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Capilano Salmon Hatchery: Tours & Tickets

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Unsuspecting salmon lay their eggs here before they die.
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4500 Capilano Park Rd, North Vancouver, British Columbia V7R 4L3, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

Very fantastic tour - see baby salmons to adults. Photo tip: Take a burst shot up to 100 and you may get a good shot of salmon jumping out of the water!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Louis S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really liked learning about the Salmon life cycle and the hatchery facility. It doesn't require much time to visit, but it's also located in a beautiful park with nice hiking trails and scenery.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank JenClaire
Reviewed 8 September 2019

The visit along the way and at the end of our hike was the informative and not crowded Hatchery. This an excellent place for anyone to come if they have never experienced how the salmon live.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank neiljulie354
Reviewed 19 August 2019

Visited here on a day tour of Vancouver. There are a few information boards on the walls and a salmon tank at the end but no staff or facilities on site. We were allocated 20 minutes here but were done in 10 and quite honestly...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank globalreview2018
Reviewed 16 August 2019 via mobile

Personally, I find these type of science and educational visitor sites fun because it's a great teaching opportunity. My boys have developed an interest in science and nature, so I'd like to further their interest and curiosity. The hatchery is nothing fancy, and quite frankly,...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank danmleu
Reviewed 14 August 2019 via mobile

Pretty boring, no guide just tanks with salmon in it and nice water way, only took us 5 minutes to view every thing - not worth going too

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank sparkybat
Reviewed 1 August 2019 via mobile

Interesting, but if you’re on your way to Alaska feel free to pass on this. It was part of our tour, so we had no choice.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank grandma4920
Reviewed 28 July 2019

This was a stop on our "Vancouver Delights" tour. While this was not the spawning season (apparently), the only fish we saw were congregated together in a see-through tank. Curiously enough, they all were facing the same direction. There's probably some component of fish psychology...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank on_the_go_98765
Reviewed 24 July 2019

If you like to eat, catch, and watch salmon then this is the place to be. Well designed and informative, the highlight is the amazing fish ladder where you can follow the salmon as they move to their final resting place to spawn the next...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Ken A
Reviewed 13 July 2019 via mobile

We tried to get into parking for the Capilano Bridge at peak time. Then decided to park at the Fish Hatchery instead and the surrounding trails are amazing! Giant Fir, Hemlock and Cedar between here and the dam.

Date of experience: July 2019
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96pennya
20 October 2019|
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Response from on_the_go_98765 | Reviewed this property |
Their website says: Open to the public: November - March: 8:00am - 4:00pm April: 8:00am - 6:00pm May: 8:00am - 7:00pm June - August: 8:00am - 8:00pm September: 8:00am - 7:00pm October: 8:00am - 6:00pm The only fish you'll... More
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Orcaluvr24
9 June 2019|
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Response from Cindy W | Reviewed this property |
It can be done in a day but you would need transportation like a car to enter the hatchery. It is not really an "walk in" from the main road. It winds down a hill to the water level in the canyon.
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Sharon M
20 July 2018|
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Response from Diana27613 | Reviewed this property |
One thing we learned was that different species return to lay eggs at different times during the spring/ summer. When we were there in late June, salmon were in the river and also in the area at the top of the ladder but we... More
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