Capilano Salmon Hatchery
- 4500 Capilano Park Rd
- admission free
- 8am-4pm Nov-Mar, 9am-4.45pm Apr & Oct, 8am-7pm May & Sep, 8am-8pm Jun-Aug
Lonely Planet review for Capilano Salmon Hatchery
Located in Capilano River Regional Park, about 2km north of the Capilano Suspension Bridge, this fish farm is run by the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans to protect valuable Coho, Chinook and Steelhead salmon stocks. Visit from July to November – October, when the Chinooks return, is the optimum month – and you'll catch adult salmon swimming through fish ladders past the rapids in an heroic effort to reach their spawning grounds upstream, after which they promptly die in a scripted lifecycle that must have been written by Samuel Beckett. Eye-level tanks display the creatures and enlightening exhibits help explain the entire mysterious process. Drivers head north along Capilano Rd, then turn left onto Capilano Park Rd and continue for 1km.