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Kitimat River Hatchery


This location will be closed to drop-in visitors until further notice.

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About us

The Kitimat River Hatchery began as a pilot project in 1977 and construction was completed in 1983. Since its completion, the hatchery maintains salmon populations for commercial, sport and First Nations fisheries. The hatchery attracts anglers from around the world to fish in the Douglas Channel and Kitimat River, anglers that contribute to the local economy. The hatchery is also involved in public and community education and stewardship, and supports fish management, stock assessment and science.

Visiting the hatchery

Address and contact information

Mailing address:
Kitimat River Hatchery
283 Haisla Blvd
PO Box 197
Kitimat BC  V8C 2G7

Telephone: 604-837-3325
Hatchery Manager: Malcolm Wigham


Enter Kitimat on Highway 37. Continue straight through town across the Haisla Bridge (over the Kitimat River) and past Industrial Avenue and Radley Park towards the Rio Tinto Alcan smelters. Watch for signs just past the sand hill. The turnoff to the hatchery is on the left.


Tours are available at the hatchery. All tours are guided walking tours lasting approximately 45 minutes and are wheelchair accessible. Public washrooms are available. Please telephone to reserve a guided tour (Telephone: 250-639-9888).

Key activities

Local fishing and community involvement

When can I see salmon?

Species Dates
Chinook adults July and August
Chinook juveniles January to May
Chum adults August
Chum juveniles February to April
Coho adults November
Coho juveniles all year
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