ourselves as being community spirited and are working hard to establish a sense of local ambassadorship within the TriCities.

It is with that proud sense of community that we are pleased to promote a great new community building initiative by our friends the Port Moody Foundation……….Say ‘Hello’ PoMo!

A simple yet effective title that succinctly states how all relationships start – saying ‘hello’.  From that point, the possibilities are limitless……….the world has at times changed irrevocably, simply by someone saying ‘hello’ to someone else.

Please check out their web site, specifically the ‘Say Hello PoMo‘ page, and help us drive a deeper community spirit in Port Moody by ‘saying Hi to a passerby‘!

Something fishy!


The Noons Creek hatchery played host to two community involved guests last Friday (4/22) – Port Moody City Mayor Mike Clay and Pacific Coast Terminals Office, HR and Communications Manager, Jennifer McKinnon.

After a pre-arranged meeting with Mayor Clay, Jennifer insisted he show her the hatchery on Noons Creek – and so he obliged!

And at this time of year, no visit would be complete without asking our guests to pitch in and help release some of our nearly 40,000 Chum fry into the creek.  So with buckets of fry in hand, PMES Vice President Dave Bennie ushered them both down the path to the creek to get some practice in before our iconic Fingerling Festival on 7th May.  And as you can see, both had a fun time.  Alas, they did fail in one regard….neither of them named any of their fry prior to release.  🙁

Seriously, we wish to thank Mayor Clay for bringing Jennifer down to the hatchery to see first hand how we interact with the local community!  And thanks Jennifer for continuing the long-standing relationship PMES has with it’s community partners, including Pacific Coast Terminals.



2016 Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup – Aug 20, 2016

Join us at our Noons Creek hatchery on Saturday, August 20, drop-in between 9 and 11am as we again participate in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

We will be cleaning along Noons Creek, the Shoreline Trail of the Port Moody Arm of Burrard Inlet.

Register online now 

Help us promote this event by printing this poster and putting it up at your work or school:  GCSC poster 2015

Stay up to date via our Facebook page @NoonsCreek


  • Please register online
  • Bring three shopping bags – one for garbage, one for recycling and one for cigarette butts
  • Gloves and boots (we have a limited supply)
  • Wear clothes that can get dirty and possibly wet
  • Stay out of the mud
  • Separate cigarette butts
  • Do not pick up dead animals – record the details of the type and location only
  • Stay well away from the railway tracks
  • If a item is in the mud, please leave it as it may now be home to marine animals (but record the type and location)

We will be collecting cigarette butts separately and sending them to Terracycle Canada for recycling.

Exhibitors FF2016

Fingerling Festival 2011 072It’s our 25th Fingerling Festival anniversary in 2017!

Thank you for applying to be an exhibitor or sponsor at our 25th Annual Fingerling Festival, one of the very best of its kind in BC, attracting over 5,000 people of all ages who love the environment just as much as we do.

Click here for a List of confirmed exhibitors

We accept exhibitor applications from environmental and community based organisations – receipt of applications does not guarantee acceptance.  Please note that all exhibitors must contain an environmental element in their exhibition.

What to expect: 

  • More than 5,000 attendees!  Lots of families and people of all ages coming to meet and learn about your organisation
  • Lunch is on us!  We provide a hot dog, juice, chips, coffee and muffins. Veggie dogs are available but they go quickly.
  • Opportunities to meet and network with likeminded groups and individuals
  • Have fun!  There’s lots to see and do.  If you need assistance, just ask one of our fantastic volunteers
  • Lots of raffle prizes so please consider purchasing tickets to help us raise funds

What we expect: 

  • All exhibitors can arrive from 9:00am and must be set up and ready to go by 10:00am. 
  • You must stay for the duration and cannot take down your exhibit before 3:00pm.
  • It gets busy!  If you have lots of equipment please arrive early so you can drop off and find parking
  • Your exhibit must contain an environmental element in your exhibit – that’s what we’re all here for!
  • Please let us know if you can provide a donation for our raffle and drop it off upon your arrival.  Thank you!

This is a balloon free and scent free event.

If you have any questions, please contact Dave Bennie, Festival Director, directly via email at portmoodyecologicalsociety@hotmail.com or on 604-617-1163.

Parking is limited so please arrive early – any time from 8:00am.

Attendee(s) Name:
Organisation / Business (if applicable):
Email Address:
Phone (required):
Please provide a brief description of your exhibit – note that all Fingerling Festival exhibits MUST contain an environmental message element:
About: Exhibitor Sponsor Exhibitor and Sponsor Festival Volunteer Media Other
Other? Please explain:
Exhibitor Requirements Table and 2 Chairs (provided) Clear Area (no table) Electricity (please use the outer circle of the rink, along the wall) Outside (please provide your own tent)
Question, Comment or Feedback?Would you consider donating a prize for our raffle table?  Please let us know the item so that we can acknowledge you.  Thank you.

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Sponsor & Donations

Port Metro Vancouver - Sammy Seagull 2013We are actively seeking sponsors and prize donations for this year’s 25th anniversary Fingerling Festival.

Please call Dave Bennie on 604-469-9106 to discuss options.

Donations of prizes are always welcome.

Thank you!

Fingerling Festival

25th Annual Fingerling Festival call for volunteers and exhibitors

On Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 11 am – 3 pm, the Port Moody Ecological Society invites everyone to attend our very special Fingerling Festival. Yes, it’s been 25 years since we first started our bucket brigade, putting chum salmon into Noons Creek.

A fun, free environmental festival at the Noons Creek Hatchery in Port Moody, located just across the walking bridge on the north side of the skating arena, 300 Ioco Road.  We are very proud to announce the City of Port Moody, Pacific Coast Terminals (PCT) and Port of Vancouver, as again being tremendous sponsors of this year’s event.

We are seeking over 100 volunteers to make this environmental festival our very best to date.  Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to register by emailing portmoodyecologicalsociety@hotmail.com.  Roles include helping with over 70 environmental organisations and 5,000 visitors, setting up, cooking in our food tent, and assisting with the release of salmon into Noons Creek.



Family groups are encouraged to volunteer, with flexible shifts available.  This is a great way to introduce volunteerism to your family.

This iconic environmental festival, the largest of its kind in the Lower Mainland, provides an opportunity for children to help release thousands of young chum salmon into Noons Creek to help these fish begin their four-year journey at sea, and to visit the hatchery with its fish-rearing pond and restored wetland.

Environmental groups and artists are invited to apply to attend.  In the Port Moody Skating Arena, over 70 organizations will provide opportunities to learn more about community initiatives and environmental stewardship. We are delighted announce the following as some of the exhibitors that will be attending:


  • The City of Port Moody (Presenting Sponsor)
  • Port of Vancouver (Sponsor)
  • Pacific Coast Terminals (Sponsor)
  • Mike the Reptile Guy
  • Mossom Creek Hatchery (BIMES)
  • Colony Farm Park Association
  • Burke Mountain Naturalists
  • Fraser River Discovery Centre
  • Port Moody Station Museum
  • Rivershed Society
  • Vancouver Aquarium’s aquabus
  • Plus many more.

There will be First Nations artists and carvers, wildlife artists, Metro Van Regional Parks, amongst others.  The ever popular Bobs & Lolo will be back again this year to give performances at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm in the arena.

An updated list is available online at http://noonscreek.org/ff-confirmedexhibitors/

The Fingerling Festival is our only fundraiser of the year and includes raffles and a hot dog tent.  People are encouraged to carpool, use public transit or cycle to the event as this is a green event, and parking is very limited.  For additional information, visit www.noonscreek.org, phone the hatchery at 604-469-9106, or call Festival organizer Dave Bennie on 604-617-1163.

The Port Moody Ecological Society is a 100% volunteer-operated teaching hatchery that raises Coho and Chum salmon, has been undertaking and teaching water quality testing for over 15 years, and provides community outreach and school programmes throughout the year.

Port Moody Ecological Society – Celebrating 26 years of environmental awareness and stewardship in 2017! 300 Ioco Road, Port Moody, BC V3H 2V7 Tel: (604) 469-9106 Located to the right of the Port Moody Recreation Centre and Ice Hockey Rink Website:   www.noonscreek.org Facebook:  www.facebook.com/PortMoodyEcologicalSociety Twitter:  http://twitter.com/#!/NoonsCreek We aim to respond to you within three working days.  Sooner, whenever possible.

Past exhibitors have included:


PMES-25th-Anniversary-CakeOn Wednesday, February 17 2016 at 7 pm, the Port Moody Ecological Society hosted their annual general meeting at the Port Moody Recreation Centre, 300 Ioco Road.

Formal AGM Proceedings:

1 – Reports of 2015 results and activities

2 – Election of 2016 Board of Directors
Your 2016 Board of Directors are as follows:

  • President – Brian Wormald
  • Vice President – Dave Bennie
  • Treasurer –  John Andrew
  • Secretary – Elaine Golds
  • Membership – Brian Wormald
  • Director of Hatchery Operationsno nominations – not filled
  • Director of Water Quality Lab – Jennifer Whitcher
  • Director of School Programs – Dave Bennie
  • Director(s) at Large – Jim Mattson, Nicole Maniago and Bryan Robinson

(Past-President – Dave Bennie)

We particularly welcome Nicole as our newest Director-at-Large.  A young, enterprising student who not only fills her days with scholastic pursuits (environmental studies) but volunteers for several ecological / wildlife organisations.  Not sure how she even manages to fit us in……..but sure glad she does!!!  Please extend a warm welcome to her next time you’re down the hatchery!!!

Guest Speaker:  Chris Cooper of Spirit Dancer Canoe Journeys (www.spiritdancercanoejourneys.ca)
Chris shared stories of a number of journeys by canoe on the British Columbia coast; a coast he knows extremely well. He is blessed to have an amazing relationship with our First Nations people, traveling the coast by canoe is an amazing way of experiencing the wonders of what he calls ‘The Jewel of Canada’. He also shared photos of some past trips in various parts of the world.


Chris has been in the professional guiding business for over 30 years organizing high-end custom expeditions to areas in Canada’s High Arctic and further afield. His expeditions have included: winter ski expeditions in remote areas in British Columbia and Canoe programs for Corporations, Private schools, Public schools, and ESL schools.

On March 31, 2007 Chris was inducted into the Ridge/Meadows Hall of Fame. Chris was instrumental in opening up the Voyageur Canoe business in Western Canada and owned the largest fleet of Historical Voyageur Canoes in Canada. He has had the opportunity of being a guest lecturer / speaker to many organizations over the past 20 years.




P.M.E.S. 25th ‘Siler Anniversary’ birthday cake!


PMES Director Jim Mattson (eldest member present) and PMES member Rowan Ducharme (youngest member present) do the honours in blowing out the candles on our 25th Anniversary birthday cake!!