Tenderfoot Creek Hatchery

Construction of the Tenderfoot Creek Hatchery began in 1981. The facility was built to provide fishing opportunities for First Nations, recreational and commercial fishers. The hatchery focuses on enhancing coho, pink, chum and chinook salmon stocks in the Squamish River watershed. In sustaining salmon stocks, the hatchery also helps to maintain the local population of bald eagles. The hatchery uses rafts and gillnets to capture coho and chinook salmon, which is a technique unique to this hatchery. The hatchery releases more than 3.3 million smolts each year. It is also involved in a number of partnership initiatives such as the West Vancouver netpen program, the Squamish Terminals netpen program, as well as in producing eggs for a number of hatcheries and projects in Vancouver and Bowen Island.

Directions

Head north of Vancouver by following Highway 99 and look for hatchery signs just before the junction at Alice Lake Provincial Park. Turn left onto Squamish Valley Road. Travel four kilometres west to Cheekye and take the right fork (Paradise Valley Road). Continue for four kilometres and turn right onto Midnight Way (heading south) and continue for another one kilometre.

Visiting the Hatchery

There are self-guided tours of the site and information signs. Guided tours can be accommodated as operations allow. Please call 604-898-3657 in advance to ask about tour availability and for further information.

When can I see salmon?

Best Times for Salmon
Species Dates
chinook adults July to September
coho adults November to January
chum adults October to December in Tenderfoot Lake
coho juveniles year-round
chinook juveniles year-round

Fish Production

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

fin-clipping juveniles.
collecting juveniles.
net pens.
adult salmon.

Contact

Phone: 604-898-3657
Fax: 604-898-5692
E-mail: Jeremy Smith

1000 Midnight Way
Brackendale, B.C.

Mailing Address:
Tenderfoot Creek Hatchery
Box 477
Brackendale, B.C.
V0N 1H0

Hours: Open to the public 9:00 am to 3:00 pm daily. Occasionally closed in August, for operational requirements.

Key Activities

Local Fishing and Community Involvement