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Capilano River Hatchery Tours

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Capilano River Hatchery
Situated in Vancouver’s forested North Shore, this hatchery was established in 1971 to help boost depleting salmon stocks in the Capilano River. As well as breeding and releasing steelhead, chinook, and coho salmon, the hatchery also serves an educational purpose, chronicling the life cycle of salmon in an on-site interpretive center. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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.
Address: 4500 Capilano Park Rd, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Capilano Suspension Bridge & Vancouver Lookout

Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Capilano Suspension Bridge & Vancouver Lookout

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Enjoy a wonderful overview of the Pacific Northwest on this full-day coach tour of Vancouver and the adjacent North Shore. Wind through downtown, Chinatown, and Gastown. Visit Granville Island, snap photos from the Vancouver Lookout's observation deck and admire Stanley Park’s famous Indigenous Peoples' story poles. Cross the Lions Gate Bridge and head to the teetering Capilano Suspension Bridge and the glass floors of the Cliffwalk. Stop at a salmon hatchery before you’re transported back to Vancouver.
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Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

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Two of Vancouver’s most popular attractions are included in this tour. Take a walk on the wild side in the forest at the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Then see the world from the top as you ride the largest aerial tramway in North America--the Grouse Mountain Skyride. The tour also includes a stop at the Capilano River hatchery.
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North Shore Day Trip from Vancouver: Capilano Suspension Bridge & Grouse Mtn

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Fit some epic natural sightseeing into your Vancouver vacation on a half-day tour of the area’s gorgeous North Shore. Your personal guide escorts you over the Lions Gate Bridge to the Capilano Suspension Bridge for an exhilarating walk along the cliff-hanging footpaths. Then ride the Grouse Mountain gondola high into the alpine forest to see native grizzly bears.
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Vancouver’s fascinating past and present comes together in this engaging tour that traverses through urban cityscapes, seaside parks, and ancient rain forests. Begin with the highlights of downtown, including Canada Place,. Wind through impressive modern and historic architecture, past the Arts and Financial Districts, and the fashion hub of Robson Street. Enter the Stanley Park, for a unique perspective of the city Visit the First Nations Totem Poles before whisking off to North Vancouver. Continue across the Lions Gate Bridge to Vancouver’s scenic North Shore, and the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Don’t miss the impressive collection of First Nations artwork and the historic Story Centre. From the spectacular Cliffwalk, gaze out over towering cedars, and the Capilano River winding through the valley far below. Take an exhilarating walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge to the other side where many unique and informative experiences await.
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Private Tour: Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain

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