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Take advantage of camping in autumn

by Kimberly Shellborn
Salmon Run at Adams River.
Salmon run at the Adams River. — Photo courtesy of BC Parks

Summer is gone, but don’t pack up your RV just yet. We are in the middle of some of the best camping of the season. 

The campfire bans are off. There is nothing better than enjoying a warm fire on a crisp fall evening, or a piping hot coffee to warm your hands in the mist of the early morning. In the fall, campgrounds are not crowded and you can easily find prime spots without making reservations. And could anything make a better backdrop to the outdoor life than the brilliant colours of fall leaves?

If the above hasn’t convinced you, there is yet another reason for camping in the autumn.

At no other time of year can you enjoy the amazing phenomenon of salmon returning to the rivers of their birth. One of the largest salmon run in North America is at Roderick Haig Brown Provincial Park in B.C.'s Shuswap region. Four million salmon will travel 485 kilometres, swimming against the current, battling with fishermen and predators, to return to the Adams River. The female salmon will lay over 4,000 eggs and the males will fertilize them and then die. The salmon's ultimate journey to complete the cycle of life creates a magnificent display of beauty, resilience and determination, and the only time to see it is the month of October. 

Can’t make it to Roderick Haig Brown Provincial Park? There are other salmon runs throughout B.C. Check the B.C. government's guide to salmon in the Kootenays.

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