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Capilano Salmon Hatchery

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4500 Capilano Park Rd, North Vancouver, British Columbia V7R 4L3, Canada
+1 604-666-1790
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Unsuspecting salmon lay their eggs here before they die.
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  • Average16%
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4500 Capilano Park Rd, North Vancouver, British Columbia V7R 4L3, Canada
+1 604-666-1790
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We were blessed to come on a day when the salmon were striving to climb the fish ladder. We were all entranced watching as the fish strove mightily to make it to the next rung. My three-year-old probably could've stayed all day. The hatchery offers...More

Thank DukeOKC
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great way to learn about Salmon - our guide was wonderful explaining the life habits of the salmon and the way the Hatchery has been created to replicate nature is fantastic.

Thank Sue M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to a few hatcherys but we like this one the best. The road to it is a little tricky to find - it looks like a driveway, but worth the effort. I just wasn't counting on a busload of tourists! LOL It...More

Thank 1946HappyCamper
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Simple but educative. baby salmon too cute. If you come at the right season you can catch adults going up the fish ladder and jumping out of the water.

Thank P9309FHwaynec
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We probably went during the wrong time of year because nothing much was happening but it is on route to grouse mountain and worth the 10-15 minutes you’ll spend there. Interesting what/how they are maintaining the salmon population. I imagine it is quite a show...More

Thank Monkey022004
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to see and get more info about different kinds of salmons. Better to go when the fish is laying eggs and see how it overcomes barriers in water coming back home. The nature around us just gorgeous!

Thank HappyTatianochka
Reviewed 14 September 2017

It is worth the trip to wander through this place. It will give you a whole new perspective on salmon. :)

Thank Travelfan_K
Reviewed 12 September 2017

Been coming here for decades when we visit the city. A must see hidden in the woods of North Van. Takes about a hour to walk through and see everything, having said that don't expect a large museum like setting, this is only a few...More

Thank ktharg
Reviewed 10 September 2017

A visit to the Capilano Salmon Hatchery is a fantastic learning curve. This venue would make a wonderful day trip for schools. It's totally amazing how salmon are able to leap 6 feet or more into the air to navigate the rocks enroute to their...More

Thank Renegade225
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

The Capilano Salmon Hatchery is an excellent place to view salmon during the most impressive part of their life cycle. And currently the coho salmon are running with dozens of the fish making their way up the fish ladders in the viewing windows at the...More

2  Thank bandaibob
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25 July 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
Diane C
4 January 2015|
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Response from June Q | Reviewed this property |
Hello Diane, I am not sure about Butchard Gardens but I would believe they would be all up and running for this week. Call Van Dusen Gardens and check their times. Local hotels will have brochures for them. Their... More