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Capilano River Hatchery
Capilano River Hatchery

Capilano River Hatchery

Free admission
4500 Capilano Park Rd, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Basics

Tours of Vancouver’s North Shore often combine a visit to the salmon hatchery with a trip to the nearby Capilano Suspension Bridge, a swaying crossing strung 230 feet (70 meters) above Capilano Canyon. Some full-day tours include a morning of city sightseeing, viewing key sights such as Stanley Park, Chinatown, and Granville Island, followed by an afternoon exploring the Capilano Suspension Bridge and the hatchery.

Inside the hatchery, visitors take a self-guided tour. Don’t miss the hatchery’s observation gallery, where—depending on the time of year—salmon may be seen climbing up the fish ladder.

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Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
$158.48 per adult
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Worth going
FYI: this tour takes around 8 hrs (the operator does not publish how long this tour takes). Going up Grouse Mountain is nice (we went during a cloudy day and it was cold). At minimum you can walk around and visit the bears. The people in charge of the mountain are professional. After the mountain you will see the Bridge Park and that is perfect as it is super well maintained. Including helpful guides everywhere. One can see that somebody invested a lot of time and money in creating and maintaining this park
Robert_K, Oct 2021

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Capilano River Hatchery is a must for families and natural-history enthusiasts.

  • Wear hiking boots so you can explore trails in the surrounding Capilano River Regional Park.

  • The hatchery is wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

Capilano River Hatchery is in Capilano River Regional Park, about a 20-minute drive from downtown Vancouver. Take Capilano Road north past the suspension bridge, and turn left onto Capilano Park Road. Alternatively, take the SeaBus ferry to Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver and connect to bus 236.

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When to Get There

Though the hatchery is open year-round, the best time to go is during the salmon run, which typically takes place between September and November. During this time, adult salmon can often be observed fighting their way upstream.

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Exploring Capilano River Regional Park

While you’re at the hatchery, set aside some time to explore Capilano River Regional Park. Farther upstream from the hatchery, you’ll find the Cleveland Dam, the source of a portion of Vancouver’s drinking water. The dam is also the starting point for several scenic hiking trails, including the 4.3-mile (7-kilometer) Capilano River Walk and the 1.8-mile (3-kilometer) Capilano Dam Loop.

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