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Capilano Salmon Hatchery

#12 of 65 things to do in North Vancouver Features Animals
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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  • Average17%
  • Poor4%
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4500 Capilano Park Rd, North Vancouver, British Columbia V7R 4L3, Canada
+1 604-666-1790
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The walk from the Suspension Bridge park was awesome (we took a trail as opposed to sticking to the road). However you need to be in decent shape. When we finally got to the hatchery we were disappointed. There's really not a lot to see...More

Thank TripItch
Reviewed 1 week ago

quick interesting place with lovely scenery . my husband is a fisherman so he appreciated this . it was part of our tour package and it is interesting

Thank Jill E
Reviewed 1 week ago

I am planning on going into the sustainable fishery industry when I graduate and so the hatchery was a necessary stop on my family vacation! (I have been to 3 other fish hatcheries) There were a lot of informative signs about the process of how...More

Thank Maria P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If the fish are running back to the hatchery (October I think) it is well worth the trip for tourists and locals alike. Interesting display and explanation on the salmon at the hatchery and fascinating to watch them go up the ladder. Very good for...More

Thank B0b125
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here as part of a tour. And we are so glad we did. It is such a tranquil beautiful place. Where all the magnificent Canadian salmon comes from.

Thank Alison K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its a long walk from the bridge or the bus stop, so don't think it is 10 minutes. The car is probably the way to go. There are no tours, it is self guided. The fish are small as well. Nice amount of snow around...More

Thank Philip B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very uninteresting. Might have been better in spawning season.LONG WALK from Capilano Bridge. Don't believe the 8 minutes.

Thank Bob C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place was highly recommended, but maybe not for someone who only like to eat the salmon. There were no staff to guide and no fish were jumping up the different pools in the aquarium. But great initiative and beautiful surroundings.

Thank Victor J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After a nice walk around the Capilano dam, my friend and I walked down to the hatchery. I've seen so many Cody fries swimming around. It's amazing! The explanations off the salmon life cycle and the different types of salmon was really good too!

Thank ylfun
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After visiting the Capilano Suspension Bridge take a short drive or a medium walk to the salmon hatchery. No samples but very educational as to the type of Salmon nad their breeding

Thank demonmike
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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
3 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