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Adams River Salmon Run
  British Columbia Travel News ( Press Release )

Salute to Spawning Sockeye - A Story of Sun, Stars, Salinity and Salmon

adamsriver_1.jpg Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada: July, 2006: This September millions of sockeye salmon will be making their way back to the gravel beds of the Adams River, one hour north of Kamloops. They will journey almost 500 kilometers against a raging current, encountering thousands of obstacles, not eating a bite, so they can reproduce and die. This year is a dominant run which occurs every four years. In 2002, the last dominant run, 3.6 million sockeye returned to the 12-kilometre-long Adams River, rating it amongst the richest natural spawning streams in North America.
The Salute at Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park kicks off in the first week in October with the official opening ceremonies on the first Saturday. For three weeks displays include tents filled with information on the sockeye life cycle to the best way to cook them. There will be park naturalists and fisheries personnel on site to answer questions.

adamsriver__bridge.jpg Four years earlier, the parents of the returning sockeye followed the same waterways, mated, and died. The eggs developed over the winter, the tiny alevin left the gravel in April, and the spring freshet carried them down to Shuswap Lake. For a year the young salmon roam Shuswap Lake, then in May and June of their second year they take a 480-kilometre-ride tumbling through the rapids of the Thompson and Fraser rivers to the Pacific Ocean.
How do the sockeye know where to return? There is evidence they navigate by the sun and stars, and also use the Earth's magnetic field. Studies show that migrating sockeye respond to large fluctuations in ocean temperature and salinity. Close to the Fraser River they use their sense of smell. Salmon fry imprint a clear memory of the unique smell or taste of their home stream, following landmarks linked with particular familiar smells until they find their stream of origin.

adamsriver_salmon.jpg The sockeye travel an average of 30 kilometers a day for about 17-days to the spawning grounds. Their deep-sea blue-gray bodies gradually change to a brilliant crimson in their battle against such obstacles as the Fraser River's Hell's Gate Rapids and the many whitewater rapids on the Thompson.
The crimson salmon are easily seen in the Adams River. The male of the species now has become grotesquely distorted with a humped back and a sharply hooked nose on his gray-green head. Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park is located eight kilometers northeast of the Trans-Canada Highway junction at Squilax, approximately 65 km east of Kamloops.
Fall in the Kamloops area means great golf. Play continues through early November, a time of special values and reliable weather. For variety visit museums and explore Kamloops' history, culture and heritage. There is terrific fishing, exciting mountain biking and hiking for a memorable fall vacation.
For information on other activities and accommodations in the area, call Tourism Kamloops at 800-662-1994 or go to the website at www.tourismkamloops.com.



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