QISES began as a hatchery in 1981 to help restock local creeks with wild salmon. Over the years we’ve learned a lot about what makes salmon tick – salmon populations and genetics, as well as stream & lake ecology, and we continue to try to learn and teach best practices for supporting wild salmon populations.
In 2007 we re-purposed the hatchery as the Quadra Salmon EcoCentre – an interpretive facility to promote understanding about local watersheds and fish habitat protection. The old hatchery site was renovated using pine beetle wood, an ecological fit with the centre’s environmental stewardship ethic. A multi-panel interpretive display was produced – local talent at work! – and installed early in 2008.
The EcoCentre has hosted school events, community Streamkeepers classes, meetings with local forestry representatives, summer visitors to Quadra, and our monthly meetings.
In 2008 the interpretive program moved outdoors – after all, that’s where the action is when it comes to fish habitat! The pond, created to provide habitat for salmon fry, was highlighted with a display board and visitor-friendly landscaping. QISES hired a student interpreter for the summer months, and the centre officially opened its doors.
The following year the trails beyond the Ecocentre were developed around points of specific interest. Permanent outdoor displays were created and installed, offering visitors a self-guided tour of some of the features of a healthy watershed.
Periodic drought years have created the need to conserve water. At this point QISES is not operating our viewing pond habitat, to maximize stream flow and minimize risk to salmon fry.
Where to find us
The EcoCentre is located at 2050 Hyacinthe Bay Road, and is currently open by appointment only.
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Driving from Quathiaski Cove Ferry:
- From the ferry follow Quathiaski Rd up the hill
- Turn left on Harper Rd
- Turn right on Heriot Bay Rd
- Turn left on West Rd and drive 5.5 km to Hyacinthe Bay Rd
- Turn left on Hyacinthe Bay Rd and drive 6 km to the Salmon EcoCentre. (The EcoCentre is just past Walcan Rd, and is on the right side.)