The Thornbury Fishway also known as “The Fish Ladder” is a popular attraction among visitors and locals alike. Located in central Thornbury, the fishway can be seen from Highway 26, if entering Thornbury from the east.
Fish Ladder is adjacent to some shops and local eateries where drained visitors can take a break after a day of touring and taking pictures. A fish ladder , also known as a fishway , fish pass or fish steps , is a structure on or around artificial and natural barriers (such as dams, locks and waterfalls) to facilitate fish natural migration.
The fish ladder design was also verified for velocity and turbulence distributions at the passageways of the arch baffle and within the pools. Elevated velocities impede fish locomotion, and zones of high turbulence disorientate and subject fish to unpredictable and rapidly varying body forces which can affect their ability to navigate flows and successfully ascend the ladder. Salmon, once plentiful in the Beaver River, have been unable to pass the waterfall with great success. The hope is that the fish will swim through a series of 12 small pools that step up and around the concrete wall.
One of the many attractions in the small village of Thornbury Ontario. See more information below.