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Capilano Salmon Hatchery: Tours & Tickets

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Unsuspecting salmon lay their eggs here before they die.
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4500 Capilano Park Rd, North Vancouver, British Columbia V7R 4L3, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I last visited the hatchery on a cold, slightly miserable day over twenty years ago, so this visit was long overdue. It's not meant to be a sensory overload, so visitors expecting to see salmon everywhere are likely to be disappointed, except perhaps during certain...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank ianwyj
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was aside trip. it is a fascinating place and we watch salmon swimming (jumping) the water ladders to spawn. Very nice scenery with unreal forestry surrounding. Our tour guide was very informative and passionate about nature. Gald we got the chan ce to visit

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Sharon I
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in Vancouver area in the fall don't forget to come to the Capilano Hatchery and see only a few feet away spawning salmon. With great walking trails all around along the river with some really huge old evergreen trees towering overhead you...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Bradley051
Reviewed 1 week ago

The hatchery is very low key, in the middle of the forest and close to the Cleveland Dam and Capilano Suspension Bridge. It's a Canadian Department of Fisheries facility which is free, and likely has seen many many school field trips. Somewhat mystified by other...More

Date of experience: November 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A visit to the hatchery was a throwaway idea - it didn't sound nearly as interesting as it proved to be. Luckily, I was there as the salmon (and other fish too, it seemed), were 'running', and it was fascinating seeing them jump up the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Happyonthewater
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were probably there at the wrong time of the year. I'm sure it would be an interesting spot if there was a lot of fish running and jumping. It was a very ho-hum stop

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 339kathyp
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very fantastic tour - see baby salmons to adults. Photo tip: Take a burst shot up to 100 and you may get a good shot of salmon jumping out of the water!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Louis S
Reviewed 30 September 2019

We really liked learning about the Salmon life cycle and the hatchery facility. It doesn't require much time to visit, but it's also located in a beautiful park with nice hiking trails and scenery.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank JenClaire
Reviewed 8 September 2019

The visit along the way and at the end of our hike was the informative and not crowded Hatchery. This an excellent place for anyone to come if they have never experienced how the salmon live.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank neiljulie354
Reviewed 19 August 2019

Visited here on a day tour of Vancouver. There are a few information boards on the walls and a salmon tank at the end but no staff or facilities on site. We were allocated 20 minutes here but were done in 10 and quite honestly...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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96pennya
20 October 2019|
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Response from on_the_go_98765 | Reviewed this property |
Their website says: Open to the public: November - March: 8:00am - 4:00pm April: 8:00am - 6:00pm May: 8:00am - 7:00pm June - August: 8:00am - 8:00pm September: 8:00am - 7:00pm October: 8:00am - 6:00pm The only fish you'll... More
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Orcaluvr24
9 June 2019|
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Response from Cindy W | Reviewed this property |
It can be done in a day but you would need transportation like a car to enter the hatchery. It is not really an "walk in" from the main road. It winds down a hill to the water level in the canyon.
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Sharon M
20 July 2018|
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Response from Diana27613 | Reviewed this property |
One thing we learned was that different species return to lay eggs at different times during the spring/ summer. When we were there in late June, salmon were in the river and also in the area at the top of the ladder but we... More
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