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Thornton Creek Hatchery

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No bears or salmon but well worth visiting

Narrow unmade access road for about a mile from main road but with passing places if you meet an... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ayr, United Kingdom
Salmon and bears

Lovely spot for some bear viewing. Road to the hatchery might be tough on some vehicles so be... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Port Albion Road, Ucluelet, British Columbia V0R 3A0, Canada
+1 250-726-7566
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 15 October 2014

I have enjoyed going to the Thornton Creek Hatchery to watch the bears and the salmon run for several years and each year more and more people are coming to this area. There is talk of this area being shut down to the public during...More

11  Thank Roxann H
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 30 October 2014

This was never meant to be a zoo and unfortunately tourists were not respectful of wild animals and today Oct 29 2014 a tourist stupidly sat there and ate her lunch. The bear came up, swiped at her ankle and hence the bear was shot...More

10  Thank ukeebc
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Narrow unmade access road for about a mile from main road but with passing places if you meet an RV, limited parking but if full you can park by the side of the road. Very knowledgeable staff happy to explain how the salmon fishery and...More

Thank TheGuv-and-Bolli
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely spot for some bear viewing. Road to the hatchery might be tough on some vehicles so be aware. Volunteers there were friendly and knowledgeable about salmon and the bears. We came there when they opened. Quiet. We were eventually joined by about four other...More

Thank yournamehereCanada
Reviewed 12 October 2018

We visited this site and were extremely happy that we did. the setting is absolutely stunning, with waterfalls located near the rear of the property that are a popular spot for bears to come feed. We were delighted by luck of timing as the bears...More

Thank mundabella
Reviewed 9 October 2018

The people at the hatchery are so passionate about the salmon and the bears. They take the time to inform visitors about both.

Thank Brenda C
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Visited this twice while we where in the area, for the cost of a donation we managed to see black bears fishiing for there dinner and the salmon that was their dinner. HIghly recommended.

Thank Voyage217718
Reviewed 3 October 2018

It was my last day and I hadn't achieved one of my goals - to see a bear- so I headed to the hatchery. I arrived as it opened and was met by a really nice guy who told me all about the hatchery A...More

2  Thank Voyage699574
Reviewed 29 September 2018

This is a very rustic setup, free to enter unless you choose to make the $10-20 optional donation (which we did) and a great plus safe way to see Black Bears pottering down to the creek in search of Salmon. We were lucky enough to...More

1  Thank Philip C
Reviewed 28 September 2018

We were told about the Thornton Creek Hatchery whilst on a whale watching trip nearby. After looking up directions on the internet we arrived not sure what to expect. Our timing was good as they are only open for a few hours each day. We...More

Thank Bob-a-JobSussex
Reviewed 28 September 2018

Found out about this marvellous place from a guide at another resort. We timed it right, up to seven bears passed us on their way up river & back. Spent nearly 2 hours there, may be more activity once the salmon come upstream.

Thank Susan M
Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

Volunteer staff were very friendly and knowledgeable at explaining the salmon life cycle and the good work they do to enhance the Chinook, Coho and Chum in the surrounding area. Unfortunately we did not see any salmon or bears (though, we missed it by 15...More

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23 May 2017|
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Response from Leslie S |
Hi we were there yesterday. It was low tide so not enough water for Salmon to get in from the sea but saw about 20 in the pools. Also saw a black bear that came in to feed and stayed for about 30 minutes. Well worth a visit... More
Julie F
11 January 2017|
Response from Marilyn M | Reviewed this property |
The hatchery will be open, but bears only show up late fall for the salmon returning to spawn up Thornton Creek -- October is usually a good month. The hatchery is still worth touring any time of year though!