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The Wild Salmon Nature Centre is operated by the Atlantic Salmon Federation

The Buildings

  • Sir James Dunn Conservation Hall

    Sir James Dunn Conservation Hall

  • J. F. Cullman Hall of Fame

    J. F. Cullman Hall of Fame

  • J. F. Cullman Hall of Fame

    J. F. Cullman Hall of Fame

  • J. F. Cullman Hall of Fame

    J. F. Cullman Hall of Fame

  • J. F. Cullman Hall of Fame

    J. F. Cullman Hall of Fame

  • J. F. Cullman Hall of Fame

    J. F. Cullman Hall of Fame

  • J. D. Irving Exhibit Hall

    J. D. Irving Exhibit Hall

  • J. D. Irving Exhibit Hall

    J. D. Irving Exhibit Hall

  • In-Stream Aquarium

    In-Stream Aquarium

The four buildings comprising the Wild Salmon Nature Centre exemplify the best in traditional architecture, with huge beams framing the structures, held together with wooden pegs. Post-and-beam construction was a brilliant design for the Centre. It highlights the opportunities for conserving the best from our heritage. The buildings have a warmth, scale and intimacy that naturally bring questions from visitors. The buildings are set against the backdrop of Chamcook Stream as it rushes over a small traditional dam.


J. D. Irving Exhibit Hall

The J. D. Irving Exhibit Hall offers fascinating displays on the wild Atlantic salmon’s biology, conservation issues, and research. Plus, it surrounds the upper deck of the in-stream aquarium holding the Atlantic salmon.

Among the highlights:

  • Massive map of the migration routes of wild Atlantic salmon around the North Atlantic Ocean
  • Colourful displays that include: Life cycle of the Atlantic salmon; navigation; how Atlantic salmon leap; colours during their life cycle; how they hunt; tracking Atlantic salmon at sea and in rivers; how acid rain affects Nova Scotia salmon

Sir James Dunn Conservation Hall

A beautiful cathedral ceiling and massive cross beams provides an open area from wall to wall. On the walls are three beautiful canoes – two Chestnuts, and a century-old canoe that is one of the oldest in New Brunswick. The room has a state-of-the-art audio-visual presentation system that welcomes visitors with a fascinating short presentation on Atlantic salmon. This building is also a favourite for gatherings of all kinds, from planning sessions to weddings and other celebrations. The sounds of the stream just outside the building add to the ambiance.


J. F. Cullman Hall of Fame

The cultural heritage of the iconic wild Atlantic salmon is rich. In past years anglers would spend weeks on a river pursuing the Atlantic salmon. They were, however, becoming attuned to the rivers themselves. Many of the individuals involved became conservationists, and this building is a celebration of those who have taken action to protect the future of the wild Atlantic salmon. It is also a home to many 19th and 20th century artifacts of the angling culture.


In-Stream Aquarium

This is a unique opportunity to view Atlantic salmon face-to-face. From the main level of buildings and veranda decks, both a stairway and a ramp lead down to the underwater viewing room. This chamber below water level has large windows looking into the in-stream aquarium area in which Atlantic salmon are swimming. Presently the Centre hosts Atlantic salmon that are genetically Magaguadavic river run. These salmon are the progeny of salmon taken in from the wild in the late 1990s as part of a gene-banking operation, as few return to this river each year. The Atlantic salmon is superbly adapted for its life in rivers and the oceans, and guides can help explain some of the special features you can see in these fish.