- Category: Explore
- Published on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 21:16
Last ones up
It's an impressive sight, especially when the water is barely ankle deep.
Salmon, some of them close to two feet long, swim up the Serpentine, waaaay up to the top of the marsh where the river starts. Here, in Tynehead Regional Park the river starts as a series of creeks. There's a hatchery at the southern end of the park, and maybe that was the birthplace of these specimens.
Normally they're finished about the middle of November. And by finished I mean dead.
When I went up on Remembrance Day there were still a few alive, thrashing their way up the difficult bits, or resting in pools. But always pointing up river. The banks were littered with the dead ones.
People walking the paths stopped and clumped at bridges to watch these fish work their way up, or marvel at the size of them.
By Saturday I couldn't see any more living fish, just the carcasses, and a sign warning hikers about bears.
Tynehead park has three parking lots that can easily access Serpentine Fields: on 161 St, 168 St and 96 Avenue.