The Sockeye Salmon Migration

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.

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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.

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