Salmon Fest at Clutesi for one more season

The Port Alberni Salmon Festival will return to Clutesi Haven Marina for one more season, says organizer Dan Washington.

The Port Alberni Salmon Festival will return to Clutesi Haven Marina for one more season, says organizer Dan Washington.

The 45th annual Salmon Fest won’t be moving to Harbour Quay, as rumours suggested, he assured.

The festival society made that determination last week.

“We’ve got one more year at Clutesi,” Washington said.

“When the city only got a lukewarm response to [a request for proposals for development at Clutesi] they reissued it to the end of June,” he said. That means any potential development wouldn’t begin until after Labour Day.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen after this,” he said.

“They could get a huge development.”

As for deciding on a new location, Washington said the society is looking at other ideas besides Harbour Quay.

“I’d say we would be looking at the new (Somass) boardwalk in the future,” he said.

“We were throwing around that idea.”

The attraction for using the new boardwalk being developed between Somass Mill and Fisherman’s Wharf is they could also bring in the big rail speeder and move people from  the mill to the mill parking lot, he said.

“We’re destined for the harbour, that’s true. Whether it’s the lighthouse or further down, I don’t know.”

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