Thornton Creek Hatchery, Ucluelet

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#2 of 7 in Parks in Barkley Sound
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 have visited the hatchery beginning October 2017 – we received the tip that is here for the journey of the salmon bears look regularly. We were about 2 hours on the ground and in fact we have seen 2 bears looked after salmon (there were none due to the very). Can protected behind a fence. observe the bears next close and take pictures. Officially, the entrance is free, the hatchery is pleased but donation - donation box available. The staff are also very friendly and explain patiently. Never miss case - especially in the September / October!
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  • Were there today. Seen 3 black bears up close. Very cool place, should take it. For a 20 CAD donation you can see in any case you can see bears, some tours for the 5 times less... Very nice people there.
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  • We popped into the Hatchey and a lovely volunteer talked us through what they do, and how they help keep the Salmon numbers up. It is down a bumpy road, we didn't have a 4x4 but managed fine. The sign...  more »

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