Where will Salmon Fest be next year?

The Salmon Fest organizers have been at Clutesi Haven Marina for long enough to have a setup they like, making moving difficult.

Port Alberni’s Salmon Fest has no plans to move anywhere for next year, despite persistent talks about a move to Harbour Quay.

“The materialization of that, there’s still a huge amount of details to work out,” said Salmon Fest president Dan Washington.

“I would speculate… I don’t know if we’re going to move at all.”

According to Washington, one possibility would be moving the festival to land the Port Alberni Port Authority recently purchased beside Western Forest Products’ Somass Mill.

The port authority intends to build a fuel dock in the area.

“So there’s a possibility of moving there.”

It’s looking like a brighter possibility than Harbour Quay.

“Not being able to use the port authority property (at the quay), it just sort of crams everything down there. Parking becomes a premium.

“Displacing the merchants who do pay rent down there [Harbour Quay]  is a problem,” he added.

The Salmon Fest organizers have been at Clutesi Haven Marina for long enough to have a setup they like, making moving difficult.

“Where we are now, we’re not displacing any of the merchants down there because there really aren’t any.”

V.I. Fries, who operate at Clutesi, have it written into their agreement that they must vacate for Salmon Fest weekend.

But Salmon Fest might have to figure out a new location for next year anyway.

The city and PAPA’s new lease for Clutesi Haven Marina includes a clause that a request for proposal for development must be issued by the end of 2015.

Currently, the only requirement is that the new development contain public washrooms but Washington (who is a current city councillor) is hoping for more.

“We’re hoping for bigger and better things there,” said Washington.

“It’s very hard to say… [Salmon Fest] hasn’t looked that far ahead, we’re just concentrating on this year’s festival.”

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

twitter.com/AlberniNews

Just Posted

Alberni boys win 20th consecutive Island Wrestling Championships

Alberni District Secondary School boys finished with 69 points

Juno-nominated Indigenous hip-hop duo to play in Port Alberni

Snotty Nose Rez Kids will be at the Kingsway Pub on Saturday, Feb. 23

Coldest Night of the Year event brings attention to plight of the homeless

Port Alberni teams prepare to walk one of three routes and raise funds too

Alberni Armada girls a surprise contender at Vancouver Island high school basketball championships

The Alberni Armada senior girls’ basketball team is going somewhere they never… Continue reading

Alberni Curling Club hosts 66th annual men’s bonspiel

Curlers will compete in four events Feb. 15–17

VIDEO: Canada’s flag turns 54 today

The maple leaf design by George Stanley made its first appearance Feb. 15, 1965

Ammonia leak shuts down curling club in Nelson

It’s not yet clear when the leak was detected

Pavelski’s 31st goal helps Sharks top Canucks 3-2

Vancouver one point out of second NHL wild-card spot

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Northern B.C. First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work site

Archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one of the stones found dates back up to 3500 years

Names keep adding to vaccine petition started by B.C. mom

Maple Ridge mom started campaign to make vaccination a condition of attending school

Most Read