Tourists / Visitors
As a visitor to Roderick Haig-Brown Park there are a few considerations you should take into account when planning your trip.
You will find information below on many commonly asked questions.
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Hours and Event Fees
Gates will be closed and locked each day at 5:00 pm. All vehicles must be offsite by 5:00 pm.
All visitors to the site will be required to pay an event fee, which is used to cover the costs of operating the event, as well as support the Legacy Fund which provides funding to community groups in the Shuswap for stewardship activities and to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for the visitors and the spawning salmon.
Admission/Event Fees –
- $5. per private vehicle
- $2. per person for a commercial van (10 to 20 passenger capacity)
- $60. per bus (21 to 40 passenger capacity)
- $75. per bus (41+ passenger capacity)
- Salute Pass – available to The Adams River Salmon Society members only (visit the Reception/Membership desk in the souvenir tent for more information)
- To become a member click here Salmon Society Membership Form
Onsite Amenities and Services
Services available during the Salute to the Sockeye include:
- Onsite food vendors
- Souvenir sales
- Artisan wares
- Cultural and General Entertainment
- General Salmon and Environmental Interpretation program
- School Curriculum based program for registered school groups (inquire here)
- Potable Water
Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park is outfitted with pit toilets and some potable water
When are the fish here?
There are four species of Pacific Salmon that spawn in the Adams River, and while every run is slightly different in regards to timing:
Chinook Salmon – September through Mid-October (every year)
Chinook are the largest salmon to spawn in the Adams River. They are large, dark shadows that are often in the deeper, swift moving parts of the river.
Sockeye Salmon – Late September through early November (every year with a dominant run every four years (2018, 2022, 2016)
Sockeye are the second largest fish to spawn in the Adams River. These fish are bright red with green heads. They are seen across the entire river, but prefer to spawn in medium depth, swifter water.
Pick Salmon – Late September through Late October every odd numbered year (2017, 2019, 2021)
Pink are smaller in length but taller in girth. They are a banded array of colours from white to green to pink to greyish. Pink Salmon are seen across the entire river, but prefer to spawn in medium depth, swifter water.
Coho Salmon – Late October through December (every year)
Coho are the smaller leaner salmon to come to the system. They are usually solid red, with dark heads, very similar to Sockeye. However, they are quite a lot smaller and prefer slightly deeper, swift water.
Andrew Holland – Timberwolf Photography Local photographer specializing in wildlife and the sockeye
Arnold Boudreau – Sunshine Shack Local artisan specializing in fish carvings on cottonwood bark and driftwood and walking sticks carved from local birch wood.
Beve Hietals – Beve’s Art Local acrylic artist who loves to paint and observe the wonders of nature.
Bill Doebert Creates wine bottle holders from local cedar.
Bonnie Baker Bacigalupo– Kaleidoscope Arts & Design Local artist who paints on canvas and creates and designs glasswork art pieces and jewellery.
Bruce Nyeste – Mud Sweat & Tears Creates high fired functional pottery
Bruce Ouellette Creates scroll saw wood plaques and earrings
Carl Anserello Local artisan who creates stunning stained glass sockeye sun catchers.
Carmen Miller Mixed media on wrap around canvas using open acrylics, acrylics and envirotex clear glaze.
Carolyn & Dave Good Creators of small clay products sculptured by hand from polymer.
Clarence Mills Traditional Haida art designs, paintings and carvings
Clive Bryson – Clive Bryson Photography Creates photo cards depicting the Sockeye at the Adams River
Connie Orr – Red Truck Foods Gourmet preserves and a selection of spice rubs and herb blends using many local ingredients
Cynthia Langford Local artist who enjoys the beauty of the Shuswap and life experiences on canvass
Dan & Sheila McColman – Ravenwood Glass Designs Handmade and crafted stained glass art pieces and unique jewellery designs
Denis Thera Creates exotic wood bowls and unique wood turned pens
Dianne Noble Unique poetry honouring the life cycle of the Sockeye
Donalda McLaren – Mixed Media Local artist whose paintings of whimsical nature are created using gouache, acrylic, pens and metallics .
Erin Mikalishen Designer of unique chain maille jewellery pieces incorporating the colours and shape of the Sockeye.
Glen Mantie – Grimwurks Pottery Creates fine handmade functional pottery
Gus Buffel Wildlife oil paintings on slate and mounted driftwood
Hans Hartmann Designs necklaces from naturally fossilized Shark Teeth
Jackie Taylor – Personal Touch Chocolates Produces delicious handmade chocolate products in a variety of shapes and styles including fish, cars and animals.
Janis Smith – A Thousand Words Photography Local photographer specializing in landscape and wildlife.
Laurel Fredin – Laurel’s Boutique High temperature stoneware pottery both in both functional and decorative styles.
Leslie Bolan – Lakeshore Holdings Internationally exhibited award winning Raku artist who creates one-of-a-kind hand crafted Canadiana clay sculptures
Linda Paget Local artist who paints wildlife on feathers and maple leafs.
Lisa Figueroa – Lisa Figueroa Studio/Gallery Local artist who incorporates her love of nature, scenery and the returning sockeye in her artwork.
Lise McAlpine – Fabric Art Rocks Creates stunning sculptures using all natural fibers and finished with a fabric hardener suitable for both indoor and outdoor display.
Lynn Erin – Fireweed Studio Long time resident of the area, Shuswap artist Lynn Erin has explored salmon in many different mediums.
Marianne Danyluk – Just For Fun Pottery Creates hand functional pottery pieces
Mark Hemmingson & Sheryl Willson – Sorrento Stoneware Locally made pottery including mugs and platters which celebrate the wonder and beauty of the Sockeye.
Melissa & James Puchinger – Pressed Wishes The art of preserving nature through assorted pressed botanicals showcased on handmade paper and set into handcrafted solid wood frames.
Murray Anderson – Sunburst Crafts Highest quality leather goods designed and individually handcrafted in the Shuswap
Pat Taylor – Gallery at the Beach Local artist who enjoys painting the wonders of nature and local surroundings
Patrick Hughes – Huge Studios Local visual artist who has been showing his paintings, sculpture and photos since 1973 and his animated video the 666 O’Clock has been seen in festivals around the world.
Paul Watts Creates turned wooden bowls made primarily from local wood. Many are natural edge with the bark still attached.
Peter Kastner Local artist specializing in monochrome paintings using India ink with brush and some quill.
Rae Imeson Creates acrylic images of sockeye on driftwood sourced from the Shuswap and Kamloops area.
Rachelle Horvath – Horvath’s Herb & Friendship Garden Creates greeting cards from her photography of local area scenery and nature’s beauty.
Ron Bellingham – B. Crafters Creates beautiful animal and sockeye carvings using “vegetable ivory” from Tagua nuts
Sarah Luttman – Native Artworks Chase Haida artist who creates a variety of items including dream catchers, magnets and greeting cards
Seinie Bykerk Designs greeting card calendars using local flora and fauna
Sharon Toews – Shuswap Infusion Tea Locally blended loose leaf tea in a variety of flavours
Ted Danyluk – Just For Fun Woodworking Creates unique wood salmon plaques and sockeye key holders
Tracy Bentley – High Mountain Farm Creates fire starters using all natural recycled wood combined with soya or paraffin base.
Valerie Rogers Local artist whose paintings are in-depth visual studies of natures’ creatures in their own quiet environment.