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- About us
- Visiting the hatchery
- Key activities
- Local fishing and community involvement
- When can I see salmon?
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.
Visiting the hatchery
Address and contact information
PO Box 369
Port Alberni BC V9Y 7M8
Telephone: 250-745-3321, Telephone: 250-745-3322
Hatchery manager: Caroline Cherry
8 am to 4 pm daily
Please telephone to confirm holiday hours.
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.
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.
- Fish production to support sustainable fisheries
- Stock conservation
- Stewardship and education
- Stock assessment
- Coded wire tagging
- Indigenous partnerships
- External partnerships
- Water management
- Productivity monitoring
Local fishing and community involvement
- Freshwater: Region 1 - Vancouver Island
- Tidal Waters: Areas 21 and 22 (Tzuquanah Point/Nitinat Lake)
- Community Projects: Lower Vancouver Island
When can I see salmon?
|Chinook adults||September to October|
|Chum adults||September to October|
|Coho adults||mid-September to December|
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