Language selection

Search

Big Qualicum Hatchery

On this page

About us

The Big Qualicum Hatchery deploys a number of natural and artificial enhancement techniques to increase populations of Pacific salmon. It was the first of the modern enhancement projects to be undertaken in this province and has provided a model for other developments. Research and assessment at this facility have increased the scientific data available on salmonid behaviour, life cycle and habitat requirements. The hatchery is a resource for recreational fishers in the area and an employer for members of the Qualicum First Nations and the local community. The hatchery also provides an important source of fish for native food fisheries and countless hours of enjoyment for local recreational fishers. Big Qualicum is the hub facility for the Little Qualicum and Rosewall facilities.

Our hatchery and interpretive centre includes a display room containing a topographical model of the Big Qualicum project, public washrooms, viewing area which allows you to watch the fish eye-to-eye, a picnic site and nature trails. You can take a self-guided tour of the hatchery, which is open from 7 am to 3 pm daily, or tour the nearby walking trails at any time.

Visiting the hatchery

Address and contact information

215 Fisheries Rd
Qualicum Beach BC  V9K 1Z5

Telephone: 250-757-8412
Fax: 250-757-8741
Hatchery manager: Aaron Burgoyne
Email: Aaron.Burgoyne@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Hours

8 am to 3 pm daily
Please telephone to confirm holiday hours.

Directions

From the Inland Island Hwy (19), take the Horne Lake exit (75). Follow Horne Lake Road until you pass the railroad tracks and take the next left (continuing onto Horne Lake Road). On your immediate left (you will see a Big Qualicum Hatchery sign), turn onto the gravel road (River Road). Follow that down to the hatchery parking lot.

From the Island Hwy (19A), take the exit on Horne Lake Road. Take the first right onto a gravel road (River Road) and continue until you reach the hatchery parking lot.

Key activities

Local fishing and community involvement

When can I see salmon?

Fall (mid-September to mid-November) is usually the best time, when the chinook and pink salmon return and the hatchery does eggs takes and sorting.

Horne Lake

Date Lake Level (ft) Surface Temperature (°C) River Flow (cfs)
June 23, 2022 389.2 10.2 159
June 16, 2022 389.4 10.4 163
June 9, 2022 389.4 9.7 301
June 2, 2022 390.2 9.0 371
May 26, 2022 390.3 9.7 237
May 19, 2022 391.5 8.6 364
May 12, 2022 390.5 7.3 215
May 5, 2022 390.5 7.2 213
April 28, 2022 390.3 6.4 134
April 21, 2022 389.7 5.7 143
April 7, 2022 391.7 6.2 683
March 31, 2022 391.5 5.2 274
March 16, 2022 390.2 4.6 230
March 10, 2022 390.1 4.5 146
March 3, 2022 389.8 3.7 142
February 24, 2022 388.3 3.7 132
February 17, 2022 388.7 3.8 143
February 10, 2022 388.9 3.3 192
February 3, 2022 388.6 3.2 193
January 27, 2022 388.0 3.3 191
January 20, 2022 388.7 3.5 503
January 14, 2022 388.9 3.1 553
January 6, 2022 386.1 2.6 359
December 30, 2021 386.4 3.7 257
December 23, 2021 386.4 5.1 203
December 16, 2021 386.0 5.5 345
December 9, 2021 385.6 6.6 361
December 2, 2021 387.3 7.6 648
November 25, 2021 385.8 7.6 577
November 18, 2021 388.4 8.3 680
November 11, 2021 386.6 9.1 543
November 4, 2021 386.3 10.9 592
October 28, 2021 385.2 11.2 476
October 21, 2021 384.5 13.1 467
October 14, 2021 382.8 13.4 338
October 7, 2021 383.8 13.9 299
September 29, 2021 383.0 16.0 218
September 23, 2021 383.2 17.4 218
September 16, 2021 383.0 18.0 154
September 9, 2021 383.8 19.7 155
September 2, 2021 384.5 19.8 119
August 26, 2021 385.2 21.0 120
August 19, 2021 385.8 19.7 117
August 12, 2021 386.2 20.1 66
August 5, 2021 386.5 20.8 67
July 29, 2021 386.8 20.2 67
July 22, 2021 387.2 20.7 67
July 16, 2021 387.6 20.5 87
July 8, 2021 388.2 21.0 87
July 2, 2021 388.4 20.6 88
June 24, 2021 388.8 13.5 88
Date modified: