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Sockeye salmon run in the Adams River
(Chun Lee photo)

Chase

Wildlife Tours

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Bald Eagles in a tree

The Adams River sockeye run, 15km/9mi northeast of Chase, is known around the world as a true wonder of nature. The lower 65ha/161ac of the Adams River is one of the richest natural salmon spawning grounds in North America and is protected through its full length within the boundaries of Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park.

In fall, visit Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park to see bright red sockeye salmon spawning in what is the culmination of one of the most heroic struggles in nature. The Salute to the Sockeye Festival takes place every four years to celebrate the most major salmon runs on the river.

Sockeye Salmon Life Cycle

The sockeye run works in a four-year cycle. Every October there are fish to see, but the fourth year, known as the dominant year, sees the river run red with the struggling bodies of over two million fish. (Dominant years are 2014, 2018 and so on...)

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