Tsútswecw Provincial Park

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Tsútswecw Provincial Park
Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park
The Adams River in the Autumn
Map showing the location of Tsútswecw Provincial Park
Map showing the location of Tsútswecw Provincial Park
Nearest citySquilax, British Columbia
Coordinates50°55′04″N 119°37′30″W / 50.917833°N 119.625118°W / 50.917833; -119.625118Coordinates: 50°55′04″N 119°37′30″W / 50.917833°N 119.625118°W / 50.917833; -119.625118[1]
Area1,073 ha (4.14 sq mi)

Tsútswecw Provincial Park is a provincial park in British Columbia, Canada, located northeast of Kamloops and northwest of Salmon Arm. It stretches along the banks of the Adams River, between the south end of Adams Lake and the western portion of Shuswap Lake.

Salmon along the edge of the river during the November salmon run.

It is known for being one of the largest sockeye salmon runs in North America. A dominant year occurs every four years when millions of sockeye salmon spawn in the Adams River. The last dominant run was in October 2014, the next in 2018, with "sub-dominant" runs in 2007 and 2011. The Adams River Salmon Society coordinates the celebration known as the "Salute to the Sockeye" during the dominant years.[2]

The park preserves evidence of thousands of years of Secwepemc habitation, including the remains of kekuli pit houses and pictographs on the exposed rock of the river's gorge.[3] It also preserves features from early European resource extraction; the Flume trails in the north of the park showcase the massive flumes built to move logs from nearby areas into the Adams River for transport.

The park's name, pronounced "choo-chwek", is a Secwepemc term meaning "many rivers" and reflects the name of the area used by First Nations peoples.[4] The park's former name references Roderick Haig-Brown, a Canadian writer and conservationist.


  1. ^ "Location Map". BC Parks.
  2. ^ "The Adams River Salmon Society". Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  3. ^ Paquet, Maggie (1990). Parks of British Columbia and the Yukon (1st ed.). North Vancouver, B.C.: Maia Pub. ISBN 0969456808. OCLC 22813558.
  4. ^ Environment, Ministry of. "Tsútswecw Provincial Park (Roderick Haig-Brown) - BC Parks". www.env.gov.bc.ca. Retrieved 2018-09-07.

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