Hatchery History

The Seymour River was the main water supply for North Vancouver starting in 1907 when the first intake was built. The first dam was constructed in 1927 and the present day Seymour Falls dam was completed in 1961. The reservoir formed by this dam is one of 3 that supply drinking water to all of Metro Vancouver.

Seymour Falls Dam

The construction of the dam has resulted in migrating fish being unable to access a significant portion of the upper part of the original Seymour River. This upper part of the river represents a significant part of the original spawning habitat for returning salmon and steelhead. This loss of habitat is the main reason why we are here. Our fish enhancement programs aims to replace fish that would have reared in the upper part of the river.
Initially run by British Columbia Institute of Technology, the hatchery started on small scale in 1977 in response to a dramatic decline seen in fish stocks since the construction of the Seymour Falls dam. It was used by BCIT as a place where students could gain practical field experience in fish culture activities. In 1987 the Seymour Salmonid Society was formed and took over the running of the hatchery. This dedicated group of unpaid individuals has overseen the Seymour River Hatchery for 30 years.

Timeline

  • 2017

    The old cement raceway is replaced with new circular tubs.

  • 1996

    Seymour Hatchery's Education Program began and has been running ever since.

  • 1992

    The old Seymour hatchery building. The trailer unit (red door) collapsed under weight of snow that winter.

  • 1989

    Rearing channels are constructed.

  • 1988

    Cement raceways are constructed for adult holding.

  • 1987

    Construction of the aeration tower and rearing shed.

  • 1978

    British Columbia Institute of Technology opens the first Seymour River Hatchery. Used as a teaching tool for students while doing small scale enhancement.

  • 1977

    The settling pond.

  • 1962

    Seymour Falls Dam construction was completed.

  • 1934

    The first Seymour Dam.

  • 1910

    Seymour Falls - location of the current Seymour Falls Dam

  • 1886

    Boaters on "Seymour Creek". Area now known as Mid Valley.

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