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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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  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“fish ladder” (25 reviews)
4500 Capilano Park Rd, North Vancouver, British Columbia V7R 4L3, Canada
+1 604-666-1790
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Reviewed 2 days 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 3 days 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 3 days 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 5 days 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
Reviewed 5 days ago

We stopped here on our way to Grouse Mountain. It was very interesting and educational for us and all the kids. We did get to see a couple of salmon at the ladder, plus some awaiting processing. The water and some hiking was great. Nice...More

Thank E2Mort
Reviewed 6 days ago

They had to construct this hatchery for salmon, as their normal spawning area was cut off by the construction of the Cleveland Dam upriver. Fascinating to watch if you're there at the right time of year to see them crowding up the fish ladder. Aside...More

Thank C6507MYpatrickc
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was part of a day tour of the area so it was okay but I would not plan a special trip there - we didn't see any salmon, no none gives a tour or makes a presentation about what they do - we spend...More

Thank christie499
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here as part of a North Shore tour with Viator. The hatchery is in a beautiful location and is well designed and laid out. The displays are informative and give excellent explanations of the process. There is a glass wall that looks out...More

Thank mbmcc2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you happen to be in the vicinity of Cleveland dam, want to learn a bit about fish conservation, and see a real life salmon ladder in action, it's worth checking out. It's free to walk around and got lots of information boards for those...More

Thank CrabbitRabbit33
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Capilano Salmon Hatchery is not only educational, its also a stunning walk in the forest by the river. Lots of information on the life cycle of the salmon and a underground viewing station where you can watch the salmon jumping from one step to...More

Thank Rose C
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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
4 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