Where and when to see salmon

Seven species of salmonids; coho, chum, chinook, pink, sockeye, steelhead and cutthroat, are the focus of the federal government's Salmonid Enhancement Program (SEP). The program was launched in 1977 with the aim of restoring the population of salmonids to their historic levels. The hatcheries, fishways, spawning channels and other facilities where fish may be seen are a major part of that effort.

Natural runs of salmon also occur in many provincial waterways. The most famous of these is the Adams River sockeye run.

If you should come across any stream hosting a salmonid run, please do not disturb or harass the fish. The salmonids are a precious resource and spawners are our assurance that they will frequent these waters for generations to come.

Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island

Goldstream Park

Location: Victoria
Directions: Drive north 19 km from Victoria on Highway 1; the park is located at beginning of Malahat Drive.
Species: Chum salmon, with some coho, chinook and steelhead
Best Times: Adult chum spawn in November; coho in November and December; chinook in late October and early November; steelhead spawn early in February.
Other Attractions: Camping, picnicking and hiking in the provincial park; nature house and interpretive program.
Contact: Goldstream Park Nature House, 2930 Trans-Canada Highway, Victoria, B.C. V8X 3X2 Phone: 250-478-9414

Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society

Location: Near the town of Sooke, outside Victoria
Directions: This is a volunteer-run project; tours are by appointment only.
Species: Coho and chinook
Best Times: Adults: November/December; juveniles: April-May.
Other Attractions: Camping at Sooke, Wiffen Spit in Sooke Basin, Sooke Museum
Contact: P.O. Box 947, Sooke, B.C. V0S 1N0 or Fisheries and Oceans, Victoria. Phone: 250-363-3252

San Juan Hatchery

Location: Port Renfrew
Directions: Drive 8 km north on Port Renfrew/Lake Cowichan Rd. about 2 km east of Fairy Lake campsite.
Species: Chinook and coho with some chum, sockeye and pink
Best Times: Adult chinook and coho October to December; juvenile chinook and coho March to May.
Contact: San Juan Enhancement Society, 4 Queesto Dr., Port Renfrew, B.C. V0S 1K0 Phone: 250-647-5568

Nitinat River Hatchery

Location: Nitinat Lake, West Coast of Vancouver Island
: The hatchery is near Nitinat Lake, 70 km southeast of Port Alberni. Leaving Port Alberni, follow the gravel road towards Bamfield. At Franklin Camp, follow signs to left towards Nitinat Lake. Hatchery is located on the right hand side of the road, at the confluence of the Big and Little Nitinat Rivers. Watch for hatchery signs. Access also by logging road from Lake Cowichan.
Species: Chum, chinook, coho
Best Times: Adult salmon during October and November; juvenile rearing April and May.
Other Attractions: Outdoor activities include boating, camping, fishing and windsurfing. Close to Pacific Rim National Park and Carmanah Valley.
Contact: PO Box 369, Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M8 Phone: 250-745-3321 Fax: 250-745-3416

Stamp Falls Fishway

Location: Port Alberni, on the Stamp River
Drive west on Highway 4 out of Port Alberni and turn right on Beaver Creek Road; proceed for about 12 km and turn left into Stamp Falls Provincial Park.
Species: Sockeye, coho and chinook and steelhead
Best Times: Adult sockeye in mid-July; coho in August and October; chinook in September and October.
Other Attractions: Camping and picnicking in the provincial park; fishing for coho and chinook when regulations permit, although the area from 50 metres above the Falls to 200 metres below the Falls is closed to anglers. Seasonal closure, check with DFO.
Contact: Fisheries and Oceans, 3019 - 4th Ave., Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 2B8 Phone: 250-723-2612

Robertson Creek Hatchery

Location: Port Alberni
Drive through Port Alberni on Highway 4 and turn right on Great Central Lake Road; follow the signs to the hatchery.
Species: Coho, chinook and steelhead
Best Times: Adult coho and chinook September to November; steelhead spawn in February; juvenile coho and steelhead year-round; chinook fry April and May.
Other Attractions: Boating, fishing on Sproat Lake, Alberni Inlet.
Contact: Box 1100, Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7L9 Phone: 250-724-6521 Fax: 250-724-6603

Thornton Creek Hatchery

Location: Ucluelet
From Highway 4 turn towards Port Albion; approximately 2 km on road towards Port Albion there is a sign on a tree for the Thornton hatchery. Turn right on the road by the sign and continue for 1 km, hatchery is on the right-hand side.
Species: Chum, chinook and coho
Best Times: Adults mid-October to November; juveniles, March-June.
Other Attractions: Pacific Rim National Park. Lots of bears in fall.
Contact: Thornton Creek Enhancement Society, Box 225, Ucluelet, B.C. V0R 3A0 Phone: 250-726-7566; call in advance for tours.

Cowichan River Hatchery

Location: Near Duncan on the Cowichan River
Turn east on Boys Road after first bridge south of Duncan; follow Boys Road to its end and keep right on gravel road. There are signs for the hatchery.
Species: Chinook, coho and chum salmon
Best Times: Juvenile chinook April-May; juvenile coho February-June.
Other Attractions: Skutz Falls fishway; Rotary Park Side Channel has chum spawners November-January and nature trail.
Contact: 2380 Hatchery Rd., Duncan, B.C. V9L 3Y2 Phone: 250-746-5741

Nanaimo Community Hatchery

Location: 10 km south of Nanaimo
Turn off at Cassidy Hotel and follow signs to hatchery.
Species: Coho, chinook and chum
Best Times: Adults: October-January; juveniles; May-June.
Other Attractions: Natural stream walk; interpretive display, June-September.
Contact: Nanaimo River Salmonid Enhancement Program, 271 Pine St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2B7 Open 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. daily. Phone: 250-245-7780

Little Qualicum River Project

Location: Near Qualicum Beach
From Nanaimo, take the Parksville cutoff towards Port Alberni, turn right on Melrose Road and follow signs to site. From new Island Highway, follow signs from Qualicum Beach exit.
Species: Chum and chinook salmon and steelhead trout
Best Times: Adult chinook in early October; chum, late November; adult steelhead in February and March. Juvenile chum April and May; chinook fry February-June; juvenile steelhead October-May.
Other Attractions: Hiking in Horne Lake Caves Park; seashore at Qualicum Beach.
Contact: 4745 Melrose Rd., Qualicum Beach, B.C. V0R 1V3 Phone: 250-752-3231 Fax: 250-752-2184

Big Qualicum River Project

Location: Qualicum Beach
Drive north from Nanaimo, take the Island Highway through Parksville and Qualicum Beach; 12 km past Qualicum Beach a sign on the west side of the highway indicates the road to the site.
Species: Chum, coho and chinook salmon, and steelhead trout
Best Times: Adult chum and coho spawn November-December; chinook, October-November; steelhead, February-March. Juvenile coho year-round; chum fry in April-May; juvenile chinook February-June; steelhead June-May.
Other Attractions: Picnic tables at the project; fishing when regulations permit; hiking trails.
Contact: 215 Fisheries Rd., Qualicum Beach, B.C. V9K 1Z5 Phone: 250-757-8412 Fax: 250-757-8741

Puntledge River Hatchery

Location: Courtenay
From Courtenay take Lake Trail Road; turn right at Powerhouse Road and follow signs.
Species: Chum, pink, coho, chinook and steelhead
Best Times: Adult chum in November; coho, October-November; chinook, September-October. Spawning steelhead in February-March. Juvenile coho and steelhead year-round; chum fry March-April; pink fry February-April; juvenile chinook February-June.
Other Attractions: Courtenay Youth Music Centre; Comox Lake boating; fishing, hiking and picnicking.
Contact: Box 3111, Courtenay, B.C. V9N 5N3 Phone: 250-703-0907 Fax: 250-703-0905

Quinsam River Hatchery

Location: Five km west of downtown Campbell River
Take Hwy. 28 west from its junction with Hwy. 19, turn left on Quinsam Road (one block past junction) and follow the signs.
Species: Pink, coho, chinook and steelhead
Best Times: Pinks in September; coho and chinook, October- November; steelhead, November-April. Juvenile coho and steelhead year-round; chinook fry, March-May.
Other Attractions: Picnic sites and nature trails on site. Provincial campsite nearby.
Contact: 4217 Argonaut Rd., Campbell River, B.C. V9G 1B3 Phone: 250-287-9564 Fax: 250-286-0261

Conuma River Hatchery

Location: Between Gold River and Tahsis
In Campbell River, turn off the Island Highway to Gold River and Tahsis; the hatchery is located 40 km from Gold River; look for hatchery sign by side of road.
Species: Chum, coho, chinook and steelhead
Best Times: Adult chum October-November; coho in November; chinook September-October; juveniles in April-May; juvenile coho year-round. Five different stocks of chum being raised.
Other Attractions: Camping/picnicking nearby; steelhead fishing in January-February; chinook fishing July-August. Bow-hunting reserve nearby.
Contact: Box 247, Tahsis, B.C. V0P 1X0 Phone/Fax: 250-283-7148. Visitors welcome.

Quatse River Hatchery

Location: On the southern outskirts of Port Hardy
Follow the entrance way to Quatse River Campsite off Island Highway No.1.
Species: Coho, chinook, steelhead, chum and pink
Best Times: Adults in October-November; juveniles, May-June. Steelhead adults in January; juveniles in June.
Other Attractions: Full facilities at year round campsite run by the Northern Vancouver Island Salmonid Enhancement Society; picnic areas; extensive nature trails that follow the river; sports fishing for steelhead, coho and cutthroat.
Contact: Northern Vancouver Island Salmonid Enhancement Society, Box 1409, Port Hardy, B.C. V0N 2P0 Phone: 250-949-9022 www.thesalmoncentre.org

Southern BC

Southern BC

Sechelt Hatchery

Location: Porpoise Bay
From Sechelt take Porpoise Bay Road to hatchery.
Species: Chinook, chum, coho and pink
Best Times: Juvenile chinook October to mid-June; juvenile coho February to mid-June. Adults from September to November.
Other Attractions: Picnicking at provincial park in Porpoise Bay; fishing; scuba-diving.
Contact: Sechelt Indian Band, Box 740, Sechelt, B.C. V0N 3A0 Phone: 250-885-5562

Sunshine Coast Salmonid Enhancement Society

Location: North of Langdale on the Sunshine Coast
From Langdale ferry dock, follow Hwy. 101 to Wilson Creek, turn right on Field Rd., left on Parkway Drive.
Species: Coho, chinook, pink, cutthroat, steelhead and rainbow
Best Times: Adults, September-November; juveniles year-round.
Other Attractions: Town of Gibsons Landing, beaches, fishing, picnic tables, nature trails, horseshoe pits, viewing deck.
Bob Anstead, RR #1, Sechelt, B.C. V0N 3A0 Phone: 604-885-4136. Visitors welcome anytime.

Sliammon Hatchery

Location: Near Powell River on Sliammon River
Directions: Drive northwest from Powell River to Lund on Highway 101; hatchery sign on Hwy. 101.
Species: Chum and coho salmon
Best Times: Adults in October-December. Juvenile coho May to January; chum fry, early May.
Other Attractions: Camping and picnicking; tour of MacMillan Bloedel pulp mill at Powell River.
Contact: Sliammon Indian Band, RR 2, Sliammon Rd., Powell River, B.C. V8A 4Z3 Phone: 604-483-4111

Lang Creek Hatchery

Location: Powell River
Directions: From road to Haslam Lake: take Duck Lake Road, turn right after Duck Lake outlet bridge and follow signs.
Species: Coho, chinook, pink and chum
Best Times: Adults, September-November; juveniles, April-September
Other Attractions: Hiking, camping, fishing.
Contact: Powell River Enhancement Society, 7050 Alberni St., Powell River, B.C. V8A 2C3 Phone: 604-485-7612

Capilano River Salmon Hatchery

Location: North Vancouver
Drive north on Capilano Road in North Vancouver and turn left into Capilano Park Road.
Species: Chinook, coho and steelhead
Best Times: Adult coho, July-October; chinook, September-October. Juvenile chinook, January-May; young coho and steelhead year-round.
Other Attractions: Wheelchair access; picnic tables and public washrooms in Capilano Park. Hatchery open 8 a.m. to dusk; numerous trails including 30-minute hike to Cleveland Dam.
Contact: 4500 Capilano Road, North Vancouver, B.C. V7R 4L3
Phone: 604-666-1790 Fax: 604-666-1949

Seymour River Hatchery

Location: Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, North Vancouver.
Directions: Visit their website or phone hatchery for vehicle access authorization and directions. Pedestrian and bike access is open to Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. (observe biking signs on some trails)
Species: Chinook, Chum, Pink, Coho, Cutthroat and Steelhead.
Best Times: Juveniles: April-September; Adults: September-December.
Other Attractions: Eco-tours, volunteerism, angling in Seymour River; nature trails.
Contact: Brian Smith, P. O. Box 52221, North Vancouver, B.C. V7J 3V5 Phone: 604-288-0511, www.seymoursalmon.com

Terminal Creek Fishway / Bowen Is. Fish & Wildlife Club Hatchery

Location: On Bowen Island, in Crippen Park
Directions: From ferry dock, walk to the old general store. Look for Crippen Park; signs marking the trail; a ten minute walk will bring you to the observation deck at fishway, trail goes to hatchery.
Species: Coho, chum and chinook
Best Times: November and December.
Other Attractions: Park, trail alongside hatchery, beaches.
Contact: Bowen Island Fish & Wildlife Club, Bowen Island, B.C.V0N 1G0
For information or to arrange tours, phone 947-2242 or 947-0072

Tenderfoot Creek Hatchery

Location: North of Squamish
Directions: North on Highway 99 from Squamish, left at Cheekye turn-off for 5 km; cross bridge, right on Paradise Road; right on Midnight Way; travel 1 km to hatchery.
Species: Chinook, coho, pinks in odd-numbered years
Best Times: Adult chinook, August-September; coho November-February. Juvenile chinook, December-May, coho year-round.
Other Attractions: Cheakamus Canyon, Alice Lake, Whistler Ski Resort. Eagle viewing December-February. Visitors welcome
Contact: Box 477, Brackendale, B.C. V0N 1H0 Phone: 604-898-3657 Fax: 604-898-5692 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily.

Bell-Irving Hatchery on Kanaka Creek

Location: Maple Ridge
Travel one km south of Dewdney Trunk Road on 256th Street; there is a sign at entrance.
Species: Chum, coho, pink, steelhead and cutthroat
Best Times: Fish to see year-round; juveniles March-May; chum and coho spawners October- December at counting fence at 240th Street Bridge. Daily tours.
Other Attractions: Cliff Falls downstream, picnic tables at hatchery, trails.
Contact: John Heaven, Bell Irving/Kanaka Creek Hatchery, 11450 - 256th St, Maple Ridge, B.C. V2X 7E6 Phone: 604-462-8643

Inch Creek Hatchery

Location: Near Mission
Directions: East on Hwy.7 to Dewdney railroad tracks; east on Hawkins-Pickle Rd; one-half km past a dog-leg in Hawkins-Pickle Road, road name changes to Bell and there are signs to hatchery.
Species: Chum and coho; also sturgeon in pond
Best Times: Adult chum and coho, late October-December; juvenile chum March-April; coho and sturgeon year-round.
Other Attractions: Golden Ears Provincial Park.
Contact: Box 61, 38620 Bell Rd, Dewdney, B.C. V0M 1H0 Phone: 604-826-0244 Fax: 604-826-1446

Chehalis River Hatchery

Location: Harrison Mills area
From Highway 7, turn north on Morris Valley Road at the Sasquatch Inn. Hatchery is located on east side of road about 10 km north of Highway 7.
Species: Chum, coho, chinook, steelhead and cutthroat
Best Times: Adult chum October-December; chinook July -November; coho October-January; juvenile chum April-May; chinook March-May; coho year-round.
Other Attractions: Weaver Creek spawning channel for sockeye; Hemlock Valley ski area.
Contact: 16250 Morris Valley Road, Agassiz, B.C. V0M 1A0 Phone: 604-796-2281 Fax: 604-796-9631

Weaver Creek Project

Location: Harrison Mills area
From Highway 7, north on Morris Valley Road at Sasquatch Inn; follow signs to spawning channel (3 km north of Chehalis River hatchery).
Species: Sockeye, some chum and pink
Best Times: Sockeye spawning in October.
Other Attractions: Display on sockeye salmon; brochures and self-guided tour.
Contact: Phone: 604-796-9444 or contact Chehalis River Hatchery

Little Campbell Hatchery

Location: 1284 - 184th Street, Surrey, on the Little Campbell River
Directions: From Hwy. 99 go east on Hwy. 10, and turn right onto 184. Look for the club sign on your left. Or take 8th Ave. east from Hwy 99 to 184th and turn left.
Species: Coho, steelhead, cutthroat, chinook
Best Times: Adults, October-January; juveniles in spring.
Other Attractions: Picnic site, trails, ducks being raised.
Contact: Semiahmoo Fish and Game Club, 1284-184th St., Surrey, B.C. V4P 1M7 Phone: 604-541-0495. Visitors welcome.

Tynehead Enhancement Hatchery

Location: 16585 - 96th Ave., North Surrey
Directions: from Highway 1, take Cloverdale Exit (176th St.) south. Turn right onto 96th Ave. (at first light) follow signs to Tynehead Regional Park. Tours by appointment only.
Species: Coho, chum, chinook and steelhead
Best Times: Adults, October-December; juvenile coho, March-May; chum fry, April-May. Juvenile steelhead year-round.
Other Attractions: Tynehead Regional Park marked nature trails; 15 minute drive to historic Fort Langley.
Contact: Serpentine Enhancement Society, 16585 96th Ave.,Surrey, B.C. V4N 2E2 Phone/Fax: 604-589-9127

Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery

Location: Abbotsford
Drive to Abbotsford on Highway 1 and take Exit 92 south for 2 km; turn west on Vye Road to the hatchery.
Species: Steelhead, cutthroat and rainbow trout
Best Times: Juvenile trout present year-round.
Other Attractions: Large public display area includes a theatre for films and slide shows. During July-August, open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. During rest of the year, open 5 days a week from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Please phone in advance to arrange tours.
Contact: 34345 Vye Road, Abbotsford, B.C. V2S 4N2 For Interpretive Centre Phone: 604-852-5444

Chilliwack River Hatchery

Location: Near Chilliwack
Directions: Take the Sardis exit south from Highway 1; drive to Chilliwack River crossing; turn east, hatchery located at junction of Slesse Creek with Chilliwack River.
Species: Chum, coho, chinook and steelhead
Best Times: Adult chum in November-December; coho, October-December; chinook, August-November; steelhead, March-April. Chum fry March-April; juvenile coho year-round; chinook fry, February-May; juvenile steelhead August-April.
Other Attractions: Slesse Park; picnic sites.
Contact: 55205 Chilliwack Lake Rd.,Chilliwack, B.C. V4Z 1A7 Phone: 604-858-7227 Fax: 604-858-0461

Hells Gate Fishways

Location: Near Boston Bar on Highway 1
Look for signs to parking about 55 km north of Hope.
Species: Sockeye, coho, pink,chinook, steelhead
Best Times: Adults use fishways July-October, but are not usually seen since Fraser River is muddy.
Other Attractions: Fishways can be viewed from privately owned tramway; displays on construction and history of the fishways and life cycle of salmon.
Contact: Fisheries and Oceans, 200 - 401Burrard St., Vancouver, B.C. V6C 3S4 Phone: 604-666-6614

Spius Creek Hatchery

Location: Near Merritt
Directions: Highway 8, west of Lower Nicola, about 16km from Merritt. Cross Nicola River bridge at Spius; follow hatchery signs.
Species: Chinook, coho and steelhead
Best Times: Adults, July-December; juveniles, January-May; steelhead adults, April-May; juveniles June-September.
Other Attractions: Monk Park, Nicola and Douglas lakes and fallow deer farm nearby.
Contact: Box 237 Merritt, B.C. V0K 2B0 Phone: 250-378-2992 Fax: 250-378-4615

Horsefly River Project

Location: On the Horsefly River in the Village of Horsefly.
Directions: Turn east off Highway 97 at 150 Mile House and travel to Horsefly on paved road (approximately 45 minutes).
Species: sockeye
Best Times: Late August to late September.
Other Attractions: Recreation area includes camping, fishing; close to Likely and Quesnel Forks (historic Cariboo Gold Rush area) to the north. A very large sockeye run in dominant and subdominant years. Dominant: 1997, 2001, 2005. Subdominant: 1998, 2002, etc. Exceeded Adams River run in last cycle.
Contact: Fisheries and Oceans, Box 9, Granisle, B.C. V0J 1W0 Phone: 250-697-2314 or 697-2424

Skeetchestn / Deadman Project

Location: Savona area
Directions: 10 km west of Savona on Hwy #1, turn on Deadman/ Vidette Road. Seven km to community, drive through, cross bridge, turn right and follow road to hatchery. Please stop and inform the Band office.
Species: Coho and chinook
Best Times: Adults, August-October; juveniles, June-September
Other Attractions: Deadman Falls nearby
Contact: Skeetchestn Indian Band, Box 178, Savona, B.C. V0K 2J0 Phone: 250-373-2493

Shuswap River Hatchery

Location: Near Lumby
Directions: Take Mable Lake road north. Hatchery is 15 km north at W.J. Tolley Park, Shuswap Falls.
Species: Chinook.
Best Times: Adults, September-October; juveniles, January-May.
Other Attractions: Silver Star ski area nearby; Echo Lakes provincial park, both about 1 hr. drive from hatchery.
Contact: Site 7, Comp. 4, RR#2, Lumby, B.C. V0E 2G0 Phone: 250-547-6673

Seton Creek Spawning Channels

Location: Near Lillooet
Directions: Proceed on Highway 12 from Lytton to Lillooet; channels located beside Seton Creek about 5 km from Lillooet and near the outlet of Seton Lake.
Species: Pink salmon
Best Times: Pinks spawn first 3 weeks of October in odd years.
Other Attractions: Displays of life cycle of salmon; literature supplied (with one week's notice).
Contact: Fisheries and Oceans, Box 315, Lillooet, B.C. V0K 1V0 Phone: 250-256-4525

Adams River

Location: Near Squilax
Directions: Leave Highway 1 at Squilax, about 10 km east of Chase; follow the signs to Adams River.
Species: Sockeye salmon
Best Times: Sockeye spawn in late October.
Other Attractions: One of nature's great spectacles; every four years an estimated 1.5 to 2.0 million sockeye spawn here; next dominant runs 1998, 2002, 2006, every four years thereafter.
Contact: Fisheries and Oceans, 200 - 401 Burrard St., Vancouver, B.C.V6C 3S4 Phone: 604-666-6614

Northern BC

Northern BC

Pinkut Creek Project

Location: Fifty km north of Burns Lake.
Directions: From Highway 16, turn north on secondary road at Burns Lake (paved for first 10 km only), and follow posted signs.
Species: Sockeye salmon
Best Times: Adults spawn in September.
Other Attractions: Recreational fishing.
Contact: Box 1180, Burns Lake, B.C. V0J 1E0 Phone/Fax: 250-847-8132 or 250-847-8133

Nadina River Project

Location: Houston
Directions: West on Highway 16 from Prince George to Houston; turn left 3 km west of Houston onto Morice Forest Road; follow this road past Owen Lake to Nadina Lake turnoff (Tahtsa Road); follow Tahtsa Road for 30 km almost to Nadina Lake; signs will direct you to the Nadina River Salmon Project.
Species: Sockeye salmon
Best Times: Spawning peaks mid-September.
Other Attractions: Life cycle display; literature, film "Life of the Sockeye" available with notice, fishing and camping.
Contact: Fulton River Project, Box 9, Granisle, B.C. V0J 1W0 Phone: 250-697-2314, Fax: 250-697-6253

Fulton River Project

Location: Ten km south of Granisle
Directions: From Highway 16 turn north on the secondary road at small community of Topley.
Species: Sockeye: world's largest sockeye spawning channel
Best Times: Adult sockeye spawn in September; as many as one-half million fish in channel and river.
Other Attractions: Camping, fishing.
Contact: Box 9, Granisle, B.C. V0J 1W0 Phone: 250-697-2314 or 250-697-2424, Fax: 250-697-6253

Babine River Counting Fence / Fort Babine Enhancement

Location: 120 km north-east of Smithers
Directions: 8 km east of Smithers on Highway 16 turn north at Fisheries sign; follow gravel road.
Species: Sockeye, coho, pink and chinook salmon
Best Times: Adult salmon mid-July to October.
Other Attractions: Camping and fishing.
Contact: Fisheries and Oceans, 114-417 2nd Avenue West, Prince Rupert, B.C. V8J 1G8 or Fort Babine Enterprises, Box 2292, Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0 Phone: 250-847-8513

Toboggan Creek Hatchery

Location: Smithers
Directions: West from Smithers on Highway 16 to Toboggan Creek; look for hatchery sign beside road.
Species: Chinook, coho and steelhead
Best Times: Juveniles year-round; adult coho October - November.
Other Attractions: Outdoor activities, spectacular scenery, Driftwood Valley fossil beds, Twin Creeks Falls.
Contact: Toboggan Creek Salmon and Steelhead Enhancement Society, RR 1, Smithers B.C. V0J 2N0 Phone: 250-847-4458

