Last weekend’s trip to the 30th annual Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival was a reminder of just how much outdoor fun Shuswap has to offer.
With only a limited amount of time, the sheriff and his constant companion, Carmen, pedaled our favorite trail along the Salmon Arm coast: the gravel and dirt Foreshore Raven Trail from Salmon Arm Wharf north to 47th Ave. NO.
White pelicans were back at the Nature Bay Wildlife Sanctuary – “one of the best birding spots in BC” – managed by the Salmon Arm Bay Nature Enhancement Society for BC Nature Trust and the Department of Forestry.
A new sign draws attention to the senseless actions of some users: $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for destroying swallow nest boxes and killing/destroying adult swallows, their babies and swallow eggs.
While we were at the festival, we stopped at the Shuswap Tourism booth to pick up the latest copies of the Shuswap Trail Guide book, as well as a Ride the Shuswap pocket-sized bike trail map, the Shuswap-North Okanagan Cycle Guide, and the Shuswap Paddle Guide . All highly recommended.
Shuswap Tourism also offers information on the Salute to the Sockeye Festival from 8:30am to 4:30pm September 30th to October. 23 in Tsutswecw Provincial Park
(formerly known as Roderick-Haig Brown Provincial Park). It has 16 miles of trails with exceptional salmon viewing opportunities, especially this fall as the dominant year in the four-year sockeye cycle. It is one of the largest sockeye salmon runs in North America.
Adams River sockeye salmon have played an important part in the life of the Secwepemc (pronounced se-hwep-muhc) people of Lakes Shuswap and Adams for thousands of years.
The Okanagan is hosting a free Welcome the Kokanee event today from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm at Hardy Falls Regional Park south of Peachland. Regional park interpreters will present exhibits and information about the life cycle of the Kokanee salmon and guide walks along Deep Creek.
Representatives from GoFishBC and WildSafeBC Central Okanagan will also respond
The Regional Parks Department is hosting its annual Kokanee Salmon Festival on September 10 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Mission Creek Regional Park. This free family event includes: guided walks with interpreters along the spawning channel, Syilx knowledge holders who share the importance of the Kikinee in their culture, local entertainers, ‘fishy’ performances and nature-inspired activities. By the way, Kikinee is the nsyilxcən name for inland Okanagan sockeye salmon; kokanee was derived from this word.
The Central Okanagan Regional District has gradually introduced Syilx names into regional parks, ie Black Mountain – sntsk’il’ntən Regional Park; and the hiking trails in many parks such as Mission Creek Regional Park in Kelowna.
“We have been working with Westbank First Nation for a year
Number of years on duplicate naming of our trails by including the
nsyilxcən (Silix vernacular) name,” said Wayne Darlington, RDCO Parks Planning and Capital Projects Manager.
The Sheriff has always wondered why there isn’t a phonetic pronunciation to help non-First Nations people use these words.
Working with WFN, it was found that there is no true direct translation of
nsyilxcən into English, which makes phonetic pronunciation a challenge, Darlington explained.
“The nsyilxcən is a verb
Speech and the preferred way to understand how to speak the word is through an audio connection. So we worked with WFN to include nsyilxcən in our parks’ information.”
For an example see: rdco.com/en/parks-and-trails/syilx-okanagan-partnerships.aspx#Trees-shrubs-and-wildflowers-cip-na-scak-il-clcal.
It contains a guide to common plants and animals in regional parks in English and Nsyilxcən.
“If you open each section like Trees, Shrubs and Wildflowers, there’s a list of different species and an audio link to the nsyilxcən verbal translation,” he said.
“We continue to expand our understanding and knowledge in this area together with WFN and other Sylix communities and will continue to incorporate this into updating existing and future work in this area. An example would be using
similar method above to create a QR code at the starting point
Connect to an audio link with the nsyilxcən verbal translation of a path name within a park.”
On July 25, the regional council approved significant changes to allow for the inclusion of Indigenous place names, renaming and dual naming in regional and community parks.
Incidentally, although Tsutswecw Provincial Park was originally named after conservationist Roderick Haig-Brown (1908-1976), it was renamed in 2018 at the request of the Little Shuswap Indian Band to reflect ancestral connections.
The new name “Tsútswecw”
is the traditional name Secwepemc and means “many rivers”.
The Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society will officially open one of the 1912 Kettle Valley Railway construction camps – Morrissey’s Camp #2 – on Wednesday (August 31) at 4-5pm.
This project, a collaboration between MCTRS and UBCO, has now been “signed” and released to the public. Access is from the Ruth Station end of Myra Canyon: up June Springs Road (Little White Forest Service Road) and turn left to the second parking lot.
Unfortunately, this project is the “song” for society. Members are expected on Tuesday
formally disband the society due to aging and decline
Membership and lack of new, younger supporters.
JP Squire, also known as the Sheriff of Hiking, Biking, Kayaking and Horseback Riding, is a retired journalist. Email: jp.squir[email protected]