Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre

Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre

Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre
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Leap in to Salmon's World at the Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre! Explore, play and learn in our unique interpretive gallery featuring interactive exhibits and live aquaria. Take a guided tour of a working salmon hatchery and talk to knowledgeable staff about this amazing, iconic creature. Learn what makes wild salmon the lifeblood of the BC Coast. A visit to the Salmon Centre is a fun and educational experience for all ages!The Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre, Quatse River Hatchery, and Quatse River Campground are operated by the Northern Vancouver Island Salmonid Enhancement Association. All proceeds fund salmon conservation efforts on Northern Vancouver Island.
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Merrowmum
Guildford, UK981 contributions
Patrick took our small group around this facility. There is not a huge amount to see, especially as the combination of Covid and the time of year meant it was quite quiet in terms of fish present. But it was interesting to learn about their programme and that it is having a positive effect on the salmon in the area.
Written July 23, 2022
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Arcosdad
Comox Valley, Canada3,894 contributions
We dropped by on a rainy day for a look. The sole staff member was, I think, out in the parking lot on the phone. We went in and looked around for a few minutes. It struck me as dark and needing a good clean. The aquaria housing the fry and smolts were filled with algae, but they seemed active...nice to see young salmon up close. The video on the enhancement process was interesting. Outside, the hatchery itself was completely off limits with signs and ropes everywhere which has not been my experience at other Island hatcheries. No one came to greet us or take our money so we just left.
Written September 17, 2019
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Hi there, we apologize you did not have a great experience at the Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre and Quatse River Hatchery. The dark facility in our stewardship centre is designed to create a deep ocean atmosphere where salmon spend a large portion of their lives. Our aquarium water is fed directly from the Quatse River. They are cleaned and maintained regularly - the issue is higher temperatures during the summer cause algae to rapidly form, sometimes a few days after a scrub and especially in the smaller aquariums. Ropes and signage have been placed around the hatchery because unfortunately some individuals over the years have stolen or vandalized equipment that have caused mortalities. Open exploration of the hatchery also creates biosecurity risks especially if tourists have been to other hatcheries and river systems. The Quatse River Hatchery takes our fish health and wellness seriously. I'm sorry we missed you and I hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels. Take care.
Written September 18, 2019
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Liz P
Leeds, UK472 contributions
There is not a huge amount to do in Port Hardy and having done the museum we sought further interest. This was quite interesting and filled an hour.
Written September 3, 2019
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dmillar4039
Port Hardy, Canada9 contributions
Friends
I am very impressed with this facility. The staff is professional and friendly. They are doing a fantastic job helping ensure the health of an important resource, and they educate the public in a way that is informative and entertaining for all ages. Two thumbs up!
Written September 2, 2019
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linthompson2018
Leeds, UK6 contributions
Couples
Arrived to pay $12 for 10 minutes to look round one room with a few fish and a bit of information - wouldn’t recommend
Written August 24, 2019
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John D
2 contributions
Friends
A wonderful place to visit and learn about the local salmon and other marine life.
Our hostess,Vickie , was just amazing, fun and very passionate about what she wants to do in life and what she is doing there.
Thank you for all the work you all are doing.
Written June 13, 2019
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Chris D
New Westminster, Canada3,025 contributions
Solo
...to find this interestingly advertised opportunity closed for the summer. TripAdvisor page doesn't hint on this - maybe whoever put this on T/Adv could warn us? Would have checked in at the Port Hardy Tourism Bureau, but they had moved without giving directions on how to get to their new location. Some of us BC'ers are doing our best to spend time and $$$ at home, but SOME people aren't helping us do this.
Written June 5, 2019
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Hi Chris, Thank you for your input and we will update our information on TripAdvisor, I apologize for the inconvenience and hope you have safe travels. The Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre & Quatse River Hatchery is open during the summer months as of this week and I'm sorry we missed you. The Visitor Centre is in a temporary location as they experienced a flooding event prior to the season. I will inform their team of your concerns gaining access to local resources. Take care.
Written June 6, 2019
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443davinah
15 contributions
Family
You never get bored when you visit the Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre. Great for booking for birthday celebrations! Friendly and helpful staff
Written December 12, 2018
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Prairiegirl289
Wainwright, Canada34 contributions
Family
This is a great little stop if you are touring the area. It will take you about an hour if you watch the movie. Our tour guide Emily really knew her stuff and shared a lot of information about how everything works. She was able to show us what was in the tanks and explain the catch and release process to the kids.

There is a 30 minute movie at the end about salmon..........in the Tongass area of Alaska. It is entirely about and done by Americans about how the Salmon affects fishing, tourism, and First Nations there. It comes across very much like a tourism Alaska ad. A huge wasted opportunity to showcase local culture, the incredible landscape and the local concerns with fish farms etc on the local whale populations.
Written August 21, 2018
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TravelingBear3
Boston, MA38 contributions
Family
We spent a fascinating hour outside peering into the tanks with live fry, reading the billboards and learning about the hatchery process which is bringing major salmon runs back to two of the Pacific's over fished rivers. Then we found the information center with a glut of information on the region's geography, oceans, rivers and wildlife, particularly salmon. Well worth the admission price - stay for the film on salmon fishing - its well worth the time.
Written August 9, 2018
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