Salmon in East Vancouver? Miraculous Reappearance After 80 Years

Chum salmon in a creek of East Vancouver.

Chum salmon are spawning again at an urban creek in the heart of East Vancouver.

The salmon returned this week to Still Creek, which sits in a ravine surrounded by warehouses and a nearby Skytrain line. The creek — running into Burnaby and through pipes to the Brunette and Fraser rivers — was once one of the most polluted streams in the province, thanks to urban garbage, sewage and toxic chemicals.

According to area resident Carmen Rosen, last year was the first time in 80 years salmon had spawned at Still Creek. She’s thrilled they’re back now, proving that last fall’s occurrence wasn’t a fluke.

“It was something I didn’t really think I’d see in my own lifetime,” says Rosen. “I thought we had done such terrible things to the creek that the fish just couldn’t survive, but here they were coming back and spawning in our creek.”

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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