Salmon Society




During the period between 1965 and 1972, the BC Parks Branch pressed for legal protection of Crown lands along the Adams River. By the 1970’s, the unique value of the Adams River was considered threatened. In May of 1975, a formal freeze on all private land development was proclaimed under the Environment and Land Use Act, and in 1977 the Adams River Recreation Area was established. Between 1976 and 1986, 46.9 hectares (116 acres) of land along the river was acquired and protected by The Nature Trust of British Columbia, a leading land conservation organization. These properties are still under long-term lease to the BC Ministry of Environment. The Adams River Recreation Area was renamed in 1978, to honour Roderick Haig-Brown, the great British Columbian conservationist, author, fly-fisher, and magistrate. In 1991, Roderick Haig-Brown gained full status as a Class “A” park and BC Parks initiated the idea to establish a non-profit organization to assist in developing a concept plan for the Park. By 1993, efforts began to form the Adams River Salmon Society, which was then incorporated on February 22, 1994. In 2006, a log cabin was built by the Society next to the parking lot to provide  office space and a centralized location for interpretive services.

In 2006, The Adams River Salmon Society built the Interpretive Cabin through a government work program.   Since the Salmon Society had not started it’s interpretive programing, the cabin was using the cabin to sell artisan wares.  After the dismal returns in 2009 (prompting the Cohen report), the Salmon Society was concerned about the numbers of returning salmon.  The Salmon Society concentrated on education.  Some of our volunteers joined BC Parks and Oceans and Fisheries Canada (DFO) to provide self-guided interpretation along the trails.  2010 was a surprise in returning numbers.  It was the largest return in 100 years.  The large numbers of returning salmon, Cohen Report and great weather, lead to a large media interest.  Nettie Wild’s film installation at the Cambie bridge in 2017 was inspired by her visit in 2010.  Rather than contracting out the Admissions, the Salmon Society took on this role.  Sandra Spicer, a board member (she passed away in 2013 – there is a bench for her on the island loop) was very instrumental in creating the first “bible” on how to run the Salute to the Sockeye festival.

In 2014, the Salmon Society took over running the Souvenirs.  The park went through major upgrades.  The Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) and Rocky Mountaineer sponsored the new viewing platform.  It had to be relocated as the old was washed away due to natural river changes.  A new Salute Plaza was made and a new day use parking lot.  Fish Weirs inspired fences were built to keep visitors away from the riparian.  The cabin finally had interpretive signs and displays installed (again PSF).

In 2015, funding was received from PSF, BC Parks and the Salmon Society to build a new permanent stage.  BC Parks worked with Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band to use petroglyphs along the sides.

In 2018, Steel posts for a fabric “sail” roof were installed with salmon cut-outs swimming up the posts. Now today we are working towards the 2018 Salute to the Sockeye with a new venue of the Shuswap Salmon Symposium being held during the Salute. Leading up to the event the Salmon Society will be hosting various events – Earth Day, Interpretive Trail WalkAbouts and our Gala Fundraiser. In May the Park was officially changed to Tsútswecw Provincial Park. Supporting our Indigenous neighbors and being located on Secwepemc territory.



The Adams River Salmon Society is run by a volunteer board of directors who are elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. The primary focus of the Society is to help organize and run the Salute to the Sockeye held during the dominant run every four years. In addition, the Society helps to determine how best to utilize the proceeds from the Salutes, including the event admission revenue, to fulfill its mandate to encourage and facilitate the education and conservation of the natural and cultural resources of Tsútswecw Provincial Park (Roderick Haig-Brown). For example, funding for the interpretive signage throughout the Park came from the Salute proceeds, known as the Legacy Fund. Another project for the Society has been the restoration of the former overflow parking lot, which began with the planting of over 1,000 tree seedlings in the spring of 2010.

Become a member of the Society:

Say “I SUPPORT WILD SALMON” by becoming a member of The Adam’s River Salmon Society- for only $25.

Receive updates about Society activities and concerns affecting all wild salmon including the local environment. 

To become a lifetime member of the Society ($25), either print this form, complete it and mail it in or contact the membership secretary at

Volunteer & Membership Form 2018-FILL-IN

Board of Directors

The Society is always seeking and welcoming new Directors to the Board. Meeting only once a month with plenty of interesting Committees on which to serve. Contact us at the above email for more information.

Board Members:

President: Don Paterson

Vice President: Dave Smith

Treasurer: Sonja Vernon-Wood

Secretary: Molly Cooperman

Event Director: Blair Acton

Directors:  Bill Tayler, Frank Antoine, Felix Arnouse, Robyn Cyr

Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band Representative: Aaron Arnouse

BC Parks Representative: Wes DeArmond

Village of Chase Representative: Steven Scott

Dept of Fisheries Representative: Tom Nevin

Staff Members:

Administrative Coordinator: Darlene Koss
Interpretive Cabin Assistant: Jo McPherson

The focus of the Salmon Society will now be to develop a funding program to promote and support opportunities for education, interpretation and conservation of the cultural and natural values of Tsútswecw Provincial Park (Roderick Haig-Brown) and to foster appreciation and improved knowledge of the sockeye salmon run. The Society is also working to develop an annual interpretive program for local students and nature enthusiasts that takes advantage of the Society’s cabin in the park.

The Salmon Society is responsible for the administration of the Legacy Fund application process. The Legacy Fund is intended to achieve the following:

Funds are to be used for the purpose of:

a) Providing educational opportunities of a nature consistent with the Adams River Salmon Society.

b) For the improvement of recreational opportunities in the parks of the Shuswap.

c) For the conservation of salmon habitat.

d) Funding will be limited to a maximum of 50% of the project value. 50% of the project budget must be derived from in-kind contribution or other funders.

 All applications must be received by the Salmon Society Legacy Fund Screening Committee, no later than November 30th of each calendar year. If your organization is interested please view the attached form and contact the Salmon Society directly.

Legacy Fund Application Information Package

Legacy Fund Application Form Word Document


 Meeting minutes are available upon request