Hardy Falls, British Columbia - Hiking Next to the Brook to See the Kokanee Spawning.

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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 placeHardy Falls Trail near Peachland, BC 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.Kokanee spawning at Hardy Falls Park, Peachland, BC

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).
Cliff Face at Hardy Falls, Peachland, BC

 

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.

 

©2009JoSmith

 

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Comments (14)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Jo-Anne,

Looks so beautiful.  We love falls they are so majestic and magnificient.  Thanks for sharing this.

Dec 20, 2009 01:35 AM
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Jo - Beautiful photos and some of those photos in your link make you want to move out there.

Dec 20, 2009 02:39 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Ron and Alexandra,

You would love British Columbia. There is such a great abundance of waterfalls and beauty.

Jo

Dec 20, 2009 02:51 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Kathy,

The link certainly has some gorgeous photos ( I wish I was able to take photos as good as those!!). It is certainly a paradise.

Jo

Dec 20, 2009 02:52 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Jo, Your son is so handsome.  These pictures are beautiful; I had hoped one year to make it upstate to see the Salmon run but didn't make it.  I'm glad you captured it for me!

Dec 20, 2009 08:07 AM
Paula Swayne
Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715 - Sacramento, CA
Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga

Hi Jo-Anne!
Your trip sounds wonderful!  It is such a rarity to get a chance to glimpse just a little of nature at her most awesome!

Dec 20, 2009 10:17 AM
LLoyd Nichols
Premier Florida Realty of SWFL - Fort Myers, FL
Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea

Jo-Anne: Hardy Falls is impressive looking. I am glad to see some places as such we haven't messed up.

Dec 20, 2009 01:58 PM
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Jo - your pictures are pretty good ... There are many who could take lessons from you

Dec 21, 2009 06:25 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Carole,

Thanks! I have many more pictures of the salmon run from our trip and I plan to share them soon....I was enthralled with the salmon (and we ate a lot of it while we were out there too!!)

Jo

Dec 21, 2009 10:12 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Paula,

We had a wonderful time. British Columbia has so much natural beauty that you could spend a lifetime there and still not see enough...

Jo

Dec 21, 2009 10:13 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Lloyd,

They seem to preserve more of the natural beauty in BC...they're much more environmentally conscious and it shows.

Jo

Dec 21, 2009 10:14 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Kathy,

Thanks, however I know I have a long way to go....I'd like to get a better camera some day and take lessons.

Jo

Dec 21, 2009 10:14 AM
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!

Jo

I am half tempted to get on a plane and come and visit you. If I did could we visit the historic spots in Toronto? You and i have the same taste for that stuff. Your son is a very handsome man; and he has a mom with a wonderful heart. I am better now and ready to coach you. Jo, that illness took the wind out of me.

Dec 21, 2009 10:18 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Hi Tom,

I'm glad to hear you're better now...I imagine Lars was getting antsy to get back into full force and is thrilled that you are back to yourself again and can get back to visiting all of those places (and picking up treats everywhere you go....). 


Merry Christmas to you, Spencer and Lars!

I'll be in touch....

Jo

Dec 22, 2009 02:21 AM