Weaver Creek Road Trip

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There was nothing to do today so I took the family on a two-hour drive into the boonies to a place call Weaver Creek so we can see some spawning salmons. Sarah’s parents have never seen anything like this before so it’ll be one more thing they can add to their list of things they’ve done in Canada. The Weaver creek spawning channel was constructed in 1965 at a cost of $281,000. For those wondering, a spawning channel is a shallow, man-made stream with a gravel bottom and sloping sides built up of rocks. The flow of the water through the channel is regulated.

In this channel, which is about 3KM long and 6 meters wide, sockeye, chum and pink salmon deposit their eggs naturally. The channel is a meandering extension or side channel of Weaver Creek. Its purpose is to provide favorable conditions and more room for salmon to spawn than is available in the creek alone.

Salmon run times can vary year to year. As a rough guide, runs begin October 8th and end November 7th. Peak numbers of fish arrive about October 15, with most spawning activity taking place over a ten-day period from October 15 to 25th, so we caught the tail end of the run. If we had came a week earlier we would have saw a lot more salmons in the channel.

Being a weekday, the channel wasn’t busy – with the exception of one school group, we practically had the place all to ourselves. Here are some pictures from our trip. And no, I didn’t try to steal any salmon.

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I have a feeling those birds are going to get really fat! After the visit to the creek, we headed east towards Harrison Hot Spring for a dip in the hot pool. Well I didn’t go because I didn’t want to cook myself. I looked after Sally while Sarah and her parents went.


5 thoughts on “Weaver Creek Road Trip”

  1. Shane says:

    Another 10 minutes up the road is Weaver Lake. There’s a great hiking trail around the lake and a campground

  2. Ian says:

    That’s really cool!

  3. I think the notion; ‘sometimes having nothing to do at the beginning of the week(Monday or Tuesday) and tons of stuff on the weekend’ can join ‘being dot com mogul list’

  4. vik says:

    Wow, this place looks amazing. I wish we had a quiet serene place like this in LA where I could go and chill. But all we have is traffic, pollution and hot women 🙂

    By the way, it’s good to see that you balance your work and family life really well. I have to learn how to do that soon or I may die single 🙁

  5. Troutnut says:

    Wow, that’s really cool. It’s going to smell pretty bad in a few weeks, though!

    Here in NY I’ve never seen a run of salmon quite like that, and the Great Lakes fish don’t get nearly the color of wild Pacific Ocean fish. I’m looking forward to moving to Alaska and seeing the real thing, in creeks that look like that but aren’t artificial. Then again, there are bears.

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