Who We Are

Welcome to the Nicomekl Hatchery

Founded in 1989 by Dave Evans, an avid outdoorsman, “Fish for your Future”, as the Nicomekl Enhancement Society (NES) was originally called, worked hard with the help of the community and released 125,000 salmon that first year. Following a name change and incorporation under the BC Society Act the Nicomekl Enhancement Society was born in 1991.
After a few location changes, the NES settled on its current location with the help of Bruce Coulter who deeded us the land in 1994. Through much hard work, as well as much help from our friends, we continue to restore the Nicomekl River. There is still much to be done, and you can be a part.

The NES strives to not only raise and release salmon, but to also improve their habitat, and to increase public awareness as well as involvement. As such we have a variety of ways to get involved:

  • Broodstock capture
  • Juvenile salmon rearing and release
  • Habitat restoration, both in the river and along its banks
  • Public Events and Shows
  • Construction and Design
  • Government Committees and Hearings
  • Tours and Information Sessions

Take a virtual tour through our hatchery and learn how it’s grown over the years.

Find more of our photos in our gallery.



The Nicomekl River

The Nicomekl River Watershed runs from Aldergrove, through Langley and Cloverdale, to South Surrey finally exiting at Blackie Spit at Crescent beach.

All along its length numerous smaller creeks flow into the Nicomekl; from Anderson, Murray and Logan in Langley, to McClellan and Amstrong in Cloverdale and Chantrell and Elgin in South Surrey. These tributaries, and many others, are just as important as the Nicomekl itself, needing their own caretakers, allowing people to contribute close to home.