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The Eagles are in Squamish - late November through March
Where The Bald Eagles Soar
San Juan Capistrano has its swallows, and Mexico is renowned for the annual return of Monarch butterflies. Squamish, too, has its own migration marvel. The Squamish area is graced every year with one of the greatest concentrations of wintering bald eagles in the world. Between late November and March, literally thousands of eagles call the Brackendale area of Squamish home - making eagle viewing and eagle tours an incredbile attraction.
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.