Province/Territory: British Columbia

Sockeye Salmon & Sommeliers

  • 06 local wineries
  • 02 nights in luxury
  • 1000000 spawning salmon

Witness the awe-inspiring juggernaut of vibrant sockeye salmon as they pour through the Adams River en route to their natal spawning grounds. Meander through riverside trails in an expansive nature preserve ablaze with fall foliage. Pair local wines with artisanal cheeses and breads during a lazy al fresco lunch. Experience a gourmet three-course dinner that features local wine and farm to table ingredients. Retire to a luxury boutique hotel and slip into a soothing hot tub.

This is MJO Tours and Podollan Inn’s Salmon’n Wine Discovery tour—an exploration of the famous Adams River sockeye salmon run fused with a Shuswap Lakes wine tour and topped off with culinary masterworks. It is luxury indulgence meets natural discovery—sockeye salmon meets sommeliers.

Why you should visit
  • Get an up-close view of the famous Adams River sockeye run—a massive migration of blaze-red salmon fighting for the chance to spawn; an event that comes to a crescendo every four years with returns numbering in the millions.
  • Wander the trails of 1,000-hectare Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, learning about the natural history of the Shuswap region from an experienced guide.
  • Visit an Aboriginal heritage site and discover how the Adams River sockeye runs affects the culture and lifestyle of the peoples of the land; sample traditional smoked salmon treats.
  • Explore Shuswap-region family-run wineries during their lively harvest season; pair whites and reds with locally sourced bread, cheeses and charcuterie during a picnic lunch set in a scenic vineyard.
  • Experience fine dining at the triple-diamond rated Table 24 restaurant; savour a three-course dinner featuring farm to table ingredients and local wine.
  • Relax for two nights at the luxurious lakeview Podollan Inn; one of the region’s finest boutique hotels.

Weather

Visitor information
When to go
  • Tours operate from mid-September to late-October, corresponding with fall salmon returns.
  • Dominant salmon run years (2014, 2018) see millions of spawning sockeye return to the Adam’s River—the largest runs.
  • Pre-dominant salmon run years (2013, 2017) see tens of thousands of sockeye; subdominant years (2015, 2019) see hundreds of thousands of sockeye.
  • Sockeye return to the Adam’s River every fall.
Need to know
  • Comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended for touring Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park.
  • Minimum group size is two people; adults only (19+).
  • Custom and private tours can be arranged.
  • Salmon'n Wine Discovery includes two nights accommodation, wine tours, transportation, lunch and dinner (with wine).
Getting Here