Chilliwack River Hatchery
The Chilliwack River Hatchery was built in 1981 to help restore salmon populations to historic levels. The Chilliwack River watershed has, over several decades, been subjected to impacts that had reduced salmon productivity and sustainability. The hatchery maintains salmon populations for commercial, sport and First Nations fisheries. It is also involved in public and community education, stewardship and support for various government agencies (including habitat restoration), fish management, stock assessment and science research. Furthermore, as a result of sustaining fish populations, local and national economies benefit from this Canadian salmon resource.
From Highway 1, about 100 kilometres east of Vancouver, take exit 119. Head south on Vedder Road through the communities of Sardis and Vedder Crossing until you come to the Vedder Crossing Bridge. Turn left onto Chilliwack Lake Road immediately before the bridge. Continue on Chilliwack Lake Road for 20 kilometres until you cross the Slesse Creek Bridge; the Chilliwack River Hatchery is on the immediate left. Public parking access is 100 metres further up the main road. Parking for the disabled is through the main gate.
Visiting the Hatchery
Public tours are self-guided and the loop trail of the hatchery site will take 30 minutes to complete. School group tours and viewing of adult salmon migration, holding, trapping, sorting and spawning can be arranged by phoning (604) 858-7227. The site is paved, with lots of public parking and wheelchair access. Public washrooms are located besides the Egg Take Shelter building.
When can I see salmon?
|chinook adults||August to November|
|coho adults||October to December|
|steelhead adults||March to April|
|coho juveniles||all year|
|chinook juveniles||February to April|
Annual fish releases are available through a query to the release database.
55205 Chilliwack Lake Road
Open to the public: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. Please telephone to confirm holiday hours.
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