Nitinat Hatchery


Fax: 250-745-3416
Caroline Cherry

Mailing Address:
Box 369
Port Alberni, B.C.
V9Y 7M8

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

Note: Site may be closed on weekends during the summer. Please call in advance to ensure opening times.

Key Activities

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

Local Fishing and Community Involvement


We want to assure Canadians of our commitment to maintaining essential services and delivering on our project requirements while advancing measures to minimize transmission of COVID-19.

For the safety of our staff and visitors, this location will be closed to the public until further notice.

The Nitinat River Hatchery was built in 1980 to help sustain salmon populations for local commercial, recreational and Ditidaht First Nations fisheries. The hatchery sees about 100 to 500 visitors annually and has salmon returns that can range up to about 500,000 salmon each year. Depending on the time of the year, visitors can see returning adult salmon, salmonid eggs, alevin and fry. The hatchery is also involved in several research projects.


From 3rd Avenue in Port Alberni, turn onto Ship Creek Road and continue for about 11 minutes. Ship Creek Road becomes Franklin River Road. Continue on Franklin River Road until Bamfield Road and continue to Coleman Road. Turn left and continue on Coleman Road until it becomes Carmanah Main. Make a hard right onto Nitinat Road and the hatchery is on the right.


Visiting the hatchery

There are no self-guided tours available at the hatchery but guided tours for large groups are available if arranged in advance. If staff members are available, they are happy to show visitors around the facility. Washrooms are available to the public during operational hours.

When can I see salmon?

Species Dates
adult chum and chinook September to October
adult coho mid-September to December