Before the advent of the fishing rod, anglers coaxed fish to shore with promises of all-you-can-eat worm buffets and by submerging trout-of-the-month pin-ups into lakes. Make an honest catch with today's Groupon: for $10, you get a four-hour Learn to Fish outing for two at Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery Visitors Centre (a $20 value).
Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery invites inexperienced anglers ages 5 and up to bone up on fishing basics in four-hour Learn to Fish programs. Knowledgeable staff members guide minds and rods to the grassy shores of an on-site freshwater body, where students learn to properly identify fish by biological signs and by their gold nameplate necklaces. Coaches divulge valuable information about local freshwater habitats and conservation before students move on to practice technical fishing skills such as casting, retrieving, tying knots, and recognizing fish mating calls. As fishers master rod-owner conflict resolution with supplied rods, reels, lines, and tackles, they learn to handle catches ethically and practice responsible water safety.
Each workshop is age specific, and the staff supplies all fishing equipment, saving pupils the hassle of wrestling it from hard-bargaining rental-shop pirates. The hatchery's energetic fish philanthropists aim to make each lesson fun and educational, with hands-on opportunities throughout the lesson. For further aquatic enlightenment, students can explore the Visitors Centre's live exhibits and interactive displays, which include educational films, scavenger hunts, and underwater kabuki theatre.
Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery Visitors Centre
The Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery Visitors Centre aims to educate and entertain visitors with programs and events centred on the world of water-breathing animals. The centre's indoor and outdoor facilities allow guests to observe live fish in aquariums as well as in their natural habitat. Educational programs, which are designed to reach specific age groups, include It's a Trout's Life for grades K–2, What's That Habitat? for grades 2–5, and Trout Fast Food, in which visitors in grades 2–5 analyze the insects that trout seek out when their waterproof refrigerators go empty. In the all-ages Learn to Fish program, aspiring anglers learn how to identify fish and use different lures to attract specific species. The program also focuses on responsible fishing ethics and proper fish-handling techniques to increase survival during catch-and-release.
34345 Vye Rd.
Abbotsford, British Columbia V2S 7P6