The river runs red! You gotta’ see why!

Categories: Canadian Travel

During October, the banks of the Adams River, 405 km inland from the Pacific Ocean, become the scene of a natural miracle. The quiet waters of the river turn red as they welcome Sockeye Salmon returning to their home waters to spawn. Struggling against insurmountable odds, one out of every four thousand eggs laid in the Adams River lives to return there as a spawning adult, four years later, laying their eggs within meters of where it was born. In another four years, one of those eggs will repeat the process.

Thousands come to visit the spectacle every year. But, only every fourth year is there a “dominant” run, vastly greater than those of the intervening three years. 2018 is a dominant run.

Our four-day tour takes you up the Coquihalla highway, where you’ll get a chance to admire nature’s handiwork, both the gorgeous fall colours and the variety of natural geographic and geologic features that give us glimpses into current and past natural history.

After visiting Adams River, we take a houseboat day cruise on Shuswap Lake, the house-boating capital of Canada, then head down the scenic Okanagan, wine-tasting our way through what has just been named the No. 1 wine-producing region in the world.


Day 1: Our 18-passenger coach travels up the Coquihalla Highway, where we enjoy the stunning mountains and beautiful fall landscapes. Arriving at the Adams River, The Adam’s River Salmon Society will host an interpretive walk, telling the incredible story of the salmon life cycle. We stay overnight in, appropriately named, Salmon Arm.

Day 2: We travel to Shuswap Lake for a 5-6-hour houseboat cruise, with commentary on the natural scenery, stories that surround this unique lake and time to relax on the water. Lunch is served aboard the houseboat. We overnight in Vernon.

Day 3: We enjoy the scenic journey down the full length of the Okanagan Valley, wine tasting liberally as we go. After checking into our Osoyoos hotel, we’ll have an included group dinner at the renowned Nk’mip Cellars First nations’ resort.

Day 4: We stop briefly at the unique Spotted Lake and then at Keremeos, the fruit and vegetable-stand capital of British Columbia. Take home some fall fruits and vegetables, a pumpkin for Halloween, or some unique fruit-based souvenirs. To end our fabulous trip, we enjoy the panorama of fall colours coming through Manning Park.

2018 Departures:

October 3-6

October 10-13

Interesting facts

1. Sockeye Salmon start as freshwater fish, convert to saltwater fish, then convert back to freshwater fish in order to spawn.

2. Sockeye Salmon spawn only in streams that lead to lakes.

3. Salmon can smell one drop of scent in an area the equivalent of 10 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

4. There are more than 130 wineries in the Okanagan.

You can check out our Adams River Salmon Run Tour here

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