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Thirty-two Lower Mainland Region fish viewing sites are listed. It is important to note that the fish runs identified vary from very small to very large, and that the actual timing of each run depends on many factors, including the amount of water in the stream.

These sites are representative of the hundreds of important small streams that provide critical, year round fish habitat. Many opportunities exist for you to participate with local groups in projects involving the maintenance and enhancement of fish streams. For more information an any of the listed streams contact the agency or group indicated in the ? symbol column.

Check out the fish viewing etiquette section before you visit any of these sites.

Many of these sites also offer bird and mammal vewing opportunities. There are fish viewing opportunities in other regions.

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   Urban Streams are Year Round Habitat

The spawning portion of the fish life cycle depends on very specific environmental conditions. All fish need clean water, the right amount of oxygen and a narrow water temperature range. When adult fish return to spawn they need an unobstructed river or stream for migration to their spawning grounds. Sometimes these basic needs are overlooked. Small but important urban fish-bearing streams are lost or are in critical condition because they are being used as dumps for discarded items, are being culverted and covered over as part of city growth, or are loosing streamside vegetation that is needed for maintaining viable habitat.

Very small streams provide critical habitat for juvenile fish to live and to grow. Salmon fry will spend up to 1 year in local freshwater streams before they migrate to the sea, while young Trout may inhabit freshwater streams for up to 3 years before migration. Therefore, stream habitat must be maintained throughout the year, not just during the time spawning occurs. What happens to the stream during the rest of the year will determine if spawning will occur, if the eggs laid will survive and hatch, and if the newly emerging fish fry will live.

site name closest community
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best viewing times for spawning activity fish species facilities access conditions closest highway(s) additional directions
Greater Vancouver







Terminal Creek
(Crippen Reg. Pk.)
Bowen Island
a
November, December Coho, Chum viewing facility, hatchery paved road 1, 99 off Mt. Gardner Rd.
Davies Creek
(Crippen Reg. Pk.)
Bowen Island a November, December Chum viewing facility paved road, trail 1, 99 along boardwalk from Snug Cove
Musqueam Creek
(Musqueam Pk.)
Vancouver b October, November Coho
paved road 99 off Southwest Marine Dr.
Noons Creek
(Shoreline Pk.)
Port Moody c October, November Coho, Chum in-site info., viewing facility, hatchery paved road 7 off Ioco Rd.
Bear Creek
(Bear Creek Pk.)
Surrey d November Chum
paved road 99A on 88th Ave.
Serpentine River
(Tynehead Reg. Pk.)
Surrey e October, November Coho, Chum, Chinook viewing facility, hatchery paved road 1 on 96th Ave.
Salmon River
(Williams Pk.)
Langley d October, November Coho, Chum on-site info. paved road 1, 10 off 68th Ave. and 238th St.
Kanaka Creek
(Kanaka Creek Reg. Pk.)
Maple Ridge f October, November, December Coho, Chum on-site info., hatchery paved 7 off Dewdney Trunk Rd. or 240th St.
Fraser Valley







Stave River
(Ruskin Rec. Site)
Mission g October, November Chum on-site info., spawning channel paved road 7 on Hayward St.
Inch Creek
(Inch Creek Hatchery)
Mission h November, December Coho, Chum on-site info, spawning channel, hatchery paved road 7 off Hawkins Pickle Rd.
Weaver Creek
(Weaver Creek Spawning Channel)
Harrison Mills i October, November Sockeye, Chum, Pink on-site info., spawning channel paved/gravel road 7 on Morris Valley Rd.
Trout Lake Creek
(Sasquatch Prov. Pk.)
Harrison Hot Springs j October, November Chum
paved/gravel road 9 off Rockwell Dr.
Hicks Lake Outlet
(Sasquatch Prov. Pk.)
Harrison Hot Springs j April, May Rainbow Trout on-site info. paved/gravel road 9 off Rockwell Rd.
Chilliwack River
(Chilliwack Lk. Prov. Pk.)
Chilliwack j April Steelhead Trout on-site info., spawning channel, hatchery paved/gravel road 1 on Chilliwack Lk. Rd.
Sweltzer River Cultus Lake d October, November, December Sockeye, Chum, Pink
paved road 1 on Columbia Valley Hwy.
Maria Slough Agassiz d October, November, December Sockeye, Coho, Chum, Chinook
paved road 1 off highway and Sea Bird Is. Rd.
Sucker Creek Hope d October, November Coho, Chum, Pink on-site info., spawning channel paved 1, 3, 5 off Union Bay Rd.
Kopp Creek Hope d September, October Kokanee
paved raod 1, 3, 5 on Kawkawa Lk. Rd.
Coquihalla River
(Coquihalla Canyon Rec. Area)
Hope j June, July, August Steelhead Trout on-site info. paved road 1, 3, 5 off Kawkawa Lk. Rd.
Squamish-Pemberton







Mamquam River
(Mamquam Spawning Channel)
Squamish k November, December Coho, Chum spawning channel paved road, trail 99 off dyke on northwest side of highway
Tenderfoot Creek
(Tenderfoot Hatchery)
Brackendale l November, December Coho, Chum on-site info., spawning channel, hatchery paved road 99 off Paradise Valley Rd.
Crabapple Creek Whistler d May(1), June(1), September(2), October(2) Rainbow Trout(1), Kokanee(2)
paved road, trail 99 along Valley Trail
Millar Creek
(or Jordan Creek)
Whistler d May, June Rainbow Trout
paved road, trail 99 along Valley Trail
Fee Creek
(Fee Creek Spawning and Rearing Channel)
Pemberton m November, December Coho viewing facility, spawning channel paved road 99 on highway just north of Mt. Currie
Phelix Creek
(Birkenhead Lk. Prov. Pk.)
D'Arcy n September, October Kokanee on-site info. paved/gravel road 99 north of Mt. Currie
Sunshine Coast







Langdale Creek
(Langdale Ferry Terminal)
Gibsons d October, November, December Coho, Chum
paved road 101 at Langdale Ferry Terminal
Chapman Creek
(Chapman Creek Hatchery)
Sechelt o August, September, October, November, December Coho, Chum, Pink on-site info., viewing facility paved road 101 off Field Rd.
Angus Creek
(Porpoise Bay Prov. Pk.)
Sechelt n October, November Chum on-site info., viewing facility paved road 101 off Sechelt Inlet Rd.
Anderson Creek
(John Daly Reg. Pk.)
Pender Harbour p October, November Coho, Chum on-site info., viewing facility paved road 101 off Garden Bay Rd.
Ruby Creek Pender Harbour d October, November Kokanee, Cutthroat Trout on-site info. paved road 101 off Halowell Rd.
Lang Creek
(Lang Creek Hatchery)
Powell River q August, September, October, November Coho, Chum, Chinook, Pink on-site info., spawning channel, hatchery paved road 101 on highway
Sliammon Creek
(Sliammon Hatchery)
Powell River r October, November Chum spawning channel, hatchery paved road 101 on highway

   Contacts for More Information

a Bowen Island Fish and Wildlife Club
R.R. #1, D66, Bowen Island, B.C. Canada V0N 1G0
(604) 947-0072
b Musqueam Fisheries
6820 Salish Drive, Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6N 4C2
(604) 263-4649
c Port Moody Ecological Society
300 Ioco Road, Port Moody, B.C. Canada V3H 2V7
(604) 469-9106
d BC Environment, Lower Mainland Region
10470 - 152nd Street, Surrey, B.C. Canada V3R 0Y3
(604) 582-5200
e Serpentine Enhancement Society
16585 - 96th Street, Surrey, B.C. Canada V3R 5W7
(604) 589-9127
f Bell-Irving Hatchery
11450 - 256th Street, Maple Ridge, B.C. V2X 1H1
(604) 462-8643
g BC Hydro, Environmental Services
6911 Southpoint Drive, 9th Floor, Burnaby, B.C. Canada V3N 4X8
(604) 528-1877
h Inch Creek Hatchery
Box 61, Dewdney, B.C. Canada V0M 1H0
(604) 826-0244
i Weaver Creek Spawning Channel
c/o 16250 Morris Valley Road, Agassiz, B.C. Canada V0M 1A0
(604) 796-9444
j BC Parks, Lower Mainland District
1610 Mt. Seymour Road, North Vancouver, B.C. Canada V7G 1L3
(604) 924-2200
k Capilano Hatchery
c/o 4500 Capilano Road, North Vancouver, B.C. Canada V7R 4L3
(604) 666-6325
l Tenderfoot Hatchery
Box 477, Brackendale, B.C. Canada V0N 1H0
(604) 898-3657
m Pemberton Sportmen's Wildlife Association
Box 221, Pemberton, B.C. Canada V0N 2L0
(604) 894-6402
n BC Parks, Garibaldi/Sunshine District
Box 220, Brackendale, B.C. Canada V0N 1H0
(604) 898-3678
o Sunshine Coast Salmonid Enhancement Society
R.R. #1, Site 23, Sechelt, B.C. Canada V0N 3A0
(604) 885-4136
p Sunshine Coast Regional District, Parks Department
Box 800, Sechelt, B.C. Canada V0N 3A0
(604) 885-2261
q Powell River Enhancement Society
7050 Alberni Street, Powell River, B.C. Canada V8A 2C3
(604) 485-7612
r Sliammon Indian Band
R.R. #2, Sliammon Road, Powell River, B.C. Canada V8A 4Z3
(604) 483-4111

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   Fish Viewing Etiquette

Fish viewing demands courtesy and common sense. For the well being of fish, other wildlife and their habitats please follow these guidelines.

   Be Considerate of Fish and Wildlife
Where possible, use binoculars to view from a distance rather than approaching too closely.

   Be Considerate of Habitat
Plants are an important part of fish and wildlife habitat. Please do not remove or damage them, and stay on designated trails or roads.

   Be Considerate of Other People
Respect private property and the viewing activities of others.

   Control Pets
Pets can herm fish and wildlife, and can hinder viewing opportunities. Keep pets on a leash and do not allow them to enter streams when fish are spawning.

   Throwing Rocks
Throwing rocks or other items into streams will disturb spawning fish, and may cause siltation that prevents eggs from hatching.

   Remove Garbage
Please dispose of all garbage in a proper receptacle. Rivers, streams and ditches are not garbage dumps.