The annual Kokanee Fish Festival is going strong, continuing to delight local school children even after nine years.
For Linda Dickson, the Mount Begbie Elementary School teacher who organizes the event every year it is a a real labour of love.
“Children really enjoy this,” she said during a brief break in the activities at bridge Creek last Friday. “Yes, we live int he mountains but some of these kids have never been out (in the woods). Some of them don’t have very strong connections with nature.”
The Kokanee Fish Festival helps build those connections by introducing them to strong local components of the natural world: the kokanee that spawn in the area’s creeks and streams every year, the bears that feed on them and the other creatures large and small that live in, on or near our waterways.
Watch the wonder on a child’s face as they watch the glowing, jewel-like red fish daring above a gravel bed and you’ll know what she means.
Here are a few images from thsi year’s one-day Kokanee Fish Festival: