Spawning salmon

Visitors can see salmon spawn close up in Thacker Regional Park

  • Apr. 1, 2013 2:00 p.m.

Kawkawa Creek.

Looking to see a wonder of nature in action? Then look no further than Thacker Regional Park’s many spawning channels. In the fall, visitors have the luxury of seeing the salmon spawn close up from the observation decks.

Meandering pathways, off the parking lot and washroom facility, head upstream along the Delair spawning channel and downstream to where Kawkawa Creek flows into the Coquihalla River.

The upstream pathway, which winds around Thacker Marsh, is a perfect location to view spawning salmon and beaver lodges.

Late September marks the beginning of the salmon run, as Chum salmon make their annual return. Coho salmon are seen in late October. An interpretive sign explaining the salmon’s lifecycle can be viewed at the site.

Visitors are asked to refrain from disturbing the fish. A dog splashing into a stream, or a rock or stick thrown into the water could affect their spawning.

To find the spawning site from downtown Hope, turn right off Wallace Street onto Sixth Avenue. Pass the arena and ball park, and turn left on Kawkawa Lake Road. You will cross a bridge over the Coquihalla River. Once across, immediately turn left and watch for Thacker Regional Park signs. A small parking lot on your right accommodates visitors.

At Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park, visitors can also observe the summer run of Steelhead trout migrating upstream in June, July and August.

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