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Adams River Sockeye Salmon Run
September 29, 2019
The Adams River has one of the largest Sockeye salmon runs in North America. Every fourth year is a “dominant” salmon run, with millions of fish to be seen from late September through to the end of October (2018 is was a dominant run and 2022 will be the next dominant run). The following years are “sub-dominant” runs of sockeye: 2019, 2023. These years often have substantial returns of sockeye and offer excellent viewing opportunities. During the last three weeks of October in years where there isn’t a “dominant” or “sub-dominant” return, a small number of salmon begin their spawning cycle.
HOW TO SEE THE SOCKEYE SALMON:
Visit Tsútswecw Provincial Park (formerly Roderick Haig-Brown Park), anytime from late September to late October, and you’ll find trails that lead to riverside viewing platforms with interpretive signage that provides information on Sockeye Salmon and the salmon run and spawning process.