mid-late October -> early December
GOLDSTREAM PROVINCIAL PARK –
Goldstream has a world-class salmon spawning stream with thousands of Chum Salmon returning each year. Bright colours and hooked jaws develop on male Chum salmon after they enter breeding streams. This accounts for the very different appearance these fish have from when they are caught in the ocean.
In Goldstream, salmon appear about mid-October, and may be seen for about nine weeks, the dates varying from year to year. Of the five kinds of North American Pacific salmon it is the Chum salmon that is most abundant in this river, though you may also see some Coho and Chinook salmon, as well as the Steelhead and the Cutthroat trout.
** There’s lots of parking but it does fill up quickly! Weekends are the busiest! It’s best to come during the week and as early as you can. Also … wear boots if possible as some of the paths can be a bit under water if it’s later in the season – or if it’s been a wet fall!