The Gulf of Georgia Cannery staff and members went to the Little Campbell Hatchery in Surrey on Monday to release the coho salmon the Cannery had been rearing for over four months. The tour consisted of an educational slide show, a viewing of their holding tanks, releasing the fry into the river, and an educational nature walk along the stream. The Little Campbell Hatchery is a volunteer-run organization that rears and releases coho and chinook salmon at the fish hatchery. They also participate in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans program, Salmonids in the Classroom, by providing the eggs for the tanks and then participating in the educational tours associated with the return of the salmon to the river.
The hatchery is open to the public. They provide public tours on specific days, but visitors are also welcome to explore the area on their own. Make a day out of it, release the salmon, have lunch in their gazebo-like picnic area, and explore their beautiful nature trails along the river. Or join them on Father’s Day for their annual salmon BBQ and fry release. Kids and adults will love it!