Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, BC. Adams River Sockeye Salmon Run, British Columbia

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Roderick Haig-Brown was a man dedicated to the conservation of British Columbia. He devoted much of his life to protecting the spawning beds of sockeye, chinook, coho and pink salmon and here within the park on the Adams River one of the largest sockeye salmon spawning runs in the province takes place. On dominant years - every four years (2002, 2006 etc) - visitors can see over 2 million salmon returning to the Adams River. It is not uncommon in the third and fourth years of this cycle to see salmon of 100,000.

Photo by Murphy ShewchukLearn more about the Adams River sockeye salmon run

The park encompasses 988 hectares of canyons, terraces and flood plains where over the centuries the Shuswap Indians made their homes. There is evidence of the ancient settlements throughout the park including depressions from kekulis (pit houses), pictographs and other artifacts.

The forest cover of the surrounding area consists mainly of Douglas fir, cottonwood, birch, alder, ponderosa pine, hemlock and cedar. Animal and birdlife is abundant throughout the area. It is not uncommon for the visitor to encounter deer, beavers, river otter and mink.

Photo by Murphy Shewchuk      

The entrance to the park is 5km from Sqillax which is on the Trans-Canada Highway, 46 km west of Salmon Arm and 66 km east of Kamloops.

Camping - The campground at Shuswap Lake Provincial Park has 272 sites with toilets, showers, a boat launch, playground and sani-station.

Fishing and Boating - The Adams River is popular with visitors wishing to white water kayak or canoe. Guided white water rafting trips are offered by local businesses. The canyon and river mouth are good spots for anglers wishing to fish for rainbow trout, Dolly Varden and whitefish. Note that the Adams River is closed to salmon fishing.

Hiking and Trails - A trail beside the river gives the visitor a closer view of the salmon migration. There are also other nature trails throughout the park that double as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails during the winter months.

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Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, BC. Adams River Sockeye Salmon Run, British Columbia