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Toboggan Creek Salmon & Steelhead Enhancement Society

8804 Owens Road
Smithers, BC
V0J 2N1

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Established in 1985 the Toboggan Creek Hatchery has been operated by the Toboggan Creek Salmon & Steelhead Enhancement Society, a non-profit organization largely funded by Fisheries & Oceans Canada. The Society is run by a group of volunteers from the Evelyn farming community and Smithers area. There they raise and tag salmon from egg to alevin to fry through to smolts for two reasons. The first being for enhancement of a stock that is considered in need of some extra help; the second for the purpose of assessment, the stock is raised, released and counted upon return, as adults, to the creek giving very accurate ocean survival. This information is very valuable for fisheries and Oceans Canada to manage the Pacific Northwest Fishery. The facility is the only Coho indicator stock for the entire Skeena watershed. They also carry their many different assessment activities in the local watershed. The Hatchery is fully open to the public and they encourage the local community and visitors to come and help and get involved. Salmon is a part of our culture and heritage and by using the hatchery as a base to bring people together they hope to raise awareness and crate a positive change, Personalized tours are available to anyone who would like one. Groups and events are also welcome. Mack’s Creekside Trail is an interpretive trail complete with signs where you can learn about everything from watershed to salmon lifecycles to other salmon steward groups in the area.

I think the future of Smithers’ business community is bright. There’s a new generation of people starting out and taking over old businesses in the community, supplying new ideas and breathing life into this town. The people here are friendly and support each other, but I think that the best thing about our town is the diversity of people here.

-Peter Krause, Owner, McBike & Sport and Chamber Member since 1983

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