Capilano Salmon Hatchery

salmon, fish hatchery
Salmon are a vital component of the rainforest. The Capilano Salmon Hatchery was built below Cleveland Dam in order to rear and release the diminishing stock of Salmon and Steelhead. Today this facility produces three million salmon each year.

The Capilano Salmon Hatchery is an ideal place to learn about the lifecycle of salmon. Outdoor educational displays, including a glass-sided fishway and tanks, enable visitors to witness salmon jumping up the fish ladder during their upstream migration. Salmon really do swim upstream , and at certain times of the year you can see this amazing salmon trek. Watching a full-grown fish leap a foot or more at a time is an unforgettable sight. During peak run times, the ladder is solid with fish and the tiny newborn salmon swim in the pools. The interpretive displays provide information on the hatchery, species of Pacific Salmon, watershed locations, fish transplants, fish culture and other enhancement techniques.

Best times to view species:

Chinook Adults (October – November)
Coho Adults (June – November)
Steelhead Adults (March – April)
Coho Juveniles (All Year)
Chinook Juveniles (March – May)