Head to Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park near Salmon Arm in early October to see the bittersweet beauty of the Adams River sockeye run. Visit on a dominant year (every four years, with 2014 being the next big one) and be amazed as you watch millions of salmon struggle upstream.
While in the area, spend a day watching history come alive at the Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park, home to the archaeological remains of a 2000-year-old Aboriginal village. Check out the on-site ethnobotanical gardens and learn about the healing properties of plants indigenous to the Secwepemc territory.
On the slopes above Osoyoos Lake, hear the desert’s story at the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre. The centre (pronounced in-ka-meep) portrays history and culture through interactive displays, tours and programs. Learn about the land, legends and Aboriginal peoples who have called the South Okanagan home for thousands of years. Don’t miss the rattlesnake exhibit, where western rattlers and their lookalike cousins, gopher snakes, are coaxed from their underground burrows by savvy handlers. Get up close and personal with these fascinating reptiles.