Sunday, November 8, 2015

Chum Salmon Run - Goldstream Provincial Park, BC

It's been a while since I've last blogged.  A lot has happened since then, most noteworthy was our move from my birth province of Saskatchewan to British Columbia!  There are a lot of differences between these 2 provinces but that is another post for another time.

One of the most amazing things I've been able to experience since our move was to experience my first ever Chum Salmon run at Goldstream Provincial Park, an approximate 30 mins drive from our place in Victoria.  I had an idea what it would be like but never expected how shallow the water would be and how many dead fish there were :(  Reading about the salmon run on Goldstream Provincial Park's site revealed that it is normal for the fish to spawn and die, a fact I was not aware of. Apparently the salmon run lasts approximately 9 weeks so I would highly suggest checking it out if you have never experienced it yourself.  Just seeing the shear number of fish was astounding and seeing how much effort they have to go through to fight against the current was eye opening.  I'll save you the minute details about the salmon run as the site I linked to above does a thorough job at describing the process so I'll leave you with a few pics and a short video (apologies for the quality as it was raining out that day).