Campbell River, Vancouver Island, British Columbia,

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Wonders of the Wild
1452 Ironwood Mall,
Campbell River, B.C.
V9W 5T5
Ph: (250) 287-2374
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Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2000

For Immediate Release: Homecoming 2000 Celebration a great success!


The Homecoming 2000: Return of the Musgrave “Tyee” Salmon Celebration drew
people of all ages and cultures. The celebration honoured the 70-pound
fish, caught by Sir Richard Musgrave alongside a First Nations guide, during
a fishing expedition from England in 1896. Although the fish was destroyed
in a fire several years later, it was this fish that helped to establish
Campbell River as the Salmon Capital of the World.

“The celebration came together beautifully,” said Cathy Geer, Coordinator of
the Salmon Festival Society. Mike Moss, of B.C.’s Wildlife Studios in
Campbell River, used an old photo, to recreate exactly what the Musgrave
Tyee looked like. The salmon replica was unveiled at the Homecoming and
remained on display beside the constructed Sir Richard Musgrave’s camp, and
First Nations village, where visitors and guests alike took turns getting
their picture taken with the fish. Visitors came from all over the world,
including Italy, and Germany.

left to right: Sean Junglas , Rose Watson ,  Mary Ashley , Jim Lornie

Rose Watson, an 80 year old former Campbell River resident, came back to the
area specifically for this celebration. Alongside city counsellor Mary
Ashley and mayor Jim Lornie, she helped to accept the Musgrave fish on
behalf of the Campbell River District.

“We felt that it is particularly important to incorporate local First
Nations into the celebration as they historically represent a significant
element of Campbell River’s heritage and identity,” says Wonders of the Wild
Assistant Coordinator Tricia Scavarda. Local First Nations had their own
site on the grounds with First Nations artists and cultural teachers. Vern
Price created a mock front of a First Nations big house, and the
Laichwiltach Culture Group delighted the public with traditional First
Nations dancing.

To celebrate the month of the salmon in September, the Tyee salmon replica
will be on display throughout the month of September in various locations
throughout the community, and will be available for people to have their
pictures taken with it. Watch for place and times in the Tuesday edition of
the Courier-Islander, and the Saturday edition of the North Islander.

If you would like more information, or would like to have your picture taken
with the salmon for a donation, please call the Wonders of the Wild at

For more information on Wonders of the Wild or the Passport 2000, which offers over $500.00 in savings on attractions, entertainment, adventure tours, retail, and more, please call us at 287-2374, or visit our website at

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