Salmon celebration set for Sunday in Oliver
Rain won’t stop the sockeye salmon from making their appearance just north of Oliver, and organizers of the “Celebrate our Salmon” event hope it won’t deter residents, either.
Hosted by the Okanagan Nation Alliance and the Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance, the event will include an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Okanagan River Restoration Initiative Site in Oliver.
“There should be lots of opportunity to view spawning sockeye salmon this year,” said Lee McFayden of the Okanagan River Restoration Initiative.
Interpreters will be on hand to educate the public about the salmon’s 6,000-kilometre journey to the ocean and back, as well as the challenges these fish face through their travels to return to their spawning grounds in the South Okanagan.
Well over 150,000 salmon have passed through Washington state’s Wells Dam this year. Last year, barely 41,000 were counted.
Parking is available at the visitor’s centre, 6431 Station St., in Oliver. The restoration site is one kilometre away along a bike and hike path that is also wheelchair accessible.
For any questions or for more information, contact Jayme Friedt at 250-492-5275 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.