Roderick Haig Brown Provincial Park
Salmon Arm BC
Haig Brown Provincial Park, just outside of Salmon Arm, BC, is a great place for a day trip. You can hike and bike around the park, visit the Interpretive Centre and learn all about the life cycle of the Sockeye Salmon, and see the Adams River Sockeye Salmon run (if you're visiting in the fall).
Haig-Brown Provincial Park was named after an active BC conservationist, Roderick Haig-Brown, for his work and dedication to nature.
The park was established in 1977 to protect and to conserve salmon spawning beds in the Adams River.
Haig-Brown Park encompass a large area with a number of cultural heritage sites.
Explore the park and you'll find fascinating artifacts and interesting pictorgraphs that include historical evidence of Shuswap First Nations settlements in this area. (These are all strictly protected)
The park also contains spawning beds of the sockeye salmon, chinook, coho and pink salmon and the Adams River is closed to salmon fishing.
Haig-Brown Provincial Park is a wonderful park to visit, especially with kids during the Adams River sockeye salmon run in September/October.
Adams River Sockeye Salmon Run
The Adams River has one of the largest Sockeye salmon runs in North America.
Throughout designated areas in Haig Brown Provincial Park, along the Adams River, you'll find viewing areas and picnic sites where you can spend the day watching the wildlife!
The life cycle of the salmon is amazing! At the interpretive center and viewing deck you'll find panels that you can read to learn about the sockeye.
Early in October sockeye salmon return to the Adams River, where they were born, from the Pacific Ocean, where they have spent their adult life, to spawn and then die, completing their life cycle.
Fact is, only 1 out of every four thousand eggs laid in the Adams River lives to return as a spawning adult.
Every 4th year is a "dominant" run, with millions of salmon swimming back to their place of birth, with the next dominant run in 2014.
The next Salute to the Sockeye Celebration will be hosted
at Roderick Haig Brown Park in 2014.
Click here to visit the Salmon Society
for detailed information.
Here are some tips for visiting...
When you enter you'll find a large main parking lot and an overflow parking area during busy times, as well as a pull out area for rafts and kayaks.
Trails in the lower portion of the park are near the river and subject to flooding each spring. As a result, trail maps may be inaccurate and caution should be taken when hiking along the river banks. Click here for a park map.
There are numerous trails for hiking and biking during summer and cross-country skiing in the winter, however this is a day use park only with no camping.
Watch out for poison ivy which grows along dry, exposed slopes in this area! Poison ivy plants can be identified by glossy green leaves in groups of 3, with white berries close to the stem. The leaves turn scarlet in autumn and then fall off. It is harmful at all times of the year.
There is no drinking water available, so be sure to bring water with you. Water from the river is not drinkable.
Haig Brown Provincial Park is located on both sides of the Adams River, between Adams Lake and Shuswap Lake. From Hwy #1 at Squilax, east of Kamloops, the access is 5 km on paved roads. Scotch Creek, Sorrento, Salmon Arm, Kamloops and Chase, BC are the closest communities to this park.
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