DescriptionThe Kootenay Trout Hatchery rears up to 3 million baby trout each year and provides research facilities for fisheries biologists. The species raised here are: Rainbow, Cutthroat trout and Brook Char to enhance recreational fishing opportunities. In addition, the red-listed White Sturgeon are raised here for conservation purposes. Located 45 kilometres (28 mi) east of Cranbrook, on the east side of the Kootenay River, this hatchery is the 2nd largest in the province of British Columbia. The lakes throughout the province are eventually stocked with the trout raised here.
A tour guide is on hand daily from May through August. An extensive interpretive area with aquaria, educational models and displays is open every day from 8 am to 4 pm for self-guided tours. Enjoy the attraction by donation.