Kelowna celebrates the Kokanee Salmon Festival


KELOWNA–Salmon spawning season was celebrated in Kelowna’s Mission Park on Sunday.

People of all ages came out to watch the Kokanee struggle to make their way upstream.

The Central Okanagan Search and Rescue set up an underwater camera for people to get an even closer look.

The Kokanee count for Mission Creek this year is about eight thousand, which officials say is encouraging, because salmon won’t spawn unless the water temperature is between ten and twelve degrees.

“We had a hot summer and there was worry,” says salmon interpreter Joanne Swain, “but at the end of August we had a couple of weeks of cool nights and that cooled the creek down.”

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