Thornton Creek Hatchery, Ucluelet

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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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  • Narrow unmade access road for about a mile from main road but with passing places if you meet an RV, limited parking but if full you can park by the side of the road. Very knowledgeable staff happy to...  more »
  • After we had booked a bear tour for much money and were unfortunately not bear to face, we encountered the hatchery. There was much going on, but the employees there were super nice. We could look directly on the river and alongside large salmon that there schwommen, fortunately with a Schwarzbärjungen see a black bear Mama. That was very impressive! It's worth a visit. For this great opportunity, you like leaving a donation!
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  • Lovely spot for some bear viewing. Road to the hatchery might be tough on some vehicles so be aware. Volunteers there were friendly and knowledgeable about salmon and the bears. We came there when the...  more »
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