Summerland Trout Hatchery and          Visitor Centre

About the Summerland Trout Hatchery

The Summerland Trout Hatchery is the oldest continuously running trout hatchery in B.C. The facility was established in 1928, but fish rearing at the hatchery dates back to 1918. This facility is the only trout hatchery that relies on spring water in the province, as all other facilities use pumped groundwater.

The hatchery stocks fish into approximately 260 lakes annually in the south central regions of B.C. (Thompson-Nicola, Okanagan and West Kootenay). The Summerland Trout Hatchery also rears fish that are then transferred to the Clearwater Trout Hatchery to be stocked in Cariboo and Northen B.C. Lakes.

Species Raised

In addition to raising juvenile trout and brook char, catchable sized rainbow trout are raised at a second off-site hatchery located in Skaha.


Our Visitor Centre provides guided tours during the spring and summer. View live juvenile fish in the aquarium, trough room and outdoor ponds. Find out more information about the lakes we stock while your child creates fishy art at the craft table.

Call or email the Visitor Centre for more information or to book a tour for your family, school, daycare, youth group, or day camp.

Location Details

The hatchery is located approximately 15 minutes north of Penticton in Summerland. From Penticton drive North on Highway 97 (Okanagan) for approximately 11 kilometres. Turn right onto Lakeshore Drive South and follow it for approximately 1 kilometre. The hatchery will be on the right-hand side.

View FFSBC Fish Rearing Facilities in a larger map

Hours of Operation

Visitor Centre Drop-in: April - June & September, Monday to Thursday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (Pacific Time)
July and August: Daily 10:00am - 3:00pm (Pacific Time)

Hatchery: Monday to Friday, 8:00am - 3:30pm (Pacific Time)

Contact Information

T: 250.494.0491

Mailing Address

13405 Lakeshore Drive South, Summerland, B.C., V0H 1Z1