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Open your eyes to the world of Pacific salmon  and Leap In! at the Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre

Visitors of all ages experience the story of how each year, millions of salmon hatch from delicate orange eggs and grow big enough to embark on an incredible journey out to the open ocean and beyond!

A young visitor meets some coho salmon "eye to eye"

The Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre's interpretive gallery features several world class exhibits, including a freshwater aquarium currently home to a school of juvenile Coho salmon and Steelhead trout. This allows visitors to truly see "eye to eye" with salmon fry. Many guests also enjoy the beautiful ocean habitat display, featuring local marine invertebrates and fishes.

Our salmon "wheel of life" and life-sized salmon jenga games provide insight into the many  challenges salmon encounter throughout their life cycle and to the incredible importance of salmon within British Columbia's coastal ecosystems and their growing economic value within many coastal communities.

Guests can also relax and take in the feature film "Once Upon a Tide" in our salmon cinema.

Finally, it isn't just our young guests that love to explore our salmon habitat as a salmon, the "young at heart" too thoroughly enjoy our locally made life cycle costumes!

It isn't just youth that enjoy our locally designed life cycle costumes!







Additional exhibits capture initiatives carried out by the Northern Vancouver Island Salmonid Enhancement Association directed at enhancing salmonid populations and habitat on northern Vancouver Island including:

  • Salmon Enhancement
  • Habitat Restoration and Enhancement
  • Public Education
  • Environmental Monitoring

The Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre does all of these things for the benefit of salmonid populations on northern Vancouver Island.

  1. Public Events
  2. Rentals
Students Feeding Fry  
Students Feeding Fry  

Come and talk to us about tours and meeting and event rentals!

Contact us at 250 902 0336 to make arrangements for tours and events at the centre.


Dedicated to salmon conservation and education on northern Vancouver Island

The Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre is just minutes from the airport, ferry, and downtown Port Hardy. We are located at 8400 Byng Road, next to the Quatse River Regional Park and Campground. The Salmon Centre is a must-see on your next visit to Northern Vancouver Island!

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