In our #insearchofthesockeye series about 2014′s landmark sockeye salmon run we gave you AN INTRODUCTION, showed you where to BUY SALMON in Vancouver, took you FISHING on the Fraser River for sockeye and introduced you a Vancouver ORGANIZATION that is the leading Canadian NGO that helps make sure the salmon keep coming back.
Today we’ve reached our final destination which is not coincidentally what will be the final resting place of millions of salmon, and the birthplace of many more millions once the eggs hatch. We’ve made it to the Adams River near Salmon Arm BC.
When I was a kid, back in the 1980′s, my father would always take me to the big runs on the Adams. It’s something that stands out in my mind as my first time I appreciated the magic of salmon, so when I found out that this year’s sockeye return was going to be epic there was no way I wasn’t going to take my son to experience the rare treat of witnessing it. We went in 2010 when he was just a toddler and now that he’s 5 I knew it might actually become a memory he’d retain throughout his life. And who am I fooling? I wanted to see those salmon for myself because I’m crazy for fish, so he and I went on a road trip.
Roughly 5 hours north of Vancouver, past Kamloops and before Salmon Arm, lies Roderick Haig-Brown Park. Named after Canada’s most notable and accomplished salmon conservationist/author, it was established in 1977 explicitly to conserve and protect the spawning grounds used by various species of salmon. Haig-Brown is a personal hero of mine and coming to this place is almost a religious experience.
For most of the month of October (ending on the 26th) the Adams River Salmon Society is running a festival in the park called Salute to the Sockeye. There are multiple booths set up, much to learn and things to explore, like this teepee here where first nations storytellers hold court on certain afternoons.