Spawning salmon return to the Adams River.
Photo: Nila Gopaul
Adapted from CBC News by Nila Gopaul
Celebrate the salmon run in October
The salmon run is the time
when salmon return to the rivers and lakes
to spawn (lay eggs).
Why do we call it a “run”, you ask?
A run means a route or a journey,
especially on a regular basis.
The biggest salmon runs are every four years (2010, 2014, 2018, etc.).
Most Pacific salmon (chinook, chum, coho, pink and sockeye)
are born in fresh water.
Then they migrate to oceans.
As adults, they live in salt water.
Later, they return to the lakes and rivers
where they were born.
The salmon return to spawn.
After they spawn, they die.
A salmon’s life begins and ends
in lakes and rivers.
2014 is a big year for the salmon run.
There are many places to watch the sockeye salmon run.
These salmon swim up the Fraser River.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada says about 23 million sockeye
will return to spawn this year.
The best places to spot the salmon run along the Fraser River.
Watch a video and see a map here.
1) The Steveston docks and Garry Point Park, Richmond
2) Ladner Harbour Park, Ladner
3) Westminster Quay, New Westminster
4) Island 22 Regional Park, Chilliwack
5) Peg Leg Bar, Chilliwack
6) Adams River at Shuswap Lake
Click here for a map of these six recommended salmon run viewing spots
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