The unique and interesting lifecycle of salmon has inspired man kind ever since. Vancouver, British Columbia is situated close to one of the world’s best salmon waters and one of the most popular salmon destinations worldwide. Anglers from all parts of the world come to Vancouver each year trying their luck catching a trophy salmon. However, salmon is fun for the entire family. There’s a lot to discover in and around Vancouver about salmon. Several attractions give you interesting background information on salmon, their habitat and lifecycle.
Salmon Fishing Charter Companies
If you are serious about catching salmon you should ask a professional guide to take you out. Only they know the salmon hot spots, the right lures and techniques.
Bavaria Fishing Charters
Location: Thunderbird Marina - 5776 Marine Drive West Vancouver
Bavaria Fishing Charters is owned and operated by Hans Auer. He is a true expert whose life passion is fishing. His use of innovative and effective trolling techniques, combined with a sixth sense for finding fish, has earned him the reputation of being a top producer in the area.
For more information call (604) 929-0338 or toll-free 1-800 808-2981
Please see also our report King Salmon Call - Salmon Fishing Charter in Vancouver, BC
Fish & Salmon Hatcheries
Capilano Fish Hatchery
Location: In the Capilano Regional Park, at 4500 Capilano Park Road, in North Vancouver
The Fish and Salmon Hatchery is designed to restore the dwindling stocks of Coho salmon and Steelhead trout. Each year, Capilano Fish Hatchery produces over 1 million Coho, up to 2.5 million Chinook and 10,000-20,000 Steelhead. Observe one of the great life-cycle stories in nature. During the fall, returning salmon are seen as they make their way up the fish ladders to spawn.
For more information call (604) 666-1790
Fish & Salmon Viewing Areas
Every year adult salmon enter the rivers for spawning. At this time millions of salmon return to their native streams to spawn. The annual salmon run is an incredible natural spectacle that is unparalleled. You have to see it with your very own eyes to experience the full brilliance of this colourful event. Some places in and around Vancouver to witness this unique event are listed below.
This annual spectacle is truly amazing and should be preserved for future generations. Please make sure that these amazing salmon can complete their life cycle undisturbed. Keep out of the water, move slowly, speak quietly and do not throw objects into the water or allow pets to harass the salmon. Thanks!
Location: Crippen Regional Park on Bowen Island, off Mt. Gardner Rd. Take BC Ferries (Horseshoe Bay to Bowen Island)
Terminal Creek offers viewing facilities and a hatchery. You can see Coho and Chum Salomon. Best time to see spawning activities is November & December.
For more information call: (604) 947-0072
Location: Crippen Regional Park on Bowen Island, along boardwalk from Snug Cove. Take BC Ferries (Horseshoe Bay to Bowen Island)
Davies Creek offers viewing facilities. You can see Chum Salomon. Best time to see spawning activities is November & December.
For more information call: (604) 947-0072
Location: Musqueam Park in Vancouver, off Southwest Marine Dr.
At Musqueam Creek you can see Coho Salmon. Best time to see spawning activities is October & November.
For more information call: (604) 263-4649
Location: Shoreline Park in Port Moody at the head of Burrard Inlet, off Ioco Rd.
Noons Creek offers in-site info, viewing facility, as well as a hatchery. You can see Coho and Chum Salomon. Best time to see spawning activities is October & November.
For more information call: (604) 469-9106
Location: Tynehead Regional Park in Surrey, on 96th Ave.
Serpentine River offers viewing facility and a hatchery. You can see Coho, Chum, and Chinook Salomon. Best time to see spawning activities is October & November.
For more information call: (604) 589-9127
Please see also our report Salmon Run of British Columbia
Fish & Salmon Museums
Sport Fishing Museum on Granville Island
Location: In the Maritime Market, on Granville Island in Vancouver.
The Sport Fishing Museum houses more than 500 classic and antique reels. There is also a wonderful array of split-cane fly rods on display. Recently over 300 fly plates have been added to the collection, making it to the largest such collection of the world. Try your luck at the ‘Sport Fishin' Simulator’. On site you will also find the Model Ships Museum and the Model Trains Museum.
For more information call: (604) 683-1939
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre
Location: In Stanley Park, Vancouver.
The Vancouver Aquarium is Canada’s leading aquatic conservation organisation. Come and explore 60,000 amazing animals including killer whales, dolphins, beluga whales, otter and sharks. The Aquarium is internationally recognized for display and interpretation excellence. The BC Hydro Salmon Stream Project in Stanley Park educates the four million annual visitors to the park about the importance of salmon and their habitat.
For more information call: (604) 659-3474