Salmon spawning spectacle

The Red Fish Festival drew fish, bears and people alike to Kokanee Creek Provincial Park.

Deborah Lysenko and her granddaughter Uma Jean enjoy a quiet moment with the fish.

Deborah Lysenko and her granddaughter Uma Jean enjoy a quiet moment with the fish.

Nature posed for Nelson on Sunday.

Crowds of people swarmed Kokanee Creek Provincial Park to watch salmon spawn at the fifth annual Red Fish Festival. The daily count of 1,638 fish drew not only nature lovers but also, according to senior naturalist Joanne Siderius, seven bears who were happy to dig into the seafood buffet.

If the fish weren’t enough entertainment, live music, food and activities for kids were also made available by organizers while park rangers kept an eye out for bears, one of whom ambled into the stream for a bite while throngs of people scrambled for a picture.

Scroll down for pictures of the festival.