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October 16 update
The wave of fish within the system have peaked, and will continue to peak for the next few weeks. The best viewing of spawning pairs is at the new viewing platform. The best viewing of holding groups is either at the mouth, or the lower river. We hope to see you here this weekend.
October 10th update
As we head into the long weekend, the salmon are pushing into the river in ever greater numbers. Within the next few days, the river will be full and the banks of the river will too – with visitors.
We have some wonderful entertainment lined up for the long weekend.
Ralph McBrian will be performing First Nations story telling at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
James Murray will be storytelling at 11:30, 1:30 and 3:00
Lynn Erin will be running children’s programming Saturday from 11:00 am to 1:00
The 5.00 per vehicle event fee will help to pay for the events infrastructure (portapotties etc) and also supports education and stewardship activities within the Shuswap.
As an added bonus to our visitors, our Salute to the Sockeye book will be available at 2 for 10.00 for Today through Monday only. The book includes all the answers to all your questions, lots of local stories, kids activities and lots more….
Check out our Visitors page for directions and general information.
September 30th, 2014
Sockeye are beginning to enter the river. Small groups are visible if you watch carefully. The run has just begun so keep in mind the big numbers will not arrive until October. Please visit the Roderick Haig-Brown Park next month to experience this amazing natural phenomenon. Isolated sections of trail are still under construction so please respect the areas of closure.
Here is an informative piece from CBC News British Columbia- About where the sockeye are at as of Sept. 22nd
October 3rd to 26th, 2014
Opening Ceremony: Sunday, October 5th at 1pm
The opening ceremony is a casual affair in the main plaza area. Please remember to bring your own lawn chair.
The Adams River Salmon Society invites the world to the 2014 Salute to the Sockeye festival held in the Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park. The festival site is located in the main day-use area beside the Adams River. The spawning salmon may be viewed in many stretches of the river throughout the park. The new viewing platform will be located within 300 meters of the festival plaza along a well groomed walking trail. Before you visit please read this document for some useful advise- Tips for Salmon Watchers
The DFO school program is filling up quickly, please visit the “2014 Salute School Program”
The Salute 2014 Commemorative Poster Artist-
Lisa Figueroa lives in the Shuswap and spends great amounts of time photographing and painting the beauty she sees around her. The Sockeye Salmon of the Adams River have fascinated her for many years and have become a cornerstone of her artistic practice. Lisa has built an installation piece “Death Roe” which can be seen in full at the Vernon Public Art Gallery from October 16 – November 13, 2014 or viewed on YouTube (Death Roe by Lisa Figueroa). The Salute to the Sockeye poster features one of the paintings from the installation, “Firenesters Spawning”, “looking at the salmon through the water the fish break up into “flames” of oranges, reds and pink tones as the water fractures and refracts light on and around the sockeye, it becomes an elemental dance of procreation”. The Salute to the Salmon poster and other artwork by Lisa are available through the “Artisan Market” store at the Salute celebration in Roderick Haig-Brown Park.
The poster may be purchased in advance as part of a Special Membership Bundle or in person at the Salute souvenir tent.
The Adams River Salmon Society brochure for 2014 – Salmon Society Brochure 2014
BC Parks updated Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park- brochure
When you are planning your trip to see the Adams River Sockeye Salmon spawn keep in mind the following patterns:
Dominant years (2014, 2018) 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 the month – Friday, October 3rd to Sunday October 26th, 2014. During this time frame a nominal admission fee will be charged. More information is available on the Salute 2014 page of this site.
Sub-dominant years (2015) you may see 100,000+ sockeye return to spawn in October.
Post-subdominant years (2016) you may see 100’s of sockeye return to spawn in October (smallest returns).
Pre-dominant years (2017) 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.
Check out and LIKE our Facebook page to view our posts on your news feed (home page) and to learn up-to-date news about wild salmon, as well as cultural and natural histories of the Adams River and Roderick Haig-Brown Park:
Society Improvement Projects
Sept. 26th, 2014
To all the volunteers working hard on our new storage addition. This project has been made possible by the generous support of local businesses- Interfor/Adams Lake Lumber and Scotch Creek/Chase Home Hardware along with dedicated Society volunteers. The cabin exterior was refinished with support by Timber Pro products and DC Wood Restoration. We are preparing for all the visitors arriving next month for the big Salute to the Sockeye celebration.
Yesterday our addition got a roof. Thanks to Advantage Roofing- volunteer professional labour