Capilano River Regional Park is located in North Vancouver and beautiful park with several hiking trails, a Salmon Hatchery and a lush temperate rainforest. One of the trails starts near the Salmon Hatchery and leads to the Cleveland Dam and the Capilano Lake area. You walk partly along the Capilano River until you get to the Cleveland Dam where you get amazing views of water getting pushed through the dam. You can walk up until you can look down into the dam and make a loop around to go back down to the Salmon Hatchery. The hatchery's interpretive centre is open to the public every day of the year and it's free of charge.
This park is great on hot summer days as you can keep fairly cool between the towering trees. We have been to this park several times and always enjoy it!
If you have never seen a salmon hatchery in operation, this is an opportunity to see one up close and personal.
The setting is simply beautiful and the hatchery is both fully functional and educational.
Admission is free and depending on the time of year, you may or may not see large amounts of salmon but there is always some.
There are number of salmon hatcheries in Vancouver. The largest is the Capilano River Hatchery, in North Vancouver. Also in North Van is the Seymour River Hatchery.
This is an interesting insight to the life cycle of the salmon. You can watch the salmon making their way up the salmon ladder through an underground window.
Open daily Nov-Mar 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, extended hours Apr-Oct.(hours vary depending on season).
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