Salute to the Sockeye




October 3rd to 26th, 2014

Was a HUGE Success!

For archive information on the 2014 Salute.  Please visit the following page for our  Tourist information including event fees, amenities and directions to the event: CLICK HERE

Our Opening Ceremony were held October 5th at 1:00 pm.  Celebrating First Nations culture, acknowledge our partners and a fun afternoon of entertainment. The ceremony was a casual affair in the main plaza area of Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park.

1:00                Welcome Prayer – Ralph McBrian – Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band

1:05                Traditional Welcoming Song – Ralph McBrian – Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band

1:15                Welcome from the Adams River Salmon Society – Darlene McBain, President

1:25               Special Guest Speakers

1:45                Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation & Infrastructure and MLA, Kamloops

South  Thompson

1:50                Pacific Salmon Foundation

2:00                Friendship Dance – Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band

2:10                Viewing Platform Grand Opening

The Adams River Salmon Society

BC Parks

Pacific Salmon Foundation

Rocky Mountaineer

Special Guests

2:20                Salmon Brothers Play

2:45                Doc and the Disorderlies – Music

The event area within Roderick Haig-Brown Park will have Food Vendors, a Souvenir Tent, a Local Artisan Market, Salmon Interpretive Displays, and weekend entertainment and presentations.

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 Adams River Salmon Society members only (visit the Reception/Membership desk in the Souvenir tent for more information)
  • To become a member click here Volunteer & Membership Form 2018-FILL-IN

The admission fees above are collected to cover the expense of providing numerous additional services required during the Salute to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for the visitors and the spawning salmon.

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Roderick Haig Brown Park was created, in part, by a generous contribution of land from the Natures Trust of British Columbia. Here is a link to their page:



2010 Salute to the Sockeye  was a Huge Success

Shuswap Dancer Ernie Philip

The 2010 Salute to the Sockeye broke all records, both for attendance and numbers of returning salmon. During the three-week long event, over 160,000 people visited the site, including tourists from all over the world. Preliminary escapement estimates by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for the Adams River total 3,866,600 fish, slightly more than the previous record set in 2002 (see complete report here).

The 2010 Salute began with an opening festival on Sunday, October 4 that attracted a crowd of over 500 people. This event began with an impromptu performance by famed Shuswap dancer Ernie Philip, which was followed by drumming and singing by Shuswap elder Virginia Woodridge. Speakers included Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band Chief Felix Arnouse, Shuswap MLA George Abbott and the keynote speaker, Mary Haig-Brown, who spoke about her father and how the park became named after him.

The Salute and opening festival could not have been such a success without the support of the 119 local community volunteers who spent a total of over 2900 hours at the site directing traffic, assisting visitors, providing interpretive services and helped with many other projects. In addition, the Adams River Salmon Society appreciated the financial support from our three major sponsors; Scotch Creek Super Valu, Peoples Drug Mart and Adams Lake Lumber, as well as the individual donations for the song contest prizes.

To learn more about the 2010 Salute, see the ARCHIVES page on this site.