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.

Directions

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?

Species Dates
chinook adults August to November
coho adults October to December
steelhead adults March to April
coho juveniles all year
chinook juveniles February to April

Fish Production

Annual fish releases are available through a query to the release database.

Contact

604-858-7227
Fax: 604-858-0461
Bob Stanton or Jeremy Mothus

55205 Chilliwack Lake Road
Chilliwack, B.C. 
V4Z 1A7 

Hours:
Open to the public: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. Please telephone to confirm holiday hours.

Key Activities

  • Fish production to support sustainable fisheries
  • Stock conservation
  • Stewardship and education
  • Habitat restoration
  • Stock assessment
  • Coded-wire tagging
  • First Nations partnerships
  • External partnerships
  • Water management

Local Fishing and Community Involvement