Salute to the Sockeye Festival 2018
Struggling against insurmountable odds, 1 out of every four thousand eggs laid in the Adams River lives to return to the Adams River as a spawning adult. Experience the majesty, beauty and tragically poignant life of the Pacific Sockeye Salmon and attend the Salute to the Sockeye celebration at Roderick Haig Brown Park. The Salute to the Sockeye Festival will be from September 28-October 21 in British Columbia's Scenic Shuswap Region. 2018 is a dominant year. During 2018, The Adam’s River Salmon Society will we hosting Interpretive Walks on Wednesday from July to mid October. Please see web page for more details www.salmonsociety.com. Watch this video that was completed during the 2014 "Salute to the Sockeye" Festival.
Interpretive Cabin Hours:
- Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10:00am - 3:00pm
- Also open Holiday Mondays
Begins May Long weekend until end of Salmon Run in October
Weekly Intrepretive Hike:
- Every Wednesday begins at 11:00am
- Begins May Long weekend until end of Salmon Run in October
For more information regarding the 2018 events please check www.salmonsociety.com
When you are planning your trip to see the Adams River Sockeye Salmon spawn keep in mind the following patterns:
Dominant years (2018, 2022) you may see millions of sockeye return to spawn in October. The Society hosts the Salute to the Sockeye celebration the first 3 weeks of October every four years.
Sub-dominant years (2019) you may see 100,000+ sockeye return to spawn in October.
Post-subdominant years (2020) you may see 100’s of sockeye return to spawn in October (smallest returns).
Pre-dominant years (2021) you may see 10,000+ sockeye return to spawn in October, generally the first three weeks.
A few Pink salmon spawn in the Adams River in September on odd years only; Chinook salmon spawn here in Sept/October; Sockeye salmon spawn in the Adams River in the first few weeks of October, followed by Coho salmon in late October and early November:
Find us at Roderick Haig-Brown Park (2300 Squilax-Anglemont Rd, Lee Creek, BC), in the Log Cabin Interpretive Centre (May throughout October)
The Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park is open year-round.
This is a fascinating place to visit at any time of year, but particularly in early October during the run of the Adams River sockeye salmon. Every 4th year is a “dominant” run, with millions of fish to be seen (2018 will be dominant runs). The Adams River Salmon Society coordinate the celebration known as the “Salute to the Sockeye” during the dominant years. The following years are “sub-dominant” runs of sockeye, which 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. The best place to view spawning salmon will be in the channel next to the parking lot.
BC Parks Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park - brochure
Park location information and trail maps
Things to Do in the North Shuswap: