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Adams River Sockeye Salmon Run

Like the Olympics, salmon operate on a four year cycle. Every four years there is a dominant run when millions of salmon return to the Adams River to Spawn. This is a predominant year for the Sockeye Salmon Run.

The cycle begins with salmon eggs hatching and fry emerging. The Salmon Fry that survive the threat of trout and other predators spend a year in the lake. The fry grow into smolts and travel 290km downstream to the mouth of the Fraser River and into the Pacific Ocean and spend around three years in salt water. When they reach maturity, they swim upstream back to their spawning grounds at a rate of about 29km per day. The journey from the ocean to the Adams River takes around 18 days.

After fighting strong currents and rapids, the salmon are bruised and battered and their skin has changed to a deep red colour and their heads turn green. The salmon return to the same place where they began their life to spawn. The females lay around 40,000 eggs, the males develop humped backs and hooked snouts. They both guard the nest until their death and the cycle begins again.

The 2014 Salute to the Sockeye Celebration will be hosted at Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park between October 2nd and 24th. To access the park, head EAST down HWY 1 for approximately 9km from Chase. After crosssing under the Squilax Bridge, exit to your right, proceed over the bridge, and continue along the Squilax-Anglemont Road for another 6km. The entrance to Roderick-Haig Brown Park will be on your right.