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Thornton Creek Hatchery

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Thornton Creek Hatchery

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Port Albion Road, Ucluelet, British Columbia V0R 3A0 Canada
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Melinda C wrote a review Nov 6
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Sadly, even though this site indicates this venue is open, it is not, sure to Covid. 😕 Would of loved to of seen this, maybe next trip
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Redkitewatcher64 wrote a review Nov 2019
Andover, United Kingdom1,249 contributions196 helpful votes
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Stopped off here after a recommendation on a boat trip that this was a great place to see bears. Very well sign posted from the main town , but only a very small car park so at busy times like at weekends it is very difficult to park. there were cars parked all along the road, so recommend driving down to the hatchery and turning around and parking facing out as it makes it easier to get out. We visited in main bear season and there are a lot of warning signs outside to warn you of the potential of bear encounters. We didn't visit the exhibition or the hatchery due to limited time , just deciding to look at the falls. There was a lady at the gate talking to visitors and had a bucket asking for suggested donation of $10 , but very few people put anything in. You walk along the path to a viewing platform which overlooks the waterfall. It was very crowded on the day we went and the path and platform are very narrow and it was difficult to walk along or be able to see through to the waterfall. It would probably benefit from having a wider platform maybe tiered. One of the issues were photographers that claimed the spot at the front and refused to move , several people said they had been there for hours . It would have been fairer if people took turns so that everyone got a chance to see. When you got to the front the views of the bears were great., we watched two walk along a a fallen log and fish by the waterfall. Later they walked along the river path along side the viewing platform. All of the platform and path is surrounded by a high wire fence, so although the bears can get close you are safe. Have to say although it was great seeing bears we preferred our visit to the Quinsam river where we were on our own and had unrestricted views of bears
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Spiderdog wrote a review Nov 2019
Cheshire, United Kingdom4,137 contributions168 helpful votes
We were on a road trip and staying in Ucluelet during the salmon run season. Visited following several recommendations and we arrived at 10am just as it was opening. There was excitement as volunteer staff had seen a couple of black bears and a wolf in the previous half hour! We were lucky enough to visit when it was quiet and we spent quite a while watching two bears ( Mother and a young bear) while they were in the water catching salmon. You can view the river from a raised boardwalk and we got some good video which we have watched a lot since. The volunteer staff are very helpful and knowledgeable and we were happy to make a donation as no entrance fee is charged. A great place for bear watching if you are there at the right time. The overall setting makes it a good place for viewing wildlife but there is now limited opportunity for public access as they don't want wildlife to become too tame or used to humans.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Jane G wrote a review Oct 2019
Cambridge, United Kingdom57 contributions14 helpful votes
The site itself is really just a small hatchery run by dedicated volunteers. I found the volunteer guide interesting and learnt a bit about salmon. However the vast majority of people were there to see black bears. There was a mother and youngster there in the waterfall pool. The boardwalk is quite short and there was at least 20 people, jostling for position at the end of the walk which has a high chain link electrified fence to protect visitors. Despite seeing the bears I found the experience rather upsetting due to the numbers/behaviour of other visitors. It was a wet Tuesday at about 11am, maybe we were just unlucky
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Mervyy27 wrote a review Sep 2019
Nanaimo BC78 contributions45 helpful votes
We read about the bear sightings at the hatchery this time of year and checked it out! Beautiful scenery and weather today made it a spectacular day. Volunteer was very knowledgeable. Saw one bear but others noted there had been 3 separate visits that day and we were not there at low tide which is the best time.3 cubs were seen earlier in the day. As a photographer the shooting was awkward with several other picture takers there but otherwise good. The road is rough but not a problem if you go slow! Will come again!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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