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Capilano Salmon Hatchery

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Unsuspecting salmon lay their eggs here before they die.
4500 Capilano Park Rd, North Vancouver, British Columbia V7R 4L3, Canada
+1 604-666-1790
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our local fish hatchery is located on Capilano road. Access is a bit tricky if you don't pay attention to the signage on the road. Once parked, you can make your way down to the viewing area where the fish ladders offer a view of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Cindy W
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We take all our out of town guests to visit this place. It’s beautiful, fun to explore, it truly feels enchanted and magical

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank mercedesabdo
Reviewed March 19, 2019

This was a spur of the moment stop in between 2 better known tourist spots. I had been to the hatchery years ago, but didn't pay attention to the river . We always look quickly at the salmon beginning their challenging lives, read abit of...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Skwiki
Reviewed February 13, 2019

We have been here many times, always more to learn, especially when the salmon run is on. Great for all ages!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Karen W
Reviewed January 13, 2019

I remember going to The Capilano Fish Hatchery 50 years ago on a field trip with my school. We brought our school lunches and had a picnic in addition to learning about the life-cycle of the salmon. The hiking trails are easy to follow and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Karen H
Reviewed December 13, 2018

It is always nice to see how the salmons are dancing their way back to the hatchery. Best time is to see it in the month of October. Recommended for all ages. Free entrance and free parking, nice environment, not too much traffic and not...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank buyungwhb
Reviewed December 11, 2018

We went when the salmon were spawning and swimming up river. Fascinating to see them trying to jump up the ladder. It’s free to visit and you can hike from there to Cleveland dam. Quite interesting. Would recommend for out of towners

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank purpleone03
Reviewed November 6, 2018

First of all, it is free and it is a very nice area to walk around, have a picnic or even walk up to Cleveland Dam

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Alberto C
Reviewed October 30, 2018

We take all of our out of town visitors here as it is fairly unknown but worth seeing. Depending on the time of year, you might see the salmon swimming up the ladder as the sides are glass. Great information about the Salmon's lifestyle.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jason M
Reviewed October 24, 2018

My mom loves this kind of stuff, so I reluctantly agreed based on her description and am really glad I did. The hatchery itself is neat to learn about the salmon, but there are a lot of pretty views and hikes to be seen as...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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July 20, 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
May 9, 2018|
Response from Timoteo M | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, but you will not be able to see the salmon jump.
July 24, 2016|
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Response from PensantALaMer | Reviewed this property |
I took the bus from Lonsdale Quay. I got off at the top of the park, near the reservoir, walked down to the hatchery, kept walking downhill back to the main road and caught the bus back to the quay. No fences or ravines... More