The Gulf of Georgia Cannery staff and members went to the Little Campbell Hatchery in Surrey yesterday to release the coho salmon the Cannery had been rearing for over three 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 river. The Little Campbell Hatchery is a volunteer-run organization that rears and releases salmon at the fish hatchery. They also participate in the Salmonid in the Classroom program by providing the eggs for the tanks and then participating in the educational tours associated with the return of the salmon to the river.
If you are interested in visiting this hatchery, their property is open to the public. They do provide public tours on specific days, but visitors are also welcome to explore the area on their own. This weekend, on Sunday April 22 between 10 am and 2 pm, the Little Campbell Hatchery is offering a special experience to the general public. All are invited to partake in releasing salmon fry into the river (so, you don’t have to be a part of the salmonid program to participate). They will have BBQ hotdogs and hamburgers available by donation. 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. If you can’t make this event, join them on Father’s Day for their annual salmon BBQ and fry release. Kids and adults will love it!