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Capilano Salmon Hatchery

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Address: 4500 Capilano Park Rd, North Vancouver, British Columbia V7R 4L3, Canada
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+1 604-666-1790

Unsuspecting salmon lay their eggs here before they die.

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Not much going on when we were there, but great scenery!

My dad and I hiked to/from here from the Cleveland Dam (very good workout!) Being it was February there was not a lot going on as the fish were not running. Still a nice place... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Michael M
Lebanon, Oregon
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Lebanon, Oregon
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My dad and I hiked to/from here from the Cleveland Dam (very good workout!) Being it was February there was not a lot going on as the fish were not running. Still a nice place with great views all around. Lots of cool information is set up for people to learn the workings of a hatchery. I would like to... More 

Thank Michael M
Golden, British Columbia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hatchery is designed for the public with underwater windows allowing viewing of the salmon as they enter the hatchery itself.The trails and facility is natural and as scenic as you will find anywhere.This is a definite highlight of the Vancouver area and is a must see! An absolute gem!

Thank KimberleyJohn
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

This is a great little place to go...its free, its very educational (if you know nothing of salmon and their life cycles) and it gives you great access to see the various elements that make up a working fish ladder. Do take the time to explore and see the entire process. I have been visiting since I was 11...worth it... More 

Thank Brad S
North Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

Love going to this place and seeing all the salmon allot of fun for kids and adults alike you need to arrive early if in the summer for parking can be hard or park elsewhere and walk to it, you can park at the Dam also and walk down there is allot of trails that go on both side of... More 

Thank purpleroses2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Good place to visit, great scenery,and tolearn something about salmon. It is free so good option for anyone travelling on a low budget. Exhibits are a bit dated but still informative. Definately leave time to do one of the hikes - 25-30 minutes return but worth it.

Thank Gerhard B
Oshawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016

We went during the spawning season, Canadian Thanksgiving. They have a fish ladder with a glass side to see them jumping up. There are all kinds of informative things to read as well. I learned how so many more fish make it to the sea because of the hatchery. I learned about the different kinds of salmon and much more.... More 

Thank Duckie19
Wellington, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

I wouldn't go out of my way to do this, if I were you. we only went there as a (filling time because it's free) part of a bus tour.

Thank AdrianH_9
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

Free place to go and enjoy nature. Fish hatchery and trails to walk beside Capilano River. Walk uo to the Capilano Dam and back.

Thank Tim G
Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 28 October 2016

The hatchery offers good information about what types of fish are found in the area, and a close-up view of fish trying to jump the runs.

Thank L B
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

We visited with close friends in early October and can only say we were pleased with the visit but the approaching heavy rain made our visit very challenging. Plenty to see sand have explained including the history and the whole salmon life processes. Afternoon turned very wet, not the place to be.

Thank Ken050

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