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Thornton Creek Hatchery, Ucluelet

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4/5 based on 45 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.
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  • We went 2 days in a row (october) at 10am when it opens. We loved it - we saw bears both days (even a mom with 2 cubs the second day). The staff is super friendly and helpful in explaining about their...  read more »
  • If you want to see Black Bears, but you do not want to take an official Black Bear tour. This is an excellent place to view these wonderful creatures. If you are visiting the West coast in the fall. T...  read more »
  • Saw bears here playing in the river, they were so close and so wonderful to watch. You are behind an electric fence so very safe. It was excellent. 
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