Sooke Salmon Run

Charters Creek, Sooke B.C

With the Salmon running and a stretch of nice weather I decided to go out Bald Eagle hunting, plus see whatever else was around during the salmon run in Sooke, BC.

Asking a local buddy of mine I was told to go down and check out Charters Creek. While a bit tight in the trees for Eagles there has been a bear spotted in the neighborhood as well as countless other creatures out in the rain forest setting. A recent trail and creek restoration make this a new but already popular spot to come view the spawning salmon that happens every year in Oct/Nov on Vancouver Island. 

A quick 25min drive from my place, I turned onto Sooke River Road and followed it for a few kilometers until I got to the pull off for Charters Creek. Moss covered rocks, huge maple and fir trees covered in lichens hang overhead as you follow the gravel paths along the meandering creek.

Charters Creek

After wandering around and shooting the creek I saw no bears, nor did I see any eagles so I figured I’d head up to some waterfalls I knew of at nearby Sooke Potholes. What was once a long walk up the hill past the old abandoned hotel site is now a short drive up to a parking lot as the Sooke Potholes Park was expanded a few years ago. Heading up the canyon the sun doesn’t hit until later in the day which would allow me to catch a “sunrise” of sorts as the sun peeks past the canyon walls. With only a 5min walk from my car (which also included a scramble down a steep cliff to get to the top of Twin Falls). 

Twin Falls

Mist in the air with back-lit trees made gave the scene the exact look I was hoping when I decided to head up.
I sat on the riverbank and shot some photos as I waited for the sun and it was well worth the wait!

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