Salmon cel­e­bra­tion set for Sun­day in Oliver

The Daily Courier - - OKANAGAN -

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 os­cae­cos­tud­ies@gmail.com.

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