8 Places to See the Salmon Run Near Vancouver

Spawning sockeye salmon near Vancouver, BC

The salmon is the lifeblood of British Columbia for wildlife, First Nations, anglers, and foodies. Every fall they return from the ocean by the millions to spawn and die in our creeks and rivers. They swim against the current, heading upstream and jumping up waterfalls to return to the gravel creekbeds where they were born. Most streams see peak salmon returns in October, but you can see salmon in September and November too. Here are a few places to see the salmon run near Vancouver.

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8 Places to See the Salmon Run Near Vancouver

A Fishy Story in Stanley Park

Photo: Rob Weiss

An epic and timeless battle plays out in annually in our beautiful province. From late summer until early winter salmon valiantly fight their way back from the ocean to their home rivers where they first hatched. Without a doubt, this is the stuff of legends and folklore! It is difficult to articulate the impact a single fish has had on the people of BC, but suffice it to say the salmon run is unquestionably a marvel of nature.

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A Fishy Story in Stanley Park

8 Best Places to Spot Wildlife in Vancouver

wildlife in vancouver

Image courtesy of Kurt Bauschardt | flickr.com

Whether you’re in the air, near the water, or up a mountain, there’s a good chance that you’re surrounded by thousands of living creatures. Vancouver is teeming with wildlife, whether its majestic whales, stinky skunks, or mischievous squirrels.

If you’re interested in spotting wildlife in Vancouver, you’re in luck — because it’s pretty easy. Check out the list below for 8 common examples of wildlife in Vancouver and where to spot them. Just remember to keep your distance, because wildlife should stay wild!

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8 Best Places to Spot Wildlife in Vancouver