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Posted September 28, 2013 by Miama Admin in Harrison history
 
 

Harrison Lake Hatchery

Harrison Lake Hatchery
Harrison Lake Hatchery

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Harrison Lake hatchery stood on the Green Point beach site of today’s Sasquatch Park. It was build in the fall of 1904 as part of an ongoing programme to restock the declining salmon population by means of an artificial breeding environment. Although the first fish hatchery had been built on the Lower Fraser as early as 1884, it was not until 1902 – after much pressure from various groups connected with the fishing and canning industries – that the government decided on full-scale experimentation with hatcheries. The Harrison Lake hatchery was probably the fourth one to be established as part of this new programme, followed a year later by one in the Upper Lillooet watershed.
The Dominion Government hatchery at Harrison Lake was considered at the time to be the largest fish hatchery in the world.”Where the hatchery now stands was,on the first of September last, simply a wilderness” announced Weekly Columbian in mid-December, 1904. “There is now a magnificent building, 220 feet long and 40 feet wide. It is painted inside and outside, the inside being white, while the outside is canary colour with white trimmings. The roof is black and in the distance resembles slate.” Close to it stood a mess-house, a boarding house for workers and a 7-room cottage for the hatchery officer and his family. A dam was installed some distance up Trout Creek, and a 500’flume carried water down to the buildings. The Harrison Lake Hatchery was lit by electricity, “the water which supplies the power being afterwards used in hatching the eggs.” Access to the hatchery was by boat,since the only alternative was a rough 3-mile bridle trail that wandered up and down the mountainside as it skirted the east side of the lake. As Sinclair described it, the lake shore road out of Harrison soon deteriorated to a wagon road and, after the last house,”dwindled to a path crooking through sturdy second growth….It curved round a tiny bay and thence along the lake again through towering woods, where patriarchal behemoths of the forest rose from hillside too rocky and broken to harbor thicket or fern” Presumably this was the route used when hatchery building foreman, W.W. Forrester, installed a telephone line from the hatchery to the hotel early in 1905  The People of the Harrison by Daphne Sleigh


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Salmon Hatchery Building On Harrison Lake 1912
Salmon Hatchery Building On Harrison Lake - Greenpoint logging Co Ltd. 27 August 1932
Salmon Hatchery Building On Harrison Lake 1912
Salmon Hatchery Building On Harrison Lake - Greenpoint logging Co Ltd. 27 August 1932
Salmon Hatchery Building On Harrison Lake 1912
Salmon Hatchery Building On Harrison Lake - Greenpoint logging Co Ltd. 27 August 1932
Salmon Hatchery Building On Harrison Lake 1912
Salmon Hatchery Building On Harrison Lake - Greenpoint logging Co Ltd. 27 August 1932
Salmon Hatchery Building On Harrison Lake 1912
Salmon Hatchery Building On Harrison Lake - Greenpoint logging Co Ltd. 27 August 1932
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Harrison Lake hatchery The Dominion Government hatchery at Harrison Lake, build 1904  Index  Past & Present,   Full Map (Directions)

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