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To learn more about the Adams River, Roderick Haig-Brown Park and the world famous Adams River Salmon Run you can visit one or more of the many websites listed below or view or download the documents listed here.

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Adams River Salmon Run

2013 Spawning escapement to the Lower Adams River on this second off-cycle (jack) year was approximately 125, 000 spawners (10,000 of which were jacks). This is the third largest spawning escapement observed on this cycle, the largest was in 1957. For more information go to the DFO website at: 2013 Fraser Sockeye Estimation Reporting

Preliminary Escapement Estimates
Department of Fisheries and Oceans:


DFO salmon escapement data since 1938:

Adams River Escapements

A Story of the Fraser River Great Sockeye Runs and their Loss (written in 1918):

D.S. Mitchell

An “E-zine” photo essay about the 2010 Salmon run by Gregory O’Brien, Indian & Northern Affairs Canada, BC Region

Journey of the Sacred Salmon

Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park

To Honour a Conservationist:

Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park is named after the great British Columbian writer, conservationist and fly-fisher. Haig-Brown served as a member of the International Pacific Salmon Commission and on the boards of many conservation organizations, including the Nature Trust of B.C.

Within these organizations Haig-Brown worked for the protection of wild fish stocks and the rivers they inhabit, especially the Adams River.  As a result of his work and the contributions of many others, this park was created, and its world-famous run of sockeye salmon preserved.

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Roderick Haig-Brown Park

Roderick Haig-Brown:

Roderick Haig-Brown was born in Sussex, England. He moved to British Columbia (Campbell River) in the 1930’s. He was a pioneering conservationist, writer of some 25 books, magistrate and fly fisher whose collections of essays and broadcasts concerning, in part, fly fishing and the natural world made him a strong voice of conscience in British Columbia and internationally. In later life, he was Chancellor of the University of Victoria and advisor to many national and international conservation organizations and initiatives helping to shape the thinking of resource managers, conservationists and naturalists in British Columbia.

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The Haig-Brown Institute, a not for profit society, preserves the legacy of Roderick and Ann Elmore Haig-Brown. It also promotes watershed conservation and the links between ecology and economy through literature and conservation. The Institute supports a writer-in-residence program and local restoration and enhancement projects in Campbell River. It was instrumental in promoting the very successful Haig-Brown Kid’s Camp and an annual Haig-Brown Festival also in Campbell River.

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Haig-Brown Institute

2010 Salute Festival Speech by Mary Haig-Brown about her father’s role in the creation of the park:
Mary Haig-Brown talk

BC Parks Website:
Park Website

The Nature Trust of British Columbia

Read more about their work

Adams River

Read this excellent overview essay about the river and the salmon run:


A 67 page report about the Adams River prepared by Cal-Eco consultants for the Ministry of Environment in 2006:

Background Study– Full Version
Adams River, British Columbia
Proposed National Heritage River Nomination

Adams Lake Indian History – 1989 article
from Vol. II of the Shuswap Chronicles, published in 1989



Salmon-Safe British Columbia

Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF)  and Fraser Basin Council joined forces in 2010 to launch Salmon-Safe BC with pioneering growers. To date, 32 farms and vineyards across British Columbia have achieved Salmon-Safe certification.

A current map of Certified Farms and Vineyards in BC is available on the above site

Canadian Wildlife Federation

The Canadian Wildlife Federation is dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world and a lasting legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat. Learn more at: Canadian Wildlife Federation

Ocean Wise

Vancouver Aquarium’s assurance of an ocean-friendly seafood choice. Learn more at: Oceanwise