Within less than two hours' drive from the heart of Vancouver when heading westwards, there's the Weaver Creek Spawning Channel facility in Mission.
Nothing can be more entertaining for both adults and children alike when taking a trip to this location to see live salmon in action. They swim right under the feet, clearly visible in crystal clear waters of the hatchery.
Salmon spend a few years in the ocean waters when feeding on floating marine food as well as other fish. They quickly get weight up to few kilos per year due to fast growth. Mature salmon come back to their original streams and rivers where they hatch. They use complicate system of their own “personal” clues to return to their original locations, exactly the way the migrating birds do.
Salmon are one of few kinds of fish that’s farmed successfully. In the hatcheries they are fed with dried fish pellets and then released to the open sea where they spend their time to mature. In recent year in British Columbia, salmon population was the second biggest in some 100 years so this tasty fish will again be a special delight for its consumers.
In the Weaver Creek Spawning Channel there are sockeye, chum and pink salmon. The facility is a free of charge place and is open to the public from 8 am until dark.