Watch in amazement each fall as the quiet waters of the 12 km Adams River welcome home the sockeye salmon returning to their home waters to spawn after the 4,000 km journey of their lifetime. This river is one of the most important sockeye salmon breeding areas in North America; important to local ecology and sacred to the history and culture of the Secwepemc people. The next dominant year of the migration cycle is 2022. Gather on the banks of the Adams River at Tsútswecw Provincial Park (formerly known as Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park). The 26 km of trails offer exceptional salmon viewing and bird-watching opportunities.
THE ADAMS RIVER SALMON RUN AND SALUTE TO THE SOCKEYE CELEBRATION
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 was a dominant run, 2022 will be the next dominant run)
The Adams River Salmon Society coordinate the celebration known as the “Salute to the Sockeye” during the dominant years. Visitors can still access the area on non dominant years to visit the interpretive cabin, take part in a guided walkabout tour, or simply head out on a trail on their own to a riverside viewing platform to observe the Sockeye.
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.
Park Hours: Open everyday from 9AM – 4PM
Check the Adams River Salmon Society website for a full list of activities and attractions, and corresponding schedules.