Trip Planner:   Canada  /  British Columbia  /  Vancouver Island  /  Barkley Sound  /  Ucluelet  /  Wildlife Areas  /  Thornton Creek Hatchery
Thornton Creek Hatchery, Ucluelet
(4.2/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web)
The Thornton Creek Hatchery harvests eggs from returning salmon as they are about to spawn in the creek, or other waterways the hatchery works in. Then they take the eggs back to the hatchery, fertilize and incubate, hatch and raise them, and then release them back into the wild.

Last spring Thornton Creek released over 500, 000 Chinook and around 600, 000 Chum. Coho is raised in holding tanks for a year and around 50,000 are released in April/May. They will continue to release salmon into particular water systems until its number of returning salmon increases to a healthy level and it is able to sustain itself. Then they move on and enhance another system.
Take a look at our Ucluelet travel itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Thornton Creek Hatchery and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Source
Create a full Ucluelet itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Ucluelet

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Ucluelet by other users

4 days in Ucluelet, Port Alberni & Parksville BY A USER FROM CANADA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 38 days in Canada BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Canada BY A USER FROM CANADA March, teens, kids, outdoors, beaches, museums, popular PREFERENCES: March, teens, kids, outdoors, beaches, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Canada BY A USER FROM CANADA July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Canada BY A USER FROM CANADA July, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 31 days in Canada BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Canada BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 3 days in Ucluelet BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 55 days in Bora Bora, Canada & Miami BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 17 days in Canada BY A USER FROM LUXEMBOURG March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 55 days in Canada BY A USER FROM CANADA June, outdoors, beaches, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Vancouver Island BY A USER FROM CANADA July, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Went here on a rainy day missed and that was our luck when we arrived was at that time a black bear to the stream. According to one of the employees he was already days not seen mother a two little ones also came to everyone's surprise.
    View original
  • We heard of the hatchery by word of mouth from one of the shop owners in Ucluelet, we were due to leave that day but decided to take a trip there and see if we got lucky. So glad we did! When we arriv...  more »
  • The landscape in Ucluelet is gorgeous and the Thornton Creek is an example of this: lonely located with beautiful view,!
    View original