Kincolith Hatchery

Location: Kincolith village 85 km north of Prince Rupert
Directions: Four flights daily from Seal Cove in Prince Rupert, or by boat which leaves Mondays, Fridays from the foot of McBride Street.
Species: Chinook, coho and chum
Best Times: Adult chinook, July-August; coho, October-November; chum in August. Juvenile fish April-June.Tourists welcome.
Other Attractions: Spectacular scenery; hiking, trails.
Contact: Kincolith Indian Band, Kincolith, B.C. V0V 1X0 Phone: 250-326-4270

Oldfield Creek Hatchery

Location: Prince Rupert on Oldfield Creek
: Driving into Prince Rupert on Highway 16, pass new performing arts theatre and turn left onto Wantage Road. Hatchery is on your right about 900 meters (1/2 mile) from turn. Look for hatchery sign on road.
Species: Coho, pink and chinook
Best Times: Pink salmon and chinook in creek in September; adult coho at hatchery late October-early November. Juveniles year-round.
Other Attractions: Students host tours May-September. Rest of year, please phone ahead to arrange tours. Picnic sites at hatchery, Diana Creek. Two km of nature trails along spawning beds.
Contact: Prince Rupert Salmonid Enhancement, Box 1098, Prince Rupert, B.C. V8J 4H6 Phone: 250-624-6733

Kitimat River Hatchery

Location: Kitimat
Directions: Cross Kitimat River bridge, south for 1 km; hatchery located on left side of road.
Species: Chum, coho, chinook, steelhead and cutthroat
Best Times: Chum, chinook August, coho October-November; juveniles February-June.
Other Attractions: Tours of Alcan aluminum smelter.
Contact: Box 197, Kitimat, B.C. V8G 2G7 Phone: 250-639-9888/9788 Fax: 250-639-9220

Deep Creek Hatchery

Location: Terrace
Directions: Drive 2 km north from Terrace (past North West College); look for sign on highway.
Species: Chinook and coho
Best Times: Chinook August-September; coho October-November
Other Attractions: Nature trail.
Contact: Terrace Salmon Enhancement Society, P.O. Box 21, Terrace, B.C. V8G 4A2 Phone: 250-635-3471

Bella Bella Hatchery

Location: Bella Bella
Directions: From Bella Bella, you can take a water taxi or drive towards the Bella Bella Fish Plant on McLoughlin Rd. to hatchery.
Species: Chum and coho
Best Times: Adults, October-November. Juvenile chum mid-April to mid-May; coho year-round. Open 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Other Attractions: Boat rentals available in nearby Shearwater; fishing and scuba-diving.
Contact: Heiltsuk Indian Band, Box 880, Waglisla, B.C. V0T 1Z0 Phone: 250-957-2661

Snootli Creek Hatchery

Location: Bella Coola
Directions: Fly to Bella Coola or take Highway 20 west from Williams Lake. There are hatchery signs both east and west on Highway 20 indicating where to turn off for hatchery.
Species: Chum, chinook, steelhead
Best Times: Chum, July-August; chinook and pink, August-September; steelhead, June. Juveniles, February-July.
Other Attractions: Camping and fishing, Tweedsmuir Park, pink and other species may be viewed at the Atnarko spawning channel. Chum are spawned during first two weeks in August at four different sites; the Airport Side Channel, Salloomt River, Thorsen Creek, and Snootli Creek. Fence weirs are put in the water and the fish may be viewed close up.
Contact: Box 95, Bella Coola, B.C. V0T 1C0 Phone: 250-982-2522 Fax: 250-982-2971

Masset Band / Marie Lake Hatchery

Location: Haida Gwaii; 40 km south of Port Clements on Yakoun River
Directions: Drive south 40 km on MacMillan Bloedel logging road from Port Clements to Queen Charlotte City.
Species: Chinook and coho
Best Times: Adult chinook, September-mid-October; adult coho October-November. Juveniles of both species April to July.
Other Attractions: Picnicking on Marie Lake; fishing on the Yakoun River.
Contact: Old Masset Village Council, Box 189, Masset, B.C., V0T 1M0 Phone: 250-626-5655