Thursday, August 30, 2012

we are salmon lovers

It's not a very good idea to bring avid salmon lovers to the Capilano Salmon Hatchery. Whilst every other person ooh-ed and ah-ed over leaping salmons and the marvellous painting of the forest-scape reflected in the reservoir, Mr. Andy and I stood before the glass-wall staircase, licking our lips. "Mmm, wouldn't you taste yummy in my tummy!" we say in-between slurps to the stoic expressions on the other side of the glass. Oh, what little they know. 

Staring at live sashimi aside, the hatchery is the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon (there's a big grassy meadow perfect for a picnic a little higher up the mountain), breathing in nature's majestic scenery and filling up on clean, crisp air. It's a tad small as certain areas are restricted from entry, but it's filled with an abundance of information on the salmon life cycle and a mini aquarium of baby salmon so it's worth a stop for those already heading to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Be sure to walk out to the railing and see if you can glimpse black darts of jumping salmon beneath your feet! It's really something you won't want to miss. 

Capilano Salmon Hatchery 
Capilano River Regional Park

A: 4500 Capilano Park Road
North Vancouver, BC V7R 4L3

(It's a bit hard to find but if you keep a lookout to the right driving up, you'll see a small green sign telling you to turn left into the hatchery.)
T: 604-432-6350

Cost: FREE 

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