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Fraser Valley - Salmons go upstream ??

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Fraser Valley - Salmons go upstream ??

Hi , will be in the area after the rockies, beg. of September. Is that the right place to see salmons go upstream ??

Does Hell's gate = Fraser valley ?


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1. Re: Fraser Valley - Salmons go upstream ??

Hell's Gate is in the Fraser Canyon which is north east of the Fraser valley. If you are coming from the Rockies via hwy #1 (Transcanada) you will come down the Fraser canyon and pass Hell's Gate before you get to the Fraser valley. It's an interesting stop although the water will be much lower in September than oin the late spring.

It's not easy to see salmon swimming up the Fraser.. at least not at that point. There are various other spots including hatchery's where you could see salmon and also get an understanding of their life cycle. I know there's one out near Maple Ridge but can't remember the name. The Capilano Fish hatchery on the Vancouver north shore is excellent ( and free)

While the sockeye run for the Fraser River has started early September is usally too early for returnirng salmon.. they tend to come to the smaller streams later in September and in October.

On your drive along the Fraser Canyon you will also pass Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park. If you stop here and walk down to the bridge you may see the native fishery in progress. I know of at least two local bands that harvest in this area . The native people have a different set of fishing regulations and can use large nets strung across the river to harvest salmon.

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2. Re: Fraser Valley - Salmons go upstream ??

Both the Chehalis and Vedder River hatcheries will have Salmon returning @ that time.

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3. Re: Fraser Valley - Salmons go upstream ??

Weaver Creek Spawning Channel is part of the Chehalis and worth a Google for videos and location. Weaver Creek is between Mission and Harrison Hot Springs in the Fraser Valley.

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4. Re: Fraser Valley - Salmons go upstream ??

A good location to view spawning salmon is northeast of Kamloops at the Adams River. Coming from the Rockies (not sure what route) you will be pasing either right by it(from Banff) or not too far(from Jasper).

Several different runs of salmon come through this location with the 'most famous' being the Sockeye salmon run.


This link gives you an idea, the main run is later in October but salmon start arriving in August.

Enjoy your trip :0)

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5. Re: Fraser Valley - Salmons go upstream ??

Just to expand what BCBoy said, Adams Lake & River is just off the TransCanada Highway (Highway 1) between Salmon Arm and Kamloops. It's the usual route travellers take between Banff and Vancouver. If you're travelling from Jasper, you would take Highway 16 west, then Highway 5 south to Highway 1 (if you enter "Adams Lake, BC" into Google Maps, you'll get an idea of where it is).

If you have plans to travel through the Okanagan, you can watch Kokanee salmon spawn in Kelowna at Mission Creek Park, although they spawn a bit later in September as well.

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6. Re: Fraser Valley - Salmons go upstream ??

The exact location at the Adams River is a place called Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park. It's also a "peak year" for the Adams River run (every 4 years), but you might be a wee bit early to view the run, as it usually happens in October.


Others had mentioned Weaver Creek, which is just west of Harrison Hot Springs


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