Thornton Creek Hatchery, Ucluelet

4.2
#2 of 7 in Parks in Barkley Sound
Wildlife Area Nature / Park
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 were too early (or late?) in the season to see the salmon runs/ bears, but one of the staff kindly came out to greet us at the gate and offered to show us around. So we got our own private mini tou...  more »
  • This salmon hatchery is run by volunteers. It is open on an irregular basis except in the fall. It's small but interesting. We were told that there is many bears in the summer / fall, but we didn't se...  more »
  • Part of our trip to Tofino had been with the intention of seeing wild bears. The Hatchery was great and very informative about the work that they do to ensure that the salmon continue to breed. While ...  more »

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