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Adams River Sockeye Run

Every year the quiet banks of the Adams River, 405 kilometres inland from the Pacific Ocean, become the scene of a natural miracle.

In these early days of fall, the normally quiet waters of the 12 km. river turn turbulent and crimson as millions sockeye salmon - fish returning from a life's journey that takes them far out into the ocean - pour into their home waters to spawn and die.

The spectacle can be witnessed every year and every four years their arrival is welcomed by the "Salute to the Sockeye" a pageant which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park. This section of the river is dedicated to the famous British Columbia fly fisherman, naturalist and author, Roderick Haig-Brown.

The ritual of the sockeye's return has been happening since the ice age carved out the present geography of British Columbia. But, events in the modern era have threatened to break the cycle forever. However, the long work of rebuilding that began with the Hell's Gate fishways has been expanded over the years through the restoration of habitat, the building of spawning channels, the careful regulation of catches and other management measures. As a result of this patient effort, salmon runs on the Fraser River are returning to the levels that earlier generations enjoyed.

2010 Travel Journal of a Fraser River Sockeye (Word)
2010 Travel Journal of a Fraser River Sockeye (PDF) and Map
Link to Nicole Gorman's Fraser Sockeye Travel Map in Google. Good for use on computers and smart boards.
Info on how to book a trip with DFO is here.

Adams River Teacher Resource Site Activities

Booklet Pages from previous years

Mini Pocket Log

Adams River Site Map

Sample Primary Booklet (From T. Mulhern, BEST

Sample Intermediate Booklet (From T. Mulhern, BEST)

Sample Intermediate Activity (From S. McGarry, Duffern Elem.)

For more information visit the Adams River Salmon Society website here