Discovering Mission Creek Regional Park

Discovering Mission Creek Regional Park


Today, I’m on a walk in Mission Creek Regional
Park. This is a major regional park in Kelowna. It celebrates Mission Creek, which is the
largest stream in the valley where Kelowna is situated. It comes from the mountains in
the east, comes south around Black Mountain, and heads west toward Okanagan Lake, and I
think a lot of the alluvial deposits that Kelowna is built on were probably laid down
by this creek. It’s a salmon-bearing creek. There’s a sign on the way in that tells us
that they got a bunch of kokanee here already this year, so that’s exciting. I’m going to
try and explore the whole park today, and if I find any really neat features, I’m definitely
going to let you know what they are, and maybe you can come and visit this park yourself
someday. So, we’ve entered the park, and we found our first feature of interest. Behind
me, there is a spawning channel, which has been built to allow the kokanee to come up
and spawn, because a lot of the main part of Mission Creek has been stabilized, and–what
do you call it?–straightened, channelized, and is not really suitable for salmon to spawn
in anymore, so they made this nice channel for them behind me. And they are using it.
You can see lots of kokanee in the creek, lots of salmon with red bodies in the creek,
lots of dead salmon. So, it’s great to see that the fish are using it and that there’ll
be more fish in the future. And it’s great to come to a place like this, a natural place,
and see the cycles of nature. Hey! So, here I am at another interesting feature of this
park. This is a pond. They label it as a Turtle Pond, so it probably has some painted turtles
in it. It’s always great to see some wetland habitat. You’ve got all that edge habitat
where the forest ends and the pond begins. Lots of animals and plants are going to be
having a good time there. This is just south of the creek. It’s up a little bit of a hill,
so I’m not sure if this is land that ever flooded. So this might be a natural pond or
it might have been built for logging or other industrial purposes, but it’s great habitat
now and it’s protected as part of this park. Hey! So, I’ve come to another interesting
feature of this park. We’re now at the far end, the south end of the park, just off Hall
Road. There’s another parking lot, there’s a portable washroom, and there is this pond you see behind
me. It is a designated Children’s Fishing Pond. It’s got a low fence around it so no
children will unintentionally run into the pond, and it’s stocked with rainbow trout,
so you can come and teach your kids to fish or just–you don’t have to be a kid. You can
come fish if you’re an adult and you like to fish. It’s a nice little feature. You can
just park right here. You don’t have to hike through the piney woods, if you don’t want
to. So, I’m glad to have discovered it and I’m on to see what else I find. I’ve emerged
from the wonderful woodlands of Mission Creek Regional Park. We had a great time going up
and down the hills, through the pines, and across the creeks, and around the ponds. Lots
of wonderful things to see. Lots of wonderful trails. They really simplified and clarified
the trail system here, so it was really easy to check them off the list and make sure I
saw everything there was to see in the park. It’s a beautiful place and it’s really, really
accessible. From where I am now, back at the beginning, right at the edge of the park,
we’re right along Springfield, and there was a bus stop right in front of the park, so
this is, despite its beautiful, natural qualities, is not a remote destination. You can come
see salmon spawning right in the middle of Kelowna, basically, which is amazing. So,
we had a great time. We did not get to a couple of trails. Basically, there is one trail that
goes along the other side of the creek, and it goes all the way down to the east and I’m
going to have to leave that for a future visit, but that’s okay. I think we saw enough to
show you some wonderful things, and I hope you enjoyed what we were able to show you.
Of course, I’m not going to be able to check this off my Parks Challenge list until I’ve
seen the entire park, so I will be coming back to finish the trails of Mission Creek
Regional Park on a future visit, so watch out for that. I’m not sure when exactly that
will be, but I will definitely have more videos coming of more parks in the Kelowna area.
If you enjoyed this, feel free to subscribe to my channel, ’cause you’ll see more coming
up. You can see more that I already made. If you really had a good time, ‘Like’ this
video and leave comments about what you liked, didn’t like, or if you know some things about
this park that would be interesting to me. I’d love to hear about that, so… Thanks
for watching!

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