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The Eagles are here!
Where The Bald Eagles Soar
Each year Squamish plays host to one of the largest congregations of wintering bald eagles in North America between the months of November and January. Squamish is home to hundreds of the wintering bald eagles; and the annual return of the spawning salmon signals the return of the eagles to Squamish. The Squamish River watershed provides not only food but also security, in the form of roosting and perching trees, allowing for spectacular eagle viewing opportunities.
Peak bald eagle viewing is from mid-December to mid-January. The main "Eagle Run Park" viewing facility is located on the municipal dyke, across from the Easter Seal Camp on Government Road in Brackendale. Exit Highway 99 at Mamquam Road and head north on Government Road to the bald eagle viewing area. An interpretive display explains the eagles and salmon life cycle.
The Squamish River Valley has long been recognized as one of the most significant areas of wintering bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) in North America. In the 1994 bird count, Squamish had the world record count of 3,769 eagles. The river’s riparian area provides suitable habitat for roosting, perching and feeding. The prolific runs of chum salmon (Onc orhynchuus keta) in the Squamish, Cheakamus, and Mamquam rivers attract eagles from all over the Pacific Northwest each year.
Want to get close to the action? Consider an eagle viewing float trip to give you that perfect vantage point. You can find out more about the eagles of Brackendale at the Brackendale Art Gallery. It’s here that proprietors Thor and Dorte Froslev play host to the annual Eagle Count in early January while showcasing the regions’ artistic talent.
About the Eagle Watch Interpreter Program
EAGLE VIEWING PACKAGES & DEALS
Brackendale Eagle View Rate
The Executive Suites Hotel and Resort is very proud to support this local treasure and we want to help preserve it for years to come. A $5.00 contribution from every room night reserved under the Brakendale Eagle Viewing Rate will be donated by the Executive Suites Hotel and Resort to the Squamish Estuary Conservation Society to help preserve this local treasure for years to come. * This offer is subject to availability and applicable taxes. Offer is valid until March 31, 2015.
Sunwolf's Eagle Viewing Float trips provide the opportunity to view the bald eagles from a remarkable vantage point- the river. Gently float down the meandering Cheakamuse enjoying awesome scenery, waters teeming with wild salmon and enormous eagles soaring overhead. From our raft you’ll enjoy uninterrupted views across the water and unparalleled access to the very place where the eagles are gathered. There is no better way to experience this breathtaking natural phenomenon!
Sleep with the Eagles
Buy two adult seats on an Eagle Float and enjoy a night in one of our cozy cabins, all for only $285 + tax.
To book either of these specials please contact sunwolf [at] sunwolf [dot] net
Tel: 604-898-1537 Toll Free: 1-877-806-8046
Your memorable day will begin at 10:00am and include:
- Viewing and learning about eagles during your walking tour on flat, forested trails with knowledgeable guides;
- Bighouse salmon lunch with traditional First Nations inspired accompaniments;
- Participating in a welcoming ceremony with naming at our traditional Coast Salish Bighouse;
- Sharing of legends that highlight the importance of interconnectedness, strength of community, and importance of Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) culture;
- Participatory session that will involve the group learning about the meaning of the drum and the opportunity to share in multiple songs.
For more information or to book your Spakwus adventure, please contact:
Erin Edwards at 1-604-898-5422 ext. 221 or erin [at] cheakamuscentre [dot] ca