Never thought of driving hundreds of kilometers just to see a salmon run. But the trip is worth it: Millions of salmons make their way back from the Pacifc Ocean to the Adams River, the place of their birth, to spawn and die! There are so many that you can even catch them with your hands. (But it´s forbidden). 2014 is described to be a dominant run with around 70 Millions salmons.
The happening is popular that there´s even a festival called the “Salute to the Sockeye Festival” held in the Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park. There are food stalls in the middle of a forest clearing where you can buy hot dogs, salmon burgers and Mini doughnuts! This is crazy but you don´t have to do this. (But the mini doughnuts are really deliciuos though).
(But anyhow you should give a donation to help them run this whole project every year).
Sleep: In a motel in Kamloops. (See blog post roadtrip to Kamloops.)
The Salmon Run: In Chase (just 40 km east of Kamloops), Adams River. The crowds are at the parking lot of Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park.
The Hike: Along the canyon in the Wade Road trail system you get a different perspective. (It´s approximately 7km round trip)
Lakes: Go to beautiful Adams Lake and Shuswap Lake. Next time: Camping at the beautiful campground/Adams Lake provincial Park!