Hardy Falls, British Columbia - Hiking Next to the Brook to See the Kokanee Spawning.
In September of this year, we visited my sons in Kelowna and Westbank, British Columbia. Every morning during our stay, we would plan an outing to some beautiful and wildish place unique to the Okanagan Valley.
One such trip was an enchanting hike along a rocky path at Hardy Falls Park. My son, Iain, is in the picture above.
We just happened to be visiting a the right time to see the brilliant orange Kokanee salmon swimming upstream to spawn. Like glittering jewels in the gurgling waters, the salmon held their spots in the tiny pools of Deep Creek long enough to spawn and fulfill their life's purpose.
We stopped numerous times along the path to watch in amazement these beautiful creatures who still followed the same paths their ancestors had followed thousands of years ago.
One can't help but be in awe of all of nature's glory at times like this, especially when you've never seen salmon spawning before.
Hardy Falls Park is at the south end of Peachland just off of Hardy Road. The hike to the falls takes about 10 minutes (depending how often you stop to gaze into the creek at the beautiful Kokanee).
This is a hike with my sons that I will always remember and I'm looking forward to visiting it again next year!
If you want to see the salmon spawning, be sure to time your visit for September/October. The weather is still beautiful and warm in the Okanagan that time of year and is perfect for getting out and enjoying the beautiful natural beauty of British Columbia.
For more beautiful pictures of Hardy Falls Park visit this link.