Francois Depey sent this story and photo - thanks Francois.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
I like waterfalls! So, I check them around, once in a while.
We went to the lower fall at Canyon Creek, a tributary of the Bulkley River.
The water drop is located only 9 Km as crow flies, from the mouth of Canyon Creek (at the Bulkley River), a bit of a longer distance “as water flows” or “fish swims”…
What a pleasant surprise to see those fish jumping to make their way upstream. Since I am not a fish expert nor a fisher at all, I was spoiled to be there with a fish specialist who could right away identify those fish as steelheads.
I learnt that steelheads spend one winter in the Bulkley before heading up to smaller tributaries when the water level is right for them to swim up. It is a matter of timing. They don’t have to fight the strong current of the Bulkley in springtime. The fact that they spend the winter months in the river means that if an oil spill would occur at that time or in early spring, they would be a prime target.
Unlike salmon, steelhead do the round trip from their spawning grounds to the ocean up to four times (or maybe more!?) in their lifetime. That is an exciting nomadic life, I guess.
Watching them fighting their way to their spawning ground in Canyon Creek is not a sight I would be prepared to sacrifice for all the oil/tar sand in the world!