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 at $5 a vehicle, or $60-$75 per bus.
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/
Where to Stay : We recommend staying with our trusted partner Holiday Inn when visiting Kamloops.
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 : Shuswap Unique Adventure Tours offers offroad Segway tours in Roderick Haig and also Sushwap Provincial Park. It's a fun and quirky way to enjoy the surrounding area. 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.
PRESENTED BY FORD OF CANADA
It’s a rare occasion when the name of a car aligns so perfectly with what I’ve used it for. Whether rocketing along the notorious Trans-Labrador Highway, or cruising among the mountainous candy of the Icefield Parkway, the Ford Escape has indeed lived up to its name. It has stood up to some pretty epic challenges, and that includes taking a 6-month baby on a 30-day cross-country book tour. Compact yet spacious, powerful yet fuel efficient, and loaded with features you’ll soon wonder how you did without, the Ford Escape more than lives up to its moniker. – Robin Esrock
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