Located just downstream from Meziadin Lake, the Meziadin River Fish Ladder is a popular stop for fish and wildlife viewing. Large chinook and sockeye salmon can be seen leaping into the air as they navigate the ladder in late summer. Grizzly and black bears, eagles, moose and wolves may often be spotted here. Access by a turnoff to the west roughly 100m north of the Nass River Bridge. At 1km, follow the gravel trail south about 0.5 km on the east side of the Meziadin River. Large RV’s should park at the top of the hill and walk down as the road may not be suitable for large vehicles.
The original fish ladder built for salmon to navigate through Victoria Falls was built in 1914 and replaced with the one you will see now in 1966. Today, 70 to 80 percent of the Nass River Sockeye Salmon run return to the Meziadin system, accounting for over 200,000 fish counted each season.
Historically, this place is called Lak-an-Zoq by local First Nations, representing the Nisga’a and Gitanyow people, as it was the site of their daily fishing activity. Today, this significance is still seen in seasonal fishing camps and smokehouses along the north bank of the Meziadin River, and the use of traditional dipnet fishing methods by the Gitanyow.