Capilano Salmon Hatchery, North Vancouver

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Nestled in the heart of the Capilano River Regional Park sits Capilano Salmon Hatchery, a farm that works to protect coho, chinook, and steelhead salmon stocks. Look through the glass-walled fish tanks and witness salmon leaping a meter high up the fish ladder during their upstream migration. The farm offers an educational insight into how the fish develop from eggs until they are fully grown and released into the river spring. The lush park surroundings offer a perfect environment for hiking or having a picnic. Visit the gift shop operated by the Pacific Salmon Foundation. Plan to visit Capilano Salmon Hatchery and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended North Vancouver attractions using our North Vancouver journey planner.
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  • If you are thinking about going to the Capilano suspension bridge, do not! First, the lines are ridiculously long, and second you can get a more stunning view here. Go here and ask how to get to the w...  more »
  • This was our last stop in the tour. A salmon hatchery and you can find hundreds of Salmons swimming in the water. If you are lucky and the weather is clear you can see Salmon jumping from the water in...  more »
  • If you take the bus along capinano road, be prepared to go really down the mountain to get to the hatchery. I got off the bus at 3:15pm. Vancouver gets dark at 4pm in winter. I literally went all the ...  more »

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