Robertson Creek Fish Hatchery Near Port Alberni, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

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Robertson Creek Fish Hatchery near Port Alberni, Vancouver Island, British Columbia is a state of the art fish hatchery producing millions of Coho Salmon, Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Trout yearly.

It was amongst my favourite places to visit in September when we were in British Columbia. Of course, being a zoologist, I love all aspects of the animal kingdom and am especially fascinated with fish and their life cycles.

Here are some photos taken at the Robertson Creek Fish Hatchery. If you go, be alert and watch for bears who frequent the hatchery site looking for a free meal.

Salmon at the Robertson Creek Fish Hatchery
Adult salmon trying to return to the tanks where they began their lives.

Sign at Robertson Creek Fish Hatchery
the lake at Robertson Creek Fish Hatchery
The lake (filled with salmon - see the ruffling on the water surface?) at Robertson Creek Fish Hatchery, BC.

Fish Tanks at Robertson Creek Fish Hatchery
Fish tanks at Robertson Creek Fish Hatchery. When we were there, we saw a young river otter sneaking in around the tanks looking for a tasty morsel.



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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Jo-Anne:  I often feel like the fish in your first picture when I am trying to go back and visit my birthplace in Cleveland, Ohio.  Some trips are not easy to make... but I keep trying.  Thanks for a really cool, and very interesting post.  Take care...

Dec 27, 2009 12:12 PM
Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker


I was going to comment on your BC trip, however, I did catch the comment "being a zoologist". WOW, that's impressive!

I'm going to follow your 2010 post about animals more closely.


Dec 27, 2009 01:22 PM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Jo-Anne I am not a Zoologist but I would have enjoyed this tour too.  Your photos are lovely.

Dec 27, 2009 02:22 PM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Karen Anne,

Your comment reminded me of that song 'Time Passages' fact, I have it going through my head right now.
Some trips into the past are very difficult to take....although I think in time, it gets easier.


Dec 28, 2009 01:05 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Hi Brian, degree is in zoology and genetics. I believe I was a zoologist from the time I was born....



Dec 28, 2009 01:07 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Hi Jennifer,

I think you would have really enjoyed's a fascinating place to visit.


Dec 28, 2009 01:08 AM
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Jo - that little river otter knows a good thing when he sees it. They are very interesting to watch as they dive and fish catching them in their teeth and running back along the shore to their nests to feed the young

Dec 28, 2009 10:41 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Jo, I loved seeing this!  The setting is spectacular as well as the fish photos.  We have a very small hatchery not too far from where I live and I've never gone.....I will make it a point to visit!

Dec 28, 2009 12:29 PM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


I've never watched one, however it does sound like a fascinating show.  The little guy we saw was very young and inquisitive- he kept peaking out at us from behind a metal panel just like a child playing peek-a-boo.



Dec 30, 2009 07:04 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


You're an animal lover like me, so I think you would really enjoy visiting there.


Dec 30, 2009 07:05 AM