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Capilano Salmon Hatchery

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Address: 4500 Capilano Park Rd, North Vancouver, British Columbia V7R 4L3, Canada
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+1 604-666-1790

Unsuspecting salmon lay their eggs here before they die.

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This is a really interesting place to visit - just don't hold out hope that there will be someone there to help. This is a working hatchery with plenty of interpretive stuff... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Adelaide, Australia
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a really interesting place to visit - just don't hold out hope that there will be someone there to help. This is a working hatchery with plenty of interpretive stuff written to learn by. Some great photo opportunities. Really worth an hour of your time particularly if you are visiting Capilano - only a few minutes drive... Will... More 

Thank CraigH0901
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a short distance from the Capilano bridge attraction but was a bit difficult to locate. This attraction was not laid out well and I did not find it interesting or too informative

Thank 1Skibunny
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Didn't see any staff around when I visited but you can have an easy self-guided tour as there is plenty of information about the hatchery, the different species of salmon and their life cycle, and salmon fishing. Saw lots of juvenile salmon in my mid-April visit. Well worth the educational visit.

Thank skytripping
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is in fact a work place but open to public. A lot of information on salmons, the work conducted here and the hatchery goals. During the season, you can watch the salmons climb the salmon stairs. The place itself is very nice and you can also start a hike which brings you to the Cleveland dam. A nice place... More 

Thank Zatash
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Incredibly interesting! We had a guided tour of the hatchery and were explained all the hatching process and types of salmon. Even held fertilised eggs in our hands! The surroundings are just stunning too

Thank RosieLondoncity
Lebanon, Oregon
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Reviewed 27 March 2017

My dad and I hiked to/from here from the Cleveland Dam (very good workout!) Being it was February there was not a lot going on as the fish were not running. Still a nice place with great views all around. Lots of cool information is set up for people to learn the workings of a hatchery. I would like to... More 

Thank Michael M
Golden, British Columbia
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

This hatchery is designed for the public with underwater windows allowing viewing of the salmon as they enter the hatchery itself.The trails and facility is natural and as scenic as you will find anywhere.This is a definite highlight of the Vancouver area and is a must see! An absolute gem!

Thank KimberleyJohn
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

This is a great little place to go...its free, its very educational (if you know nothing of salmon and their life cycles) and it gives you great access to see the various elements that make up a working fish ladder. Do take the time to explore and see the entire process. I have been visiting since I was 11...worth it... More 

Thank Brad S
North Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

Love going to this place and seeing all the salmon allot of fun for kids and adults alike you need to arrive early if in the summer for parking can be hard or park elsewhere and walk to it, you can park at the Dam also and walk down there is allot of trails that go on both side of... More 

Thank purpleroses2015
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Reviewed 26 November 2016

Good place to visit, great scenery,and tolearn something about salmon. It is free so good option for anyone travelling on a low budget. Exhibits are a bit dated but still informative. Definately leave time to do one of the hikes - 25-30 minutes return but worth it.

Thank Gerhard B

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