We depart from Abbotsford at 8 am on our 20-passenger, comfortable mini-bus. Travelling up the Coquihalla highway, we’ll get a chance to admire nature’s handiwork, not only with the gorgeous fall colours, but also by noting the variety of natural geographic and geologic features that give us glimpses
into current and past natural history. We’ll stop for a brief lunch break just before arriving at Roderick Haig Brown Provincial Park, home of the Adams River Sockeye Salmon run.
During October, the banks of the Adams River, 405 km inland from the Pacific Ocean, become the scene of a natural miracle as the quiet waters of river welcome Sockeye Salmon returning to their home waters to spawn. Struggling against insurmountable odds, one out of every four thousand eggs laid in the Adams River lives to return there as a spawning adult. The fish are completing a journey that has taken them far out into the Pacific, then upstream against swift currents, some travelling over 4,000 km in their lifetime. Many of them complete their four-year journey here, laying their eggs within meters of where they were born.
As they reach their destination, they turn a crimson red. With about 10,000 fish expected in 2017, their density is so great that the river itself appears to glow red. The Adam’s River Salmon Society will host an interpretive walk on Wednesday, Oct. 11, telling the incredible story of the salmon life cycle.
After spending the afternoon enjoying the salmon viewing and interpretive commentary, we’ll travel on to Salmon Arm for dinner and overnight at our reserved hotel.
Included: tickets to Roderick Haig Brown Park, hotel