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Robertson Creek Hatchery

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About us

The Robertson Creek Hatchery began as the largest pink salmon spawning channel in North America; it is now a coho and chinook salmon enhancement facility. The hatchery contributes to First Nations fisheries as well as to other local commercial seine and gillnet fisheries. The Alberni Valley is a popular sport and guided-fishing spot that attracts fishers from around the world. The influx of visitors creates employment and revenue for local businesses. The hatchery is regularly involved in educational visits to schools, teaching the basics of salmon enhancement. Visitors can experience and observe numerous activities involving the research of local salmon species year-round.

Visiting the hatchery

Address and contact information

10333 B Central Lake Rd
Port Alberni BC  V9Y 8Z2

Telephone: 250-724-6521
Fax: 250-724-6603
Hatchery manager: Steven Emmonds


Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Please telephone to confirm holiday hours.


Head east through Port Alberni on Highway 4 and turn right on Central Lake Road. Follow the signs to the hatchery.


Visitors are welcome at the hatchery for self-guided tours. There are signs on site that provide information about the hatchery’s activities. Staff members are happy to answer visitors’ questions. Guided tours are available if booked in advance; tours depend on staff availability. Public parking and washrooms are available.

Key activities

Local fishing and community involvement

When can I see salmon?

Species Dates
Chinook and coho adults September to November
Steelhead adults February
Coho and steelhead juveniles year-round
Chinook fry April and May
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