Each Thanksgiving, as many as 250,000 people visit the Salute the Sockeye Festival on the Adams River, located about a one-hour drive from Kamloops. The crowds are here to see the world’s largest return of sockeye salmon to a single river: a migration of people, drawn to the migration of a species that people love to eat.
Length of Trip : 1 Day
Cost : It is free to visit Roderick Haig Provincial Park where the salmon run takes place. There is on-site parking for a fee.
Best time to go : Thanksgiving Weekend
Wheelchair friendly : Yes, although the paths are not paved
Family friendly : Yes
Where to eat : I spent the weekend in Kamloops, which is an excellent base to launch your salmon excursion. My favourite brewpub/restaurant is The Noble Pig. Try the Honey Badger, and the deep fried pickles.
Official Site : http://www.salmonsociety.com/home/
Getting There : The Adams River is located between the Adams Lake and Shuswap Lakes, about a 45 minute drive from Kamloops. The salmon viewing takes place in Roderick Haig Provincial Park.
Note from Robin : Polarized sunglasses really help seeing the salmon, and a polarized camera filter will help with photos. Some keeners don wetsuits and jump into the river to get their magic photographs.
Look how many there are!
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